EVS Eastern Express in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria (2017-2018)


Project title:3E: EVS Eastern Express

Venue:Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Duration:  starting 1 December 2017 for 12 months

Deadline for sending CV and motivation letter: 22/09/2017

Hosting organization: Active Bulgarian Society /ABS/ mainly focuses on cooperation with Bulgarian and foreign youth organizations to exchange experience in the field of sustainable development, education, culture, youth issues in the context of Euro-integration process, promote dialogue between young people from EU member states and candidate countries. We work in the field of mobility learning such as organizing and being partners in many training courses, youth exchanges, eco and volunteer initiatives, active European citizenship activities, sport, cultural, social, seminars, conferences. Since 2016 we are Eurodesk Multiplier for our region. This helps us to inform, guide and empower young people from our region to participate in learning mobility programmes and encourage them to become active citizens. ABS has large experience with organizing eco-initiatives, volunteer campaigns, debates on topical issues, happenings, flash mobs, training courses, intercultural dialogue projects and other events where we try to foster interest and active participation of young people and youth workers from our region. 


"3E: EVS Eastern Express" foresees participation of 3 volunteers from Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine in 12-months project hosted by Active Bulgarian Society /ABS/ in Blagoevgrad and Sofia, Bulgaria. The main "3EVS" idea is to give an opportunity to 3 young people with economic and educational obstacles from the partner countries to enter their path of social development, both personal and professional and in the same time to contribute to the reinforcement of cultural dialogue, youth policy and European awareness in the area of Blagoevgrad and Sofia.

The relationship of the Union with Ukraine, Republic of Moldova and Georgia is guided by the new Association Agreements, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas - the Association agenda states that one of the priorities of EU is to ensure assessment of fundamental rights and "encourage a strategic approach to youth policy and improve exchanges and cooperation in the field of non-formal education for young people and youth workers, as a means of promoting intercultural dialogue and supporting civil society, including through EU programmes in the youth field". "3E: EVS Eastern Express" aims to empower young people from Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia to learn from Union practices in the field of youth work and than apply the knowledge received to the youth field back home thus promoting European values and cooperation and non-formal education among their peers. Following Erasmus+ programme objectives, the project equity and inclusion by offering voluntary placement to people with fewer opportunities, in particular supporting young people with economical and educational obstacles and thus also at long term perspective contribute to their employability potential and overall sense of well-being thanks to equipping them with transversal skills. Thus "3EVS" specific objectives are:

-to give opportunity to 3 young people with fewer opportunities from partner countries to benefit from long term voluntary service throughout which they will gain new skills and competences in the field of youth work and communication;

-to promote active participation, intercultural dialogue, European citizenship and Erasmus+ in Bulgaria and partner countries;

-to help with the professional orientation of the young people in Europe - create an enabling learning environment that will allow volunteers to obtain new or foster existing transversal skills, in order to increase their chances to find a job;

-to boost the skills of young people for self-actualization and self-realization in the labor market;

-to ensure capacity building in the field of EVS project management, transfer of knowledge and best practice sharing among the consortium and as a long term result to empower collaboration with EU partner countries;

-to encourage the active participation of young people in public life and to inspire them to act as multipliers of the new knowledge and skills in their local communities;

-to provide our volunteers with competences in non-formal and informal education and training (during the voluntary service they will develop practical skills for working with groups - facilitating group processes, discussions, debates, trainings, public speaking, management of youth projects and many others).


Among activities offered to the volunteers are: support ABS communication channels including social media and communication with international partners, supporting organizations of international mobility activities such as trainings and youth exchanges, providing information about Erasmus+ and learning mobility to the local youth, organizing local social events / e.g. chat clubs/, language tandems and other interactive activities for young people, working with Eurodesk database and many others.

Each volunteer will be encouraged to propose own personal project idea, an activity that shall be beneficial both for the target group ABS is working on the daily basis and for the volunteer(s) themselves in terms of learning objectives. The main methodology used throughout the project is dialogue and problem-based learning, learning by doing and direct engagement in activities. As a result, all three volunteers will develop a greater awareness of European citizenship and various transversal skills including such as digital skills, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, social skills and international communication, management and presentation skills and others. They will also develop various skills they can use in the labor market such as knowledge of methods of non-formal learning; knowledge on how an organization is organized; ability to work in a multicultural team. All this will have direct impact on volunteers’ employability.

On the local level the project will impact young people who are direct target group of ABS - they will benefit from volunteers' engagement in youth work, their ideas and commitment, intercultural dialogue. 

Volunteers’ work will include supporting our daily office activities like answering emails, contacting with partners, supporting all our projects and initiatives, providing information to the local community about the EVS and Erasmus+ programs, holding presentations visiting every month the universities and schools in the region. We are also Eurodesk multiplier, so the future volunteers will have the opportunity to explore the Eurodesk online database and provide information to local youth who are interested. We would like to share our experience with non-formal education and to equip the volunteers with all the necessary tools in order to provide professional career orientation for better social and professional integration. Also, each week the volunteers will have the chance to organize their own art/eco club, where they could present their nation, language, traditions, customs etc. Also, if there are interested people in our city, the volunteers can organize a free language course as a social initiative to the local community. Moreover, they can start helping school students who had difficulties with foreign language or organize language Tandem events. We will encourage and support volunteers with realization of their own ideas that fit our organization’s policy and priorities.

Conditions: The volunteers will be hosted in shared rooms with another volunteer/ from the same sex/ in their own flat with bathroom, terrace and kitchen, fully furnished with all the necessary kitchen utensils. The volunteers will be engaged in activities 30 -35 working hours a week according to the programme guide. 

MentorThe coordinating organization provides the volunteer with a mentor’s support who will help the volunteer set learning goals and together they may evaluate them after the project has finished. Also, the mentor can help the volunteer with emergency situations, such as going to the doctor, or orientation and information about the local life and all events happening.

Language support: Even though the working language is English, still each volunteer will have the opportunity to attend a Bulgarian language course. Language support will be arranged by coordinating institution. Course will be held by professional Bulgarian as a foreign language teacher. As a coordinating organization, we will provide other opportunities to practice Bulgarian (tandem meetings, etc.). Moreover, our team will assist the learning process of each volunteer.

Volunteers’ profile:  18-30 years old, unemployed, finished or excluded of the formal education system, or with economical difficulties. The most important criteria in the selection process would be the motivation, communication level of English language skills, and basic computer skills. Last but not least, the volunteers would have the opportunity to develop their own project under our supervision and with our support, on a topic related with our reality and for our community, e.g. a YE, TC, etc.

If you are interested to participate in the project, send us your CV and motivation letter why you want to become a volunteer by 22/09/2017 the latest. Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to address them via email to: p Ця електронна адреса захищена від спам-ботів. вам потрібно увімкнути JavaScript, щоб побачити її.  

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