[:en]Living in Poland as EVS volunteer. Something about my experience in Milicz with the Foundation “Mobilny Polacy”[:]

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Hello, my name is Mariangela Barletta and I’m a volunteer of Evs program in Poland.

Actually I’m working in a school named Kom in Milicz, with Mobilny Polacy foundation. I’ve arrived here in January and I will live here for one year.

Milicz is a little town near Wroclaw, there aren’t for sure the opportunities that a big city can offer but I can swear that you would have the impression that time goes really fast doing a lot of activities as much as a big one.

One of the best thing that I’ve discovered living here is the nature. In fact, Milicz is surrounded by lakes and forests that create a magical atmosphere of peace.

Also local people were a good discover, and even if sometimes it’s difficult to communicate with them without knowing polish language, its always possible to be understood. Moreover our foundation offers us the opportunity to learn a bit with a polish teacher.

About my experience, in particular, I can say that these months that I’ve already spent in Milicz changed definitely my life. The large time that I had for me (because I use to work only during the morning) allows me to study things that I was wondering.

For example, I could read a lot of books, improve my English skills and learn things about new cultures, mostly about food!

In my home, in fact, we sometimes use to cook and eat all together, sharing our knowledges and spending a great time. And for sure we relax with a different type of coffee in our balcony (Italian, Greek and Turkish)!

This sharing of cultures helped me to discover something more about me also, and even if sometimes it’s not easy to understand each other I can say that I’m spending a great time with them, because actually they are like a family for me and of course we love to be together at home but also travelling.

I love to travel and being here in Poland let me know a lot of interesting places of this country. Also the Evs program makes you travel for Trainings. Thanks to them I went in Warsaw and in Torun, and it was really an amazing experience, where I could also met some special persons.

Therefore, i really like when also our coordinator prepares activities for us. We love to spend time together making barbecue or being part of traditional festival.

In the end I would really recommend to enjoy Every program, as far as I would recommend you to enjoy my project. It’s an important opportunity to grow up and, why not, to find what you would like to do in your like or maybe to find a good job here directly!

My wishes, Mariangela

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[:it]Julia shares her first impressions of Palermo[:]

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Social and language: Our apartment in Palermo houses volunteers from many different countries around Europe, so the common language is English. The girl from Belarus I am going to cooperate with throughout my stay in Palermo arrived on my second day of the introduction week. I’m looking forward to becoming better acquainted with the other volunteers. My first impression is that Sicilians prefer speaking Italian rather than English, so I hope to learn more Italian and I will be taking a language course through Erasmus+ Online Language Support.

 

Sightseeing: Some of us visited the city of Monreale, a bus-ride outside of Palermo. The view from Monreale was absolutely amazing with tall mountains, all the picturesque houses of Palermo and the big blue ocean. We also visited one of the local markets in Palermo. Here my new acquaintances helped me find good bargains on clothes, shoes and electronics. Later we visited one of the many beaches close to Palermo, and the water was lovely. We also visited a nature reserve with a beautiful view over the ocean.

We also went to a demonstration in Cinisi, another city outside of Palermo. This is an yearly gathering which praises Peppino Impastato. He was born in a Mafia family, but turned his back on and worked against them. He was killed by the Mafia fourty years ago. This happening gathers children, youngsters and grown-ups in a long parade with flags, slogans and songs.

As newcomers in Palermo it was very useful to walk around to the different places where we will work, and also get a feeling of local attractions and meetings points. We also tried to take the overcrowded buses, but I prefer walking,

if I have the time.

 

About the work: We got introduced to the H.R.Y.O. office. This office was once upon a time the stable in an aristocrat household, and has been modernized so it functions both as an office for several organizations and as a place for different cultural events. The people who work in the office seem really nice, warm and friendly, so I’m looking forward to get to know them better.

We are also going to work at the Emmaus secondhand shop, the Mercato Solidale, which is a grand and amazing shop with two floors full of big and small secondhand treasures. I am really looking forward to getting to know this shop more, since I’m a big fan of secondhand shops. I also agreed with one of the staff members that I can help him with learning English, while he helps me to learn Italian. I’m also really looking forward to the free, homemade Italian lunch we are going to get at the Mercato Solidale. It lies in walking distance between the apartment and the office/ the secondhand market.

