NEW EVS PROJECT IN NICOSIA!
Our project’s mission is to organize different leisure time as well as educational activities for young people, in order to help them find different creative ways to spend their free time. At the same time our aim is to help them learn some new things, such as speaking a new language, getting to know a new culture and also come closer to their own traditions. With the help of our volunteers, we are going to organize activities that will help the Cypriot community to explore their identity and find ways to become more active.
One of our goals will be to inspire the local community be more active citizens, by organising different events, open to the public, and promoting volunteerism. A lot of young people in Cyprus are at the moment unemployed and quite frustrated because they do not feel that they are productive in any way. There are also a lot of young people that may be asylum seekers, political refugees or even human trafficking victims. These young people do not have the same opportunities as others, especially because they are not really integrated in the society. A lot of them do not have friends or hobbies and in many cases, not even some creative ways to spend their days or learn something. Our goal is to promote the inclusion of these young people to the society and help them find ways to use their energy in a creative way. We will also organise events that will show them the opportunities that they have abroad and how they can travel and at the same time learn new things.
Through different actions, including non formal education and a variety of other tools, such as Human Library or Theater of the Oppressed, cultural festivals and many more, we will try to make people understand that they have different ways to be productive and creative. The volunteers will get lots of versatile experience from youth work and will gain lots of knowledge about leading different kinds of youth groups.
The volunteers will have the opportunity to plan activities such as their own workshops according to their interests and also be part of developing old ones, such as the weekly radio show and the 2 months edition magazine. They will also have the chance to help in a refugee shelter and learn about different kinds of office work like reporting and planning. Volunteers will participate in the diffusion of youth mobility programs, support the implementation of workshops and the search for partner projects and help with organising local and international seminars.
About the ideal volunteer, there are no preferences regarding gender, age or study areas. We need an active and well-motivated person, willing to expand his/her horizons through experiencing new adventures and challenges. The volunteers should have the necessary competencies and motivation to work with young people of different backgrounds and with different interests as well as the willingness and openness to learn new things, including working with the computer. The volunteers should be preferable over 20 years old and open-minded towards different working methods, different languages and cultures. No special scientific or studies background is needed, however it will be appreciated any knowledge/skills regarding sports, arts, ideas in finding alternative ways to increase youth participation, activism in several sectors, environmental issues etc.
The countries that are going to be involved are Italy, Spain, France (Martinique), Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Period of the Project
01 June 2018 – 31 March 2019
For more details about the project and coming to Cyprus, you can download the complete Info Pack: