Past Projects

Past Projects

Project: Craft your own success
Duration: 2016
Financier: European Union (Erasmus +)
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: Citta di Torino (Italia), Utilapu Nemzetkozi Epitotabor Halozat (Hungary), STEP – Society for territorial progress (Slovakia
Project description: With the youth exchange Craft Your Own Success we wish to inform the young people with less opportunities about the importance of tradition, craftsmanship and the concept of self-sufficiency for the youth population in the modern world, to strengthen the young people’s understanding that engaging in such activities can enable development of skills, which are required by the market of labour and can bring new opportunities for independent business path. They will obtain basic entrepreneurial skills and reinforce critical thinking about consumer society and be encouraged towards more sustainable lifestyle.
Objectives:
  • Inform young people about the importance of tradition, craftsmanship and the concept of self-sufficiency for the youth population in the modern world, and to strengthen the young people’s understanding that engaging in such in such activities can enable development of skills, which are required by the market of labour and can bring new opportunities for independent business path.
  • To hand down/pass on the basic entrepreneurial skills and encourage self-initiative and independence of young people, and reinforce their understanding of persistent work for reaching success.
  • To reinforce critical thinking about consumer society, be encouraged towards more sustainable and ‘do-it-yourself’ lifestyle.
  • To encourage intercultural dialogue, understanding and solidarity, and to inform them about value of team involvement and cooperating and working in an international team.
  • To offer a safe environment for expressing own opinions, gaining self-confidence and personal growth to the young people with lessopportunities.
  • To spread the knowledge about the Erasmus+ programme and its positive effects on participants and local population.
Contact: programi@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Upgrade Yourself
Duration: 1.1.2015 – 31.12.2016
Financier: Czech Developmental Agency  v okviru programa ERASMUS+
Head of project: Volunteer´s Club in the Czech Republic
Partners: Zavod Voluntariat
Project description: The project Upgrade Yourself is a reaction to the high unemployment among the university graduates.
The project consists of the following parts:
Joint educational events for volunteer mentors from the Czech Republic and Slovenia represented by the project partner, organisation Zavod Voluntariat.
Development of ICT Learning Journal: a mobile app which scores the competencies of the individual volunteers. In the first year of the project, the app will be developed and piloted. In the second year a final version will be created and consequently shared with other organisations working with youth.
International training for trainers and International round table for youth workers in November 2016 summing up and contributing to the dissemination of all the relevant project outcomes.
Objectives: International project “Upgrade Yourself” aims to create first mobile app of all times on basis of learning journal offering volunteers the opportunity to track their own personal growth. In addition, it aims to support organisations working with youth and volunteers in particular.
Results: – The genesis of manual for longterm work with volunteers- The opportunity for volunteers to track their own personal growth
Contact: Katja Celin Yere, globalno@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: We feel Slovenia and India
Duration: 1.3. 2014 – 30.1. 2016
Financier: Youth in Action EACEA
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: Enabling and Training Adolescents for Successful & Happy Adult
Project description: Project “We feel Slovenia and India; international volunteering for active global citizenship” will enable 10 EVS volunteers from India and Slovenia to become active global citizens. Volunteers will help facilitate active citizenship, social inclusion and global education workshops for youth in slum areas of New Delhi and in social inclusion projects in Slovenia.One of the aims of the project will be facilitation of non-formal education, social inclusion, active and global citizenship and global education workshops by the EVS volunteers. The project will include EVS volunteers who come from disadvantaged background, facing economical, social and cultural obstacles. Through this project they will get an opportunity to develop their competencies and self-esteem, social sensibility, a sense of global connection and solidarity, by working together with local youth and other volunteers, thus motivating them to continue with their work as active global citizens upon their return home.
Objectives: Volunteers will:- develop and run activities offering improved education (language classes) for children with fewer opportunities in the slum areas of New Delhi;- participate in the Club of Volunteers activities(Slovenia) and in activities of Youth centers in New Delhi;- help in facilitation of active citizenship and social inclusion workshops for youth;- write blogs and prepare newsletter material for both hosting organisations;- present their own culture- establish partnerships with other NGO’s in Slovenia and India that will support and promote programmes activities and attract more attention of the policy makers.
Results:  
Contact: Katja Celin Yere, globalno@zavod-voluntariat.si
Other: /

 

Project: Challenging the Crisis
Duration: 2013 – 2016
Financier: Europe Aid
Head of project: Irish Development Education Association
Partners: IMVF (Portugal), Economistas son Fronteras (Spain), Sloga (Slovenia), Fair Trade Hellas (Greece), Fondazione Culturale Responsabilità Etica (Italy), Solidarieta e cooperazione cipsi (Italy)
Project description: ‘Challenging the Crisis – Promoting Global Justice and Citizens’ Engagement in a Time of Uncertainty’ is a 3-year development-education project which runs from 2013 to 2016 in six EU countries with the financial aid from the European Union. Its purpose is to train young people from indebted countries in Europe (Slovenia, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal) to become active advocates of social justice and to work together, recognise and overcome troubles they face because of the economic crisis.
Objectives: The main objective of the programme is to engage young adults form the most indebted EU countries, so they understand the interdependence for local and global inequality and enable them to become active advocates of global issues.
Results: Young people from EU countries, which were affected by the crisis the most, are aware of their role in creation of the future for the EU, are actively engaged and implement a campaign on a theme they have chosen in joint cooperation – Social and solidary economy.
Contact: patricija.virtic@sloga-platform.org

programi@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Enhancing Quality Support and Culture of Participation in International Volunteering
Duration: 2015
Financier: U.S. Embassy Ljubljana
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners:  /
Project description: Within this project we are developing three tools for the support of volunteers who are going abroad to do volunteer work. With the tools we wish to improve the quality and sustainability of international volunteer experiences in the all phases of the project, as well for the long-term collaboration with the volunteers.
Objectives: The project objectives are the empowerment of volunteers as active and responsible participants of international volunteer projects. We wish to encourage them towards active citizenship; inform and introduce the potential volunteers about international volunteering in a systematic and innovative way; we wish to contribute to raised awareness about international volunteering as an important method for creating social changes; encourage and increase networking between volunteers, sending and hosting organisations, and with non-governmental organisations in general; increase recognisability of international volunteering as a method of informal and life-long learning of individuals.
Results: Within the project a quiz ‘International Volunterig’ will be created, which will be used by the volunteers in a playful manner to recognize their motivation and find out which form of volunteering is the most suitable for them.
Contact: globalno@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Sofinanciranje programov mladinskega dela v letu 2015 – Co-financing youth work programs in 2015
Duration: 2015
Financier: Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners:  /
Project description: The purpose of the programme Voluntariat Institute formed for the year 2016, is development and promotion of the intercultural learning, encouragement of tolerance and solidarity through international volunteer work. We strive for young people to act as a responsible, active and global citizens within their local communities.
Objectives: The designed programme has 4 main objectives:

  1. The development, coordination and carrying out informal educational activities both on international and local level;
  2. The promotion of the organisation and the meaning of international volunteer work as an important value and tool for strengthening competences, active citizenship and socio-economic integration into different spheres of social life;
  3. Connecting and networking on a global, European and national level, and development of new practices on a field of international volunteering, non-formal learning and youth work, and implementation of advocacy practices;  
  4. Evaluation of programmes and work for further development and sustainability of the programme.
Contact: placement@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Multitasker
Duration: 01.05.2014 – 30.04.2015
Financier: Erasmus+, Movit
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners:  
Project description: Project ‘Multitasker’ was created for the need of the young people to gain practical experiences for finding their first employment, and their wish to work in a non-governmental sector.
Objectives: The objective of the project was to train 21 young people to work in a non-governmental organisation/NGO, to strengthen their competences and encourage them to develop their own initiatives to increase employment possibilities in the sector and out of it. With this project we also reinforced the cooperation with partner non-governmental organisations and their practice of mentorship.
Aktivnosti: The project consisted of two activities. The first activity was a 5-day training for 21 young people coming from 7 countries, where they learned about the areas NGO employees face every day: project planning, leadership, teamwork, work in an international environment, PR and marketing. In the second part of the project, 10 young participants took part in a 30-day mentored practical training in one of the partner organisations. The project was recognized by the National Agency as an example of good practice in the field of promoting employment possibilities and competences in 2014.
Contact:  info@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Intercultural dialogue – Jordan and Slovenia
Duration:  1.8.2014-31.12.2015
Financier: MOVIT v okviru programa ERASMUS+
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: East & West Center for Human Resources Development
Project description: During this one and a half year EVS project, bilateral project between Zavod Voluntariat from Slovenia and “East & West Center for Human recources Development” (WE Center) from Jordan, five EVS placements will be carried out. Jordan will host four volunteers from Slovenia while Zavod Voluntariat will host one volunteers from Jordan.  Each volunteer will be placed in hosting organization for a period of 6 months.

The main tasks of the volunteers in Jordan will be to teach English for children in Palestinian refugee camp and develop new activities. Volunteers in Slovenia will participate in Club for volunteers’ activities, also with an aim of promotion of intercultural dialogue, Jordanian / Arab culture, lead workshops on various global education topics, and develop own initiatives and connections between interested Slovene and Jordanian organizations.

Objectives: * To encourage intercultural dialogue between youth from Europe and Middle East;

* To develop cooperation between organizations from Middle East and Europe;

* To enhance youth mobility by providing European Voluntary Service in another country;

* To develop youth and children soft skills.

Results: It is expected that the biggest impact from project will be on volunteers themelves. They will gain not only new knowledge and new skills, but also will have significant experience in living abroad, getting to know new people and changing their understanding of different cultures. It is expected that these volunteers after EVS will be more active in social and political life in their countries and will see themselves as active members of society.  As such, they will be able to become more active in their local communities, transfer their knowledge to other working environments and develop own initiatives.
Konktaktna oseba: Katja Celin Yere, globalno@zavod-voluntariat.si
Other: /

 

