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Fundación Paideia Galiza

description of organisation

The Paideia Galiza foundation is a private not for profit entity established in 1986, declared by the regional government as of "interest for Galicia". This institution is a as an open space to training, research and, in general, to a multi-dimensional and inter-disciplinary intervention in the field of Human and Social Sciences.
All this time, the institution has been consolidating and expanding through activities intended to contribute to their social and institutional frame's, promoting a culture of participation and solidarity. From independent and plural positions, PAIDEIA attempts to harmonize the private initiatives with social demands.
The Paideia Galiza foundation Works in cooperation and development projects in rural areas of Galicia, giving priority to attention to women, in subjects like education, qualifications and training for employment, family planning and sexual education, strengthening of personal skills and resources and gender equality. We also work in projects for employment aimed at people in risk of social exclusion, disabled people, institutionalised minors and people with problems of substance abuse. To carry out these projects the organisation establishes resources and tools together with the Public Administrations.

Two of the permanent objectives of our institution are:
1. Promoting projects and actions aimed at facilitating working and social inclusion of vulnerable groups of people (people with disabilities, minors in institutions, women,...)
2. Actions aimed at local, economic, cultural and environmental development of areas with less access to resources.
Activities carried out:
Insertion projects aimed at groups in risk of social exclusion. Special Employment Centres. Promoting enterprising culture. Research and continuous education. Inter.-institution cooperation. Gender and equal opportunities. Childhood and youth.

Main target groups:
1. Groups in risk of social exclusion: disabled people, drug addict people, institutionalised minors, convict women…
2. Childhood and Youth.
3. Women.
4. Young entrepreneurs.

Teams
The different work teams of Paideia are composed of 70 professionals. The teams are multidisciplinary with professionals from the fields of Psychology, Law, Economics, New Technologies, Sociology….

motivation and evs experience

The PAIDEIA foundation has been committed to voluntary actions since 1995. It was the main instigator for a local voluntary network, REDEVOL, in different councils of the region of A Coruña. Local youth received grants to carry out voluntary activities. In the year 1999 it started working with the EVS, and after almost 15 years we have sent 275 volunteers and hosted 74; an average of 100 people ask to participate with us.
This project means an enrichment of local people (volunteers and people in contact with foreign volunteers here). It enables young people to exchange experiences, knowledge and culture with other Europeans. This has had the effect of strengthening the European dimension in most actions and projects of our institution, including the ideas provided by the volunteers in our organisations and to other European projects (ESF: Iniciativa Equal, Emplea Verde, Leonardo Da Vinci, Grundvig…). As a consequence, many foreign EVS volunteers have decided to stay in our organisation, city, region or country.

As coordinating organisation, this is a very enriching project for our community. Volunteers can provide their knowledge and experiences. We are proud of our work and we commit to establish and use all needed means to ensure a comprehensive learning process, as well as efficient monitoring and mentorship, transparent financial management of the fund and the fulfilment of all matters established in the Programme's Guide.

As a host and sending organisation, the Programmes values and working lines match with those of our organisation. One of our main goals is to promote training in a comprehensive way, not only in the acquisition of knowledge but also promoting independence, sense of identity and responsibility. We believe European voluntary actions provide a perfect context not only for learning, but also to consolidate values and social, environmental and cultural compromises. The EVS provides young people with the opportunity to channel in a responsible way their wishes, learning,...

project environment

Project environment:
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The Paideia Galiza foundation is a private not for profit entity established in 1986, declared by the regional government as of "interest for Galicia". This institution is a as an open space to training, research and, in general, to a multi-dimensional and inter-disciplinary intervention in the field of Human and Social Sciences.
The Paideia Galiza foundation Works in cooperation and development projects in rural areas of Galicia, giving priority to attention to women, in subjects like education, qualifications and training for employment, family planning and sexual education, strengthening of personal skills and resources and gender equality. We also work in projects for employment aimed at people in risk of social exclusion, disabled people, institutionalised minors, women and people with problems of substance abuse. The PIDEIA Foundation tries to work always in conjunction with public entities through different agreements (city councils, local and regional government) and with private entities.
Two of the permanent objectives of our institution are:
1. Promoting projects and actions aimed at facilitating working and social inclusion of vulnerable groups of people (people with disabilities, minors in institutions, women,...)
2. Actions aimed at local, economic, cultural and environmental development of areas with less access to resources.

