EVS activity in Italy
Description of the each hosting organisation
Link was stabled by four social workers in 2003, and now in 2017 we are working 6 person every day together with the help of several local and international volunteers. Link is situated in the city of Altamura, but we also manage a Mediateca (multimedia library) in the town of Irsina.
Link hosts 4 volunteers for long-term periods all year long, and on local level there are about 10 volunteers working with other organisations, so its always very multi-cultural around us. Get some impressions about our work checking the pictures on our facebook page: Associazione Link
And watch our video of “A new volunteer in Link”:
Description of the hosting activity
Within Link2Continents project Link is able to host 2 volunteers coming from Indonesia, this youth will become part of the staff of Link and will support them within all the activities which will happen during the month of July and August 2017. So it is necessary to be flexible and have the will to try different things and work with different people.
Dates: 01 July – 31 August 2017 (+ travel days)
The main working tasks will be the following:
Working with youth (14-24 years):
Helping in the realisation of the Link Club every Friday in Link office: Creative activities with young people about various topics (cultures, games, recycling, painting, ect)
Intercultural promotion through Intercultural and movie evenings with the support of all volunteers hosted in the city, for and with young people from local comunity.
Interactive meetings in schoolsassociations, youth groups to promote the Erasmus+ Programme and the European awareness (preparing the meetings and the information materials, preparing support materials like photos, videos, role games and evaluation tools).
Workshops about the topic of diversity within formal settings (school, training courses, youth groups, ect); preparation of materials and sessions and realization of workshops.
Working with international projects:
The volunteer will help in the preparation and realization of group projects such as Youth Exchanges, Group EVS projects and Training courses. The tasks will be discussed together and can vary from animation, realization ofactivities and workshops, logistics and administration;
Working in/with the office:
Office work, learning how to manage a youth organisation, getting to know the Erasmus+ programm, invent new promotion ideas.
Cooperation with media tools like radio or newspaper (a weekly broadcast on a local radio station about music and European youth lifestyles, writing articles for local newspapers, update of website, etc.)
Developing a personal project (in favore of the competences of the volunteer)
During the first two weeks the volunteers will have the chance to participate to all activities regularly organized by Link. Together with the tutor, her name is Lucia Creanza (responsible for the work management) the volunteer will decide which activities to join most and the work plan will be adapted.
Every week the volunteer will meet with the mentor, her name is Birgit Atzl, to evaluate how the project is going on and if there is anything which needs clarifications, support or changes, regarding the work and regarding personal life (house, free time management, cultural discovering, ect).
During all project all staff of Link will be available for learning, sharing, teaching, confrontation about culture and volunteering work. In case of emergency the volunteer will have all necessary phone numbers to contact the mentor or tutor when needed.
Hosting city Altamura
Altamura is a city and comune of Apulia Region, in southern Italy. It is located on one of a hill of the Murge plateau in the province of Bari, 45 kilometres (28 miles) southwest of Bari (capital of the Region), 15km of Matera (European Capital of Culture 2019). The population is about 72.000 person.
Check out some information about Altamura on the internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamura
Working hours and days off
The volunteer will have activities for 6-7 hours per day and 5 days per week, about 30 – 35 hours a week. The volunteer will have Saturday and Sunday free and two days per month for holidays. The holidays need to be confirmed with the hosting organisation. In case of weekend activities where the help of the volunteer is requested, the volunteer can compensate this working hours during the following week, in agreement with the hosting organisation.
The volunteers will be hosted in a shared flats in center of Altamura. The flat have a kitchen, living room, shared sleeping rooms, shared bathroom. The apartment is shared with other EVS volunteers, everyone is responsible for taking care for the flat - cleaning, shopping and cooking. It is not allowed to host other people in the flat, or host animals in the flat. There is no WIFI in the house available. The volunteer can you internet in the office of the organization or/and can buy an Italian SIM card with internet connection (about 10€ per month, not covered by the organization)
Each month every volunteer has the right to receive 115€ as a pocket money and 160€ as money for food. There is no need for transport because the working and living place is 5 min away or you drive with car and the staff to appointments.
The volunteers will receive the access to Online Language Service platform to study independently Italian Language. Moreover the coordinating organization Link will offer to all an intensive Language Training Course to help the volunteers to integrate in local environment and activity work.
Requirements: Age (18-30), preference to Young people with less opportunities.
Link searches for a young person who is willing to give a lot of energy for the local activities of our organization and wants to learn about the management of an NGO organization. English knowledge is welcome, Italian is not necessary.