Aprroved EVS project in Sofia, Buglaria.

Project title: E.V.S. – Explore the voluntary spirit II

Location: Sofia – Bulgaria

Application deadline: 15/08/2015

Start date: 01/09/2015

End date: 01/05/2016

Tasks of the volunteer:
Brief description of the service with SMART Foundation:
Each volunteer will have the opportunity to participate in planning and implementing activities within foundation’s ongoing projects, and will be encouraged and supported to implement their own initiatives in small communities within the city (work with pupils in schools, organizing activities for youth, neighborhood and social events, etc.) through which they will identify and strengthen their social interests and skills, will gain organizational and communication experience, and will practice the language.
The volunteers help the staff in all kinds of ways.
The tasks are generally carried out in the office, and consist amongst others out of creative tasks, organizational tasks, research tasks and working with communication media. The volunteers work very independently and with little supervision. Because the work of the volunteers is supportive in nature and because their workload is manageable, the volunteers have enough room for their personal projects.
We will work with our volunteers to find out what are their strengths, interests, skills, what are their wishes for further development, to reinforce their communication, project and administrative skills. We will encourage volunteers to use maximum of their imagination, practical skills, cultural background and to develop practical activities to ease the communication within communities they will be working with.
Application process:

Description of host organization:
SMART Foundation is a nonprofit organization registered under the Law for non-profit organizations to operate in the public interest. Our main aim is to help people from different communities to improve their quality of life by developing and improving their social and “soft” skills, thus improving communication with the people around them – family, circle of friends, at work, etc. ., and with the surrounding world as a whole. Personal satisfaction, the successful implementation and social approval are prerequisites for emotional and mental health, and hence the formation of a healthy and active society.
Practical arrangement of service:
The volunteers will be provided with round-trip tickets from their home towns to Sofia (preferably by air but also possible – bus, depending on the personal preferences and fairs). The costs will be fully or partially covered within the project as per the Erasmus+ regulations.
All 4 volunteers will be sharing one 2-bedroom apartment where they will be sharing rooms in pairs based on gender. The apartment is in the very center of Sofia and provides enough space for 4 people. It has a living room with a dining room, separate kitchen, bathroom and storage room. Apartment rent and utilities will be covered by us within certain monthly allowance per person which will be stated in the agreement to be signed between the organizations and the volunteer.
Each volunteer will receive a mobile phone with a Bulgarian number which allows certain amount of minutes of phone calls within Bulgaria and Europe. The mobile phone expenses are covered by SMART within a certain limit and the over-use is covered by the volunteer on a monthly basis and as per the invoice.
Each volunteer receives unlimited pass for the Sofia public transportation covered by SMART.
The group of volunteers will be attending a language course with a private teacher to learn basics of Bulgarian language in order to be able to have simple conversations.
Each volunteer will monthly get 70 euro pocket money as per the regulation of the Erasmus+ program plus additional 150 Euro for food. This money will be transferred to the volunteers to their Bulgarian bank accounts (to be opened upon arrival) and will be accessible through debit cards.
The group of volunteers will be assigned a mentor and a supervisor for the time of service. Workshops and training sessions will be provided to the volunteers based on their needs and interests which are to be determined and agreed on spot after the beginning of their service.
PROVISIONAL WEEKLY AGENDA*:
Monday: Day off (due to activities on Saturdays)
Tuesday: Planning day
Brief meeting with the project team to report on last week developments and challenges, ideas for better implementation and new activities, planning of current week activities, including personal activities of each volunteer, and preparatory work
Wednesday: Learning day
Language course for the group of volunteers and potentially – once a month/once every two months there will be workshops of interests based both on the needs of the volunteers and the Foundation.
Thursday/Friday: Preparations day
Preparations for the activities to be held on the weekend.
Saturday: Workshops/Activities days
Most of the activities under the project and as per individual volunteers’ plans will be held on (Friday and) Saturday since that would allow more people to participate.
Sunday: Day off

* Please note that this is only provisional agenda and it is developed to show you the range of activities you will be part of and their approximate implementation within the week. Actual agenda will be consulted and developed together with all volunteers on site and it will be also reflecting their needs and interests.

If you are interested please, send us filled Application Form (that is added to this message, download it and send to volunteers@smart-f.eu, ngoyouthbreath@gmail.com) and CV. with SMART-Foundation-EVS_application-form the subject ” E.V.S. – Explore the voluntary spirit”

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15.08.2015

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