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AFS Latvia Intercultural Exchanges

EVS Accreditation Details
EVS accreditation type
EVS accreditation expiry date 16/03/2015
Location Riga, Latvia
Organisation topics
European awareness
Youth policies
Inclusion topics

EVS accreditation number


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Project Environment

The EVS volunteer will work for AFS Latvia Intercultural Exchanges, he/she will be based at the Riga office, located in the heart of Riga.

Riga is the capital of Latvia and has 1000000 inhabitants. In Riga there are a lot of opportunities for spending leasure time, doing sports, visit the great different styles of music concerts, playing theater, playing music, meeting friends, visiting youth clubs etc. Riga is located within a few hours drive from Tallinn and Vilnius, Art Nouveau town, in 20 minutes can go to the Baltic Sea.

The local AFS chapter in Riga will also support the EVS volunteers during their stay in Latvia.
The volunteer will be hosted in a host family in Riga or near Riga. The life in a host family will facilitate the integration in the local community and will accelerate the process of both language and intercultural learning.

Through AFS Latvia and Riga Chapter well-established network it will be easy to support the volunteer in finding activities of her/his interest and in making friends with other young people.

The purpose of the activity is to further develop AFS in Latvia. The volunteer will become involved in all aspects of AFS activities in Latvia. He/she will assist volunteers and board members, who also are volunteers.

The volunteer will be trained and will work on administrative issues linked to AFS youth exchange and voluntary service programmes such as: public relations, quality assurance, project management, financial management, networking and partnership building, will run presentations at schools and local communities, etc. The volunteer's learning process in the above fields will be supported by on-the-job training whenever needed, structured and informal discussions as well as regular planning and sum-up meetings.
The volunteer will be directly involved in the preparation and implementation of meetings and preparation camps as co-facilitator. This will enable him/her to get a hands-on experience in the running of volunteer youth activities.
During the service period, the volunteer will be invited to participate in various activities offered by the local AFS chapters. In this way the volunteer will have face-to-face encounters with young people and youth workers from a variety of backgrounds and gain further intercultural competence.
The working language is Latvian and English the EVS volunteer will be expected to learn Latvian to a certain degree. Working time is flexible and consists of an average of 7/8 working hours per day from Monday to Friday. Work outside office hours or work on weekends will be compensated for during the next week.

Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:
In terms of learning activities the EVS volunteer will:
- learn about the Latvian culture
- learn Latvian and some Russian
- learn to work in an international team
- gain office- and organisational skills
- learn how to develop and manage a project
- learn how to work with youth
- develop paedagogical skills
- develop intercultural skills
- develop personal skills to perfom a presentation
- develop personally

Volunteers already active in the AFS organisation in their home country will be preferred.
The volunteer should be creative and motivated to work in a dynamic intercultural atmosphere. She/he should also be diligent and reliable. A good command of English as well as PC literacy (Word, Excel) are essential.
Furthermore the volunteer must:
- be interested in working with people and youth
- have basic knowledge of the climate and general living conditions in Latvia
- be open for a different living situation, culture and environment
- be communicative
- be open to team work
- be interested in office work and administrative issues.

Number of volunteers hosted: maximum 5

AFS Latvia complies with Latvian safety regulations. The work does not involve any special risks.
AFS Latvia will provide an external contact person who can support the volunteer in any matter related to both work and host family living.

AFS Latvia works according to AFS International Standarts for the last 21 years. There are family interviews and family orientations before a participant is home placed. Each participant and family has got a contact person in a case of better adaption, communications, problem solving.

AFS Latvia have the phone 24/7 for urgent cases.

All participants will take part in orientation camps where they will be informed on safety, culture and local habbits in Latvian.

Motivation and EVS experience

AFS Latvia Intercultural Exchanges is an active volunteer organization in Latvia since 1990. AFS Latvia is the first Latvian exchange and one of the very first volunteer organizations since the years of independence.
AFS Latvia Intercultural Exchanges would like to receive an accredation for EVS programs in Europe for 6-12 months voluntary work abroad for young people at the age of 18-30 years (for both programmes - hosting and sending)
AFS Latvia Intercultural Exchanges motivation to participate in the programme is that the volunteers experience the value of intercultural communication, develop and practice language, leadership and professional skills and participate actively in community activities. Through the meeting with people from other countries the volunteers experience different cultures and way of living and achieve a more balanced views of intercultural differences and hereby contribute to building a more just and peaceful world through understanding.
The motivation for becoming a host, sending and coordinating organisation in the EVS program is that we wish to exchange AFS volunteers between AFS Latvia and other AFS organisations in the program and partner countries. The purpose of such an exchange is primarily to develop and strengthen the AFS organisation both in program countries and in partner countries. AFS Latvia wishes to gain new inspiration from other countries as to the further development of AFS in Latvia– especially with an aim to strengthen its volunteer base.

Description of the organisation

AFS in General
AFS Latvia Intercultural Exchanges is a partner in the world-wide youth exchange organisation, American Field Service, represented in 76 countries all over the world.
AFS is a voluntary based, non-profit NGO organisation, independent of political and religious interest. In Latvia AFS started in 1990 and is today the largest exchange organisation in Latvia.
AFS mission:
AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needs to create a more just and peaceful world.
AFS enables people to act as responsible global citizens working for peace and understanding in a diverse world. It acknowledges that peace is a dynamic concept threatened by injustice, inequity and intolerance.
AFS seeks to affirm faith in the dignity and worth of every human being and of all nations and cultures. It encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or social status.

AFS Latvia Intercultural Exchanges regular activities are educational exchange programmes for students and volunteer exchange programmes for 18+ people around the world.

At international level AFS exchange about 11.000 young people each year.
AFS Latvia Intercultural Exchanges has 4 staff members and more than 300 volunteers (of which approx. 100 are actively engaged in AFS every day life). Our work is very much based on volunteer work and we have 4 local chapters (in Riga, Liepaja, Daugavpils and Smiltene).

Contact details
Organisation name AFS Latvia Intercultural Exchanges
Street Blaumana street 38/40
Postal code LV-1011
Town/city Riga
Country Latvia
Email address anita.tropa@afs.org
Website www.afs.lv
Telephone number +37167280646
Fax number

Last update: 16/03/2012