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A.R.C.I.L.


EVS Accreditation Details
EVS accreditation type
organisation_acctype: 
Receiving
EVS accreditation expiry date 08/05/2015
Location Lousã, Portugal
Organisation topics
organisation_theme: 
Disability
Urban/Rural development
Inclusion topics
organisation_inclusion: 
Educational difficulties
Social difficulties
Cultural differences
Economic difficulties
Disability
Health problems
Geographical difficulties

EVS accreditation number

2012-PT-19

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Project Environment

SPECIAL NEEDS (IF APPLICABLE):

The major part of our team exist of workers with professional experiences in relation with physical and mental disability and/or relating with social exclusion and minorities problems. The tutor of the volunteer has a long and rich experience in leading and supporting holiday camps for disadvantaged young people. In that way we have the facilities, the support and the acknowledge to host a volunteer with special needs, except mental disabilities, alcoholic or drugs problems or important affective problems.






PROJECT ENVIRONMENT:

Lousã is a small town of 15 000 habitants in Central Portugal, near of the town of Coimbra (27 Kms), capital of the region. This town is considered as a disadvantaged rural area because of its geographical localization, in a quite isolated region (mountains) and not well accessible by transports. Within Lousã all is accessible by feet and bicycle. The volunteers are provided with bicycles. To go to Coimbra (the nearest city) or other places there are public buses.

Anyway, because Coimbra is quite closed and it’s an expensive town and because there is a project of fast train between the two towns, the population of Lousã is growing and, consequently, there is an explosion of new buildings. This new situation represents a new challenge for Lousã if the town doesn’t want to become a “sleeping town”: it really needs to manage well its own richness and creates new ones…

The economy of Lousã is based on the paper industry and on the “rural tourism” using the natural resources of the place (mountains, rivers, old villages).

Socially, the population of Lousã is mainly young and active with some poor areas.

The town of Lousã has a cinema, sport clubs, inside and outside swimming pools, a library, internet cafés and plenty of bars and restaurants. As Lousã is connected with the “Serra (mountain) da Lousã” it has beautiful places to go by foot or by bike. In summer you can swim in the river.

Coimbra, the nearest city is famous as it has one of the oldest universities of Europe. It has is a vibrant student life. Besides many celebrations and parties, there are many cultural events, theatre shows, concerts.










PROPOSED ACTIVITIES FOR EVS VOLUNTEERS:

Objectives:
• Giving a European dimension to our organisation and to the projects that we have, finding motivation and ideas to new projects and to open the mind
• Living the intercultural experience in a concrete way, and using it like a learning tool to incentive a mutual knowledge, tolerance spirit and attitude and to help to fight against discrimination and racism.
• Giving a concrete example of European Citizenship to other young people and motivate them to be more active and to participate more- and why not?- to inform them about possibilities in the European Voluntary Service or other kind of international activities (work camps, exchanges..)
• Making the promotion of the EVS programme for all the community and for the young people particularly (information schools sessions)

The volunteer will have tasks mainly based in:
• Communitarian, social and cultural animation work (children and young people): like festivals, local activities, leisure time activities, etc
• Project management (local or international): Organising a personal project, a project to spread information about this EVS project, helping with organising the International Youth camp and other activities.

When the volunteer will work on the leisure time centre, he will include completely in the team of the monitors and consequently will have the same support. In case of the project management the volunteer has the support of the project coordinator of the association and our team. For all the activities, the responsibilities will be shared in a team and the volunteer will never be alone to organise an activity.

The tasks of the volunteer will be defined in parts:
A) Leisure Time Centre: the target groups are children between 6 and 10 years old. The volunteer will work with the monitors. We work with about 180 children in five different schools. We plan activities with the monitors like music, body expression, plastic expression, nature activities, sports, thematic discussions and others. During the school holidays, the monitors work during all the day and the volunteer can choose and work also during the same period. The volunteer will also participate in trainings offered to the monitors and organised by our organisation or by other associations who gives formation in the most important issues related with activities for children.

