Možnosti dobrovoľníckej práce
There are a lot of activities, in which young people from Slovakia could participate. Everyone can find for them a suitable possibility focused on work with people, kids, animals, or help with the renovation of castles, monuments, nature protection or social work with homeless people and so on. It is not possible to mention all of them but let me to mention some of them at least.
The voluntary work in NGOs in Slovakia
Most of the NGOs in Slovakia are thankful for any voluntary help in their activities. It can be different kind of work, starting with helping in administration of the post, selling the postcards, and working with people with disabilities, up to graphic work or recording videos.
Most of the organisations, working or needing volunteers, are published on the Internet: http://dobrovolnictvo.sk/organizacie
International Voluntary Workcamps in Slovakia and abroad
Workcamps are two- or three-week-long camps that host group of 6 – 15 people (from 15 up to 99 years of age) working on a project. It can be really various kind of work from cleaning beaches, forests; working with people with disabilities, kids; helping on the festivals; renovation of castles; rescuing the turtles or monitoring possible fires etc. Workcamps are performed mostly during summer all around the world and maximally 2 people from each country participate in them. The multicultural aspect of the workcamp is very important and the official “working” language is usually English. Every year Slovaks have possibilities to travel abroad for a workcamp as participants or they can stay in Slovakia and lead a workcamp with foreign volunteers. The volunteers pay their travel costs, participation fees to support the Workcamps at their sending country. The reward for their work is food, accommodation and free time activities. More information and possibilities to enrol are available at: http://www.inex.sk/en/workcamps
European Voluntary Service (EVS)
EVS is mostly a long-term individual voluntary service for young people aged 18 to 30 years. It can last from 2 up to 12 months, but longer projects lasting from 6 months are more common. Besides a possibility to join activities of an NGO, the volunteer will get a space for self-education and self-development, learning the language of the country, in which they perform their EVS project and experiencing living in a different culture. Volunteers will get reimbursement of their travel costs, accommodation, food, insurance, language course and monthly allowance. EVS projects are offered within the EU’s Youth in Action Programme. More information can be found here:
The list of the sending and hosting organisations is published here:
Mid- or long-term voluntary projects (MLTV Projects)
MLTV projects are similar to EVS but they are implemented mostly outside Europe. They are mostly individual long-term projects implemented by the NGOs and are designed for volunteers over 18 years of age. The advantage is that there is usually no upper age limit as the MLTVs are financed from the resources of hosting organisations, so their implementation does not depend on getting grants. The organisations prefer to host rather more experienced and independent volunteers as the projects are a little bit more difficult. The volunteers pay their travel costs and the participation fee and they get food, accommodation and sometimes also an allowance. There might be an extra fee on MLTV projects, especially in developing countries to cover the expenses of NGOs connected to having volunteers. More information available at: http://www.lteg.info/ltv-projects or http://www.inex.sk/en/
The Youth Initiatives
There is a possibility to implement a volunteer’s own initiative. Such a possibility is offered to young people aged 15 – 30 years thanks to the EU’s Youth in Action Programme and its sub-action 1.2: “Youth Initiatives”. Young people can try to prepare their own project, get the financial support and implement it. Except for the possibility to implement their own voluntary project, the participants will gain new skills and experiences related to the project management as they could implement projects worth up to 5.000 Euros. More information available at: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/youth-in-action-programme/youth-for-europe_en.htm
In Slovakia, participants can use the support of the Network of the trained couches who can help them with creation, implementation and evaluation of their projects: http://www.iuventa.sk/sk/Kontakty/Narodna-agentura-Mladez-v-akcii/Siet-vyskolenych-koucov.alej
Developing volunteerism (GLEN)
The GLEN Programme offers a possibility for young people aged 21 – 30 years to join three-months-long study-working projects in Asia, Africa or South-Eastern Europe. These are more difficult projects with regard to the types of activities and countries, in which volunteers implement their projects. Because of that it is recommended to think through the participation well and maybe to try smaller projects in abroad first and then to participate in a developing voluntary project.
There is a selection with the frame of the GLEN and the volunteers have to complete the training process and pay the participation fee to join the projects. More information available at: http://www.glen-slovakia.org/#?show=3
Civique Service and different programmes in the EU countries
Besides the above-mentioned voluntary activities, there is also a possibility to join the programmes created in individual EU countries. The French National Voluntary Programme named “Civique Service” has been working since 2010, and it is one of the good examples. It is designed for young people aged 15 to 24 years from France volunteering in their country or abroad, or for young people from other countries volunteering in France. The volunteers get financial support for their voluntary projects. More information is available here: http://www.service-civique.gouv.fr/ or www.inex.sk
The contribution for a voluntary work
The unemployed young people from Slovakia can ask for contribution from the Labour Office. The aim is to provide unemployed young people with a possibility to obtain practice during volunteering. It involves activities within maximal range of 20 hours a week for a period not longer than 6 months. More information here: http://www.upsvar.sk/sluzby-zamestnanosti/nastroje-aktivnych-opatreni-trhu-prace/aktivacna-cinnost/52a-prispevok-na-aktivacnu-cinnost-formou-dobrovolnickej-sluzby.html?page_id=13088
Author: Zuzana Dorčíková