Volunship: Exchange of practices in European Citizenship through Volunteering
About Center for Intercultural Dialogue
Center for Intercultural Dialogue(CID) is a non-govermental, non – profit youth organization that works on regional level in Macedonia. It was formed in May 2006 by youth leaders and youth workers from Kumanovo.
The mission of the Association Centre for Intercultural Dialogue is to promote and support intercultural understanding and cooperation, peace and solidarity through active youth participation in the society, and especially through volunteer involvement on local and international level. The CID runs 2 youth centers in the area of Kumanovo, Macedonia involving over 2000 young people annually in long-term youth work programmes.
CID is an EVS hosting and sending organization and is actively involved in the Youth in Action programme. Within the project the coordinating organization Center for Intercultural Dialogue is involved in providing EVS trainings for SALTO SEE RC. The CID has hosted over 30 volunteers (on long-term and short term EVS) in the past years and has managed to accumulate these experiences into several internal guidelines such as Mentor guidelines, support for EVS guidelines and list of in-house trainings for EVS volunteers in CID.
About the Long Term EVS
The project ‘Volunship: Exchange of practices in European Citizenship through Volunteering’, aims to motivate young people to become active contributors to community development by encouraging them to take initiative and be active citizens. It will open the space to explore and exchange practices in the field of European Citizenship and support processes of inclusion of youngsters from marginalized communities. The EVS volunteers will work on creating links between young people from marginalized and diverse communities (rural areas, suburbs, ethnically mixed communities), through supporting youth initiatives and providing leisure time activities and information services for youth. Further they will support and monitor local processes in youth policy development. Throughout their service they will develop sense for initiative, communication skills and entrepreneurial attitudes. The project will aim to increase the employability of 8 volunteers by supporting them in developing life-skills (communication, usage of new technologies, intercultural awareness, entrepreneurship and leadership).
The project main aim is to explore and exchange practices in the field of European Citizenship, by providing volunteering opportunities for young people
The activities will focus more specifically on the following aspects:
With regards to the local communities involved:
To support the development of spirit of European Citizenship on local level
To develop tools and practices for delivering local youth work in multicultural groups including tools that use dance, theatre, music and drawing
To support spirit of initiative of young people from the local communities involved
To increase sustainability of local youth work programmes focused on intercultural dialogue
With regards to the personal development of the EVS volunteers:
To develop youth work competences of volunteers and ability to transfer best practices from one to another organization
To increase volunteers’ sprit of initiative and ability to work toward a more inclusive society.
To understand how to develop quality youth work activities on local, national and international level and to be motivated to act as multipliers
The volunteers will have an opportunity to explore the local, national and international information for youth while working on the youth information component of the project. The volunteers will be asked to provide information to local youth about programmes that aim to improve their quality of life (mainly to present EVS) and to present these programmes in such a manner that the youth with fewer opportunities will understand their meaning. They will be engaged to share information to local youth by sharing personal experience and in particular by promoting opportunities of the youth in action programme. They will learn how to present these opportunities particularly to youngsters that due to different obstacles they face, were not able to participate in youth projects. Further volunteers will also learn about different means of communication, since they will promote youth information via online and offline tools.
The EVS volunteers will be working with local youth workers and youth leaders to implement different types of actions and initiatives in the local community in the field of Art and Culture, Youth Information and Youth Policy. The service will mainly focus on bringing youth work activities in areas where it is not common, and working with young people from disadvantaged communities (minority backgrounds, multicultural communities, Roma, rural area etc) and improving their position in the society
Art and Culture activities: These activities will aim to develop tools and practices for delivering local youth work in diverse groups. The EVS volunteers will work on the arts programmes within the Multi Kulti youth centers. The activities will vary and use tools such as dance, theatre, music and creative media but the baseline for cooperation is that they need to happen twice a week involving from 5-10 local people. They will be introduced with the programme, and will work together with local staff to prepare and deliver the programme for the local youth, including also youth with fewer opportunities.