Project: Volunteers for volunteers 4: The final year
Duration: 1.1. 2014 – 6.1. 2015
Financier: Youth in Action; Movit
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: SCI Italy (SCI), Volonterski centar Zagreb (VCZ)
Project description: The project will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and will last for 12 months. Two EVS volunteers, from Croatia and Italy will join the staff of Zavod Voluntariat to perform different activities and events within the organization’s general programme.EVS Volunteers will help with the organization of Voluntariat’s promotional activities, help prepare and conduct workshops and trainings for volunteers and will be involved in developing and organizing social and other activities for Voluntariat’s »Club of volunteers«, which serves as a meeting point for volunteers past and present and offers them a place for constructive and active participation and exchange of ideas. EVS volunteers, together with the help of local volunteers, will also participate in the social kitchen project, Festival of Migrant Film and street theatre project.EVS volunteers will be encouraged to develop new ideas and take their own approach at organizing activities within the general frame of activities of the Club of volunteers and to, with the help of staff, undertake the implementation of their own ideas and activities.
Contact: placement@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Medkulturna mreža mladih – Intercultural youth network
Duration: 2013-2015
Financier: Municipality of Ljubljana, Youth office
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: /
Project description: Coordination, organisation and formation of international volunteering programmes is the basic programme of our organisation. To the young people who live and go to school in Ljubljana, we enable to take part in several projects all over the world. At the same time, we accept the interested young people from all over the world to the projects in Slovenia. The exchange of volunteers runs both ways, as Voluntariat acts like a sending and hosting organisation at the same time. By participating in projects of international volunteer work, the young people get to know new surrounding and culture, establish contacts with peers from all over the world, learn foreign languages and get familiar with the issues in different social environments, and at the same time they carry these experiences and activities to their local environment. Practical experiences encourage them to accept diversity, intercultural dialogue, solidarity towards others, recognizing and preventing discrimination, and non-violent way of communicating. Besides that, by participating in international projects, volunteers learn about self-initiative, socially engaged actions and getting to know values that are brought by volunteer work. They transfer their experiences to their local environment and by doing so, they strengthen civil-social initiatives. One of the main objectives of the programme is also encouraging young people to autonomous/independent organisation of various international events and to cooperate at process of promoting volunteering and training for volunteer work. A significant part of the programme is dedicated to integrating the young people with less opportunities and networking with other organisations and actors.
Objectives:
  • coordination, organisation and formation of programmes for the international participation of young people from Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe and the world;
  • forming the strategy for effective promotion of integration programmes for young people in the international programmes of the volunteer work;
  • informing young people about the possibilities of participating in international youth projects,
  • including the highest number of young people with less opportunities in the international programmes of the volunteer work;
  • support, education and training;
  • mentoring volunteers, who show readiness of their own engagement for active participation in our programmes;
  • coordination and promotion of mid-term and long-term volunteer work projects;p
  • reservation of social engagement of volunteers after they have completed the volunteer work and transfer of their experiences to local environment, different actors and other regional non-governmental organisation.
Contact: placement@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Skuhna –  Svetovna kuhinja po slovensko
Skuhna – World kitchen the Slovenian way
Duration:  1.10.2012  – 1.8.2015
Financier: European Union; European Social Fund (Investment in your future)
Head of project: Zavod Global
Partners: Zavod Voluntariat
Project description: Skuhna, world kitchen in Slovenian way, is a socio-entrepreneurship project developed by Global Institute and Voluntariat Institute together with migrants living in Slovenia. Within Skuhna we carry out various activities connected with food preparing and tasting, and its main purpose is to connect migrants with the local population. Skuhna’s range of activities, ran by migrants themselves, comprises intercultural culinary workshops, international culinary camps and catering with cultural programme. During the development of the project we will start working on television show as well, in which will included/participants prepare their dishes and present the countries they are coming from.
Objectives: The objective is to establish a social enterprise that will employ migrants from the countries of the Global South who live in Slovenia and represent a vulnerable group.  
Results:
  • Implemented training for 5 migrants and 6 employed migrants;
  • The establishment of a regular business activity (culinary workshops, catering, car service in Skuhna’s kitchen);
  • Mentoring and coordination of young volunteers (25 – 30 active ones at all time);
  • Opening of the restaurant that works 5 days a week between 9 – 23
Contact: skuhna@skuhna.si
Other: http://www.skuhna.si/, https://www.facebook.com/Skuhna?ref=hl

 

Project: NVO incubator
Duration: 1.1.2014 – 31.12.2014
Financier: Ministry of education, science and sport; European Social Fund
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: /
Project description: With this project we wish to help to young people on the way to their first employment, empower them and strengthen their competences through intensive education to the point where they will be able to take on the responsible tasks in non-governmental organisations.  The project NVO Incubator will ‘produce’ 20 trained young people who will get to the functions of project assistant and associate in various NGOs much easier, they will also know how to design and apply their own project proposals, which is how we maintain and create work places in the non-governmental sector. On this project we will employ one young person that will receive the most intensive training, as in practice he/she will have to collaborate in all phases of the project. For the project to be implemented successfully and outcomes to be achieved, we will include other youth NGOs in the region in the process and with it we will enrich the education programme and at the same time further work on networking between both, organisations and youth, who will potentially be recruited by those organisation, or at least collaborate on the projects.
Objectives:
  1. To train 20 young people to work in NGO, strengthen their competences and encourage them to develop their own initiatives to increase their employment possibilities in the sector and out of it.
  2. To reinforce the cooperation between similar NGOs (networking), to encourage them to include young people in the work process and to direct young people with good mentoring.
Results: With this project we will train young people who will be able to take on responsible and leadership functions in the youth NGOs. The objective is to have 20 trained young people in December 2014, who will start to build their careers in non-governmental (youth) sector, and who will have complete own project proposals (developed during training with the help of NGO representatives and where the projects should be realized) and also have a real opportunity for continued collaboration in the sector as paid associates. The person who will be employed on the project will have a real possibility to extend the contract of employment/working relationship. The final result is the rejuvenation of the staff in the NGOs.
Contact: programi@zavod-voluntariat.si