 

Food and drink: When it comes to food have I tasted the local specialty “brioche con gelato”; which is a wheat bun with ice cream. It is delicious and can be compared to an ice-cream kebab. I had also the opportunity to taste cremino caffe which can be compared to an coffee milkshake, and is a special treat for coffee lovers. As a foodie I have also tasted different kinds of pizza, pasta, lasagna, fruit and coffee. And I’m looking forward to taste even more.[:]

[:it]Olga shares her first impressions of Palermo[:]

[:it]Hi everybody! I’m Olga from Minsk, Belarus. At the beginning of May I started my EVS in Italy with two NGOs – HRYO and Emmaus Palermo.

The project is for a year, but because of my passport expiry date I got visa for 355 days. So lifehack #1 for potential EVSers who will apply for visa check your passport expiry date in advance. Your passport have to be valid for 3 months after your coming back home.

The most popular question which I get from my Belarusian friends “What are you doing there?”. Okay, guys, l will explain.

HRYO – Human rights youth organization works with non-formal human rights education. They arrange different events to promote ideas of human rights among youngsters, especially they are focused on unprivileged social groups. So I am going to help them to find means of human rights promotion.

Emmaus Palermo – is a community of people who work in a charity shop which is in the outskirts of Palermo. There are about of 10 people in the organization. Some of them also live together in the house which is out of the city. There is a tradition in the shop – every day at 1 a.m. we have a lunch together. The shop is very big and on the 3rd floor there is a kitten, so we eat homemade food. I really feel at home there.

In Belarus I have been volunteering at a couple of organizations for 5 years. The topics were – homeless animals, veganism, human rights. So I decided to try myself in international volunteering. I found out about some programs and made decision that EVS is the best one. I was looking for a project on the EVS portal. Actually it took me a year to get to the project. There are some reasons for it. First, I was not looking for an opportunity to live abroad for a year, but wanted to upgrade my skills for NGO work to bring more benefit to my organization when I come back. And the second reason was that some European NGOs don’t want to work with partner countries because of bureaucracy. The was a case one organization in Budapest said to me that I was selected and in a week they wrote to me something like “We talked about you in our organization. We would prefer to have a volunteer from Europe”. But I didn’t give up after it. And then I found HRYO.

First time I wrote to them in winter 2017. They  refused me, because they had a selected volunteer for the coming project. I decided to write to them at the beginning of September and they selected me. On the 25th of December we found out the project was proved by the National Agency.

So that’s how I got in Palero. Now I live with 6 more people in the flat. We came in Palermo by three different programs to work at HRYO. My flatmates are from  Moldova, Romania, England, Norway, Spain. Here a Russian saying can be suitable “We are all so different and still we are together”.

As to the city of Palermo, the biggest advantages for me are:

  • The city is small enough. It is possible to walk to lots of places. Nevertheless there are some buses, trams and one metro line;
  • It is easy to be vegan here. Almost in any local supers I can find things with the label “vegan”. In Belarus vegans have more problems;
  • There are lots parks. I do like sitting under trees;
  • Most of local people are friendly and try to help foreigners.

There are some disadvantages either, sure, but the only one that is worth mentioning is the following. They take cash only in too many places, including cafes and the ATM don’t give cash if you use an American or British bank (and maybe some others). This brought many problems to my friend from the USA.

On the 9th of May I with 4 other volunteers of HRYO went to Cinissi, a small town 30 km from Palermo, to take part in the march of J. Impastato, the local hero who fought against mafia. We came there some hours earlier, so we had an opportunity to enjoy the landscapes. I was very happy to participate in the event, because in Belarus I go to peaceful assemblies as an observer only. So it was a new experience for me.

I hope the year will be useful for me and I will have a lot of fun either.[:]

[:it]Ricerchiamo un volontario/a per il Servizio Volontario Europeo in Cipro! dal 1/07/2018 al 28/02/2019 scadenza per candidarsi è l’15 aprile 2018![:]

[:it]H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization è alla ricerca di

1 volontario/a per il Servizio Volontari Europeo in Cipro!

dal 1/07/2018 al 28/02/2019

scadenza per candidarsi è l’15 aprile 2018!

Titolo del progetto: “KEEP VOLUNTEERING!”