B) Activities for disadvantaged young people and for young people with Special Educational Needs: the main objective is to support a small group of disadvantaged young people and young people with disabilities or special educational needs and propose them some activities, motivate them to participate in future projects. The activities are flexible and can be adapted to the talents of the volunteer: language courses, music lessons, theatre, drawing, computer lessons and much more things that the volunteer can propose. If the volunteer doesn’t have a special request or capacity to think and animate a special activity, we can propose him some concrete ideas relating to our capacities and resources. These activities will be a good way to keep in touch with this target group, to know them better, to define their own needs. The volunteer can also work in collaboration with our accommodation program in the unities of male, female and couple accommodations giving personal, social support and leisure time occupation for children, youth and adults with a handicap and/or in risk of social exclusion.

C) Other punctual activities: beside these daily activities, the volunteer will be able to participate (preparation, realisation and evaluation) in other activities like the Youth week-end, international work camp, school information sessions.

D) Individual project: During the voluntary service, the volunteer will have the opportunity to think, prepare and execute his own project with the help of the tutor and the other members of the association. A special and regular time during the week is defined to achieve this objective, with special training if necessary (methodology of project, budget skills, communication….for example).

E) Support to the staff: the volunteer can also help other staff in “small daily things” like shopping, logistic work; it’s always a good way to know the city, the important places and it can help and motivate the volunteer to practice his Portuguese knowledge in a very concrete way.

Estimative in %:
1-Leisure time centre: 40%
2- Youth activities: 40%
3, 4- other activities and individual project: 15%
5- Support: 5%

N.B.: In some occasions, this average can change when the volunteer will be involved in one specific activity- like an international work camp for example: in this case he will be participating on a full time level (100%)

During the activity the volunteer will get support of a mentor from Arcil. Weekly, they meet each other to talk about everything concerning the volunteers experience: progress, questions, doubts, learning objectives, support, practical issues etc. The coordination oganisation will have regular meetings (monthly) with the mentor of the volunteer and the volunteers. In case of problems and crisis they are an important partner to support the project.

Because of the volunteer takes part of a team with monitors, she will get continuous support during the activities Our coordination organisation: Associação Sócio Cultural BLOOM will have regular meetings (monthly) with the mentor of the volunteer and the volunteer her/himself. In case of problems and crisis, they are an important partner to support the project.

Practical arrangements:

Accommodation: The volunteer will be hosted in a house together with other volunteers. The rooms in the house are individual or shared with maximum one other volunteer.

Food: The lunch will be provided during the weekdays in the organisation free of charge. The volunteers receive also a monthly allowance to buy food to prepare themselves.

Transport: As Lousã is a small town, everything is reachable by food or bicycle. There are bicycles available to use.


Support: The mentor of the volunteer will ensure the role of the activities that the volunteer will do, planning the modifications that will be (or not) necessary and giving to the volunteers the support and independence to suggest any change in the process. Every week the volunteers have the opportunity to talk with the mentor. The mentor will be informed about all the progress of the Project,

Monthly the coordination organisation will contact the volunteers and the mentor to speak about the progress, answering questions and in case of crisis or problems questions and in case of crisis or problems acting as an independent partner between all the partners to solve the problem

Weekly the coordination organisation has a meeting with volunteers with fewer opportunities, or even more when needed. The coordination organisation stays in close contact with the sending organisation of the volunteer to share possible difficulties and to solve problems.

Language: supported by local municipality, in courses for foreigners (average 4 hours per week) and besides the coordination organisation provides conversation classes according the personal needs of the volunteers.


An example of a week in ARCIL for EVS volunteers

Note: the schedule is an example, upon the volunteers wishes/needs/challenges/personal objectives and the possibilities within the organisation it’s possible to make changes.