info@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Klub prostovoljcev – Club of volunteers
Duration: 2014
Financier: Municipality of Ljubljana, Youth Office
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: /
Project description: Club of volunteers at Voluntariat represents a place, where young people can participate and carry out activities in the local community (workshops, round tables, presentations of international programmes, promotion of organisation’s values, etc.) that belong to the wide spectre of Voluntariat’s activities: volunteering, sustainable development, peace activism, fight against discrimination, strengthening of youth’s active participation, including young people with less opportunities, etc. To the volunteers we offer space, expert/professional support, and motivation to implement their own ideas and projects. In that way the local volunteers can help with leading and coordinating the Club of volunteers, and with their own ideas widen the spectre of club activities and add a local dimension. Specialised work groups are formed within the Club of volunteers, and they manage certain field of content: Group for global learning and sustainable development – combines young people who wish to participate in the field of global learning, which combines topics like human rights, global citizenship, development collaboration, migration and sustainable development issues; Group ART – a work group where the young people nurture their interests that are located at the intersection between philanthropy, social engagement, culture and art; Group Active youth – work group that allows  young people with less opportunities to increase their employment possibilities by participating in programmes of informal education, along with gaining new competences, experiences and social capital that are invaluable for CV enrichment.
Objectives: – providing continuous integration of young people to the local volunteering activities and with it encouraging their socially engaged activities

– providing opportunities for young people to learn additionally through international volunteer work and exchange their experiences (intercultural learning)

– providing a space to young people to learn about values such as solidarity, non-violent communication, acceptance of diversity with the help of international volunteer work

– providing a space to young people where they can learn individual project work, and with it encouraging their independency

– providing a space to young people where they can spend quality free time

– promotion of Club of volunteers, youth work and volunteering

Contact: placement@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Aktivni lokalno in globalno – Active globally and locally
Duration: 2014
Financier: Municipality of Ljubljana, Youth office
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: /
Project description: With this project we wish to enable in-depth volunteering experience to the young people that will have a permanent effect on both young people and local community they come from. Every year, we upgrade and organise a variety of educational workshops and trainings for young volunteers and youth leaders.
Objectives: The goal of educations is to prepare young volunteers for processes of intercultural learning, socially engaged action and solidarity, resolving conflicts, promoting acceptance of diversity, recognising discrimination and the meaning of social and socially responsible activity. In line with the nature of international mobility programmes and with increased phenomenon of globalisation, we carry out courses about themes in a field of global learning (awareness of the cause-effect relations on several fields of social activity in a global context), and it this way contribute to a more comprehensive and sustainable knowledge transfer from different groups of young people of global environment to their local community. We place great emphasis on preparation and addition education of volunteers and trainers as they are the ones who lead the workshops and later on work as a trainer’s trainers.
Results: Workshops and training for volunteers and/or leaders of activities offer informal education about projects of volunteer work to the participants, and prepare them for quality collaboration and active participation in their volunteer projects.
Contact: placement@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: North-South Connection: Partnerships for a more just world between European and African schools
Duration: 2013 – 2014
Financier: EuropeAID; Ministrstvo RS za zunanje zadeve
Head of project: Artemisszió Foundation (Hungary)
Partners: Zavod Voluntariat, Oplysningscenter om den 3. verden (Denmark), Centre for Inclusive Education (Bulgaria),
Project description: The action will develop a global school partnership network between European and African schools with the objective to create a model program that improves the sensitivity andcritical understanding of global issues amongst European and African high school students and promotes their active engagementin addressing the issues
Objectives: The aim of the project is to set up a network of 16 European and 16 African schoolsallowing direct collaboration of involved teachers and students, who will be the actors and the creators of their own learning experience. The project has a focus on youth participation, action and mutual learning between North and South.
Results:
  • Students in Europe and Africa have shown increased awareness about global interdependencies and attained more skills for active engagement in relation to development issues
  • Increased awareness of decision makers and local communities on global interdependencies between the EU and Sub-Saharan African countries.
Konktaktna oseba: Max Zimani, info@zavodglobal.org / Katja Celin Yere, globalno@zavod-voluntariat.si
Other: /

 

Project: Communities development through activities of volunteers
Duration: 1.3. 2013 – 31.7. 2014
Financier: Youth in Action EACEA
Head of project: Zavod Volutariat
Partners: Embracing Hidden Talents Network Ghana
Project description: “Communities development through activities of volunteers” project will provide educational support to children with fewer educational opportunities in Busua (Busua Community Library) and other surrounding villages and towns in Ahanta West District, Western region of Ghana (Yakaw, Azani, Sankor, Butre etc.) with an aim to help them to improve their knowledge and level of education and hence providing options for better life. EVS volunteers will help to facilitate social inclusion workshops for excluded children in distant villages of Western region; help to form a reading club; prepare drawing and painting workshops for children. Moreover, the project will be further enhanced by environmental research – issues, attitudes, solutions – and implementation of findings, as environmental issues are becoming immense concern in Ghana. Following the research volunteers will be educating children about environmental issues; teaching them how to recycle, separate waste for effective usage and motivate them to become members of an Environmental Watchdog Club (which will be established also during this project) in their own villages; and in turn also help to prevent spread of diseases through creative ways of waste management.
Objectives: The project will promote inclusion of disadvantaged youth, facing economical and social obstacles due to their long term unemployment. Through this project they will get an opportunity to develop their competencies and self esteem, social sensibility and a sense of global connection, solidarity, by working together with local volunteers.
Results:  
Contact: Katja Celin Yere, globalno@zavod-voluntariat.si
Other: /

