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1 European Voluntary Service

2 Who are Young Scot? National youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland Established for over 25 years and based in Edinburgh Supporting young people aged Provide information using a range of information and opportunity websites National Entitlement Card holders can use it to obtain discounts in Scotland and Europe

3 What is the Youth in Action programme? A collection of Actions (projects) that aim to: promote young people s active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular contribute to the developing the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of civil society organisations in the youth field promote European cooperation in the youth field Between million available

4 Actions 1.1 Youth Exchanges 1.2 Youth Initaitives 1.3 Youth Democracy Projects 2 European Voluntary Service 3.1 Cooperation with the Neighbouring Partnership Countries of the European Union 4.3 Training and Networking of those active in youth work and youth organisations 5.1 Meetings of young people and those responsible for youth policy

5 Youth Exchanges A project which brings together groups of young people from two or more countries. An opportunity for these young people to discuss and confront various themes whilst learning about each others countries and cultures. There are 3 phases to the activity planning and preparation, implementation of activity and evaluation.

6 Youth Exchanges Youth Exchanges are not: academic study trips exchange activities which aim to make monetary profit exchange activities that are essentially tourism festivals holiday travel language courses performance tours school class exchanges sports competitions statutory meetings of organisations political gatherings work camps

7 You can claim for: Finances

8 European Voluntary Service Administered by the British Council Partnership between: Host Organisation (Project) Volunteer (Individual) Sending Organisation (Support) Travel, accommodation, health insurance, language lessons & living allowance all provided - no charge to volunteer

9 European Voluntary Service Short term placements Ages Placements from 2 weeks to 2 months For young people who have fewer opportunities Long term placements Ages Placements from 2 to 12 months

10 European Voluntary Service Projects available in: Youth Sport Social Care Environment + many more... No qualifications required only interest and enthusiasm!

11 Benefits for Individuals Learn new skills Develop your career Demonstrate passion, commitment & versatility Build your C.V. with interesting references and examples

12 Why Europe? It s big countries Vast geography Huge population Lots of varied of cultures It s close & for EU no Visa required Learn a language Contribute to European Community

13 Finances What s available? For hosting a Volunteer 630 unreceipted costs for organisation volunteer allowance Overall budget divided between Host and Sending Organisation

14 Becoming a Sending Organisation - Benefits Support local young people to access an exciting opportunity Promote your organisation to more young people Add or enhance a European dimension to your work Skilled, confident young people return to your community Networking, training and learning opportunities for your organisation

15 Becoming a Sending Organisation - Logistics Role is to support young people before, during and after their EVS placement Arrange their pre-departure training Organisations must be accredited Process takes 3 months

16 Accreditation Complete and Expression of Interest Form Must be done at least 6 weeks prior to the submissions window Visit or phone interview with a representative from the National Agency

17 Accreditation Form Organisation s details Type of Accreditation Inclusion Organisation s areas of work/theme s Type of Project/Length of Project (Host) Volunteer Profiles and Recruitment process

18 Becoming a Host Project - Benefits Add or enhance a European dimension of your work Benefit from the contributions of a volunteer who s committed and passionate with a fresh/international perspective Showcase your organisation throughout Europe Network with similar European organisations Contribute to the Scottish Government s National Outcomes

19 Becoming A Host Project - Logistics Organisation must be non-profit Volunteer must have clearly defined role with a variety of tasks and (non-formal) learning opportunities Full-time volunteering 35 hours per week between 2-12 months Can t replace paid positions Current UK priority is for 6-12 month placements

20 Training/SALTO Youth Online tools for youth work Database of European Training Opportunities Apply to the National Agency NOT YouthLink/Young Scot

21 Erasmus+ New WU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Begins January 1 st Simplified and Streamlined. Overall budget 70% higher. Some activities funded under Lifelong Learning Partnership will disappear while others will be incorporated into the new system. Erasmus+ will fund 3 Key Actions: 1. Learning Mobility of Individuals 2. Co-operation for Innovation and Good Practices 3. Support for Policy Reform

22 More information Individuals: Youth Networks EC Project Database Then contact Sending Organisation Organisations: British Council

23 Contacts Marc Forrester Ben Peggie

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