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jueves, 14 de enero de 2016

Who is who?

"Tell me and I forget it, show me and I remember it, involve me and I learn."

Benjamin Franklin.

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an international mobility program that allows young people between 18 and 30 years to do a 12 months volunteer project, in any EU country, Norway or Switzerland and Turkey.

It is an opportunity to work voluntarily, traininig on elsewhere, learning a new language, and meet new people and cultures.

The coordinating organization.


It is responsible for coordinating the project. It facilitates its implementation and ensures its quality by offering support to all partners and ensuring networking between them. It is the only responsible to the National Agency or Executive.

  • submit the application and assumes the financial and administrative responsibility of the entire project. 
  • coordinates the project in collaboration with all sending and hosting organizations. 
  • It distributes the grant between all Sending and Host Organisations, in proportion to the distribution of tasks agreed. 
  • guarantees assistance of the volunteer to complete training and evaluation EVS. 
  • It provides support to the volunteer. 
  • manages some or all of the administrative tasks of the sending and hosting organizations. 
  • It ensures together with the sending and hosting organizations that each is covered by the insurance policy EVS. 
  • Fills with sending and hosting organizations a visa for the voluntareer who need it 
  • fills with sending and hosting organizations, also with the volunteer and issues a Youthpass certificate for those the volunteers interested in receiving it at the end of their EVS.


The sending organization.


It is responsible for the preparation and support the volunteer before, during and after the EVS activities.

  • assisted voluntareer to find and contact a host organization ... 
  • ensures the assistance of the volunteer the training course prior to departure. 
  • provides adequate preparation for the volunteer before departure, according to the individual needs of each volunteer and with minimum quality standards of the European Commission for the training of volunteers. 
  • it remains in contact with the volunteer and with the host organization during the project. 
  • ensures the participation of volunteers in the annual EVS event organized by the National Agency. 
  • supports volunteer to integrated into their home community. 
  • It provides opportunities for the volunteer that they can exchange and share experiences. 
  • encourages the volunteer to engage in the dissemination and exploitation of results. 
  • It provides guidance on education, training and professional specialization and employment opportunities. 


The host organization.


It is responsible for providing personal, linguistic and related tasks assigned to the volunteer or volunteer support.

  • assigned a guardian who will be the person responsible for providing personal support to the volunteer. 
  • provides oversight and guidance to the volunteer through experienced staff. 
  • It provides personal support the volunteer. 
  • provides opportunities for the volunteer to integrate into the local community, to meet other young people, to socialize, to participate in leisure activities, etc. 
  • It facilitates contact between volunteers EVS whenever possible. 
  • ensures the participation of the volunteer on-arrival training and mid-term evaluation. 
  • arranges language learning opportunities.

The tutor.


It is a local volunteer from the association "Girls of Tul" who wants to spend some of his/her free time to facilitate integration into the local community to a foreign volunteer in Granada along your project (especially early).

The first days of stay in Spain can be difficult for our foreign volunteers, especially if they don't speak Spanish or speak not too much ... also they don't have friends or know anyone.

So a mentor should have basic knowledge of English and be eager and patience to help the volunteer to learn Spanish.

Tasks of a tutor:

  • Knowing the volunteer 
  • Being a volunteer guide for Granada interesting places (in our case) and the surroundings 
  • Voluntary approach it slightly to the Spanish culture, local customs and lifestyle of Granada 
  • Be willing to listen the problems and difficulties they have and try to support them and help solve 
  • Be affordable for the volunteer through mobile phone, social networks 
  • Being a "bridge" - a negotiator between the volunteer and the organization in the event of communication problems 
  • Knowing voluntary activity. 

The volunteers.


The volunteers are the actors who give meaning to an EVS project. As well as the organizations involved, have some duties that have to fulfill and rights that support them. Although there is no official adaptation to the specific context of EVS, it is interesting to know the rights and duties established by the State Law on Volunteering (applicable to any volunteer program).

Rights of a volunteer:

  • Receiving the information, guidance and adequate support for the performance of their duties. 
  • Be treated without discrimination and with respect. 
  • Actively participate in the organization, collaborating in the development, design, implementation and evaluation of programs, in accordance with its constitution or rules of application. 
  • Be insured. 
  • Be offset by the expenses for his work as a volunteer. 
  • Have identification proof of their status as a volunteer. 
  • Conduct its business in adequate conditions of safety and hygiene. 
  • Get respect and recognition for their work. 

Duties of a volunteers:

  • Meet commitments to the entity in which they integrate. 
  • Respect the rights of the beneficiaries of the volunteer programs. 
  • Maintain confidentiality of the information received and known during the course of activities. 
  • Refuse any compensation they might receive for their work. 
  • Act diligently and solidarity. 
  • Participate in training organized by the institution work and have a direct impact on the tasks that entrusted to the volunteer. 
  • Make appropriate use of accredited organization. 
  • Care and respect the material resources available to organizations of volunteers. 

"The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents and children are all students."

Eric Hoffer.

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