E.V.S. – Explore the voluntary spirit ІІ
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Period: 15/04/2016 – 15/10/2016
Deadline: 25 March 2016
SMART Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to help young people from different communities to improve their quality of life by developing and improving their social and “soft” skills. Our team is focused at improving the mental and physical health of people in need of social support, protecting civil and human rights of people in difficulty and / or disability and developing and strengthening the spiritual values in civil society.
Each volunteer will have the opportunity to participate in planning and implementing activities within foundation’s ongoing projects, and will be encouraged and supported to implement their own initiatives in small communities within the city (work with pupils in schools, organizing activities for youth, neighborhood and social events, etc.) through which they will identify and strengthen their social interests and skills, will gain organizational and communication experience, and will practice the language.
The volunteers help the staff in all kinds of ways. The tasks are generally carried out in the office, and consist amongst others out of creative tasks, organizational tasks, research tasks and working with communication media. The volunteers work very independently and with little supervision. Because the work of the volunteers is supportive in nature and because their workload is manageable, the volunteers have enough room for their personal projects.
We will work with our volunteers to find out what are their strengths, interests, skills, what are their wishes for further development, to reinforce their communication, project and administrative skills. We will encourage volunteers to use maximum of their imagination, practical skills, cultural background and to develop practical activities to ease the communication within communities they will be working with.
Practical arrangement of service:
The volunteers will be provided with round-trip tickets from their home towns to Sofia (preferably by air but also possible – bus, depending on the personal preferences and fairs). The costs will be fully or partially covered within the project as per the Erasmus+ regulations.
All 4 volunteers are sharing one 2-bedroom apartment where they will be sharing rooms in pairs based on gender. The apartment is in the very center of Sofia and provides enough space for 4 people. It has a living room with a dining room, separate kitchen, bathroom and storage room. Apartment rent and utilities will be covered by us within certain monthly allowance per person which will be stated in the agreement to be signed between the organizations and the volunteer.
Each volunteer will receive a mobile phone with a Bulgarian number which allows certain amount of minutes of phone calls within Bulgaria and Europe. The mobile phone expenses are covered by SMART within a certain limit and the over-use is covered by the volunteer on a monthly basis and as per the invoice.
Each volunteer receives unlimited pass for the Sofia public transportation covered by SMART.
The group of volunteers will be attending a language course with a private teacher to learn basics of Bulgarian language in order to be able to have simple conversations.
Each volunteer will monthly get 70 euro pocket money as per the regulation of the Erasmus+ program plus additional 150 Euro for food. This money will be transferred to the volunteers to their Bulgarian bank accounts (to be opened upon arrival) and will be accessible through debit cards.
To apply by sending the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1) Filled application form
in English (download the file, fill it in and send it back to us)
2) Short CV in English