There are two geographic areas for the organisation:
" The main headquarters are in the city of A Coruña, the capital of the province, which occupies a surface of 36,8 km² and has 246,056 habitants (2009), (420,000 metropolitan area). Urban area, the second largest one after Vigo; density: 6,600 inh./km2. Fishery is important, but the service sector is the most important one in the city.
" The Paideia Foundation has another regional office in Padron. This a semi-urban town located in the south of the region of Coruña, at only 20 km from Santigo de Compostela, important for its University, over 500 years old, which give the city a nice atmosphere, with its 30,000 students. It comprises 48,4 km2 distributed into smaller population nuclei. The total population is of 9,500 inhabitants, with half of them living in Padron. Regarding their economy, this area sits on the fertile valley of Sar river, and was very linked to agriculture; nowadays, only one area (Herbón) keeps that activity.

Volunteers in the rural development projects will live in a house with garden near our premises in Padron. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 WCs, living-room, terrace and kitchen.
Volunteers participating in the main premises will be hosted in a flat (3 bedrooms, 2 WCs and kitchen) in Santa Cristina, 5 minutes away from the centre of La Coruña.
Both flats will be shared with other volunteers and supervised by the organisation regularly.


Proposed activities for EVS volunteers
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Opportunities we offer volunteers
The big number of activities offered by the Paideia Foundation, allows the volunteers to have different learning experiences depending on their preferences and interests. Volunteers will support the different projects and activities, and may participate in the design and implementation of the activities which most adapt to their interests, expectations and profile. There will be place for them to provide their ideas and suggestions, so they can actively participate and integrate in the team.
They will take an active part in our community, acquire formal and informal experiences; reinforce their sense of social comitment, acquire values such as solidarity, ability for team work, tolerance, European awareness, and improve social skills…

Role of volunteers in the host organisation
The Paideia foundation has two offices. The main head quarters in A Coruña and the regional office in Padron. The main head quarters in A Coruña, is where all the projects developed by the institution are designed and appraised. It consists of a Project Department, a Law Department, an Administrative Department and a Human Resources Department. The volunteers hosted in this office will support the Human Resources team, supporting the projects they carry out (EVS, integration projects, collaboration with civil society projects,...).
The office in Padorn, because of its geographic location is where the projects of rural development are carried out. In here the volunteer will take part in all the activities linked to social, economic and tourist development of these villages.

ACTIVITIES IN WHICH VOLUNTEERS WILL PARTICIPATE:

Headquarters in La Coruña
-Projects for employment aimed at people in risk of social exclusion (disabled people, institutionalised minors, women,...). The Paideia Foundation has been carrying out since 1995 employment projects aimed at groups of people in risk of social exclusion. In these projects there are 3 alternatives depending on the profile of the beneficiariesn There is the possibility of finding employment in the normal work market, joining special work centres or social economy companies, or starting a pre-employment training process.
The activities in which the volunteers will take part in these projects will be of support to the technicians and professionals of the project. They will take part in interviews presenting the project to beneficiaries, families and institutions; they will assist the technicians in assessing disabilities, and in designing individual employment insertion projects, in the search for companies, project presentation, and follow up of the people that have taken up jobs. In the special work centres, they will support the technicians in the different fields (gardening, nursery, computer graphic design, up keeping of premises), both in education and teaching dimensions. They will take part in the team , coordinating and planning meetings. They will also take part in the design and development of specific programmes. The activities undertaken by the volunteer will never substitute paid work , nor will they be exclusively administrative tasks, or ones with profitable aims.
-Children's workshops. For children aged between 3 and 14 years to help families with their family and working life and ensure equal opportunities (children with disabilities, with fewer resources,...). The volunteer will give and added value, incorporating games and traditions of his/her own country and taking into account the existing cultural differences. They may also take part in the planning and design of activities, contributing ideas or any proposal that could be incorporated to the workshops.


Office of Padron

-Rural development projects Paideia Galiza promotes and coordinates a rural development association (DELOA). This is a non-profit organisation formed by public entities and NGOs of Sar, Barbanza, Muros and Noia (64 organisations). The main premises of DELOA are in the premises of Paideia in Padron. It directs and coordinates projects and programmes aiming mainly sustainable development of their region. Its projects include a participative methodology with the territorial agents. These are usually action and research projects with a "down-up" approach within European projects and initiatives, with a transnational dimension.
Volunteers will provide an added value to the actions of DELOA and contribute to give a more European dimension to their projects, collaborating directly with the projects of their partners.

The topics they will work with are related to collectives suffering social and/or territorial exclusion, as well as emerging sectors leaded by collectives with fewer resources: women as promoter and booster of rural development; equal opportunities and conciliation of family and working life; local volunteering for rural development; development of territory; economic diversity and improvement of quality of life in rural areas; improvement of environment and rural environments.
The projects in which volunteers help will help to reinforce the European identity, transferring their culture, traditions, languages and personal experiences, they will always support the beneficiaries of DELOA (directly or indirectly).
" Qualification, rasing awareness and diffusion of environment in the tourist and agricultural sectors.
" Promotion of territory through publicity of tourist services (at a national and international level).
" Accompaniment to actors and transnational agents as a mean of international promotion of the territory.
" Accompaniment to European youth as a support to the cultural, training and language programme, as a strategy to enable and make quicker their integration in the rural environment.
" Support in public conciliation services, as a strategy to enable the access of women to the working market and entrepreneurship.

