Noored Ühiskonna Heaks (NYH) is promoting ESC calls for participants for European Solidarity Corps projects (ESC) which will take place in Austria.
Vacancy 1: Miravita Innviertel (Duration 6-12 months starts from March/April 2023).
Miravita is Latin and means „wonderful life“ – and this is exactly what our organization wants to offer persons with special needs. The special needs of our customers are due to cognitive impairment. The aim of our institution is to assist our customers in living, working and educational interests. Persons with special needs shall be included into society and thereby be as independent as possible. Miravita is a small organization in Upper Austria offering a residential home for fourteen people and workshops for forty-five. The living house for two groups of seven persons each provides on two floors a personal room with a bathroom for each customer and a generous kitchen and living room for each group. In the living house people are cared for round the clock (personal hygiene, dressing, shopping, cooking, going for walks, cleaning, leisure time activities). Miravita also runs different workshops for 45 customers. In the respective groups activities are offered corresponding to the talents and resources of the individual persons. These groups focus on creative activities in various media, gardening, cooking and multi media. The residential home is located at Waldzell. The workshops are based in Waldzell in two different houses. Waldzell belongs to the Innviertel, a region of Upper Austria with beautiful landscape.
The main goal of organizations like Miravita is to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities into society and to assist them in pursuing their autonomy. The work of Miravita is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and on the Upper Austrian Equal Opportunities Act. Our volunteers will support the team of the respective group in the daily work with our customers. The size of the team varies according to the needs of the customers. The team consists of qualified staff members with professional experience in the field of working with people with cognitive impairment. Sometimes trainees, civil attendants, or other volunteers assist the team. We offer to our volunteers the opportunity to promote social inclusion, to exercise solidarity, and to do this in an European context. This means the chance to learn or improve the German language, to experience Austrian culture and lifestyle. Possible leisure time activities range from high culture to sports and exploring our country‘s many sightseeing attractions.
Because the work of our volunteers is embedded in the work of the respective team with its qualified staff, there is no danger of unintended negative effects or doing any harm.
FOOD & FINANCIAL SUPPORT
MEALS: Miravita has a kitchen for customers and staff. You will get free lunch on your working days. For the other meals you have the possibility to use the common room with cooking facilities in your accommodation, to cook on your own or with your co-volunteers.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT: You will receive a monthly food and pocket money from Miravita (402 Euro).
We are calling for two ESC-volunteers. One will support one of our workshops at Waldzell and the other one of our residential groups at Waldzell.
Vacancy 2: CARITAS UPPER AUSTRIA INVITA (Duration 6 -12 months starts from February 2023)
Caritas Upper Austria INVITA has different projects, that are looking for volunteers. The volunteers will support our Activity Groups and Assisted Living groups in Engelhartszell and in the near surrounding in Engelhartszell. The accommodations for all volunteers are situated in Engelhartszell. The volunteers, who will support our groups in the near surrounding in Engelhartszell will commute to and from the project group with our shuttle service or via a provide car.
Total volunteer opportunities: 4 participants
- 1 volunteer (location: St. Ägidy, Project Start: February 2023)
1 project place at the Activity Group „Pamingerhof“
- 2 volunteers (location: Engelhartszell, Project Start: February 2023)
1 project place at the Activity Group “Laundry Shop/Kitchen”
1 places at the Activity Group “Beschäftigung 1”
- 1 volunteer (location: Haibach ob der Donau, Mitterndorf Project Start: February 2023)
1 places at the Assisted Living Group “Haibach”
OVERVIEW CARITAS UPPER AUSTRIA INVITA
In the beautiful countryside of Upper Austria – just next to the Danube – in a small village called Engelhartszell – the headquater of Caritas INVITA is located. INVITA is part of the Caritas Upper Austria, and attends to people with psychological and physical disabilities in living, working and educational interests. The overall aim is to include people with disabilities into the society and to enhance their autonomy in daily life. The offer of INVITA to its clients is based on the principals of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled and on the Upper Austrian Equal Opportunities Act.
INVITA’s clients are female and male grown-ups, with different psychological and physical disabilities. We offer to our clients living opportunities at the Assisted Living Groups and work opportunities at the Activity Groups, as well as Mobile Care. The volunteers will support the team on the groups in their daily work for the clients. Each team has a teamleader, and the size of the team varies according to the need of the clients. The team consists of qualified staff members, with proven qualifications and professional experience in the field of working with people with psychological and physical disabilities. Some groups also get support from trainees, civil attendants, and other volunteers.
ASSISTED LIVING GROUPS: This are the groups where our clients live. Volunteers in the Assisted Living Groups support our staff in their daily work routine. The daily routine is to support our clients to run their household, prepare food, support with dressing, cooking, writing, reading, talking, cleaning, etc. Also typical maybe to accompany clients to their work places, and to accompanion them during their leisure time (e.g. taking a walk, out- and indoor activities, handi-craft work, etc.). For detailed description of each groups see the profil sheets “Steckbriefe” of the groups.
ACTIVITY GROUPS: This are the groups where our clients work. The daily routine is to support our staff and clients in their work environment and their activity tasks and given chores. Depending on a client’s condition the tasks will vary. For detailed description of each groups see the profil sheets “Steckbriefe” of the groups.
OWN PROJECT: The volunteers are invited to bring in their own ideas, set up projects within their project groups and/or together with the other volunteers. Whatever the project idea is, we will try to support to realize it.
GERMAN LESSONS: Every volunteers, who has no sufficient knowledge of the German language will take part in the arranged German language course (level A1). Afterwards volunteers shall proceed with learning the German language via the OLS (Online language support).
FINANCIAL SUPPORT: From Caritas invita you will receive a monthly food and pocket money.
THE LOCATION – ENGELHARTSZELL: To give you an idea about where Engelhartszell is: it is about 56 kilometers from Linz, the capital of Upper Austria and about 29 kilometres from Passau, Germany. The place were you will be accomondated, Engelhartszell or “Ezell” (how we call it), has about 1.000 inhabitants and is a village in the countryside, just next to the Danube.
PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STABILITY: As you are volunteering in the field of people with physical and psychological disabilities, and as you are also facing a new culture, a new language, a new surrounding, new people, different challanges – it is MENDATORY, if volunteering for INVITA, that you are in physical and mental/psychological stable health conditions!
HOW TO APPLY ?
- Application Form (It needs to be downloaded and prepared specifically for vacancy/ vacancies)
There are 6 vacancies available, and participants should be between 18-30 years old.
After you prepare documents above, you should send them via email to our contact person- Marco Santos- with subject of ‘‘ESC-Austria02’’: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: ASAP
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