Durata del servizio: 8 mesi

Luogo del servizio: Avgorou Community / Famagusta, Cyprus

Temi del progetto:
– creatività e cultura
– salute e benessere
invecchiamento sano e attivo

 

Organizzazione Ospitante:

Il Consiglio di volontariato comunitario di Avgorou è un’organizzazione volontaria, autonoma e non speculativa, ed un membro del Consiglio Pan Cyprian del Volontariato. È composto da tutti i comitati volontari della comunità Avgorou (club giovanile, consiglio dei genitori, consiglio degli anziani, organizzazioni atletiche, ecc.).

Il suo scopo è quello di offrire servizi sociali ai residenti della zona e migliorare le condizioni della loro vita. Particolarmente importante è la protezione e la cura di parti sensibili della popolazione come i neonati, i bambini, i giovani, gli anziani, le donne lavoratrici ecc.

Per raggiungere gli obiettivi summenzionati, l’organizzazione utilizza i seguenti progetti:
– casa per anziani
– asilo nido e scuola materna
– club di bambini.
– club di anziani.

Oltre ai servizi sociali ai gruppi sensibili della popolazione, dal 2011 l’organizzazione ha realizzato progetti all’interno del programma Gioventù in azione e Erasmus+ (iniziative giovanili, scambio di giovani, EVS) come organizzazione ospitante, organizzazione di invio e coordinamento, in collaborazione con Agenzia Nazionale di Cipro.

 

Attività di volontariato:

L’attività del servizio volontario nei progetti SKE Avgorou è riservata ai bambini e agli anziani della comunità di Avgorou, intesi a migliorare i livelli di vita. Il raggiungimento di questo obiettivo sarà quello di partecipare a tutte le attività del programma con cura e protezione per i bambini, l’età prescolare e l’età scolastica. Inoltre avranno l’opportunità di partecipare all’organizzazione e all’implementazione di eventi sportivi, nonché altre attività dell’Associazione e dei partner (organizzazione e partecipazione a seminari, workshop relativi alla sensibilizzazione alla comunità). Inoltre si attiveranno anche i gruppi di sport, come squadre di pallavolo di ragazze e donne e squadra di pallamano per ragazzi e uomini.

Le attività che i volontari parteciperanno sono i seguenti e riguardano tutti i progetti sopra indicati:
• Aiuto all’alimentazione, alla pulizia, alla cottura, alla colazione, all’allenamento, ecc
• Aiuto (se necessario) nel lavoro amministrativo negli uffici del progetto.
• Aiuto alle escursioni.

Inoltre, i volontari prenderanno la responsabilità di organizzare le proprie attività, come lezioni di ballo, eventi in bicicletta, serate di film, eventi informativi per SVE e Erasmus+ e altre attività a cui potrebbero essere interessati i gruppi target dell’organizzazione e la comunità locale.

 

Requisiti di partecipazione:

  • volontari età compresa tra i 18 ei 30 anni
  • principio del beneficio per e del contatto con la comunità locale
  • apertura mentale per una nuova esperienza
  • volontà di scoprire, imparare e condividere nuove conoscenze
  • volontà di sviluppare / migliorare nuove competenze
  • volontà di imparare una nuova lingua

 

Istruzioni per le candidature:

I giovani interessati a questa posizione del volontariato SVE in Cipro per candidarsi sono richiesti di mandare un CV (preferibilmente in formato Europass) e una lettera di motivazione (relativa alle attività di questo progetto e agli obiettivi d’apprendimento) entro l’15 aprile 2018 all’inidirizzo mail senem.kalafat@hryo.eu.

 

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[:it]Sei pronto a partire? Cerchiamo un volontario SVE per la Polonia da Settembre 2017 a Luglio 2018[:]

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WHAT IS THE PROJECT ABOUT?

Project consists different activities coordinated by Volunteer Center. Volunteers will be involved in work in primary and junior school and in an integration primary school.

MORE INFO: barbara.biskup@centrumwolontariatu.eu (hosting contact)

Your Sending Organization: info@hryo.eu

 

WHAT WILL VOLUNTEERS DO?

