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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.

European Solidarity Corps (ESC)

The European Solidarity Corps is a European Union initiative that gives young people an opportunity to volunteer or participate in projects that benefit communities and people around Europe. EstYES focuses on providing volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering Activities

• Individual volunteering is a full-time unpaid activity for a duration from 2 to 12 months. This type of activity will give young people the chance to take part in the daily work of organisations and perform tasks that can have a real impact.
Volunteering teams are activities allowing groups of 10 to 40 European Solidarity Corps participants from at least two different countries to volunteer together for a period of between 2 weeks and 2 months.

What is covered for the volunteer?

Complementary insurance covers access to a range of support services such as online linguistic support and training, etc. The round way travel from home to the venue of the project will be covered, as well as the accommodation and food. Participants will also receive a small allowance for their personal expenses.

Who can apply?

European Solidarity Corps volunteering activities are available to all people aged 18 to 30 years old and residing in the EU Member States, as well as the following Partner Countries:

• former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey

• Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway

• Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia

• Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

• Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia

• Russian Federation

What else should I know?

ESC volunteering service is a learning service: young volunteers improve and/or acquire competences for their personal, educational, and professional development as well as for their social integration thanks to

informal learning experiences. The learning elements consist of a mutually agreed definition of the expected learning outcomes, processes and methods, the certification of the acquired competences, the participation of the volunteer in the EVS training cycle and the continued provision of task-related, linguistic and personal support, including a crisis prevention and management mechanism.

Where can I check the opportunities and apply?

Choose the “Open Placements” tab from our menu. (Volunteering in Estonia>European Solidarity Corps>Open Placements.)

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