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Volunteering Promote Goodness – A strategic EVS project focused on emphazising non-formal learning and raising the awareness about EVS and its values.

The wish to carry out this project was due to the fact, that there is a favourable environment in Europe that makes this not only possible but also desirable as shown by the fact that a growing number of stakeholders from various sectors intends to take advantage of the potential of NFL (non-formal learning). But there are still many people, who don´t know that EVS is good method for using formal and non-formal education and they are not aware of value of EVS and opportunity to participate in it.

This is not only emphasised by the growing attention of youth-targeting programmes (such as YiA and now E+) but also by our own experience. During a needs assessment exercise with returnee volunteers we identified a whole set of skills that their experience brought about. In particular: Global awareness; Adaptability; Interpersonal skills; Delegation capacity; Stress management; Self-confidence; Problem solving; Self-learning capacity; Strategic thinking etc.

In spite of this, links between youth organisations and other actors (i.e. government structures and labour market forces) are still scarce. This is possibly due to the lack of mechanisms to acknowledge and take advantage of inter-sectorial synergies and has emerged as a priority of our partners in the course of our growing collaborations.

Therefore, there was this wish to create an inspiring international environment for Estonia people in order to promote purposeful participation in lifelong learning and contribution to a community on the way of personal development in the global world.

EstYES was targeting the following strategic aims and objectives during the project:

  • To raise an awareness of value of EVS and opportunity to participate in it in Estonia county through increasing number of organisations working with EVS;
  • to raise an awareness of value of EVS and opportunity to participate in it amongst the organisations and youth;
  • to raise an awareness of European Solidarity Corps;
  • to increase the number of EVS accredited organisations and sending Estonia youth to EVS
  • To increase a capacity of EstYES NGO to coordinate, receive and send EVS volunteers
  • to create a systematic and structured new approach to service delivery in order to optimize work with all parties – volunteers, ROs, SOs, supervisors, mentors – involved into EVS;
  • to improve our competence of preparation and supporting EVS volunteers with fewer opportunities during the service with the help of supervision;
  • To create prerequisites for social inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities into EVS
  • to strengthen partnership with international organisations working with young people with fewer opportunities.

Our volunteers within this project did a great job with the promotion and raising awareness of the programmes. They shared their culture and information in the youth centres, education fairs and events, schools and kindergartens, among the parents and teachers. EstYES was also meeting with their partners to develop their collaboration and made agreements with new interested organisations. Collaboration was made with a few organisations who are supporting the youngsters with fewer opportunities.

The project is funded by the Archimedes Foundation Youth Agency from the Erasmus + program.

Interview with volunteer from Italy

Interview with volunteer from Italy

This week we will get to know Davide, 30 years, from Italy. He works at the Ukrainian Culture Center in Tallinn where he does many different tasks.

Did Estonia choose you or did you choose Estonia?
I chose Estonia. Basically, I was looking for a culturally oriented project. I randomly typed things into Google. I found the presentation of the project very intriguing and I said: why not?! I applied to several organizations for my EVS and the Ukrainian Culture Center the first who answered and so I got chosen.


How does a normal day at the Ukrainian Culture Center look like?
The schedule is maybe a bit different in comparison to other projects. I live 5 meters away from here so I can always wake up 10 minutes before I start working. Normally, I start at 10.30 and work till 16.30. One of my routine works is doing and folding postcards. It is one of the things we do in the center here along with for example doing paper or printing. Furthermore, I cook a lot. Every single day we all eat together as a big family. Since I’m here I, therefore, improved my cooking skills 😉 and everyone has to eat my Italian dishes anyway. I believe I’m really good in doing wild tuna pasta!At the moment, I’m also working in the museum of wood horses here in the center. But we just started it last year, so it’s still quite small and I’m trying to develop it. I took pictures of all the old wooden toys and I’m currently trying to describe them. But things happen quite randomly here.

Why did you choose to do EVS?
When I was 20, I did my civilian service in Italy. We had one event and someone presented EVS. Back then I already thought: That’s amazing. You can go abroad and search for a program yourself in which you are interested in. For me, it sounded so exciting. I really wanted to do it for a long time and collected information for quite some time. Then 4 years ago, I applied for an EVS, but during the selection process, I got an offer to do my PhDand I decided to do that. So now was the last moment to do EVS and I said to myself: Now or never!

Half of your time is over now; do you feel any change?
I’m enriched by a lot of nice encounters because I met really great people. In these intense encounters, I definitely learned a lot from a human point of view. But since I also still had to finish my Ph.D. and I had some other academic things that I was caught up with, there was always kind of an anchor that was holding me. So, I didn’t have any big personality changes but also because I know myself pretty well after so many years of being in the world 😉

Davide Ermacora stays in Estonia for 12 months within the project ”Broadening Horizons” which is funded by Erasmus+ European Voluntary Service programme.

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