EVS vacancy in Spain

Burgos Solidaria y Sostenible 2016EVS

Location: Burgos, Spain

Period: 01/04/2016 – 31/12/2016

Deadline: 19 February 2016

Amycos works towards social change and a fairer society through joint work in different actions: educational and awareness for people of the local community, another in solidarity with immigrant populations in great difficulty, and another, promoting voluntary international program directed mainly to the younger population. Therefore, it is important for volunteers to participate fully in the project, having the desire to contribute actively and agree on the objectives. Under these conditions, the experience can become an opportunity to determine the human and professional growth of the volunteer.

Experiences and competences: Considering the tasks that will be assigned, it’s preferable that volunteers have past experiences of work, either volunteer or paid, in a educational sector and should be sensitive and involved in social issue as immigration, cultural differences and poverty. In addition others useful skills are a predisposition for public relations, data gathering, managing of websites and basic Spanish skills will be especially appreciated.
Personality: During the project the volunteers will be in contact with the users of the activities executed by Amycos, so they should show, overall, adequate social and communicative skills, to let them work in a group, and in a multi cultural context.

The volunteers involved working closely to AMYCOS’s staff and they will have the opportunity to learn according with the methodology of the “learning by doing”. Actually, the project aims to involve a volunteer in each of the three main action areas in the following activities.
The Development Education and Awareness. The volunteer in this area will be involved in the organization and implementation of several courses, workshops and events with the target to promote knowledge and solidarity values. He/She will take charge of the preparation of the equipments for participants, communicating with them and welcoming them on arrival, preparing classrooms and guided tours of the many exhibitions. The volunteer will be directly involved in the “solidarity” workshops that daily AMYCOS with the support of other organizations provided in the city and in the province of Burgos through the project “Foro Solidario” de Caja de Burgos. These activities are aimed at pupils of Primary and Secondary Schools, as well as, groups of all ages belonging to associations or other groups in Burgos and the province seek to contribute to the education of the students, through knowledge and the promotion of solidarity values, thus awakening attitudes of tolerance, respect and peaceful coexistence.
Social Action Area. In this area, the volunteer will participate actively in carrying out a variety of daily activities to support the migrant population of Burgos who are in more precarious situations, promoting their rights and contributing to their social, professional and cultural integration in the city, to enjoy a respectable life. AMYCOS, with his team of volunteers and in collaboration with other organizations of Burgos, carries out various activities in a several spheres. The first one consists of a reception area, where the volunteer will have to register people, who are coming and to present them the different services and the rules to get the help. Beyond this informative and administrative work, the volunteer will attend day to day the social dining service and the distribution of food and clothes bags. The second sphere is connected with education and training, in this case, in the afternoon the volunteer will attend the Primary and High school support for the sons and daughters of immigrants, they will also participate fully in Spanish classes to facilitate their understanding using languages skills. The last area concern is the immigrant’s leisure time, basically the volunteer will promote the organization of events and social activities, such as “The Cafetín ” served twice a day after Spanish classes, indoor soccer games, guided tours to nearby cities, celebrations, parties, etc.
The promotion of the local and international volunteering. The volunteer implicated in this area will be involved in the promotion, organization and fruition of trade fairs and charity events, exhibitions and raffles promoted by AMYCOS; for planning and carrying out educational activities to realize with children during the events in Burgos and its province; and in the preparation, participation and delivery of lectures, about local and international volunteering opportunities, as well as, the work that Amycos is carrying out in Latin America with its own projects. Another important contribution of the volunteer will be support the office (project management, mailings, computer maintenance, photo file management, database management, etc.) and the warehouse management (organization of existing materials, installation and removal of exhibits and the warehouse maintenance). Office activities including matters connected with communication, such as writing articles for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, updating and improving our website, sending emails to publicise initiatives and events. In this last area, the volunteer will have greater freedom to design and suggest new volunteering and co-operation projects, promoting their ideas and receiving a support by AMYCOS team.

The volunteers will work for 30/34 hours for a week, including training sessions, monitoring and Spanish classes. All these moments are mandatory being important for the integration and for improvement of language understanding. Each volunteer have two consecutive days off per week (usually on Saturdays and Sundays), although these may change depending on the specific needs of each work area. At these days of rest they can add others two days off per month in according to their tutors.
Accommodation costs will be paid by Amycos and the volunteer to receive a monthly allowance of 135 € for the maintenance costs plus pocket money of 105 €.
For the travel cost there is contribution based on the travel distance per participant from their place of residence to the venue of the activity and return (likely to be a maximum of 180 € for the volunteers from Portugal, 275 € for the volunteer from Italy and 370 € for the volunteer from Bulgaria). In any case, before completing the purchase of the ticket (just one-way) the volunteer or the sending organization will have to contact with the coordinator of the project, who will give the authorization to go on with the purchase of the ticket.

Our EVS project will involve 3 volunteers coming from different countries (Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria), who will be inserted for 9 months, from April 2016, in the context of AMYCOS´ work in the city of Burgos and its province.
In the recruiting process we will reflect the general openness of EVS and the spirit of the Program and we guarantee transparency. Volunteers will be chosen on the basis of their Curriculum Vitae, Motivation Letter and a Skype interview. We invite the Sending Organizations to preselect the volunteers available and introduce them to the project supporting their candidature and the identification of the work area in which they would take part in. All the documents (completed with CV and Motivation Letter) should be sent to: europa@amycos.org