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AIESEC Eesti MTÜ


EVS Accreditation Details
EVS accreditation type
organisation_acctype: 
Sending
Receiving
Coordinating
EVS accreditation expiry date 10/06/2014
Location Tallinn, Estonia
Organisation topics
organisation_theme: 
European awareness
Education through sport and outdoor activities
Inclusion topics
organisation_inclusion: 
Cultural differences

EVS accreditation number

2013-EE-23

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Project Environment

* Tartu local committee would be mostly hosting and coordinating projects. Tartu, with its population of 101,246 (Population Census data from 2000) in an area of 38.8 square kilometres, is the second largest city of Estonia. Tartu, lying 185 kilometres south of Tallinn, is also the centre of Southern Estonia. Tartu is often considered the intellectual and cultural hub, especially since it is home to Estonia's oldest and most renowned university.
AIESEC in Tartu has been responsible for maintaining high quality in accomodations and working conditions for the volunteers. In Tartu the volunteers have been living in a new and modern Raatuse dormitory where they rules and conditions are the same as to other students. (no smoking in the rooms and no visitors after 11 p.m) Volunteers would share a double room with access to Internet, a modern kitchen and bathroom would be shared with approximately 6 people. There are grocery stores nearby both Loomingu hostel and Raatuse dormitory, also both locations are very close to the city centre. (5-minute walk)
AIESEC Tartu also has a new large office under Raatuse dormitory where volunteers can access internet, telephone, relax and communicate with AIESEC members. When hosting a short-term project, volunteers would be living in Raatuse or Loomingu hostel, working for example in different schools in Tartu. AIESEC members would be in constant access to volunteers, we would help them with transportation, food, preparation of sessions. It is important for us to support our volunteers not only with work but with their personal development as well. That is why we would have numerous meetings with schools(if we do an educational project) and talk with volunteers about their expectations so there would not be any miscommunication. We have a personal development flow plan that has been specially designed for keeping an eye on the volunteers and helping them in every way possible. We would also be responsible for accounting and finances.


* Short-term hosting (2 weeks – 2 months) for group services for projects directed outside AIESEC (working with different target groups among youth)

Service and learning opportunities
With short-term EVS group projects we would offer a fun, developing, intense experience that would change the volunteers in a positive way. We are planning on doing an educational project where 10 volunteers would not only work among themselves but with high school students on making educational curriculum based videos on different subjects like chemistry, physics, mathematics, social sciences etc .They would learn about team work, on how to communicate with teenagers, how to activate youngsters and their leadership. They would learn about Estonian educational system, could compare it to their local reality, help high-schoolers become more innovative in learning. Also it would be a great cultural learning point having to collaborate with people around the world. Volunteers can also get practical outlet for their profession is they want to become teachers or have specialized in any of the subjects they will make the videos of. Even without that volunteers can use their knowledge gained in high-school to now develop others.

Role of EVS volunteers in the Host Organisation
Role of volunteers addition to their project would be being an active member of local committee’s everyday life: taking part of our events, conferences if we have any, meetings, promoting the project, helping with the showcasing. We want AIESEC to be like a home during their stay in here. Also the volunteers would get evenings to talk about their country and culture, therefor broadening the minds of AIESE members as well.

The activities in which the volunteer could be involved and the activities the volunteer could create in your organisation. Examples of typical activities/tasks.
The activites of the volunteer with this specific short-term project are connected to working together with high school students in different groups. Many school have after-school activities dedicated to different subjects like chemistry club, physics club and etc. Unfortunately their attendance is low, we want to change that by making it more interactive and involving a group of volunteers. They would mingle with the kids, find out what interests them, how they like to study, what they would like to see in an educational video and then coordinate the youth to make videos based on the subject and curriculum. They would receive basic video-editing trainings and help kids to conduct their own videos. They would have the assistance of the teacher to make relevant and high-quality videos. Activites would involve getting trainings on how to deliver sessions and edit videos, working together with the students and teachers, videotaping interesting experiements and later editing it.
The project described before is one possibilty for a project that we have thought about now.
The projects AIESEC has recently coordianted with have had volunteers working with children, giving sessions about their culture, playing with them, having cooking and boardgame classes. Volunteers have been responsible for developing local youth centers and connecting with youth.


* The profile of the volunteer
AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national, ethnic or social origin. Volunteers are expected to have at least a basic or intermediate knowledge of the english language in order to complete the tasks that will be assigned to the volunteer. Volunteer should be prefferably a university student or recent graduate.
Recruitment process
Recruitment will be conducted through interviews. The interviews involve general discussion about volunteer and about his/her expectations and about the work in AIESEC (detailed questions will depend on the project). In order to make the interviews the candidates should have at least some internet access.
Accessability of EVS to all young people
The project description will be public for all young people. And each and every young person can approach AIESEC if they have an interest in described project.
Type of the SO to co-operate with
Sending organisations that we would want to co-operate with should have the same themes for activity as AIESEC: European awareness and development co-operation. Or at least one of them. Sending organisation should understand the importance of co-operation with European countires and promote active European citisenship. As well as promoting co-operation in development of social related projects towards youth.
Sending organisation should have the same values and concept as AIESEC and understand the influence that projects could have on the society.


