EVS IN LUZANKY: EXPLORE – MAKE VISIBLE – SUPPORT (2014 – 2015)
The project involved five European Voluntary Service volunteers aged 18-30 years in SVČ Lužánky. Young people from Croatia, Germany, Scotland and Spain, from October 2014 to September 2015 participated in the activities of the host organization – individually in different workplaces and activities of various kinds – from the artistic classes and children’s circus through educational programs for schools to open youth clubs .
The role of volunteers was first to become familiar with our activities, and after assist our teachers and keep in touch with young people from among our clients to participate in the open atmosphere , introduce them their culture and to motivate them, to show initiative and cooperation.
Project objectives were aimed at two levels: Volunteers were encouraged in exploring their own potential and scope for professional and personal growth. They set their educational goals that they meet through activities in SVČ Lužánky. They were supported by us and support each other. In addition, they participated in common projects dealing with social issues, volunteering and innovation, presenting them to the public along with examples of good practice from their home countries and tried to establish active cooperation with young people in Brno.
The project objectives were achieved by cooperation between volunteers and their colleagues from the staff and volunteers and young people.
Volunteers were guided by experienced intern worker who spend with them the most of the working time and help them with work related tasks. For project monitoring and evaluation of learning process we established regular meetings with the coordinator and the evaluation meetings of all staff involved in the EVS project.
Project EVS IN LUZANKY : EXPLORE – MAKE VISIBLE – SUPPORT provided opportunities for personal development and the improvement of practical skills of five volunteers. They improved their chances in the labour market and increase the potential of their self- initiative.
EXPERIENCE_LEISURE_LEARNING (2013 – 2014)
The main aim of this project was to involve the volunteers (Clémence from France, Federica from Italy, Beatriz and Angel from Spain and Oleksandr from Ukraine) to the activities of Luzanky Leisure Time Centre. They stayed in hosting organization 12 months and deal with the different fields of activities, but part of their activity consisted of common project — preparing together campaign about volunteering incl. EVS, social initiatives and important issues. We also ask them to find out the events attractive for young people where they can put the information about EVS itself as well as about the cultures they are comming from.
Clémence worked at Legato youthclub, Angel at Lyska Youthclub, Beatriz in Multimedia Center Lávka, and Oleksandr assisted at the Studio of Drama Education Labyrint and Federica in Linka — Centre of Leisure Time.
We wanted the EVS volunteers to get known our praxis and by assisting to our pedagogues and communicating with the youngsters, prepare the wide range of activities offered to young people, build up the open atmosphere, interduce other cultures to the young people and motivate them for initiative and cooperation. The volunteers were involved to the activities of our organization, they have had an opportunity to learn our methods and use our background and support for realization of their own projects.
TOGETHER (2012 – 2013)
From October 2012 to September 2013 we hosted 5 volunteers — László a Emese from Hungary, Raquel from Canaria Islands, Susanne from Germany and Matteo from Italy. The main aim of this project was to involve them to the activities of Luzanky Leisure Time Centre in Brno, Czech Republic. They spent 12 months in hosting organization and dealt with the different fields of activities. Part of their activity consisted of common project — they prepared together EVS (chose motto, made photos for posters and organized several events for public and exhibitions).
Raquel was working at Legato youthclub, Emese and László at Lyska youthclub, Susanne in Multimedia Center Lávka and Matteo was assisting at the Centre of Dance and Theatre activities. Volunteers got familiar with our praxis and by assisting to our pedagogues and communicating with the youngsters. They prepared the wide range of activities (workshops, presentations, parties, happenings…). Emese collected ideas for handicraft with children and together with Hanka — Czech volunteer in Estonia — made DIY blog.
HOW TO APPLY
We will be searching for new EVS volunteers for period October 2018 – September 2019 (12 months lasting projects) in the end of next year.