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PISTES SOLIDAIRES

description of organisation

Pistes-Solidaires is an association of education that works to promote knowledge, competences and attitudes in favour of justice and equality in a multicultural society and in an interdependent world. Pistes-Solidaires was created in 2002 with the ambition to raise awareness about global problems and to show the potential of change, but also to help people understand the links between their lives and the lives of other people all over the world.
We see education as a whole and also our educational actions- which last throughout life- based on the 4 pillars of UNESCO: learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together.

Pistes-Solidaires is a European Non-Governmental Organisation that is very active at the European level. Pistes-Solidaires is organized in 3 departments:
- Educational mobility: aims to give people the chance to experience learning mobility through European programmes such as EVS, youth exchanges, training courses, lifelong learning projects, senior volunteering… Pistes-Solidaires has also started to host rencently young people within the frame of VET projects for internships in many fields such as social work, animation, hairdressing, mechanics, sports... Pistes-Solidaires also managed to get approved a Strategic EVS project giving the opportunity to youngsters with fewer opportunities from the whole Nouvelle-Aquitaine region to go abroad for short-term EVS projects (1 or 2 months).
Since September 2016, Pistes-Solidaires is coordinating a unique regional platform to inform youngsters about mobility and propose concrete opportunities: internships, volunteering, jobs, studies...
- European cooperation: Pistes Solidaires aims to increase the impact of EU cooperation at local level in the following topics: education, social inclusion, social-cultural field (such as Grundtvig multilateral projects, Fundamental Rights & Citizenship, Leonardo Transfer of Innovation in the previous programs, KA1, KA2 and KA3 since 2014).
- Local development via the "Centre d’Information Europe Direct Pau Pays de l’Adour ": we aim to increase European values and peoples knowledge about Europe by animation, information and advice on topics concerning Europe through various activities (information meetings, conferences, cultural and linguistic cafés, workshops in schools ...). We have received the label of “Europe Direct Information Centre” from the European Commission in 2013.

Pistes Solidaires is based in the city of Pau in the Southwest of France. In March 2017 we opened a second office in the city of Bayonne, where our association already provided information about EVS at the Youth Information Office since 2014. Pistes-Solidaires is recognized as a European NGO coordinating a network of 14 organisations in 12 European countries, the LE.MO.N. Network.
(LEarning MObility Network). This network gives the opportunity to Pistes-Solidaires and the other members to develop numerous projects in the field of educational mobility and to constantly improve the quality of the implementation of such projects.

Pistes-Solidaires has a large practical experience of EVS projects as coordination, hosting and sending organisation. Since 2005 we have hosted and sent a great number of EVS volunteers and we successfully coordinated numerous EU funded projects. In 2009 we started to work with senior volunteering within a European network of partners. We also set up and took part in a variety of youth exchanges. Our experiences, not only in the field of EVS, but also by European intercultural exchanges, and the receiving of trainees (Leonardo programs and of vocational training) enabled us to develop a high quality mentoring of young volunteers. Pistes-Solidaires almost permanently hosts EVS volunteers, trainees or staff exchanges, which creates an intercultural team and an essential asset for our organisation. As EVS sending organisation one of our priorities is to increase the awareness of EVS as non-formal learning opportunity among young people and to prepare them to get involved in order to develop their social and personal skills.
As coordination and hosting organisation we started to develop a dynamic around EVS by developing new partnerships in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64), a rural department at the border to Spain.

Participants with fewer opportunities

  • This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projects
Social obstacles
Cultural differences
Economic obstacles

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
Youth Information and Sports service of HENDAYE - SW France
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Aug 2018
01/09/2017 - 31/08/2018
03/04/2017 closed
University of Pau - EVS at the Student's House Cultural Service
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Jun 2018
01/09/2017 - 30/06/2018
03/04/2017 closed
University of Bayonne - EVS at the Cultural Service Microscope
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Jun 2018
01/09/2017 - 30/06/2018
03/04/2017 closed
Promote Europe at local level - SW France
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Jun 2018
01/09/2017 - 30/06/2018
07/04/2017 closed
YOSE - Youth Opportunities in Social Economy
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Jul 2017 to Aug 2017
01/07/2017 - 31/08/2017
24/04/2017 closed
YOSE - Youth Opportunities in Social Economy
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Jul 2017 to Aug 2017
01/07/2017 - 31/08/2017
24/04/2017 closed
YOSE - Youth Opportunities in Social Economy
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Aug 2017 to Sep 2017
01/08/2017 - 30/09/2017
24/04/2017 closed
EVS at "Lycée Agricole" - Mauléon, SW France
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Jun 2018
01/09/2017 - 30/06/2018
12/06/2017 closed
PROJECT APPROVED Pau University - EVS International relations Office
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Jun 2018
01/09/2017 - 30/06/2018
04/08/2017 closed
EVS community youth club and arts centre : MJC Rive Gauche SW France
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Jan 2018 to Aug 2018
01/01/2018 - 31/08/2018
28/08/2017 closed