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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.

Sofia’s initiative: Ukrainian Christmas Party in Social Center

Sofia’s initiative: Ukrainian Christmas Party in Social Center

Sofia is an European Voluntary Service volunteer from Ukraine who is working in Imastu Residential School. During Christmas-time she decided to visit another volunteer’s working place, a social centre in Rakvere where she organised a Ukrainian Christmas party for children. Here’s her story:

Do you know which holiday is more important for Ukrainians – Christmas or New Year? My name is Sofia Kornieva, I’m a volunteer from Ukraine. 12.11.17 I made Christmas party for children in social center in Rakvere. We “travelled” in old Ukrainian Christmas traditions, tried the typical Ukrainian Christmas food, watched a little movie about Ukrainian dancing and singing carols.


And the answer to the first question is both of them. The new year is the time when children have their presents from Ded Moroz (Ukrainian Santa Claus) and make wishes in 12 p.m. Christmas is the time for being together with family. But in some regions of Ukraine people don’t celebrate it at all, but in another – people keep all traditions and prepare for it for several months.

As Orthodox, we celebrate Christmas in the night from 6 to 7 January. Originally we don’t eat during the day of 6th of January, make kutia (another name Sviata Vecheria or Holy Supper) – is wheat or rise with raisins, nuts and honey. And with appearing the first star on the sky all family sits at the table with 12 dishes like 12 apostles. First begins to eat a father as a head of the family. And all members start and finish eating with kutia. It has sacral meaning and appearing many years ago.

After the meal, people love to sing carols or koliadky. They can be sung around the table or you might go out carolling in the streets. People sometimes carry coloured stars on poles and have bright costumes when they go carolling singing. The Ukrainian carol “Shchedryk” is where the popular “Carol of the Bells” came from.

So with children in Rakvere we travelling through this story, listen the carols, watched the Christmas costumes and tasted kutia and The Olivie salad – the famous New year salad.

So how can you say which holiday is more important?

Sofia 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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