Date(s) - 01/10/2019 - 31/05/2020
In the project will be involved a total of 7 volunteers between 18-30 years old coming from Italy, Hungary, Spain and Slovakia. Three volunteers will come for 9 months from October 2019. Four volunteers will join project for 2 months (Jan-Feb) during the LegoLeague, other 2 (Apr-May) during the Euro Lego Leaugue that will take place for the first time in Thessaloniki. Volunteers will be working 6 hours per day 5 days per week. The project is related with the Educational Robotics and the volunteers have to support the organization in their regular activities. Some of the most important activities are two competitions for educational robotics FIRST LEGO League (FLL®) and FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr. ®) which are organized throughout the year in several cities around Greece.
Volunteers can also take part and support the organization in our summer camp “Sea Sun + Fun Camp” which is an innovative initiative to engage young people with education robotics. Throughout the year eduACT organizes workshops and training in order to engage young people with educational robotics as well as organizes more than 30 events during the year.
Volunteers will be asked to take part in the educational activities, learn the process and be the helpers of the trainers and facilitators. Moreover volunteers will be asked to support the organization in order to promote and disseminate the activities in order to raise awareness regarding educational robotics as an innovative tool to engage young people and provide them an alternative path of education.
The project is open to any young person between 18-30 years old who are motivated to live a new experience and help the cause of the organization. We are looking for people who are familiar being around with young kids, be outgoing and flexible.
Priority will be given to young people coming from a Roma background since the project has a special focus to engage roma children with an innovative approach in order to fight discrimination. Although the project does not require from participants to have experience in robotics, we need people who have skills in 1 ore more of the following 3 main areas: graphic design, it skills and photography/videography. We organize more or less 30 events through out the year, so we need graphic designs to raise awareness in almost every one of them. More specific, we use graphic designs in media products such as labels, advertising flyers, campaign logos, posters, invitations and t-shirt stamps.
Something to know about us is that we love videos & photographs! We need people who also love both things and help us disseminate the projects. Finally people with IT skills will support us in maintaining our website as this is the main part of how we communicate our actions to the people. The working language will be in english so the volunteers are asked to have at least basic knowledge of english so they can communicate in the working environment.
Volunteers are going to be accommodated in a fully equipped building located in the city centre (Angostara) near the main bus and train station of the city. It is an autonomous 5 floored building of 150 m2 per floor and a terrace on the 6th floor. On the first floor there is the working space of the volunteers working in USB’s projects, while on the second floor there are the showers, two bathrooms, the kitchen, the dining room, the living room and two balconies. The bedrooms are located on the other three floors. In the building they are also accommodated the volunteers who participate in other projects in the city coordinated by USB. Each volunteer will share their room with one or three more people of the same gender (we have double and big quadruple rooms). There are also single rooms for people with special needs or for interns. Wireless internet is available in the whole building. The House Tender cleans the common spaces every day and the rooms once per month according to the volunteers. The volunteers are responsible for the daily cleaning of their own spaces as well as the common spaces during the weekends.
We provide our volunteers with three meals per day through a catering service that prepares the food according to their preferences and allergies (also for vegetarian). Diamantis Catering (http://www.catering.gr/) is one of the biggest catering services in Northern Greece and has received multiple certifications of quality. In this way the volunteers will have the possibility to get in contact with the Greek cuisine and culture, but at the same time on Saturdays and Sundays they can cook and enjoy their own food. In the weekly days the House Tender will prepare the breakfast and will be responsible for the service and cleaning for lunch and dinner.
Breakfast is served from 9.00 to 10.00, lunch from 13.00 and dinner from 20.00.
The travel costs are covered by the association with a limit of 275 eur. The amount covers the total cost for the round trip.
At the beginning of each month the volunteers will receive the money for the whole month calculated by 5 euros per day. In addition will get 5 extra euros per day for the weekends, days off and official holidays of Greece (in these days the organisation will not provide meals so the volunteers get reimbursed). Volunteers will be also provided with a transportation card in order to move from the accommodation to the working place and inside the city in general.
The volunteers can refer also to the Volunteer Coordinator about what they need to buy for the house. The Volunteer Coordinator delivers the monthly financial needs to the President of the organisation in order to approve them according with the budget availability
A strong cooperation between the sending, hosting and coordinating organisation is very important for the good progress of the project. The sending organisation has to communicate with the volunteers and keep a report of their educational process and their daily life. The Volunteer Coordinator provides once per month a feedback to the sending organisation about the full filled tasks and the Mentor will communicate about personal issues of the volunteer. United Societies of Balkans is also coordinating other projects in the city. The volunteers hosted by other organisations are accommodated at the same building of our volunteers. There might be several activities where the volunteers of the network will participate all together. This network also help the volunteers to know more about what is going on in the city and about other issues faced by the other organisations. The Network’s Coordinator support the other coordinators’ project and is the responsible for the common activities and events.
About hosting organisation USB:
The goal of the organisation is the promotion of youth mobility, youth involvement and participation, voluntarism and human rights. We make it through:
- Promoting the values of non formal learning, voluntarism, active citizenship and democracy for the creation of a better future for the European youth;
- Involving minorities and immigrants into youth activities;
- Building healthy cooperation bridges between countries in the area of the Balkans and Eastern Europe with the rest of Europe;
- Using New Media and Citizens’ Journalism methodologies to encourage youth expression, to raise awareness of Human Rights and to promote intercultural dialogue;
- Utilizing arts as a tool for the cultivation and expression of youth;
- Breaking down prejudices and stereotypes among the European countries and among youth.