During 30 months (between February 2018 – July 2020), the project “YES to Volunteering!” (official acronym YeToVo!) will further develop volunteering within the YesForum network by organizing activities of the European Volunteer Service dedicated to young people with fewer opportunities, and ensuring the sustainability of the project through 3 staff trainings. Therefore, this initiative will strengthen the results of the previous EVS4ALL project, participating in the new EU initiative, the European Solidarity Corps. To achieve these goals, the project will be coordinated by YesForum, a network of youth and social organizations committed to helping vulnerable young people across Europe and will rely on partners who share the same dedication to working with disadvantaged youth. This will involve a balanced combination of organizations already experienced in EVS and potential EVS organizations who want to start participating in volunteer programs, to bring in new actors with relevant expertise in working with disadvantaged youth in this field.
The project “YES to Volunteering!” will combine the implementation of EVS activities within its partnership with 3 staff trainings, these activities contributing to their mutual quality.
“YeToVo” it will focus, first and foremost, on the implementation of quality EVS activities due to the exchange of volunteers between partner organizations. The activities will be dedicated to young people with reduced chances, with a mix of 8 short-term and 9 long-term EVS mobilities in Romania, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, to adapt each activity to the profile of volunteers.
The implementation of these EVS activities will have two phases:
Phase 1: The experienced EVS organizations, which already have the relevant accreditations, will first implement the EVS activities starting in 2018.
Phase 2: The potential EVS organizations, having received the relevant accreditations thanks to the training and the support provided through the first training of the staff, will implement, in their turn, the EVS activities starting with the first semester of 2019.
EVS volunteers, in addition to their activities within the host organizations, will also participate in staff trainings that will be organized during their placement. In this way, the staff trainings will also include the direct contribution of young people, as EVS volunteers will share their experiences, expectations, wishes and comments as volunteers with the staff of the partners during the meetings. On the other hand, offering these learning opportunities to young EVS volunteers will have a particular impact in raising awareness of the situation of other young Europeans, getting to know the partners involved, understanding the concept of seminars and developing common knowledge, participating in organized meetings.
The training of the personnel will be done through 3 trainings, during the 2 years of implementation, having as purpose:
Strengthening the capacities of the organizations already involved in the EVS component of the Erasmus + program;
Providing potential EVS organizations with the necessary training and support they need to get involved in this activity.
In addition to the 3 staff trainings, YesForum will provide ongoing support to all partners to assist, on the one hand, potential EVS organizations in the process of applying for and receiving EVS accreditation and in preparing and implementing the first EVS activities in 2019. , and on the other hand, facilitating the transition from EVS to the European Solidarity Corps, of organizations with relevant experience in the field.
Coordinator: YesForum – Germany
- Asociația Nevo Parudimos – România
- Go Foundation – Olanda
- Zefiro Cooperativa – Italia
- The Inclusion Network – Marea Britanie
- IB Berlin-Brandenburg – Germania
- Stiftung Ev. Jugendhilfe St. Johannis Bernburg – Germania
- KEK IEKEP – Grecia
Acest proiect este Co-Finanțat de către programul Erasmus+ al Comisiei Europene.
Hello everybody, My name is Nadja, I’m 18 years old and I come from Germany. After my graduation, I wanted to take the opportunity to go abroad and broaden my horizon, so I decided to do a European Voluntary Service in Romania. This program offers me the chance to gather new experiences in culture and language. My responsibilities in Nevo Parudimos include the coordination of a Youth Center, in which we develop daily activities with youngsters. Beside that, I love to travel around and discover new places.