3E: EVS Eastern Express Application form
VENUE: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
DURATION: starting 1 December 2017 for 12 months
Participants: 3( 1 from Ukraine; 1 from Moldova; 1 from Gerogia)

Active Bulgarian Society /ABS/ mainly focuses on cooperation with Bulgarian and foreign youth organizations to exchange experience in the field of sustainable development, education, culture, youth issues in the context of Euro-integration process, promote dialogue between young people from EU member states and candidate countries. We work in the field of mobility learning such as organizing and being partners in many training courses, youth exchanges, eco and volunteer initiatives, active European citizenship activities, sport, cultural, social, seminars, conferences. Since 2016 we are Eurodesk Multiplier for our region. This helps us to inform, guide and empower young people from our region to participate in learning mobility programmes and encourage them to become active citizens. ABS has large experience with organizing eco-initiatives, volunteer campaigns, debates on topical issues, happenings, flash mobs, training courses, intercultural dialogue projects and other events where we try to foster interest and active participation of young people and youth workers from our region.

"3E: EVS Eastern Express" foresees participation of 3 volunteers from Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine in 12-months project hosted by Active Bulgarian Society /ABS/ in Blagoevgrad and Sofia, Bulgaria. The main "3EVS" idea is to give an opportunity to 3 young people with economic and educational obstacles from the partner countries to enter their path of social development, both personal and professional and in the same time to contribute to the reinforcement of cultural dialogue, youth policy and European awareness in the area of Blagoevgrad and Sofia.

"3E: EVS Eastern Express" aims to empower young people from Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia to learn from Union practices in the field of youth work and then apply the knowledge received to the youth field back home thus promoting European values and cooperation and non-formal education among their peers.

Among activities offered to the volunteers are: support ABS communication channels including social media and communication with international partners, supporting organizations of international mobility activities such as trainings and youth exchanges, providing information about Erasmus+ and learning mobility to the local youth, organizing local social events / e.g. chat clubs/, language tandems and other interactive activities for young people, working with Eurodesk database and many others.
Each volunteer will be encouraged to propose own personal project idea, an activity that shall be beneficial both for the target group ABS is working on the daily basis and for the volunteer(s) themselves in terms of learning objectives. The main methodology used throughout the project is dialogue and problem-based learning, learning by doing and direct engagement in activities. As a result, all three volunteers will develop a greater awareness of European citizenship and various transversal skills including such as digital skills, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, social skills and international communication, management and presentation skills and others.

The volunteers will be hosted in shared rooms with another volunteer/ from the same sex/ in their own flat with bathroom, terrace and kitchen, fully furnished with all the necessary kitchen utensils. All expenses with the accommodation would be covered. The volunteers will be engaged in activities 30 -35 working hours a week.
Each month the volunteer will receive EUR190 for food and pocket money.

The coordinating organization provides the volunteer with a mentor’s support who will help the volunteer set learning goals and together they may evaluate them after the project has finished. Also, the mentor can help the volunteer with emergency situations, such as going to the doctor, or orientation and information about the local life and all events happening.

Even though the working language is English, still each volunteer will have the opportunity to attend a Bulgarian language course. Language support will be arranged by coordinating institution. Course will be held by professional Bulgarian as a foreign language teacher.

18-30 years old, unemployed, finished or excluded of the formal education system, or with economical difficulties. The most important criteria in the selection process would be the MOTIVATION, communication level of English language skills, and basic computer skills.

Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to address them via email to: absociety.info@gmail.com

You can find more information from the articles of our current and past EVS volunteers on our website in the section Stories: https://www.activebulgariansociety.org/blog

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