The volunteer supposed to start on 3 May 2014 . until 2.1.2015 (8 months).
the project is in Attica / Athens.
Hosting organization: Social Cooperative activities for Vulnerable groups – EDRA
About the activities:
The volunteers will be involved in the activities of one of the mental health residences of our organisation. The residence operates to provide an alternative way of living for people with mental and intellectual disabilities. This is happening through a therapeutical process done by professionals but also through routine activities (taking a coffee, going for a walk, etc) and creative activities (craftworks, painting, clay, creative expression, theatre, dance, singing etc).
Working days and days off: Volunteers will be working Monday to Friday (exceptional cases Saturday/Sunday) a total of 30-35 hours a week.
Finally, we need to note that every week they will have two days off and
2-4 hours for greek lessons (12%)
20-25 hours in the structure (67%)
8-10 hours in other activities (conferences, magazine, sports, excursions, visits, bazaars) (21%)
The volunteers are expected in times to take part in other activities organised by EDRA such as holidays, bazaars, festivals, conferences which are happening in particular times of the year and for the moment we can on speculate timing. We have to mention that their presence is of assisting nature. In case the volunteer work exceptionally on the weekends, he/she is entitled to a day off during the weak. Still, we are open to suggestions from our volunteers to take own initiative and suggest activities after consulting with professionals.
Local transportation: Concerning local transport, the volunteers will be given each month money to buy a monthly card (45,00 euros) that allows them to move freely within Athens by all means of public transportation (buses, metro, tram, trolley).
Food and accomodation: As about food arrangements, volunteers are given 150 euros per month in cash and are expected to arrange their own alimentation with this money. The volunteers are asked to keep the receipts of food and return them at the end of the month to the EVS coordinator. Sometimes, food arrangement may also be a combination of giving the volunteer the possiblity of having a meal in his/her working place and, or providing the volunteer with food (for own cooking), plus an amount of money, accordingly.
Accommodation is arranged in an apartment of about 100 m2 in the area of Gazi in the centre of the Athens, one of the oldest, moving and beautiful areas of central Athens, 2 minutes walk from the metro station “Keramikos” and fifteen minutes walk from Athens.
Linguistic support: Greek lessons are given 2-4 hours a week by a private tutor in the flat and in the first weeks the hours can double.
Vacations: For every month of the project, the volunteer is entitled to 2 days of holidays, excluding bank holidays. Holidays are always arranged in advance and after consulting the organisation. Upon arrival the volunteer is informed about the Greek bank holidays.
Other tasks and responsibilities of the volunteer: The volunteer has to attend the on-arrival and mid-term seminars organizated by the Greek NA. The volunteer is obliged to keep and give back to the applicant organization the tickets (plane, train, ect), bording passes, receipts, or any other evidence of his/her travel from and to his country. Finally, the volunteer, at the end of the project, has to give to the applicant organization his/her final evaluation (final report) originally signed.
Briefly, In the context of their EVS, volunteers will gain the following competences:
Interpersonal and social competences: Adaptability to a new socio-cultural working and living environment, coping with new challenges, team-working with colleagues, responsibility for living together with a multi-national team of volunteers, personal development, capability of financial management
Cultural expression: Developing cultural awareness of each other’s needs / habits / customs in a multi-cultural setting
Communication in mother tongue and in foreign languages: Communication and social skills, negotiating in a second language (English), in certain cases teaching own language, learning and/or improving a new language (Greek).
Sensitazation over social issues, mental health issues: volunteers will raise awareness over social exclusion, mental health problems, stigmatization of people with mental health problems, being more open and sensible to people facing mental health problems
Knowledge: volunteers will learn about different psychopathogies, main symptoms, how they are expressed and recognized, etc. Also, they will be given the opportunity to see how mental health services providing in Greece, and especially psychosocial rehabilitation units.
In addition to ensuring effective mentoring for each volunteer, the Co-ordinating Organisation will take full responsibility for monitoring the whole learning process –conducting a thorough mid-term evaluation and issuing the Youthpass upon completion of each volunteer’s service.
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