Noored Ühiskonna Heaks (NYH) is promoting a call for volunteer for an European Solidarity Corps placement called “Intergenerational Solidarity” for 11 months, which will take place from 1st October 2019 to 31th August 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Coordinating Organization: ProAtlântico – Associação Juvenil
Hosting Organization: Poetas do Futuro
Poetas do Futuro is an educational non-profit cooperative, funded in June 2010. Its activities occur inside of the Conde de Oeiras school. The aims of Poetas do Futuro are:
– facilitate the access of students to after class activities, while ensuring monitoring their school work along the school terms;
– encourage socialization, conducting group, sports, cooperation and exchanges activities, seeking an healthy and civic growth, out of the school terms.
Poetas do Futuro provides support to students from 5th to 9th grade of two public schools.
It also promotes international exchanges and cooperation with other social solidarity entities.
Profile of the volunteer:
The profile of the volunteer will have general requirements: proactive, motivated to work in a social housing environment, with sense of responsibility, like to work in a team, flexible, with handwork skills, with communication ability, mature to work with social and economic disadvantaged community.
A high motivation to work with children, young people and elderly and special interest on music, dance, theatre, sports, cooking, computers, handicrafts, gardening, history, photography, arts, can be an added value, since these areas their fields of interest and will be the way to reach their attention.
Is expected the volunteers have a positive attitude, patience and good listening capacity.
We will look for volunteers who are interested in working with a commitment to volunteering and had chosen our project because of the experience and development they will gain not only because it’s in Portugal.
The volunteer has to be between 18 and 30 years, with: good integration capability; willingness to share experiences and cultural habits.
Tasks of the volunteer
The role of the volunteers will be mainly to help the team of Poetas do Futuro to create a healthy environment, and open the horizons of the community, especially children and young people.
Therefore, the volunteers have to give a lot of care and transmit a feeling of confidence in their relation with the community. This can be achieved by creating a good relationship and earning their trust.
The volunteers will be integrated in the after-school activities facility, developing the following activities:
*Organisation and planning of activities, games, study visits, workshops.
*Implementation of activities with children and young people: games, school support, promotion of cultures, habits, customs and traditions.
*Participation is solidarity projects and actions: fairs, games, generations meetings;
*Participation in summer camps
*Assist in special celebrations (ex: decoration for Christmas, Carnival, Easter)
Volunteers are also invited to give ideas about activities they want to promote with the customers, like make presentation of their country of origin through a gastronomic activity, musical, or others, based on their own experience or sensitivity.
The activities will be done always under the supervision of the team from the institution.
The volunteers also have the chance to implement a personal project with a financial support from ProAtlântico.
Volunteers will also do tasks of Divulgation of Erasmus + (in schools, Universities, youth clubs and youth events):
- Organization of exhibitions, presentations and conversations with Portuguese young people or future volunteers to motivate young people to be more active or give visibility to their project;
- Inform young people about the volunteering experience as a EVS/ volunteer in Portugal and provide information about some aspects of the volunteer’s country (ex: culture, language, cultural places, etc.).
In these activities, the volunteer must use the clothes provided to that activity (t-shirt, cap, etc).
All volunteers are supposed to organize at least one intercultural event about their country and culture and participate in events promoted by other volunteers
Each month, the volunteer must write a small article about his/her experience and add some photos to be used in social media to promote this kind of projects.
The volunteers will collaborate 35 hours per week during 5 days a week (30 hours of activities + 5 hours for trainings, language support, mentorship meetings, reports, etc.). Although, the volunteers might work different hours per day.
The schedule will be defined by the hosting organization on arrival of the volunteer and it can change according to the activities.
The volunteers will have 2 consecutive free days each week that can vary from week to week according to the needs of the hosting organization. However, when the hosting organization has activities on volunteer’s free days and the volunteers are asked to work, they might have to choose another free day, since the collaboration of the volunteers is important.
The volunteers have the right to take the Portuguese National official holidays as free days, when they match with working days. They can’t use their own national holiday as a free day, unless they use a vacation day.
It is not possible to work more hours in each day to have 3 days free each week. It is needed to work 5 days each week.
The volunteers have the right to take the Portuguese National official holidays as free days, when they match with working days.
The volunteers will have 2 days of holidays per month for the duration of the project, to be taken in agreement between the volunteers and the team. The volunteers can join the holidays or take them by month. The volunteers must discuss with the project supervisor from the hosting organization the dates of holidays at least one month before.
The volunteer is entitled to one return travel ticket between the sending and the receiving country. The sending organization will help the volunteer to purchase tickets. If the cost of the ticket is more expensive than the amount of money approved, the volunteer will be responsible to cover the difference. An itinerary must be sent to ProAtlântico to get an approval before the ticket is bought.
Volunteers from Estonia: 530,00 euros for both ways
ProAtlântico – Associação Juvenil will provide 5€ per day to cover costs of food and extra expenses (ex: cleaning materials, …) during non-working time. The volunteer can use the food money to buy own food, cook in the apartment, eat in a restaurant, etc.).
During working time the receiving organization provides a suitable meal in the organization’s facilities, which is based on a Mediterranean diet. It is important to refer that this project doesn’t provide Vegan meals or Halal food.
It is not possible for the volunteer to get money instead of the food provided during the working time.
ProAtlântico provides accommodation in an apartment, University residence, hostel, hosting family or at Casa Europa, in double bedroom with fully equipped kitchen, toilet and living room.
The costs with electricity, water, gas, TV and Internet are covered by the project. The volunteers will have towels and bed clothes for the entire period of the project.
It is not possible to get a single room. The rooms are always shared with another volunteer of the same gender.
It is not possible for the volunteer to find his own accommodation and get money for it.
Host guests and animals and Couch Surfing is not allowed in the accommodation provided by ProAtlântico.
ProAtlântico can help you to find a cheap place for accommodation for your friends or relatives.
A monthly local transport allowance is provided to cover at least the costs between the accommodation and project place. The volunteer must ask for receipt and keep it safe to give to the receiving organization team to be reimbursed.
The volunteer will receive a pocket money for personal expenses of 5,00€ per day.
ProAtlântico guarantees that the volunteer will have online linguistic through the platform OLS.
Before the activity start, the volunteer is asked to make an online test. A new test will be made in the end of the activity to assess the level of learning of Portuguese language.
Learning Portuguese language will depend much of the volunteers work at home and in their daily contact with the local community.
All the interested people should fill send the CV and Motivation Letter in English to firstname.lastname@example.org