VESSEL - Volunteering for Solidarity, Social Engagement and Learning

MOJU - Associação Movimento Juvenil em Olhão

Olhão, Portugal

The application deadline has passed.

Activity description

VESSEL - Volunteering as an Engine for Solidarity, Social Engagement and Learning opportunities is a group international volunteering activity with three volunteers, involving one Hosting Organization (Portugal) and three Sending Organisations from different countries. The volunteering service start´s from April 2019 and goes to a maximum period of 12 months. The international volunteers will be placed in the Southern Portuguese city of Olhão, where they´ll have the opportunity to experience a totally different culture and way of living, to learn and experience new things, and to use the knowledge and experience gained in their country's so that they can act as a liaison between partner organisations. The volunteers will be involved in the activities and projects developed by the Hosting Organisation and will be encouraged to develop and implement their own projects/ ideas.

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

The volunteer will live in a furnished rented flat shared with other volunteers, close from the office and not far from the centre of the town. The flat contains all the necessary amenities and is divided in different rooms, kitchen and bathroom. The volunteers will have their own bedroom or share it with another volunteer, a shared kitchen and bathroom. A monthly contribution for food will be given to every volunteer. The volunteers will receive a monthly pocket money as stipulated by European Solidarity Corps. This amounts will be payed in the beginning of every month.

Training during the activity

On-arrival and mid-term training's will be provided by the Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action. OLS will be the official tool to use to learn Portuguese during the Project. Since the project activities require work and communication with other people, it is necessary and important that the volunteers try to speak in order to perform their duties. For that purpose there will be 3 hours of Portuguese Lessons per week.

Participant profile

The volunteer’s selection process is intended to be transparent and open to all involved. There are no preferences regarding gender, age or study areas. However, a special concern is taken on the analysis of volunteers’ expressed interest in working with children and young people with fewer opportunities and at risk of exclusion, since these will be the main goal of the proposed activities. The fact that the volunteer has some experience linked with youth associations is seen as positive for the development of the activities/projects, but it will not be an exclusion point for the decision.

Activity dates

A total of 53 week(s) during the period 01/04/2019 to 31/03/2020

Activity location

Olhão Portugal

Looking for participants from

Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria

Activity topics

Social challenges

Deadline for applications

Application deadline: 20/03/2019