Monday
Free
Lunch break
Meeting with mentor
Language classes
Supporting children in their residency


Tuesday
Supporting people with disabilities in ceramic workshop, music sport classes, or other occupational activities
Lunch break
Leisure time centre activities with children
Working on personal projects


Wednesday
Supporting people with disabilities in ceramic workshop, music sport classes, or other occupational activities
Lunch break
Language classes
Supporting children in their residency


Thursday
Supporting people with disabilities in ceramic workshop, music sport classes, or other occupational activities
Lunch break
Leisure time centre activities with children
Working on personal projects



Friday
Supporting people with disabilities in ceramic workshop, music sport classes, or other occupational activities
Lunch break
Working on personal projects
Supporting children in their residency









VOLUNTEER PROFILES AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS:



Profile :

We don’t have preference with gender and age. Although the volunteer doesn’t need to have a special experience or educational background, we prefer volunteers that:
a. are enjoying working with children, adults with and without disabilities
b. are having experience in working with our target-groups is a pré, not a must
c. are able to take initiatives
d. are having a sense of creativity
e. are flexible to adept to different conditions of living and working
f. are flexible to establish relations with different persons
g. are feeling responsible and are organised.
h. Are active persons with an open spirit to work with people
i. Are willing to learn and to collaborate with the objectives of the host organisations
j. Are being prepared to a hard reality in what is related to animal rights

It would be very interesting if the volunteer has any special abilities , artistic, sports or manual.

The publicity about the EVS vacancy is done by the Host organisation “ARCIL”. ARCIL study all the CV’s and motivation letters to choose the most adequate profile to their activities and to a good social integration. The coordination organisation, BLOOM Associação Sócio Cultural contact the volunteer and the sending organisation to collect all the necessary information to complete the application and annexes. Besides dealing with the preparation and application BLOOM takes care of the responsibilities, tasks, etc of each partner within the project, arranged in the activity agreement. During the project they will communicate with all the partners regularly and give support where needed. In case of problems and crisis they are an important partner to support the project. Besides this project, there might be more volunteers in the same region. The host and the coordinating organisations would like to cooperate, and to work on building our network. We all like to carry out the possibilities for youngsters in our region. To bring for example the volunteers together to work on the visibility and valorisation of the projects. The coordination organisation will evaluate the project with all partners and the volunteer


The project is published on the database of the European Commission and youthnetworks.net

Besides this publication we inform network partners in and out site the country about the vacancy.

For ARCIL, the most important criteria they have to volunteers, is their motivation and sense of creativity. Because of a wide range of regular activities in this organisation and the innovative character of ARCIL they support the volunteer to take part in the activities which meets the volunteer’s personal learning objectives.

There are no specific skills required.

The volunteer will be a partner and not a substitute of any human resources that ARCIL needs to develop the work. We like to work with a volunteer that gives us a support for the activities, a learning and an exchange of acknowledge that volunteers can bring to the organisation.

The publicity about the EVS vacancy is done by the Host organisation “ARCIL”. ARCIL study all the CV’s and motivation letters to choose the most adequate profile to their activities and to a good social integration. The coordination organisation contact the volunteer and the sending organisation to collect all the necessary information to.







NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS HOSTED:

4 in long term projects
10 in short term projects









RISK PREVENTION, PROTECTION AND SAFETY:

We accommodate the volunteers in a safe house, in a safe surrounding together with other EVS volunteers.

The mentor of the volunteer will ensure the role of the activities that the volunteer will do, planning the modifications that will be (or not) necessary and giving to the volunteers the support and independence to suggest any change in the process. Every week the volunteers have the opportunity to talk with the mentor. The mentor will be informed about all the progress of the Project,

Monthly the coordination organisation will contact the volunteers and the mentor to speak about the progress, answering questions and in case of crisis or problems acting as an independent partner between all the partners to solve the problem

Weekly the coordination organisation has a meeting with volunteers with fewer opportunities, or even more when needed. The coordination organisation stays in close contact with the sending organisation of the volunteer to share possible difficulties and to solve problems.

In case of health problems: The nearest hospital is in Coimbra, 25 km from the place of venue. In the town of Lousã is a health centre and even the host organisation has a wide range on medical and psychical services.

