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Organizacja Wysyłająca – KChB w Zielonej Górze
koordynator – Pastor Mariusz Socha: kontakt: 602657077.

Gdzie: SWYM – Yeovil Community Church

KIEDY: September 2013 until August 2014

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We have a variety of activities aimed at interacting with the youth in the town and giving them opportunities to discover skills and opportunities. We are involved in running extra-curricular clubs in co-operation with local schools. In addition to this we run drop in centres including a youth café where our volunteers work in the café and also interact with the young people. We also run street dance classes, rock schools, music classes, sport clubs and youth groups. All of which the volunteers are encouraged to get involved in. Also if they have any skills such as media, art, administration, etc then they are encouraged to use them in the work that we do.
The volunteer will be expected to fit into the team and work alongside people in the community, schools and young people. The team will comprise of a team leader and team members. The team members will be under the supervision of the team leader and a management team. They can expect to have help and instruction where necessary. The volunteer will be under the daily supervision of the team leader. The team leader will be on hand to help with any issues that arise and will be available to chat through ideas and plans that the volunteer has. The team leader will help the volunteer to develop and learn new skills wherever possible. We will also appoint a mentor to every volunteer, someone outside of their management who they can share their life with during the year meeting once or twice every fortnight.

The volunteer will be initially attending and participating activities where young people gather ie. After school clubs, youth clubs and the café. Then after an initial settling in period the volunteer will be expected to assist in lunch time clubs, and arrange events and activities for young people. The volunteer will plan and arrange the activities with the team. The activities can include sporting activities, entertainment events, discussion groups etc. The volunteer will have the opportunity to plan and run a group for young people where the volunteer may have a specific interest, such as music, drama, sports, art or dance. The volunteer will be expected to interact with young people within a safe environment either on a one to one bases or in small groups, sharing experiences, developing young people in areas of interest, ie sport, music, social skills, practical skills etc, discussing European issues or current issues facing the young people in the local area.

The volunteer will bring a different dimension to the project as they have a different cultural background to the local young people and this will in turn broaden the views and ideas of the local young people.

A standard week would include the following activities (Percentage of time spent per week in brackets):
Working alongside young people in clubs, activities, sports, and discussions groups –. (52% of week)
Preparation time for above sessions (19%)
Team meeting (6% of week)
Ave. of half hour mentoring every week (1%)
Study time (11% of week)

There will be weekend trips, special activities and residential camps for them to attend and help run if they are available and want to attend.

The time table should work out at a maximum of 35 hours per week, with 6 hours a week set aside for team activities and training. It should be 100% youth activity focused.

The weekly timetable will also allow for time with a personal mentor, and if necessary language tuition. We would in addition be offering the volunteer four weeks holiday, which we would prefer taken during the educational holidays.

The volunteers will have an equal part to play in the team work. Their ideas and suggestions will be included with the rest of the team. They will be shown what to do and then allowed to develop as they wish, they will be trained to do any practical youth work and will be encouraged as they go.

As part of this the opportunity is there for the volunteer to participate in accredited youth work training. Should the volunteer be interested in studying for this, time will be made for this in their regular timetable and the course will be paid for by the Project.

In addition to the above, there is the opportunity for the volunteer to meet up with other EVS volunteers, international and national workers. This is a time for the volunteer to come together to talk through all that they have been doing and to learn from others, as well as relax and have some social time. There is also plenty of free time allowed in the programme in order for the volunteer to mix with others in a similar position and of a similar age. Every six weeks SWYM holds a residential four day conference for such volunteers at Hill House Christian Centre, Bridgwater, and the Project will sponsor the volunteers to participate in this.

The volunteer will be reviewed by the line manager who will work with them on a daily basis. The volunteer will be supported by a mentor, SWYM area co-ordinator and a SWYM EVS co-ordinator. These four points of contact will help the volunteer in different ways to prepare, implement and review their activities.

Firstly, all the Youth Work comes under the supervision of Yeovil Community Church’s Operations and Development manager. All our activities are insured. We begin our training at the start of the year with health and safety training and every volunteer goes through our Health and Safety policy. The volunteers are also taught risk assessment skills and child safeguarding practice for their own youthwork.
We will not consider EVS applicants under the age of 18.
We have now had many sets of volunteers in SWYM and we have developed a tried and tested programme for making it effective and beneficial to all those involved. The volunteers are placed in host families that are well known to the host organisation. The homes are checked for suitability beforehand. The work is always done in teams and regular feedback meetings are held.
However if problems occur, the volunteer has at least four different people to contact and discuss problems with. The four different people are pro-active in seeking area of concern and actively finding solutions to the issues arising.

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