 

Project: GREEN MAPPING, Senior volunteers for sustainable cities
Duration: 2012 – 2014
Financier: Grundtvig
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners:  
Project description: Project “GREEN MAPPING, Senior volunteers for sustainable cities“, an idea of SCI Italia and Voluntariat, will involve 8 senior volunteers  (4 from Italy and 4 from Slovenia) that will work on the realization of a “green map” of Rome and Ljubljana. Those two maps will be realized both on paper and on the web 2.0.
Objectives: The aim of the project is to raise awareness among volunteers and local communities on the chances to have a sustainable lifestyle in urban areas, Rome or Ljubljana.The volunteers, with the help of trainers and local volunteers of SCI Italia and Zavod, will explore the territories to locate the “green” services (bike lane, fair trade/second hand shops), they will also prepare informative sheets for each service.With the data found they will realize a map in paper and digital version, that will be distributed in community centres, for youth and elderly people.
Results: The senior volunteers will have the opportunity:

  • To know  a foreign territory and initiate a reflection on the conditions for sustainable lifestyle in that area, along with local volunteers of the two associations involved.
  • To learn tools to build a website and basic elements of cartography.
Contact: Troha Andrej, placement@zavod-voluntariat.si
Other: /

 

Project: Equal Rights are Not Special Rights
Duration: 2012 – 2014
Financier: Movit, Youth in Action
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: Jossour, Forum des femmes marocaines
Project description: EVS project »Equal Rights are Not Special Rights” involves a hosting organisation in Morocco and a sending/coordinating organisation in Slovenia. Project activities will take place in the capital Rabat over a period of 9 months for two separate voluntary services (01/10/2012-30/06/2013 and 01/07/2013 – 01/04/2014). The primary objective is the exchange of information and experience in advocacy between European and Arab cultures on the field of female empowerment and equal rights for all.Implemented activities will include: participating in research work on the field of image of women in media and politics in Morocco, active advocacy in the field of female rights, equal opportunities and civic responsibility, participating and leading of diverse workshops for Moroccan women on promoting European values, civic responsibility, community service, teaching foreign languages and computer skills to unemployed young women.Methods to be applied are: intercultural and creative workshops, facilitating shared information and research work (interviews, review of policies and literature), and development of future EVS and YiA opportunities for Moroccan youth.
Objectives:
  • Informal education of the volunteers, strengthening of the competences for work in non-governmental organisations through participation in the host organisation’s activities;
  • Promoting Youth in action programme as an opportunity for integration of young people to the local community and international environment;
  • Providing information on European Union’s policies in the field of gender equality to Moroccan youth and other public;
  • Increasing the participation of young people with emphasis on young women with less opportunities and girls in the community and citizen life;
  • Offering help to the Moroccan women in creating and leading their own projects;
  • Encouraging intercultural learning as a way of getting to know oneself and others;
  • Offering help to the Moroccan women in developing inclusive strategies that allow easier integration of women with less opportunities in to development of the projects.
Contact: programi@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Prostovoljimo za boljši jutri – (We are) volunteering for a better tomorrow
Duration: September 2013 – Oktober 2013
Financier: European commission YiA
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: Progresivni centar Leskovac
Project description: The idea for a study visit at work place came from a fact that Volunatariat Institute and Progressive centre Leskovac have been wanting to exchange good practices for a while, especially in those parts that are connected to the realisation of human rights, global learning and marginalisation in society in general. The main objective of this study exchange is that a member of Serbian organisation exchanges good practices with Slovenian organisation, and later tries to implement them in own local environment. Open dialogue between the people at work place will be emphasised through active participation in everyday work of Slovenian organisation, intercultural comprehension, fight against marginalisation and discrimination in general will be encouraged, as the cooperation at work place is one of the key aspects of European citizenships. The youth worker comes from an unprivileged region of his country (South Serbia), where the employment rate is higher as well. The collaboration between the partners will contribute to both organisations, as they both have a lot of knowledge and experiences that can be shared mutually. Majority of training will be dedicated to work with people coming from outskirts, so partners can share experiences of good practices about the work with people coming from unprivileged, conflict zones and immigrants. In this way, they will promote peace activism collaboration and active European citizenship. With gained knowledge the participant will also gain knowledge of leading bigger projects, leading an organisation, which will encourage his resourcefulness and increase his possibilities of employment in his local environment.
Objectives: The main objective of the study visit at the work place is for a member of a Serbian organisation to exchange good practices with the Slovenian organisation and tries to implement them in his local environment.