* Maximum number of volunteers that AIESEC can host at the same time is 10
The projects/work that AIESEC can offer to the volunteer will up to 2 months


* Safe living and working environment
Volunteers brought to Tartu will be living in mdoern and safe Raatuse dormitory or Loomingu hostel. They will have support from AIESEC members as there is a team of 6 people dedicated for the realization of the project. They will have all the necessary contacts and we will check out all the places volunteers will work or live in beforehand. The role of the group is to make sure everything goes according to what has been promised, that the projects logistics work out; they are responsible for supporting volunteers, staying in contact with them, helping them with everyday matters as well as culture shock. AIESEC Tartu office is located under Raatuse dormitory in the center of Tartu where they can access AIESEC members whenever they need.

Risk and crises preventation
All information about what to notice and take into consideration will be provided to volunteer before he/she arrives to Estonia and during his/her stay in Estonia. We have worked out a guide for members from helping volunteers get visas to crisis managament. Our members responsible for volunteers will also have trainings and be able to help volunteers with whatever they need.


Motivation and EVS experience

AIESEC in Estonia is a part of AIESEC - a global that concentrates on developing young people and emphasises on their personal growth. AIESEC in Estonia is now 22 years old and is rapidly developing and growing in hosting and coordinating international youth projects.
AIESEC has been accredited as sending and coordination organisation with the accreditation nr. 2010-EE-8 (AIESEC Eesti MTÜ)..
We have been coordinators and senders of volunteers for several projects. For example projects in Greece: volunteers working with children who have disabilities – “Colour Your Life – Experience Volunteerism II” (1.3.2011 – 31.8.2011). And in Romania: “Grow” (Summer 2011) - volunteers educating high school juveniles; “Be a volunteer” (Spring 2011) – a project about promoting volunteerism where AIESEC is cooperating with other Romanian NGOs; and “Sunny Days II” (Summer 2012) – social educational project for children in day centres with poor social status.
The opportunity to send Estonian volunteers to abroad and cooperate with other non-profit organisations have given AIESEC in Estonia, especially to local committees in Tallinn, a lot opportunities, but AIESEC in Estonia also needs host organisation accreditation in order to execute even bigger and better projects in the form of short-term EVS projects. This hosting and coordinating accrediation is especially important to Tartu.
It is very important for us to have an impact on our society through our projects so it is necessary to note our work as coordinators to different NGO’s here in Estonia. Our recent projects in Tartu were with Armenian Sunday School, Tartu Herbet Masingu School and Tähe Youth Center. We would love to continue working with different NGO’s and help them and the youth around the world access each other. This is also a very important reason why we are interested in EVS. By doing EVS we can reach more people, as money is often an important factor why people don’t go abroad or do not want to come here. EVS has a possibility to change lives of people who would not ordinarily get this chance. Even though our staff changes annually, the knowledge and importance of EVS remains in AIESEC.
We want now to take the next step, and not only help local NGO’s coordinate projects, but to host one as well. AIESEC in Tartu wants to do a short-term EVS project that would last around 6 weeks. We are thinking of doing an educational project in collaboration with silmaring.ee website. We want to change how students study, make it more interactive, help schools become more 21st century institutions where learning is not only cramming from books.
If the present expression of interest is an update or a renewal of a former accreditation, please indicate the EI reference number previously assigned:
2010-EE-8

Description of the organisation

AIESEC is a worldwide student organization that develops young people to become future leaders all over the world. This is done by creating learning environments, providing leadership opportunities and an international exchange with living and working abroad.
AIESEC volunteer work Global Community Development Program (GCDP) co-operates with EVS to fulfil the same goal – developing youth and creating a positive impact on the society.
AIESEC in Estonia was born in Estonia in 1989. There are two active local committees in Tartu and Tallinn with almost 150 members on the whole. Department in Tartu deals with Hosting and Co-ordinating EVS projects whereas both departments work with Sending activities.
The target group of AIESEC in Estonia are university students and recent graduates in Estonia and from abroad (from other AIESEC countries). The target group of AIESEC projects are different young people (e.g. high-school students, children from foster homes etc) and do not depend on the age. A lot of emphasis is put on creating projects here in Estonia, where we engage local students, NGO’s and create international platforms. Not only is creating the logistics, finding all the necessary accommodations, transportation and etc beneficial for the development of AIESEC members, the outcome has impact on the society and our target groups.
In everything we do we put emphasis on personal development as well as global mindset. We want our members to develop themselves so they can do something positive in the society.

Contact details
Organisation name AIESEC Eesti MTÜ
Street Raekoja plats 16-208
Postal code 10146
Town/city Tallinn
Country Estonia
Email address estonia@aiesec.net
Website www.aiesec.ee
Telephone number +372 680 5642
Fax number

Last update: 11/06/2013