Activities

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YE allow groups of young people from different countries to meet and live together for up to 21 days. During a Youth Exchange, participants jointly carry out a work programme (a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities, etc.) designed and prepared by them before the Exchange.
Youth Exchanges allow young people to: develop competences; become aware of socially relevant topics/thematic areas; discover new cultures, habits and life-styles, mainly through peer-learning; strengthen values like solidarity, democracy, friendship, etc. The learning process in Youth Exchanges is triggered by methods of non-formal education. Youth Exchanges are based on a transnational cooperation between two or more participating organizations from different countries within and outside the European Union.

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Training courses allow youth workers to improve or develop new competences and do networking.
This activity supports the professional development of youth workers in the form of a) participation of youth workers in seminars, training courses, contact-making events, study visits; b) a job shadowing/observation period abroad in an organization active in the youth field.

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This activity allows young people aged 17-30 to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service for up to 12 months in another country within or outside the European Union. Young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organizations dealing with youth information and policies, young people’s personal and socio-educational development, civic engagement, social care, inclusion of disadvantaged, environment, non-formal education programmes, ICTs (Information and Communication Technology) and media literacy, culture and creativity, development cooperation, etc.
An EVS project can include between 1 and 30 volunteers who can do their voluntary service either individually or in group.
Participating organizations are responsible for:

  • arranging subsistence, lodging and local transports of volunteers;
  • envisaging tasks and activities for volunteers that respect the qualitative principles of the European Voluntary Service, as described in the EVS Charter;
  • providing to volunteers an on-going task-related, linguistic, personal and administrative support throughout the duration of the activity.

The participation in an EVS activity must be free of charge for volunteers, with the exception of a possible contribution for travel costs (if the Erasmus+ grant does not fully cover these costs) and additional expenses not linked to the implementation of the activity. The essential costs for volunteers’ participation in the EVS activity are covered by the Erasmus+ grant or through other means afforded by the participating organizations.
Besides the support provided to the volunteers by the participating organizations, the National Agencies or regional SALTOs organize a Training and Evaluation Cycle to be attended by each volunteer and consisting of:
a) an on-arrival training;
b) a mid-term evaluation, for voluntary services lasting more than 6 months.

The following activities are NOT considered as a European Voluntary Service within the framework of Erasmus+:

  • occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering; a work placement in an enterprise; a paid job; a recreation or tourist activity; a language course; exploitation of a cheap workforce; a period of study or vocational training abroad.

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Synergy Bulgaria provides space for people to learn and develop by taking an action in a field of personal interest. The areas where we can provide mentorship and coaching are:

  • Project design and writing
  • Project management and coordination
  • Trainership (becoming a trainer)
  • Facilitation of non-formal learning activities

What else that is also available is that you can approach us an ask us a question related to the fields we work in. Then, together we can figure it out what is there for you.
If you are willing to learn and develop in the field of youth projects, contact us!

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Read more:

Mobility project for young people and youth workers
Volunteering – EVS guidеlines
User’s Guide of Travel Reimbursement

 
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