Interregional youth social movement of support of voluntary initiatives SFERA
description of organisation
Interregional youth social movement of support of voluntary initiatives SFERA has been established in March 2007 by uniting the efforts of youth non-governmental organizations from different subjects of Russian Federation.
The aim of the organization is development and support of youth initiatives by providing young people from all over Russia with access to international volunteering regardless of nation, religious, social status and disadvantages. The main activities are: international voluntary workamps, EVS and other long-term voluntary projects for youth, educational activities for youngsters and organizations involved in social service, promotional campaigns of volunteering, charity and social services. The most of the organizational activities allow to exchange experiences, knowledge and skills between youth from EECA, European Union and other countries of the world in order to inspire a sense of solidarity, tolerance and mutual understanding.
We organize workcamps in Russia, around 15 projects per year, involving foreign volunteers and local community into voluntary work. We send Russian volunteers abroad (over 600 every year) for workcamps, as well as for EVS and trainings/youth exchanges. We act as contact point outside EVS for several organizations in Russia and host 1-2 EVS volunteers at the same time in our office. We're working with young people all over Russia, informing them about possibilities of international volunteering.
SFERA movement operates at European level by organizing common projects and events with permanent partner organizations from all over the Europe. There are 83 permanent partners from all EU member countries and all EECA countries as well as from other parts of the world.
Furthermore SFERA movement is a Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) member, a member of Alliance of European Voluntary Organizations, a member of National Youth Council of Russia (NYCR) and a partner of Service Civil International (SCI).
Since 2007 SFERA was one of the official multipliers of "Youth in Action" programme in Russia.
Organization has a democratic structure with the board which consists of young activists experienced in organizational activities. The staff of the organization also consists of young people. Nowadays there are 5 staff members in SFERA.
The headquarter is situated in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Participants with fewer opportunities
- This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.
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:
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