Our Dutch partner SAMEN has organised an Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity building project, focussed on European Voluntary Service outside of the EU, in 2017. On the basis of this experience they have developed a publication, which focussed on which contribution a volunteer can play in the position as a guest in social youth organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin-America.
The publication is available in English and Dutch
Hi There! is a play project focused a young refugees and asylum seekers in Brussels. The project aims at developing the soft skills and competences the young refugees and asylum seekers need to successfully integrate in their local community. By the summer of 2018 the project aims to engage several as volunteers in the project as well.
Hi There! was initiated by Belgian participants of DBYN activities. During the "Speak up" training course they developed the motivation to do something for young refugees in Belgium, during the "Travel Beyond!" training course they developed the project management skills required to set-up such a project. The volunteers looked for peers who wanted to join the project, resulting in a larger team of volunteers which is still growing. They applied for funding at Droomfonds of the Don Bosco Foundation, for the necessary funding to start the project.
At the same time this project shows how institutional funding by the Council of Europe's European Youth Foundation (Speak up) and the European Union's Erasmus+ programme (Travel beyond) can lead to a longterm impact on local level. However, it still requires local financing and a huge effort of volunteers to actually implement the project.
Our dutch partners of SAMEN had published a best practices booklet on their Erasmus+ EVS project in third countries. You can read about the projects in the English, Dutch or Spanish version:
This international internship has been great for the end of my university studies. I believe that this experience has been probably one of the best things that has happened me in my life.
I have worked in Don Bosco Youth-Net as an intern assisting the communication of the network. I helped to strengthen Social Media and communication structure. I am proud of my work here. You can see the impact of my work in this infographic.
Erasmus+ gives me the opportunity to use my professional skills but I grow as a person too. I have learnt new cultures, new ways of thinking, new food, becoming independent,… Erasmus+ has made me feel more part of European community. I met people who inspire me to have a very open mind and I made friends who have made me life abroad easier.
I would like to thank Erasmus+ for giving the opportunity of living this internship, ESN for helping to meet people and to have a great experience, Salesian community of Heverlee for giving me all I needed, Jeugddienst Don Bosco for making me feel part of the work team and Don Bosco Youth-Net for giving me the opportunity of develop as a professional and launch my career. I have learnt a lot from all of you.
This internship has been a beautiful, exciting, great and different story. I go back home being a better person.
Salvi Macías Parrado, the intern.
SAMEN is a Don Bosco organisation sending volunteer on international voluntary service outside of Europe. They have published a Best practices manual on the experiences of their volunteers. SAMEN is closely connected to our Dutch MO Don Bosco Youthnet Nederland, and DBYN is a partner in their group EVS project. Therefore we are disseminating their best practices on our website. The booklet is available in English, Spanish and Dutch. On this website you can read it online. If you are interested in receiving the pdf, please contact the international secretariat.
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