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Ajuntament de Tortosa


EVS Accreditation Details
EVS accreditation type
organisation_acctype: 
Receiving
EVS accreditation expiry date 13/09/2015
Location Tortosa, Spain
Organisation topics
organisation_theme: 
Youth leisure
Youth policies
Inclusion topics

EVS accreditation number

2012-ES-102

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Project Environment


Project environment:

The project is located in Tortosa, a 46.000 inhabitant city, in the Terres de l'Ebre county, Baix Ebre, a Tarragona province in the south
of Catalonia. It's the county with the most inhabitants (183.000 inhabitants), but is considered a rural area. There is a great historical
and natural heritage like the Nature Parc of the Delta del Ebro and of the Puertos de Beceite. Tortosa is the administrative centre of
the county. The most important sectors of economy are services, agriculture and industry. Because of the large tradition of agriculture,
especially in the citrus, there is a high percentage of immigration (25%). At the moment there are 110 different nationalities and 112
different religions. 27% of the poblation are youngsters.
The Punt Jove (Youth Point) is located in the Ferreries district, outside of the old town of Tortosa where most of the secundary
schools are located. The Youth information point has become a cultural space of encounters and hosting of the local community
which plays an important role in the integration of the youngsters in the city. During six months there are a lot of youngsters
participating in the project of intercultural youthdinamization organized by the youth department for youngsters from fourteen to
twentyfive. The timetable of the Youth information point is:
During summer (15.06. - 10.09.): Mo – Fr, 9:00 – 15:00
During the rest of the year: Mo – Fr, 9:00 – 14:00, 16:30 – 18:30
There are punctual activities that are realized outside of this timetable, probably on friday nights or the weekends.
The volunteer will live in Tortosa or Roquetes, in a shared flat with local youngsters or other EVS volunteers. He/She will have to buy
his/her own food and cook for him/herself. Cleaning rules might be established if necessary. The flat is destined only to the exclusive
use of the volunteers of obre't'ebre. No visitors are allowed. The volunteer might have to share a room.
There are no long distances in the city, so everything can be easily reached on foot or by bike. Whenever the volunteers needs to use
public transports, transport costs will be covered by the organization. A bank account will be opened for the volunteer in the first week
of the volunteer's arrival where the food and pocket money will be payed to.
In Tortosa, being a city located in Catalunya, the official and daily used language (in Host organization, administration and the majority
of the press) is Català. The volunteer should be open to learn it.
Being a rural zone, there are some Spanish courses (intermediate and high level) and various Català courses of different levels. The
organization will facilitate the contact to young people interested in language exchange in any language.


Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:

The Youth information point offers formation in documentation, research, digital resouces, design and creation of interactive and
educational material on local and international cultures, the contact with the youth,...
Through the contact with the workers the volunteer will be able to learn about the catalan culture, the reality of the immigrants, their
cultures, people with special educational necessities, the norms and laws of the Spanish government and the Spanish society.
The volunteer can participate in the different activities, workshops and talks of sensabilisation, where he/she will learn paedagogical
and technical methods, and so will improve his/her social and personal skills.
In addition to these activities the volunteer will participate in the language course (power course of Spanish in the first month and later
normal linguistic formation (between one and three hours a week) depending on his/her necessities, català courses starting the third
month if the volunteer is interested, Spanish classes that are provided by the association Atzavara-Arrels, to official language school
or the centre of ocupational formation, and/or the català classes offered by the Cenre de Normalització Linguistica.
The minimum competences so the volunteer will develop during his EVS, are:
Communication in the mother tongue:
-Telephone calls with his/her sending organization before, during and after the project, conflict solution, writing evaluations
-Writing a CV and a motivation letter before translating it into English or Spanish in order to contact the host organization
-If the volunteer comes from the same country as the users of the entitiy, he/she will have the opportunity to communicate in his/her
mother tongue
-Analize and compare his/her own language with Spanish and Català
-Analize and understand the reality of Catalunya and comparing to the realitiy in his/her country/region.
Communication in foreing languages:
-Oral and written communication in Spanish and Català through regular clases but also the daily life, in the flat, with his/her friends,
with his/her coworkers or with other volunteers
-Talk in public.
-Explain the reality of his/her country in another language.
-Getting to know the Spanish and Catalan cultures and other cultures existing in Tortosa
-Explain and solve conflicts in another language.
Mathematics competences and basic competences in science and technologi.
-Solve conflict
-Learning how to organize activities and projects.
-Logistic learning in planning activities.
Digital competences
-Advanced use of office, program management and graphical editing (making presentations, reports, spreadsheets for financial
management of projects, lists of participants to activities or dynamic presentations, photo editing for the Web, ...)
-Advanced training and use of Web maintenance software, updating the Web, creating a personal blog, advanced search on the
Internet
Learning to learn:
-Develop self-esteem and assertive attitude to solve conflicts involving itself or other people
-Learn from the experiences of the community and different people who will find during his stay and community life in the flat.
-Advanced Search Internet
-Individual and team work
-Organization of a personal project
-Learning from the users
Social and civic competences
-Knowledge of Spanish and Catalan culture, and from other cultures.
-Teaching positively their own culture to different audiences
-Learn to deal with groups with risk of exclusion (youth, immigrants, people with disabilities, people with problemes with the language
or social integration, …)
-Accepting and learning to live in a rural area
-Learning other ways of working,
-Learning to learn, defend, discuss and communicate social and political objectives
-To Know the laws and standards of living, social work, the treatment of the environment in Spain
-Learning pedagogy and practicing with the work of colectives with difficulties.
Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship:
-Ability to work as a team and individually
-Preparation, organization, implementation and evaluation of workshops, lectures, educational materials, studies i / or a personal
project for users of the entity or the local community.
-Proposing new methodologies, new workshops or activities
Cultural awareness and expression:
-Be creative in the development of new workshops, lectures, exhibitions and leaflets
-Submit their origins, their experience, their country, with or without PowerPoint presentation