Main activities of volunteers:
" Support planning, designing and implementing the actions of the projects.
" Provide traditions, customs, culture, etc. to actions where internationality provides an added value and enriches the contents of the project (i.e. in public conciliation services).
" Support in accompaniment youth actions (local and European). DELOA organises informal meetings and trips of young local and/or European youth, and, as a mean to incentivate interculturality and knowledge of the rural environment, where volunteers may support professional tasks.

Volunteer will not exceed 35 hours.
The schedule is usually mornings in the headquarters of A Coruña and variable in the Padrón office, depending on the activities to be carried out, but always without exceeding the maximum of 35h.
Volunteer will have 2 consecutive days off, usually Saturday and Sunday. At times there are group activities that take place on weekends, the volunteers will be informed in advance and the volunteer will have days off during the week


Profile of the volunteer(s) and selection process:
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" Youth aged between 18 and 30 years
" Ability and interest for activities with minors, adolescents and groups in risk of social exclusion.
" Communication skills, social abilities, initiative, enthusiasm and creativity.
" Values and ideals of solidarity and European identity.
" Sensitive with gender and opportunities equality..
" Committed with rural development.

Candidates should have abilities to adapt to the project, showing interest in learning, organization skills, motivation and social skills.

The process is open, transparent and accessible to all young people interested. We will obtain the cvs through:

" Circulating information on our vacancies to institutions that have previously collaborated with us on EVS.
" Making a call from the web page of the hosting organisation.
" Informing those volunteers that write to us wanting to join the hosting organisation.
" Including the information in the data base of EVS Works: Open Network.

We have created a Mixed Selection Commission made up of the director /person in charge of the project, a psychologist, a mentor and the person in charge of institutional connexions. We have designed a scale of technical scoring. Volunteers shall provide their c.v., a motivation letter and fulfil a questionnaire given by the organisation.
The candidates with the higher scores will have an interview by telephone or email; or personally if we are going to be sending them.
Once this process is finished the Commission will match candidates to vacancies, taking into account interests motivations, wishes, knowledge of the project and the region where it will take place…Through this process of matching the Mixed Commission will select the most appropriate candidate for the tasks according to their social skills, solidarity values, motivations, interest in the beneficiaries of the project and the local development, previous volunteering experiences….



Number of volunteers hosted:
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6

Prevention of risks, security and protection:
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As we mentioned before the team taking part in EVS in multidisciplinary. In it, there are clinical psychologists who are usually responsible for the monitoring of the volunteers. During the first months there will be a weekly follow up, in addition to the daily follow up from the mentor. The contact between the psychologist and the mentor is constant. So the team can respond immediately to any request.

We are aware, since we started acting as coordinating organisation for hosting and sending volunteers in 1999, that some times conflicts are unavoidable due to the nature of the experience, young people in a "strange" environment. Our objective is not so much to eliminate conflicts, but to know how to channel them. We believe the important thing is that the young person learns to handle it in a positive way and sees the conflict as an opportunity fro personal growth. We base our method in active listening, empathy and joint analysis of the problem, in order to find and negotiate a solution.
In some few cases, where the problem did not have an immediate solution, the objective then was to regulate it according to our responsibilities, as a hosting organisation, In these cases we contacted the sending organisation or the Spanish National Agency, for advise.

Conflict resolution process
To prevent potential conflicts the PAIDEIA Galiza Foundation makes a permanent follow up of the volunteers where in order to identify any problems that might arise. We Have a procedure in place consisting on EVALUATION, ASSESMENT, GUIDANCE and FOLLOW UP (EVOS its acronym in Spanish) which works as follows:

1.- Direct contact with the volunteer to get an accurate description of the problem.
2.- Meeting with the EVS team of the Foundation to discuss the situation.
3.- Suggest the volunteer a direct solution with the mentor.
4.- If there is a positive answer, increase the follow up to confirm the problem has been resolve over the next days or weeks. If we get a negative response, we contact the sending organisation.
5.- If we don't get a positive response from the sending organisation, we will contact the Spanish National Agency, for advice on the best way to proceed according to their criteria.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

  • Geographical obstacles

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
Volunteering in Verona
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Mar 2015 to Oct 2015
01/03/2015 - 01/10/2015
09/02/2015 closed
Noël Paindavoine
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2016 to Aug 2017
05/09/2016 - 31/08/2017
13/06/2016 closed
EVS in Crescer a Cores, Lisbon, Portugal (already approved)
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2016 to Aug 2017
01/09/2016 - 31/08/2017
05/07/2016 closed