Important phone numbers:

Emergency numbers of Lousã

Centro de Saúde da Lousã - Telefone: 239 990 610
Centro de Saúde de Serpins - Telefone: 239 971 257
Corpo de Bombeiros Municipais da Lousã - Telefone: 239 990 530
Associação Humanitária de Bombeiros ( Serpins) - Telefone: 239 970 000
G.N.R. – Guarda Nacional Republicana - Telefone: 239 990 060
Farmácia Fonseca - Telefone: 239 995 167
Farmácia Serrano - Telefone: 239 991 272
Farmácia Padilha (Lousã) - Telefone: 239 971 106

Motivation and EVS experience

The target groups of the host organisation are mainly children, youth and young adults, with and without disabilities. The organisation has from the beginning a special sensibility for the youth problems and realities. Hosting a young European is a good opportunity to work on awareness and inform the target groups, our team and the local community, especially young people, to the importance of intercultural activities as a way to exchange knowledge, practises and to experience different activities. Hosting an European volunteer represents a helpful human resource and is motivating our team. At the same time, we know that this volunteer will be also considered like “something special” for the town, people and institutions.

We hope that the volunteer can also be a new way for information for the young people of Lousã: in fact, the young people living in isolated area sometimes don’t know the possibilities offered by Youth in Action and it’s one of the reasons of their no- participation. At the moment Young European Volunteers are hosted by 2 other organisations in Lousã and it would very useful if there are more projects occurred at the same period: for the volunteer and for the promoting of the programme Youth in action. It give us a tool to collaborate together and to contribute to the impact of Youth in Action towards the local community.

Until so far we have hosted 16 Young European Volunteers. We are eager to continue to host 3 or 4 at the same time. Meanwhile we are motivated to work out a project to host short time volunteers with special needs.

If the present expression of interest is an update or a renewal of a former accreditation, please indicate the EI reference number previously assigned:
2009-PT-1

Description of the organisation

The mission of ARCIL is to promote care and rehabilitation services to persons with disability or in a situation of exclusion, aiming their social and professional integration. ARCIL has 193 collaborators. That number includes 63 persons with disabilities which are included in the several departments of the organisation; the other collaborators are technical and social staff. ARCIL is managed by the social corps – 13 volunteers.

ARCIL develops several activities, structured in Rehabilitation Services and Production Unities.

Rehabilitation Services includes:

•Centre of Resources for Inclusion at school- to promote personal, family and social development of children and youth with special development problems and/or with trouble in their social insertion process.
•Centre of Leisure Time Activities – to promote activities with children, in their leisure time.
•CAO Program (Occupational Activities Centre) - to stimulate and develop lingering capacities, promoting self- valorisation, social integration and well-being; to promote self- sufficiency through the development of socially useful activities.
•Professional Training Program - to raise jobs and encourage social and economic insertion through information, evaluation and professional guiding, training, job insertion and follow-up.
•Sheltered Employment Program (CEPARCIL) - to assure employment in production or service units, as a means of personal and professional valorisation of disabled people, and making it easy for them to have access to regular job market.
•Residential Program - to promote the development of personal and social abilities, to raise self- sufficiency and cooperation and solidarity relations and to promote communitary integration

Complementary activities - sports, music, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hipotherapy, clinical psychology, expressions (dance, music, acting, painting, adventure sports), holiday trips, snoezelen, work medicine, dentist and physiatrist..

The area of Production involves:

Production and services unities that assures employment as a mean of personal and professional valorisation of disabled people and as a mean to self-support financially the association.

•ARCILMADEIRAS wood sawing, pallets production, carpentry, wood boxes.
•ARCILAGRO, agriculture and cattle breeding
•ARCILSAÚDE, physiotherapy, physiatrist and hydrotherapy.
•ARCILVERDE, conception, maintenance and irrigation systems of gardens
•ARCILCERÂMICA, production of handicraft ceramic products to adornment and use.
•ARCILLAV, laundry and cleaning services.

Contact details
Organisation name A.R.C.I.L.
Street Cabo do Soito
Postal code 3200-901
Town/city Lousã
Country Portugal
Email address arcil@mail.telepac.pt
Website www.arcil.org
Telephone number +351 239990399
Fax number +351 239991989

Last update: 21/05/2012