  • To use creative techniques in practice at youth work
  • With creative participation encourage people towards more intensive employment search, use of their skills, talents and knowledge when searching for employment, and spending their leisure time actively
  • Help with network of youth workers creation with intention to strengthen and exchange knowledge and skills within the MvA’s programme objectives, with meeting between organisations (members) from partner and programme country, promote European collaboration in the field of youth work and networking
  • Promotion of intercultural learning.
Results: Good practices exchange between project partners, learning at work with the use of informal methods that enable active participation.
Konktaktna oseba: placement@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Naš kraj ima zeleno prihodnost – mednarodno prostovoljstvo za regionalni razvoj

Our place has a green future – international volunteering for regional development

Duration: april 2012 –  september 2013
Financier: Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged European Union
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: SCI Schweizer Zweig, Fakulteta za turistične študije – Turistica
Project description: With the project we will contribute to regional development in an alternative way through asserting a green tourism in remote places in Slovenia, with the help of international volunteering. The added value of the project is represented by the intercultural dialogue through international volunteers and assertion of new practices with the help of Swiss partners SCI Switzerland and Faculty of tourism studies – Turistica. Within the project we will organise five pilot international volunteer camps. For this intention we will connect with partners from SCI Switzerland and exchange knowledge and good practices at international meetings. We will also include the Faculty of tourism to the project design. Based on the experiences obtained by the partners, we will develop a model of ‘green’ camp and create a manual for camp implementation. We will as well carry out promotional campaigns and workshops for gathering funds for local camp organisers.
Objectives: The goal of the project is to encourage and develop environmentally friendly international volunteer activities and green tourism as a means of establishing sustainable and ecological activities in the remote local communities and promoting active citizenship and enforcing the cooperation with Swiss partners.
Results: With this project we will establish a tight collaboration with partners from Switzerland and exchange knowledge and good practices. Together we will develop a model in a field of ecological volunteer work. We will also encourage and develop international volunteer activities in local communities.
Konktaktna oseba: info@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Vrt na Povšetovi – Garden at Povšetova street
Duration: March 2013 – August 2013
Financier: Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged European Union
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners:  
Project description: In Slovenia, living conditions of and social attitudes towards prisoners and former prisoners are distinctly unfavorable, and the possibilities of these groups for re-socialization and reintegration to the society after serviced sentence are very small. The project is based on the need of social integration and innovative horticultural work therapy for the said vulnerable groups.
Objectives:
  • Social integration of inmates at Ljubljana Prison,
  • strengthening their competences and integration into horticultural work therapy,
  • reducing prisoner and former prisoner stigmatization,
  • promoting horticultural work therapy, permaculture and natural development,

 

Specific objectives:

  • education of inmates, employees and volunteers about topics of permaculture and natural development,
  • creation of vegetable garden as a tool for horticultural work therapy,
  • development of the good practice model, promotion of horticultural work therapy and (vegetable) gardens in closed type institutions in Slovenia,
Contact: programi@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: EU local and online volunteers: Key actors for inclusive and humanitarian information sharing in crises preparedness
Duration: 1.6.2012 – 1.9.2013
Financier: ECHO
Head of project: France Volontaires
Partners:  Zavod Voluntariat, SLOGA, Associazione di Cooperazione Rurale in Africa (ACRA), Federazione Organismi Cristiani Servizio Intemazionale Voluntariato (FOCSIV), Groupe URD, OpenStreetMap (OSM-Fr), People in Peril (PIP), Service de Coopération au Développement (SDC)
Project description: Abbreviated EVHAC or now called EUROSHA is a pilot project of the EU for establishment of European humanitarian units. The project will enable to 18 young people coming from several European counties an intensive training and 6 month long humanitarian work in one of the following countries: Burundi, Kenya, Chad and Central African Republic. They will do their work together with local volunteers.
Objectives:
  • Offer proven standards in the selection of the volunteers, trainings and referral.
  • Improve crisis response by connecting local and international actors.
  • Empower actors’ ability to respond in the field of disaster management.
Results:
  • Enable young Europeans to do volunteer work in the field of humanitarian aid.
  • Added value in the humanitarian operations with the help of volunteering.
  • Strengthening the local abilities in crisis situation responding.

Added value for all future projects of European humanitarian units.

Contact: globalno@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Step to Europe
Duration: 2012 – 2013
Financier: Movit, Youth in action
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners:  
Project description: This individual EVS project involves a hosting organization in Ukraine and a sending/coordinating organization in Slovenia. Project activities will take place in the city of Sumy over a period of 12 months (01/03/2012-28/02/2013). The primary objective is the exchange of information and experience between two different European cultures; an EU member country and a country aspiring to become an EU member.Implemented activities will include: participating in and leading Youth Euroclubs focused on promoting European values, civic responsibility, community service, healthy lifestyles, teaching leadership skills and foreign languages to youth and assisting at carrying out activities connected to Days of Europe celebrations and European information campaignsMethods to be applied are: leading discussion groups and intercultural workshops; project design, management and implementation; facilitating shared information and collaboration between organizations; and development of future EVS opportunities for Ukrainian youth.
Objectives:
  • Informal education of the volunteer, strengthening of the competences for work in non-governmental organisations through participation in the host organisation’s activities;
  • Promoting Youth in action programme as an opportunity for integration of young people to the local community and international environment;
  • Providing information on European Union’s policies and the European integration process of the Ukrainian youth;
  • Increasing the participation of young people in the community and citizen life;
  • Offering help to the Ukrainian youth in creating and leading their own youth projects;
  • Encouraging intercultural learning as a way of getting to know oneself and others;
  • Offering help to the Ukrainian youth in developing inclusive strategies that allow easier integration of young people with less opportunities in to development of the projects.
Contact: programi@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Support of disadvantaged children in Phu Yen
Duration: 2011 – 2013
Financier: EACEA, Mladi v akciji
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners:  
Project description: Project will promote inclusion of disadvantaged youth through participation in social inclusion workshops and will also help strengthen global solidarity through a creative intercultural dialogue between Asian and European volunteers.EVS volunteers included in this project are young unemployed people from Slovenia, who are facing economical and social obstacles due to their long term unemployment. In this project they will get an opportunity to develop their competences and self esteem, social sensibility and a sense of global connection of all people.On the other hand, education has always had a central role in Vietnam culture and society.  It is seen as the avenue of advancement and families routinely sacrifice much to ensure their offspring get the required education.  In this project EVS volunteers will help to facilitate social inclusion workshops for excluded children in the Highlands; prepare workshops for disabled children, create traditional playgrounds for local youth, teach English to children through creative methods such as outdoor activities, games, performances, etc.The EVS activity will last 12 months and will include 3 volunteers from Slovenia.
Objectives: Volunteers will:

