EVS vacancy in Romania for volunteers from France


Location: ORADEA city, Roumanie

Period: 01/10/2017 – 30/11/2017

Deadline: 10 September 2017

Tu souhaites t’engager à l’étranger dans le thème du dévelopement durable et le respect de la nature? La Maison de l’Europe de Lot-et-Garonne / CIED MG (47000 AGEN), recherche des volontaires français pour une mission court term (2 mois) en Roumanie!

About the Hosting Organization

Tree nursery of Fundatia Life in Paleu village
Our tree nursery is a place of about 1200 sqaure meters where we grow several species of trees and arbusts, that will be planted in
public spaces in Oradea city, especialy in the Green Path Ovidiu. The tree nursery is located at the limit of Oradea city.
Here we take care of these trees and arbusts, we wet them, we clean grass between them.
Objectives we aim here:
1. take care of the trees and arbusts we have here in order to have healthy arbusts and trees for planting in the city
2. increase diversity of arbusts and trees we have in the tree nursery

Volunteer's Tasks 2 FindEVS Vacancy

Profile of EVS volunteers
 young people 18-30 years
 priority given to young people with fewer opportunities – if you want this !!!
 young people passionate about discovering new cultures, new countries, and themselves
 young people with english basic to middle level – interested to improve their skills in speaking english
 young people interested to learn about green projects in urban areas, learning about how to plant and take care of trees and arbusts
Tasks to do:
• plant in the soil the arbusts and trees we brought from City hall tree nursery or from other sources
• bring some more arbusts and trees from city hall nursery and plant them in the Life tree nursery
• wet trees and arbusts periodically
• clean grass between rows of trees and arbusts

Green Path Ovidiu
This activity started in 2013 when a group of local organisations among Scout Local Center of Oradea, Asociatia Learning Communities and ECOTOP Foundation have done several activities when we planted trees on Peta river. Soon after those activities, the participating organisations decided to make a partnership and start a new type of project in Oradea and in Romania where an organisation or a group of organisations administrate a park or a public green space. City Hall of Oradea accepted our proposal and we made a partnership with our local administration for a period of 3 years 2013-2016 , and than a new contract was made for the period 2016-2018.
In this contract , the NGO’s are doing following things:
 plant trees and arbusts
 wet trees and arbusts planted for at least a year after being planted
 pruning trees and arbusts
 plant flowers
 cut grass
 clean area from garbage from littering

Is a portion about 3 km long of Peta river inside Oradea city.
Here we have a contract with City Hall of Oradea to take care of this area until 2018 with possibility to extend this period.
One side of the river is a bike lane which is used by people to walk by, enjoy green, bike or skate. We believe this small green corridor is a beatiful place where people of all ages can find a green nice area, enjoy a silent walk inside an urban area, enjoy a lots of species of trees and finaly get a peaceful mood in an agitated era.

1. create a green area where we promote biodiversity
2. take care of this area with a group of volunteers and organise here especially in spring and autumn community actions to plant trees, and arbusts, clean area of garbage
3. Inspire other people and groups by creating here a beautiful walking / biking area

Actions to be taken here in 2017:
• plant here about 100 trees and about 200 arbusts – our group and through community actions where we involve kids from schools and / or community actions where we invite families to help us
• tree and arbusts pruning on the green path
• trees and arbusts planted in 2016 and 2017 need to be wet regularly during hot temperature months
• we need to clean the garbage from the area

WHAT is pruning?
Pruning is a horticultural and silvicultural practice involving the selective removal of parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots. Reasons to prune plants include deadwood removal, shaping (by controlling or directing growth), improving or maintaining health, reducing risk from falling branches, preparing nursery specimens for transplanting, and both harvesting and increasing the yield or quality of flowers and fruits.
The practice entails targeted removal of diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound, or otherwise unwanted tissue from crop and landscape plants. In general, the smaller the branch that is cut, the easier it is for a woody plant to compartmentalize the wound and thus limit the potential for pathogen intrusion and decay. It is therefore preferable to make any necessary formative structural pruning cuts to young plants, rather than removing large, poorly placed branches from mature plants.
Specialized pruning practices may be applied to certain plants, such as roses, fruit trees, and grapevines. It is important when pruning that the tree’s limbs are kept intact, as this is what helps the tree stay upright.[1] Different pruning techniques may be deployed on herbaceous plants than those used on perennial woody plants. Hedges, by design, are usually (but not exclusively) maintained by hedge trimming, rather than by pruning.

Dissemination of learning experience

Our EVS volunteers will help us creating a series of short videos and text/ bloc articles, presenting their experience as EVS volunteers, sharing their feelings and thoughts.
Sedning organisation together with Hosting organisation will establish a strategy to promote these dissemination materials besides posting them in the online media dedicated for Dissemination by EU / Erasmus+

 young people evaluate themselves after a learning experience
 young people help us promote EVS as a learning experience to other young people in France and all over the world
 These videos and articles can be posted on several online media where other young people and other people can learn how a group of french young people has discover themselves while helping a local environment protection project.