  • Help with organizing everyday activities (in primary, junior high school and after school club)
  • Running games and workshops in English (in primary school also during English lessons)
  • Develop after school activities (by running their own workshops, sharing their passions, leading European Club
  • Organizing monthly parties for foreigners living in Kielce
  • Implementing own ideas/local projects connected with human rights or other topic choosed by volunteer
  • Promoting volunteering among children, teachers and parents volunteer attitude and social participation
  • Supporting children (also with disabilities) in their development and different kinds of activities and creativity
  • Meet amazing people and have lots of funJ

WHAT ARE THE LIVING CONDITIONS AND COSTS?

Volunteers are provided with money for travel, pocket money and money for food (monthly pocket and food – 185 EUR) as well as with accommodation and city transport tickets. Volunteers will also attend Polish language classes.

WHO WILL TAKE PART?

EVS activity will be attended by two volunteers. “Schools of change” is an extension of the previous EVS projects implemented by the Volunteer Center. We already have 10 other volunteers that work with us in Kielce in a different activities so EVS volunteers will have a lot of friends 😊

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

As the project requires promotion of volunteering we are looking for people age 17-30 with at least basic volunteer experience (local volunteering, scouting, community service etc…). Basic English is required.

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[:it]Evs HRYO at Palermo Pride 2017[:]

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I had an opportunity to participate in Palermo pride events that were taking place from 28 June until 2nd July. It was a chance for me to enjoy many different concerts and funny shows that got attention of a wide audience. The grand opening started on a big square called Piazza Bologni. Each evening there were so many people coming to listen to music and enjoy the atmosphere. It made me realize how Palermo’s inhabitants support LGBTI community. Diversity is welcomed and it gives people freedom to choose.

During these days the diversity was also represented in colours, in music, in many public events that reached its peak during the last event of Palermo pride day. I was happy to join and while dancing through streets and following music that was coming from big trucks, I understood how it is important to be part of this big group of people that give support to diversity, to LGBTI community.

The most important thing I learned from participating in these events is that we are all equal, we are all humans. Our choices are different, but the respect is to be equal for all.

That is where the importance of the Pride also comes from. It shows how easy but crucial it can be to get together and celebrate our differences.

And it all happened thanks to many organizations that organized and supported Palermo pride 2017, such as Ali d’Aquila, Alibi, Arcigay Palermo, Arci Palermo, Arcobalena, Articolo 3 “Salvatore Rizzuto Adelfio”, Associazione Radicale “David Kato Kinsule”, Blow up, Exit, Famiglie, Arcobalena, Gatta di Pezza, Gino e Massimo Sposi, Gruppo Buddista, Arcobalena, Laboratorio Sud,Labaratorio Zen İnsieme, Qui Palermo,Stay Queer Stay Rebell and many other.[:en]

I had an opportunity to participate in Palermo pride events that were taking place from 28 June until 2nd July. It was a chance for me to enjoy many different concerts and funny shows that got attention of a wide audience. The grand opening started on a big square called Piazza Bologni. Each evening there were so many people coming to listen to music and enjoy the atmosphere. It made me realize how Palermo’s inhabitants support LGBTI community. Diversity is welcomed and it gives people freedom to choose.

During these days the diversity was also represented in colours, in music, in many public events that reached its peak during the last event of Palermo pride day. I was happy to join and while dancing through streets and following music that was coming from big trucks, I understood how it is important to be part of this big group of people that give support to diversity, to LGBTI community.

The most important thing I learned from participating in these events is that we are all equal, we are all humans. Our choices are different, but the respect is to be equal for all.

That is where the importance of the Pride also comes from. It shows how easy but crucial it can be to get together and celebrate our differences.

And it all happened thanks to many organizations that organized and supported Palermo pride 2017, such as Ali d’Aquila, Alibi, Arcigay Palermo, Arci Palermo, Arcobalena, Articolo 3 “Salvatore Rizzuto Adelfio”, Associazione Radicale “David Kato Kinsule”, Blow up, Exit, Famiglie, Arcobalena, Gatta di Pezza, Gino e Massimo Sposi, Gruppo Buddista, Arcobalena, Laboratorio Sud,Labaratorio Zen İnsieme, Qui Palermo,Stay Queer Stay Rebell and many other.[:]

H.R.Y.O. was accreditated as Coordinating, Sending and Receiving organization for E.V.S.