  • develop projects offering improved education for poor children in the Highlands; vocational education for the disabled;
  • create traditional playgrounds for poor children; educational programs for disadvantaged youth;
  • teach English to children through creative methods such as outdoor activities, games, performances, etc.
  • establish partnerships that supports and promote programs activities, attract more and more attentions of the policy makers in the education programs for the ethnic population.
Results:  
Contact: Urban Presker, programi@zavod-voluntariat.si
Other: /

 

Project: Medkulturna mreža mladih – Intercultural youth network
Duration: 2010 – 2013
Financier: Municipality of Ljubljana, Youth office
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: /
Project description: Coordination, organisation and formation of international volunteering programmes is the basic programme of our organisation. To the young people who live and go to school in Ljubljana, we enable to take part in several projects all over the world. At the same time, we accept the interested young people from all over the world to the projects in Slovenia. The exchange of volunteers runs both ways, as Voluntariat acts like a sending and hosting organisation at the same time. By participating in projects of international volunteer work, the young people get to know new surrounding and culture, establish contacts with peers from all over the world, learn foreign languages and get familiar with the issues in different social environments, and at the same time they carry these experiences and activities to their local environment. Practical experiences encourage them to accept diversity, intercultural dialogue, solidarity towards others, recognizing and preventing discrimination, and non-violent way of communicating. Besides that, by participating in international projects, volunteers learn about self-initiative, socially engaged actions and getting to know values that are brought by volunteer work. They transfer their experiences to their local environment and by doing so, they strengthen civil-social initiatives. One of the main objectives of the programme is also encouraging young people to autonomous/independent organisation of various international events and to cooperate at process of promoting volunteering and training for volunteer work. A significant part of the programme is dedicated to integrating the young people with less opportunities and networking with other organisations and actors.
Objectives:
  • coordination, organisation and formation of programmes for the international participation of young people from Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe and the world;
  • forming the strategy for effective promotion of integration programmes for young people in the international programmes of the volunteer work;
  • informing young people about the possibilities of participating in international youth projects,
  • including the highest number of young people with less opportunities in the international programmes of the volunteer work;
  • support, education and training;
  • mentoring volunteers, who show readiness of their own engagement for active participation in our programmes;
  • coordination and promotion of mid-term and long-term volunteer work projects;
  • preservation of social engagement of volunteers after they have completed the volunteer work and transfer of their experiences to local environment, different actors and other regional non-governmental organisation.

 

Project: Nevidnih igralci vidnih dejanj – The invisible players of visible actions
Duration: 2012
Financier: Movit, Youth in Action
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners:  
Project description: The training course “Invisible actors of visible acts”: training course for anti-discrimination youth work, using the method of invisible theatre” is the attempt to strengthen the influence of youth work in the field of anti-discrimination (especially anti-racism and xenophobia) in two levels: (a) to engage more youths into anti-discrimination activities and learning and (b) to distribute gained knowledge more efficiently and commitment through the public spaces and thereby to extend and empower the anti-discrimination work in general. The method, learnt and later on used in the training, was invented and used by Brazilian director Augusto Boal in 60′, aiming social changes in that society and is fully applicable for the youth work and anti-racism/anti-xenophobic engagement still nowadays. The participating youth workers will get familiar with the basics of the theatre expression, specifics of organized street acting. Linked to the additional theoretical upgrade, gained through the discussing sessions and working group activities, they will develop practical prepositions, how to implement these newly obtained knowledge and skills into their daily work with youngsters. The project, consisting of 25 people from Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bulgaria will take place during the first international Theatre of the oppressed Festival in Slovenia, in end of June 2012.
Objectives: The main objective of our training is to improve or upgrade the methods of informal learning of international youth workers that are connected to themes of non-discrimination (especially are emphasised racism and xenophobia) and peace activism (as a mandatory counter measurement to radical consequences of racism and xenophobia, such as ethical conflict or war).

