Parus Nadezhdy (Sail of Hope)
Location: Samara, Russia
Period: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2017 flexible end date
Deadline: 18 January 2017
Parus Nadezhdy (Sail of Hope) is looking for enthusiastic and positive volunteers to come to Samara, Russia and help provide valuable support to people with disabilities! We are urgently looking for volunteers!
The Samara Public Non-profit Organization for Disabled People “Parus Nadezhdy” was established in 2003. It is affiliated with the Samara Regional Public Organization of the All-Russian Society of the Disabled.
Parus Nadezhdy is one of the biggest NGOs in Samara fighting for the rights of the disabled. The specialists at this centre have many years of experience working with disabled children and organizing activities for them. This was one of the first centres to organise a support service for the disabled and their families.
Their mission is to integrate disabled children and people who have been disabled since childhood living in the Samara region into society and to promote an independent life philosophy and a social approach to disability.
Their main goals are:
– to protect the rights and interests of disabled children;
– to provide disabled children with equal opportunities to participate in all spheres of social life;
– to integrate disabled people into society.
Their activities are focused on:
– providing the disabled children and their families with social and psychological support;
– organizing and conducting conferences, seminars and lectures on the problems of the disabled children;
– cooperating with other public organizations dealing with the similar problems;
– revealing children´s creative and intellectual abilities.
Since February 2004 Parus nadezhdy has been cooperating with the centre of voluntary movement Lastochki//ICYE Russia, whose main task is the development of youth exchange programs and international voluntary movement.
The volunteer will participate in the general activities of the Samara Public Organization for Disabled People “Parus Nadezhdy”.
-Communicating with disabled children at the centre or at home twice a week, providing them with moral support and physical assistance.
-Working with children. This may include reading, drama, sports, etc. thereby revealing their creative abilities is important.
-Participating in any events/celebrations organised by Parus Nadezhdy’
-Implementing a club for children to tell them about the history, culture, customs and traditions of the volunteer’s native country.
-Volunteers are also welcome to come up with their own ideas and make use of their own skills and interests!
The project will take place in the city of Samara. Here’s some information about it:
Samara is one of the largest Russian cities; its history is closely interwoven with the entire history of the Russian State.
Samara occupies a territory of 53’600 sq. km and lies 1’000 km south-east of Moscow. Population – 1’219’000 people.
Samara has a good geographical position and rich soil. That is why the region has a well-developed agriculture and food industry, meat and dairy production in particular.
Samara has deep-rooted cultural traditions. Its past and present preserve the names of famous writers, artists, musicians and actors.
Samara is a place of peaceful coexistence for different peoples and religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism + Catholic and Lutheran communities). There are different ethnic groups represented: Jewish, Armenian, Georgian, Chechnya, Chuvash, Mordva, German, Czech, Polish, and many other communities. Together they are creating a positive atmosphere for regional development, sharing their cultures and traditions and enriching the spirit of the city together with good economic trade partnership.
Samara is situated in a very picturesque location on the river Volga, near the Zhiguli mountains surrounded by boundless steppes, numerous lakes and fertile pastures. People are proud of the National Reserve situated on the opposite bank of the river Volga. In summer time people usually go trekking in the mountains, in winter they have a good opportunity to use the unique skiing facilities.
The Volga embankment is a good place to walk around, to bathe and just visit the numerous cafes.
If you are interested in participating in this EVS project, please send your application to email@example.com.
Regarding the selection process:
Motivation is the most important factor. If the volunteer’s motivation matches the project, then the supervisors at the project, along with Lastochki, the contact point organisation, decide whether or not to accept the volunteer. The hosting organisation and Lastochki together invite every candidate for a Skype interview. The selection is made on agreement with the supervisors of the hosting organization.
Parus Nadezhdy is most interested in volunteers who are motivated to get to know another way of life and to put themselves in a new social and cultural situation in order to try to understand other ways of living and other values.
Parus Nadezhdy is looking to host people who are interested in working with the disabled people. This type of project is one of the most difficult and demanding. Working with people is not easy, especially if we talk about working with people with fewer opportunities and special needs. The volunteer should have at least some prior experience with disabled people. Even personal experience helps a lot. It is very important to be positive and open-minded. Volunteers should also be ready to do a lot of routine and physically demanding work. This requires a lot of patience and tolerance. Volunteers must be motivated to participate in many different activities and willing to use their own initiative. They must be tolerant and enthusiastic. They must be willing to work with young people and to create new activities to do with inter-cultural education.
As Parus Nadezhdy is looking for someone motivated, enthusiastic and willing to work with disabled children, age and gender are not important.