Volunteers for the civil society in Georgia
Location: Zugdidi, Georgia
Period: 02/10/2017 – 04/04/2018
Deadline: 31 August 2017
We are searching Polish or Foreign living in Poland with residance permit to participate in long term EVS project in Zugdidi, Georgia in organization Association Merkuri. You will organize educational workshops and cultural events for local community.
The mission of Association: the assistance in development of civil society. Strategy of Association: women and children rights and their education. The aims of organization: supporting the development of civil society in Georgia, action aimed at resolving conflicts through peaceful means, the introduction of educational initiatives in Georgia, working with international and local youth programme, support the young people physical, spiritual and educational development and to develop educational initiatives in the field of civil society.
Target-groups: women, teenagers and children, represented by the local and IDP (Internally Displaced Persons/Refugees) women and children.
At our organization is Youth club. Our organization works for 2 directions: Youth and gender programs. Organisation structure: number of members our organization are 15 people. Board 5 women.4 people are full-time, 6 people are by part-time 5 people are volunteers. Our activities are: project The prevention company of violence in Samegrelo Region until 2015, participation in international Actions against climate change, 350, World AIDS day, International company 16 days against women violence, trainings, seminars, public lectures for youth, conferences for teenagers, language courses for youth, Youth club.
Both long term volunteers will have the same proposed activities:
-working with some groups of young people with fewer opportunities:
*visits to compact centers,where IDP families are living.First visits can be informational
*recruit young persons from IDP compact centers to learn needs and interest of this target groups,make brainstorming about possible activities,actual themes etc.
*together with local activists run activities for children(6-12 year) from this compact centers:sport and outdoor activities,work-shops
* activities for adults from compact centers
-collect and promoting local social and cultural events;
-information tables and providing logistical support,
-organize Youth club (short workshops about different topics. Assisting trainer in language courses, organising summer school. Outdoor activities:games,excursions,competitions, photography workshops with children etc.).
-organize play sessions and sport events for children, families, young parents, womens as private schools, library, art gallery, women club etc..
-organize cinema club,choosing the films,watching and make discussions(movies will be connected with intercultural dialogue,showing intercultural issues,european values,activie citizenship,activity at the local level etc.).
-create media materials about the activities as well as about voluntary service generally and promote it on social media platforms (facebook,blogs etc.)
Widening informal network of Merkuri by getting in touch with NGOs,local authorities,active youth workers,institutions, through the informal connections created during the above activities.
-invite local young people to events(e.g. performances, exhibitions,open craft workshops) organised by participants of youth exchanges, trainings, voluntary actions taking place in our organization
-involve the local youngsters to the rural development carried out by the EVSers and activities related to the protection of nature: e.g. cleaning paths and wells, marking paths. Organize voluntary actions with the students from the closely high schools (e.g. cleaning the forest, painting tourist signs, painting the walls of the youth club). the main aim is to show them the value of voluntary and social work.
-present national and international programmes for local young people,supporting their application,supporting their preparation for the international projects and organizing follow-up meetings after the programmes.
-support the local youngsters to take their ideas into actions by giving information and cooperating with them.
-activities related to heritage protection: e.g. collecting and scanning old photos, cataloguing book donations to the local libraries, noting down old recipes-the aim is to engage local inhabitants and show them the value of their traditions and culture in globalized world.
-helping staff of organisation with everyday work as much as one can(eg.fundraising,collecting of needful information in internet, periodically updating a web-page of the organisation,technical support etc).
VOLUNTEER PROFILES AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS:
We would like to invite young people who are: interested in social work, educational science studies, psychology, gender issues, women right protection, interested in Georgian culture, history and current problems of local community. We hope he or she will be creative, having interest in working with young people and in intercultural communication, optimistic, outgoing and honest. Flexible, friendly and helpful, independent, with ability to show initiative, responsible and trustworthy, interested in work with children, youth, and internally displaced people are good to see.
Volunteers will be selected first through their CVs and Motivation Letters in English. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org untill 31st of August 2017.
All the candidates will be treated equally through the whole selection process. First round of interviews will be conducted by the recruiting team in the sending organization and the second round in the host organization. EVS volunteering in our organisation understand potentially assigned tasks their role and agree with offered living conditions (which may be of lower standard than in their country of origin).
Merkuri will provide volunteers with working space which includes: own desk, personal computer, internet connection, office materials. Human and technical resources of the organization will be available to the volunteers any time.In order to enable the volunteers to implement their personal projects, a permanent support will be proposed in order the realize his ideas and project.
Merkuri will offer the volunteer the opportunity to live in a host family. The volunteer will share a room with other volunteer. The house will have electricity and hot water an also bathroom. House will be near to our office. Approximately 10-15 minutes walk.
However, if the volunteer will decide that he wants to live in a separate flat, Merkuri will help the volunteer to find a decent flat.
Food: volunteers will prepare their own meals. They will receive amount of 70,00 EUR for food and Pocket money in amunt of 80 euro per month will go directly to the volunteer /according to the Erasmus+ rules.
Local transport: The volunteer will be given resources for local transport where necessary.