The main purpose of the volunteers will be the attention to young people. They will give their support in the actions and planned
projects for young people in the field of education of the values of coexistence, tolerance and solidarity.
The volunteers will offer their support and help in various activities required, but they may also develop their capacity of initiative in
the projects that the may develop. On the other hand, according to the demand of young people in the Youth Point, they could launch
a project with the help of the youth worker, in order to promote the integration of young immigrants.
The volunteer will have a supervisor in the hosting orgasation who will help the volunteer in any occasion.

The volunteer will help in the following activities regularly operating, but without taking the whole of their working time because he will
also have the possibility to develop his personal project:
A. To sort and classify (5-10%): help to sort the shelves, classify documents and sort the material
B. Attention, information and training (20-30%) in the direct care support and call center and electronic (email) to the users of the
Youth Point, and trainning for the users (visits, explanations, information search )
C. Internet and computers room (35-45%): Register the users and to assist and giving support to the users of the computer room in
the use of new technologies.
D. Campaign to publicize the Youth Point in secondary schools and universities (5-10%):
D1 Support for the preparation of the talks
D2 Assist in organizing the schedule of talks.
D3 Giving support in the centers to give the talks.
Juventud en Acción. Acción 2 Manifestación de Interés. Formulario de solicitud 2012. Pág. 12
E. Administrative tasks (5-10%): Assist in writing letters, mailing, distribution of posters, registration control and monitoring of courses
and activities, organizing the schedule of trainings, ....
F. Organization of events (5-10%): Assist in the organization of tasks performed by the Youth Department (conferences, lectures,
workshops, Exhibitions, Competitions, Festivals, Tours, Park Christmas shows, etc ...)
G. ENewsletter TORTOSA JOVE (5-10%): Assist in the editing, layout and newsletter sending Tortosa Jove.

Total week hours 30.30 h



Volunteer profiles and recruitment process:
We require an active volunteer, dynamic, with communication skills, empathetic, assertive and open to know people from different
cultures.
The main requirement is that you are motivated to learn and to take initiative.
We value positively the interest and expertise in leisure, education, culture and social work with youth and children.
Castilian preferably low-level means to integrate quickly and understand what to do.
Regarding the selection process:
Interested people have to send their CV and cover letter in Spanish to the email: EVS pij@gmail.com
The coordinating organization will contact the sending organisation and the volunteer to inform if we have taken his candidature.
We will have a preselection of five volunteers, one of them will be chose. Once selected the volunteer, we will contact him to have
skype interviews with the coordinationg organisation and the host organization and the volunteer. One month before arrival infokit will
be send to the selected person.
The sending organization should be equally motivated for the follow up of the volunteer. We require an organizaton that wants to work
with the hosting and sending of volunteers and participate in other mobility programs for future singergias with the coordinating
organizaton.


Number of volunteers hosted:
1 volunteer maximum 9 months for that project. Apart from that project, obre't'ebre will coordinate the hosting of other volunteeers.



Risk prevention, protection and safety:
Throughout the project cycle, preparation, drafting of the MI, assessment and monitoring of each EVS activity, there will be a
partnership and ongoing communication among all project stakeholders (host organization, and technical coordinator of the area of
international mobility .)
Throughout the project the volunteer will be provided with a language training in Spanish and / or Catalan acoording the needs needs
and possibilities.

The volunteer will participate in the training session at his arrival organized by obre't'ebre, and in the mid evaluation, together with his
mentor who will assistin him during his evs progress. The host organization will provide the training required by the course of your
project.
On arrival training will be a specific section of conflicts management.
The meetings with his mentor will be regular in order to analyze and evaluate their quality of life, his activities and work. The role of
the mentor will lead to give support to the volunteer, as well as to the development of the project, and helping the volunteer to solve
any problem.
The host organization will have a supervisor, in this case the Youth worker from “Youth Point”..
The volunteer will receive information and training necessary for the performance of his activities.
During the first two weeks, the volunteer will receive information and training on the structure of the host institution and of the reality of
the area. The volunteer will be told on arrival, about the health system,will be given family doctor, and a list of useful telephone
numbers for his stay (emergency, police, fire and relevant information for him to move safely) .
The volunteer will be in a flat with other adult volunteers. He will be able to meet people of his own age. He will have a room (single
or shared), and he will share the rest of the apartment with the other flatmates. The flat will be used exclusively for the volunteers are
doing their voluntary service.
He will have a monthly amount for maintenance and pocket money.