Training and supervision

 Predeparture organised in France with support from Hosting organisation
 Preparation before EVS service – both sending and hosting partners will offer support to selected volunteers in understanding what is EVS, how it works, who is involved, what they can learn, who provides support, What is Youthpass, What is mentoring and who is the mentor
 Orientation – at arrival in Oradea with following topics:
– what about Fundatia Life Tineret (objectives, people working here, projects done before, values we believe in)
– visit Oradea, visit neighborhood of the apartment where the volunteers live in, check shoping area in surrondings, check public transportation, visit cultural places
– working programe of EVS volunteers, visit working places, meeting support people, meeting mentor and establish with him working plan
– meeting partner organisations we work with in environment protection projects
 On arrival Training – organised by NA
 Training at work (Life office) – with following topics:
– Learning to use properly and safely tools specific for our activities
– What is a tree, how it grows, elements of trees and arbusts, how they function, what is prunning (cleaning branches from trees and arbusts for different purposes), how to plant arbusts and trees, species of ornamental trees and arbusts common in local area of Oradea, How to maintain a tree and an arbust
– TEAM – here we talk about what is a team, diversity of resources, support, how we can work efficiently, how to avoid / manage conflict situations
– CIGNA medical insurance – what it is, how it works, what is covered, how to work with CIGNA personel
– Youthpass – Certificate issued to each volunteer to recognise his/ her learnings

Supervision and Evaluation

A team of youthworkers offer supervision and support to young volunteers during activities. Feedback is offered constantly and when volunteer request, new topics are discussed in group to help young people learn and be able to function as a team member

Weekly meetings are organised when we discuss the week activities to be implemented, we evaluate last week activities
There is going to be 2 Evaluations – Intermediary evaluation when there is the midle of EVS service and a final evaluation at the end of EVS service.
Both occasions are used to create a space for reflection, individual evaluations, analysing lessons we learned, talking about how we can improve our work, our team work, our learning process.

Application Process 2 Find EVS Vacancy

CV and motivation letter to contact@maisoneurope47.eu

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Practical things

Programme – Monday to Friday 09.30 to 14.00
Saturday and Sunday are free, except when we organise a community action. In these cases the volunteers receive a free day during week.

Accommodation – 1 apartment of 4 rooms (1 room per volunteer) – with furniture and vaccum cleaner, Wifi internet, washing machine for clothes, a kitchen with necessary things for cooking. Situated in the city , close to markets for shoping and local transportation. Host organisation pays the rent and all utilities.

FOOD – each month volunteers will get their money on a bank account they open first day at arrival. They will get 120 Euro / month for food. The volunteers will have a Card which allows them to take money from ATM’s and pay with card in many shops in Oradea. Volunteers are encouraged to cook at home and learn to live together with the other EVS volunteers. Host organisation pay gas used for cooking, chemicals used for cleaning apartment and washing clothes.

Pocket Money – received at the beginning of each month on the bank account

Local transportation – a monthly pass will be done for each volunteer allowing him/ her to travel on all local busses and trams in Oradea. This is covered by Host organisation

International travel – Sending organisation together with Host organisation will manage the organisation of the transport making sure we find reasonable transportation and good connections from home locations to Oradea city and back.

Supervision – A youthworker is going to be paid to offer constant supervision and support to young people – both during work and out of work

Communication – wifi is going to be working in the apartment and in the office of Fundatia Life. Volunteers are encouraged to bring with them a communication device. During evs service volunteers will have at them 2 romanian phone numbers allowing them at any time to get in contact with all team members and for emergency situations. Hosting organisation is going to cover the costs for communication. Young people have in this way 24 hours access to communication tools so they can call home, keep contact with Sending organisation and family.

Mentoring – a mentor is going to offer his/ her support to the group of volunteers.
We select mentors of at least 30 years, with life and work experience, speaking french and english, able to help young people analyse their learning experience and help them cope with challenges.
Meetings 1 meeting of 1,5 hours at every 2 weeks in a location established together with volunteers. Mentor will be available 24 hours to offer support.


Work related objectives
 able to plant a tree (ornamental or fruit ) and take care of it in the first 1 year from planting
 learn about importance of trees and arbusts for the green areas in an urban context. The importance of trees for air cleaning, for dust and pollutants absorption, for Climate Change, for helping people calm and become more healthy.
 able at a certain level to work together with a team to organise a community action where families plant trees and arbusts in an urban area
 improve english speaking level
 improve skills related to team work
 learn how to use several tools in gardening activities
 learning to work in an intercultural teams

Learning Opportunities for our EVS volunteers out of work:
 learn to live together with other 3 people
 learn to manage their own financial resources
 learn to cook
 learn to appreciate a family environment where family is composed by other young people from other communities
 learn to discover themselves and discover their own limitations
 learn to appreciate their own culture and other cultures
 improve self esteem and self confidence
 learn that an EVS experience abroad can help a person to develop several skills, help volunteers broaden their horizon, see that are many opportunities to learn and GROW

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