 

Project: Soul Food
Duration: 2012
Financier: Movit, Youth in Action
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners:  
Project description: Youth exchange Soul Food will take place in Slovenia with the partners from Italy, Bulgaria, Spain and Hungary. Youth exchange was conceptualized within the working group YUWG, which deals with social inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities. The goal of the exchange is to create a safe environment for participants in which they will present the cultural and cousin heritage of their cultures, learn about different types of cooking, healthy eating and living styles and exchange their knowledge on these topics with the other participants and local communities in Slovenia.
Objectives: The goals of our project for young people from unprivileged social groups are as follows:

  • young people will meet and get to know people coming from different cultures and environments, which will they be able to use to increase their level of tolerance, understanding, respect and solidarity;
  • young people will get to know better their own and unique culture during the preparations, and with it connected cuisine;
  • young people will understand better the meaning of healthy food and diversity of eating habits in different cultures, the meaning of exercise for a healthy life;
  • young people will learn about several ways of preparing and storing good, sustainable and ecological food producing, healthy eating in connection with exercise and sport activities etc.;
  • young people will design frames for achieving a healthier lifestyle that they will pass on to the company around them, to different local communities as well on an international level;
  • young people will get to know different culinary and cultural characteristics of participating countries;
  • young people will gain trust, personal confidence, respect and personal growth;
  • young people will become more independent;
  • young people will recognize the value of community integration and cooperation:
  • young people will develop self-initiative at work and consequentially self-confidence;
  • young people will learn to actively enter into social action and recognise their own impact on the surroundings.
Contact: programi@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Delavnice o diskriminaciji po metodi EPTO

Workshops on discrimination based on the EPTO Method

Duration: 2012
Financier: Voluntary
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners:  /
Project description: The purpose of Voluntariat’s workshops on discrimination based on the EPTO method is to raise awareness about these prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination and to face them at the young age. Secondary school’s students, volunteers in different youth organisations together with Voluntariat’s peer trainers try to understand the concepts of prejudice and discrimination through interactive games and work on oneself, through discovering own culture identity, and face them both and become more critical and sensitive toward surroundings.

Their awareness and understanding increase, they are able to create a more inclusive environment for everyone. The peer trainer method is frequently tested and it is proven that the knowledge can be easily transferred from young people to their peers, and accepted as credible and with less effort, than if the message was transferred by authoritative figures.

Activities that we carry out are interactive, experimental and based on intercultural learning. Activities that we carry out are interactive, experimental and anchored in the principles of intercultural learning. The participants are asked to share their experience, opinions, train their skills of active listening with others and to learn emotionally and as well intellectually. It is also expected of them to develop action plan, which proves personal responsibility towards facing prejudice and discrimination in today’s society. 

Objectives:
  • Young people are aware and start to become aware of their personal and cultural identity
  • Young people recognise own prejudices, stereotypes and discriminatory behaviour
  • Young people recognise own prejudices and discrimination and face it
  • Young people develop empathy, critical thinking and communication skills
  • Young people are able to create a more inclusive environment
  • Young people develop action plan (at several days long workshops)
Results: Annually implemented at least 10 workshops in secondary and elementary schools, youth organisations.

Positive shift in young people’s thinking and behaving.

Contact:  globalno@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Aktivni lokalno in globalno – Active locally and globally
Duration: 2012
Financier: Municipality of Ljubljana, Youth Office
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: /
Project description: With this project we wish to enable in-depth volunteering experience to the young people that will have a permanent effect on both young people and local community they come from. Every year, we upgrade and organise a variety of educational workshops and trainings for young volunteers and youth leaders.
Objectives: The goal of educations is to prepare young volunteers for processes of intercultural learning, socially engaged action and solidarity, resolving conflicts, promoting acceptance of diversity, recognising discrimination and the meaning of social and socially responsible activity. In line with the nature of international mobility programmes and with increased phenomenon of globalisation, we carry out courses about themes in a field of global learning (awareness of the cause-effect relations on several fields of social activity in a global context), and it this way contribute to a more comprehensive and sustainable knowledge transfer from different groups of young people of global environment to their local community. We place great emphasis on preparation and addition education of volunteers and trainers as they are the ones who lead the workshops and later on work as a trainer’s trainers.
Contact: programi@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

Project: Klub prostovoljcev – Club of volunteers
Duration: 2012
Financier: Municipality of Ljubljana, Youth Office
Head of project: Zavod Voluntariat
Partners: /
Project description: Club of volunteers at Voluntariat Institute represents a place, where young people can participate and carry out activities in the local community (workshops, round tables, presentations of international programmes, promotion of organisation’s values, etc.) that belong to the wide spectre of Voluntariat’s activities: volunteering, sustainable development, peace activism, fight against discrimination, strengthening of youth’s active participation, including young people with less opportunities, etc. To the volunteers we offer space, expert/professional support, and motivation to implement their own ideas and projects. In that way the local volunteers can help with leading and coordinating the Club of volunteers, and with their own ideas widen the spectre of club activities and add a local dimension. Specialised work groups are formed within the Club of volunteers, and they manage certain field of content: Group for global learning and sustainable development – combines young people who wish to participate in the field of global learning, which combines topics like human rights, global citizenship, development collaboration, migration and sustainable development issues; Group ART – a work group where the young people nurture their interests that are located at the intersection between philanthropy, social engagement, culture and art; Group Active youth – work group that allows  young people with less opportunities to increase their employment possibilities by participating in programmes of informal education, along with gaining new competences, experiences and social capital that are invaluable for CV enrichment.
Contact: programi@zavod-voluntariat.si

 

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