Motivation and EVS experience

The follow MI is a renewal and an update of the latest credencial with the reference number: 2009-ES-67

The coordinating organisation of that projecte is obre't'ebre. Since 2005, obre't'ebre has send 6 youngsters to France, Italy, Costa Rica,
Wales, Slovenia; and has hosted 12 youngsters from Belgium, Finland, Austria, Wales, Italy, France, Poland, Estonia and Germany.We
also have participated in 5 youth exchanges and in two youth initiatives. The workers from the organisation and the volunteers have
participated in several trainning from the program:
Trainning for EVS mentors inEVS (Alcobendas-April 2005)
Euro mediterranean meeting (Barcelona, November 2005)
Soho (Malaga, April 2005)
Soho training about Short Term EVS (Belgium, March 2006)
Youth in Action Program 2007-2013 (Barcelona, December 2006)
Traning Course in Rural (Turky, April 2007)
Trainning for EVS mentors in EVS (Mallorca, November 2007)
Quality in European Youth Exchanges (Holand, February 2008)
Evaluation and midterm trainning for EVS (Malaga, June, 2008)
Online training for mentors (December 2008-February 2009)
XL2 training Trainner of traineers. INJUVE (2011-2012)


Since obre't'ebre was set up, there is a close relation between the "Youth Point" from Tortosa's Council.
The relation started in 2006 when the founders from obre't'ebre contacted with the responsable of youth with the aim of organizing
international projects in the city, hosting and sending european volunteers and arranging other international projects.
It was at the beggining of 2009 when the youth worker showed interest and motivation with the hosting of volunteers. The international
volunteers give the oportunity to the younsters of Terres de l'Ebre land to discover a new european reality with its diversity. In the other
hand gives the organisations and young people the opportunity to open to new environmennts, to help to fight against racism and
xenofobia, as well as to promote interculturality and social values of tolerance, respect and solidarity.
Also, throught the hosting of volunteers we promote the development of innovative and creative projects in benefit of the hosting
organisation and in benefit of the environament where the young people develops their voluntary project.

In 2011 the workers from “Youth Point” have received a trainning about the running of the Youth in Action Program by obre't'ebre,
specifically about EVS. The person in charge with EVS in Catalonia organized a meeting with the responsables of obre't'ebre and the
youth worker to clarify doubts.

Obre't'ebre as a coordinating organisation will run the procedures of the project (redation of the project, handing over the
documents,apply for the grant, organizing the lodgement, language courses, mentorship, montly evaluations, trainning and final
evaluations).A part from the volunteer in theYouth Point, obre't'ebre will host other EVS volunteers in new projects in Tortosa and
Roquetes. The volunteers will share the lodgement and the initial trainning.

Description of the organisation

The main aim of Punt Jove is informing and helping young people so that they can choose the best options for their present and
their future.It wants to create equal opportunities Each year there are more youngsters that use its services what made the
program grow.
The teamwork from Youth Department is consists of two workers. There are a lot of different activities:
-Information and help with non formal education topics
-Information and help with topics such as job research, youth tourism, youth renting, european programs, etc.
-Sale of the Youthhostel Card and International Students Card.
-A place for searching information
-Training and Workshops (visits, talks)
-Cultural activities
-Monthly newsletters to inform young people.
-Internet service: four computers with Wifi connection.
-An information board where young people can offer their services, selling, renting offers and share everything that they believe
necessary.
-Maintenance of the website of Punt Jove.
Also Punt Jove organizes projects and activities:
-Activities for young people in the nature (walking, espeleology, kayac and ciclying).
-Youth constest Recrearé, to promote video and photo betwenn young artists.
-Music: Ebre Musik contest, to promote new bands from the Ebro county and neighbouring regions. We organize a final concert
with a famous band within the spanish pop rock scene, and the three winner bands from the contest.
-Workshops in informal educational topics during the whole year aimed at youngsters.
-The "Fira de la Solidaridad", an event with seventeen entities and associations of the territory participating, establishing
activities such as storytelling to children, show puppets and live concerts. Conference of the participating organizations, debate
on the role of NGO's and the voluntarism in our society, etc.
-Organization of the "Youth Christmas", coordinating forty of the city's entities. Various activities during more than ten days.
-Future project: Intercultural youthdinamization for youngsters from fourteen to twentyf ive in the districts of Tortosa. Youngsters
of the district and youngsters with a immigrant background unite in order to realize informal educational activities and to give an
impulse towards integration and a peaceful living together.

Contact details
Please note, the selected organisation cooperates with a different EVS organisation to handle enquiries on its behalf.
Organisation name Asociación Obre't'ebre
Street Av. de l'Estadi s/n
Postal code 43500
Town/city Tortosa
Country Spain
Email address evspij@gmail.com
Website www.tortosa.cat
Telephone number 0034 977 504573
Fax number 0034 977 500546

Last update: 18/10/2012