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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.

Katerina: Traditional Greek Christmas Event

Katerina: Traditional Greek Christmas Event

Katerina is an European Voluntary Service volunteer from Greece who is working in Imastu Residential School. In December, she was invited to Paikuse Kindergarten Mesimumm to organise – together with other volunteers – a traditional event about her country. Here is her story:

On 7th of December, something magical and unique happened in Paikuse Lasteaed Mesimumm. My friend Nieves, who works there as a volunteer, invited me and other volunteers to make a Christmas event for children making something traditional from our country – Greece.

So, I had to think and choose the most suitable traditional activity we make during Christmas in Greece. The problem is that we make a lot of things in Christmas (especially preparing tons of food in every house). In the end, I decided to make something with children that have a story in the background, can involve the parents and can make us dirty! That’s why we made the Kalikantzari’s pie!

Kalikantzari are some little naughty creatures who live in the core of our planet and the whole year they are cutting the tree of life because they don’t like people and they want to kill them all. When it’s Christmas Eve, and the tree of life is about to fall down, they are coming up to the Earth because they know that this time of the year, our houses are full of food and full of people. They are very greedy with food and very naughty to people. They really enjoy to scare people and to make a mess in our houses.
For these reasons, we don’t want these creatures in our houses because they destroy everything we are making. So, we have to find a solution to make them get away. We know that they are very silly and it’s very easy to trick them.

Every year, we make a small pie for them which is not tasty, but we decorate it in an attractive way to trick them. We put this pie near our windows or near our fireplace, so when they enter (as small thieves) in our houses, they are getting excited of this pie, they steal it, run away and don’t come back because they feel that they find their small treasure!

On the 6th of January, when the priests sanctify the water, they are running away from the Earth’s surface and they return back to the core of Earth. But, when they arrive there, they realize that the Tree of Life is still alive so they have to cut it again. The same things are happening every year. Poor Kalikantzari….!

It was very difficult for me to explain the whole story in Estonian, that’s why me and my flatmate Sofia, made one drawing of them and a list of their names (yes, each of them has a special name and special attitude or characteristics).

Children with their parents started arriving and the ingredients were waiting for them to make the Kalikantzari’s pie to protect their houses from Kalikantzari’s Christmas attacks.

We got a lot of dirt, we enjoyed it a lot, parents were very willing to help the children with the pie, they listened to the story and they promised me that this pie, will decorate their houses these Christmas!

Thanks a lot for this experience!

Katerina stays in Estonia for 12 months within the project ”Be the Change II ” which is funded by Erasmus+ European Voluntary Service program.

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