We are happy to annunce that H.R.Y.O. was accreditated as Coordinating, Sending and REceiving organization for European Voluntary Service projects under the Erasmus Plus Programme;

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We invite all organisations want to develop a project with us to contac us sending an e-mail to info@hryo.eu

 

ErasmusThanks to our experience we find it important to improve the skills of facilitators of young people’s learning process – for either a short period (workshops, youth exchanges, trainings) or a longer one (EVS, Erasmus placement, ENPI CBC Med project mobility – work placement of youth workers and unemployed youth etc.). We are promoters of the Youthpass and of the validation of non-formal learning outcomes, therefore we focus a lot on the key competences when it comes to facilitate our target groups’ learning.

In addition to these international projects, the H.R.Y.O. has a wide range of local initiatives and activities. The permanent local activities are as following:
Orto BhRYO
H.R.Y.O. has a parcel of land called Orto BhRYO as a part of a big Urban Garden in Palermo. It aims at providing many environmental, social, and health benefits, such as providing a local source of food, bringing communities and families together, educating people about the origins of food, adding green spaces to our city. Besides, it creates leisure and recreational spaces for us.

Collection point
The used clothes collection point of H.R.Y.O is a new reality for the association that begins to appear in the initial reception activities of migrants. agenzia_nazionale_giovaniBeing present in a city that in recent years has been the destination of many landings, the association has always worked to forge relationships with shelters and communities in order to propose activities for the social inclusion of migrants through local projects.
The migrants were involved in youth exchanges and other activities, and some of them have worked as volunteers in events sponsored by the organization as the Festival of Cultures – Meet Me Halfway and the Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.
The next step that the association wants to take is to strengthen the point of collection of used clothes, with the help of EVS volunteers, to donate to various communities and shelters in the area.
The goal in the medium term is to strengthen the collection point as well as to create a series of local events for the distribution of the collected materials to those who need it the most.

Web Radio
This media is used to spread the association’s international experience and the results of the projects implemented with the involvement of the participants, and to discuss various issues related to human rights. The Web Radio is not only a space for members of the association to present, promote and highlight the H.R.Y.O projects but also a tool that allows young people to make their voices heard debating on current affairs, music and topics of interest.

Annual Activities:

  • Festival of Cultures – Meet me Halfway
  • Rosa Parks
  • Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The organisation is engaged in implementing educational youth projects at local and international level since its foundation. At local level we organize seminars, workshops, and other educative courses for promoting human rights and other democratic, European values. We also involve young people with fewer opportunities (e.g. young migrants, youngsters with disability and minors under the restorative justice program)  in our activities. We provide traineeship possibilities for university students and volunteers. At international level, we have wide experience with the implementation of Youth in Action and Erasmus+ projects. Besides, we have been hosting international trainees from European and Mediterranean countries.

Evs for Human Rights, Thinking Globally, acting locally

“General standards of human rights apply to the people of all countries because, regardless of their cultural background, all humans share an inherent yearning for freedom, equality and dignity.”
EVS For Human Rights: Thinking Globally , Acting Locally is a long terme EVS project coordinate by Human Rights Youth organization based in Italy and develloped by the partneship with Nepal, India and Cameroon. This project grow up together with the ideas of the volunteras shared with the H.R.Y.O. to make a project which could developed the different 10478239_807492965950158_6698122417710535022_nrural areas in the world, expecially to underline the importance of Humans Rights in those areas which unfortunately are not still always garanteed. The idea of the project come up because each participant in his own way have been increasing this theme in different ways but with the same personal persistent motivation. The objectives are basically two, one is to let the competences of the volunteer grow up him self and the other one is the contribution of the volunteer wich delvelop the local community at the same time. The project will involve 6 volunteers from Italy , two for each hosting country. The implementation activities will be arranged with the aim to support the local community to develop their knowledge about Human Rights and their uses. Considereted every rural place conditions all the three organizations will use social activities based on non formal education trying to involve as much as possible the local community; this will help also to underline the important role of the volunteers for the community, but also to make each voluntear still felling part of a global project. Even if all of them are acting locally with the media education tool they will have the responsability to field a common blog which will let them share informations between them ,but also they will produce something to the world , expecially showing how and what is going on for real unfortunately in each hosting country.

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