The project “Lead the way” will be implemented by Bulgarian Youth Forum (BMF) in partnership with the organizations Isla CreAtiva (Spain), VCS Skopje (Macedonia), Seiklejate Vennaskond (Estonia) and Österreichische Kinderfreunde (Austria). It will include a total of 4 EVS volunteers aged between 18 and 30, from Spain, Macedonia, Estonia and Austria. Volunteers will arrive and live in Sofia for one year from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
The project will have a positive impact in a number of directions on both partner organizations and volunteers. The main reason for its realization is enriching the BYF team of volunteers willing to engage in its everyday activities. Thus BYF will increase appreciably and qualitatively the capacity of its specialists and the organization as a whole. In this regard, “Lead the way” has two main aims:
-To enhance effectively the quality of the activities of BYF by attracting foreign volunteers with strong motivation and good general preparation, that will strenghten the international dimension of youth activities and will increase the total capacity of the BYF specalist.
-To increase qualitatively and improve the level of key competences of the selected volunteers, by conducting specialized, conformable to the individual needs of each volunteer training and through their involvement in main youth activities of BYF.
The main activities in which the volunteers will be involved with a view to the realization of these aims are
-A course aiming to familiarize the participants with the aims, goals and activities performed by the BYF in which they’ll take part and help with.
– A Bulgarian language course which will start as soon as they arrive to allow them to communicate freely during their service.
– Help with the organization of various youth events, youth trainings in the sphere of non-formal education, youth campaigns and projects. This may include activities from support of BYF stuff in coordination of human resources, communication and logistics to taking of picture and videos, which will be published in BYF communication channels.
– Help with the organization of various sport indoor and outdoor events including billiards, football, table tennis, darts and other sports. Some of their responsibilities will include taking of picture and videos of the participants, getting interviews from them, supporting the BYF staff in the communication and logistics around the event, etc.
-Publish online materials in the social and media channels of BYF reflecting the events and translating them in different languages.
-Create materials such as brochures, flyers, banners, etc. to promote the activities of the organisation and distribute them in local schools in order to involve more youths in the BYF projects and events.
-Organize their own youth events and charity tournaments.
-Maintain their own online blog sharing their new knowledge and experience from the activities that they will take part in.
-Participating in BYF activities related to project writing, implementation and reporting, mainly under the programme “Erasmus+”.
Hours/days of service per week: 30 hours a week – 5 days of service.
The methods of non-formal education will be actively applied during the implementation of the project.
The expected learning outcomes of the EVS volunteers in the project “Lead the way” are fully synchronized with the pre-defined aims and programme of the project. The participants will have the opportunity to acquire a wide range of knowledge, skills and competences in non-formal education and training, as well as all processes concerning the management of NGOs, planning, preparation, implementation, promotion and reporting of European projects, as well as organizing, managing, conducting and coverage of various sport events and tournaments from the daily activity of BYF.
The positive impact of the project “Lead the way” will be taken into account in improving the overall level of key competences and skills of the participating volunteers, teams of host and sending organizations. We expect tangible strengthening of the international dimension of youth activities in general. The developed and learned by the EVS volunteers will effectively be implemented within the framework of their activity in the sending organizations. Thus through the implementation of project we expect to influence our target groups according to the predefined expected learning outcomes in the planned project activities.
The potential long-term benefits of the project are related to the ability of the volunteers to develop broad capabilities that cover much of the key competencies necessary of an active youth worker. It will be increased the capacity and international dimension of partner organisations, so that they can provide activities and programmes to better meet the needs of young people in and outside Europe.