Youth Policy: These activities will aim to develop awareness about youth contribution in policy. The volunteers will work with local staff in research about needs of local young people (with specific emphasis of disadvantaged young people) and will support the monitoring and development of local youth policies. CID is the member and as organization is working on the development of the Local Youth Council in Kumanovo. The volunteers working on this activity will have a direct chance to know more about youth active citizenship and youth participation in policy development.
Youth information activities: Open Days: The volunteers will have a chance to get involved in youth information activities for youngsters in rural and disadvantaged areas around Kumanovo. The activities will be implemented in a form of open day when youth workers and staff from the CID takes info-leaflets, brochures and prepared outdoor activities to run them in the rural areas or in the community. The EVS volunteers will be involved in 1-2 open-days of the hosting organization. Their work on these open days will be to promote the
EVS programme to youth from rural areas by sharing their examples (how they became EVS volunteers).
Youth Info City: Working on development of Youth Info website for the local community, and promotion of sending opportunities for volunteers.
Youth Online Radio Club:The MultiKulti Youth Radio is an online radio that is being organized by the young people that are participating on workshops in the youth centres. The programme is consisted of live and recorded radio shows, debates, specials. The volunteer that will be interested to participate in the Radio Team will work with the local high-school students on weekly meetings and also support the technical side of the radio. The volunteer will work on improving digital, organizational and promotion skills.
Other activities: A local volunteer language teacher will be in charge for the local language classes and local integration of the volunteers in the host area. The supervisor is a staff member who will be responsible for the activities and for coordinating the volunteers.
Profile of Participants
The Services will seek to involve young people who are often without a job in the labor market and are facing an obstacle to get a job. The main characteristics of the volunteer would be openness to learn and improve. The project would like to offer possibilities of all interested volunteers that fulfill the Youth in Action criteria regardless of the age, religion, cultural, sexual and other background.
Through this project we would like to include young people with fewer opportunities in order to support their learning and develop competencies that will improve their position in the society. Priority will be given to:
• Young people facing socioeconomic and educational difficulties (young people facing discrimination, low income, lack of educational and vocational skills). Specific priority will be given to young people without employment experience, in order to improve their competencies for access at the labor market. For the short term project in Bulgaria Roma youth will take part
• Young people facing geographical and cultural difficulties (coming from minority or immigrant background, young people from rural areas)
Emphasis will be made for inclusion of people from ethnic minorities and or youth that has never been abroad.
– Be aged between 18 and 30
– Competently able to work in English language
– Be able and committed to act as multipliers in their community after the end of the service
– Be resident in one of the following countries: Bugaria, Romania, Spain and Turkey
– Full presence on the EVS Service
Dates and volunteers:
Number of volunteers
participants have to attend the full duration of the training
Housing and board
Volunteers will be accommodated in rented apartment with sharing kitchen, bathroom and other facilities but they will have their own bedroom.
Travel cost and reimbursement
90% of travel costs will be reimbursed only for the cheapest way of transport. Only participants who fully attend the training course will be reimbursed. Reimbursement of 90% of the travel cost will be done via bank transfer to bank accounts of their sending organizations, after sending the original tickets back to organizer upon returning to home country (all original tickets including boarding passes in case of air tickets will be recuired).
Additional information about reimbursement procedures will be provided to the selected applicants. The participants should use the cheapest way of transport (Bus, Train, plane-economic class). Please note that there are cheaper flights to Sofia-Bulgaria, Belgrade- Serbia, from where you can get a bus/train to Macedonia.
– The total travel cost should not exceed amount per person mentioned in the table below:
Means of transport
How to apply for our EVS?
In order to apply interested volunteers should send CV and Motivation Letter. Once you have the pre-selection please mail it no later then10th of November, to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “EVS Macedonia”
Participants will be selected on the basis of their applications and ensuring a balance in terms of gender, organizational participation and cultural background. The selection of the participants will be done by the sending organization and the organizing team.