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Data de início: 13-03-2018

Data de fim: 09-12-2018

Vagas: 1

Duração: 9 mes(es)

Data limite de candidatura: 15-02-2018

Financiamento: Aprovado

Subsídio mensal (Dinheiro de bolso): 80 €

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Resumo: Over the last decade Lithuanian public libraries have seen a true renaissance in terms of modernization and diversification of the activities they do and the services they provide to the local public. They have in fact become "de facto" cultural/educational centers representing the wider geographical region they are based in. Our public libraries, being modern in terms of new and renovated facilities, have also started offering innovative educational activities to all age groups of their clients. It is fascinating to observe how a library (still often conservatively understood as a place to read books) attracts new audiences to join their robotics clubs, comics drawing workshops, reading with dogs and many other truly innovative initiatives.

Our organization has been closely working with some of the best public libraries in Lithuania and over the course of the last few years we've managed to successfully implement a few EVS projects together. This time we are shifting our common focus towards to the new and innovative services that public libraries provide for the local communities as this is an excellent area for EVS volunteers to help and learn. This is especially true speaking about the needs and skills of the current Tech/Web savvy generation Y youth.
With this project we aim to explore and develop the innovative
educational activities proposed by the public libraries of Lithuania with the help of contribution of EVS volunteers who acquire interesting learning spaces in return.

Issues addressed:
With this project we also aim to respond to the lack of international/intercultural contact, especially in the smaller towns of Lithuania; insufficient understanding of volunteering in Lithuania, lack of good examples of alternative activities for the local youth, low awareness of various ways to learn (non-formal education through volunteering and active citizenship in general); and the need to increase the overall level of intercultural tolerance.

All receiving organizations add a multiplying effect to solving the issues above by actively involving volunteers in the large scope of events that they hold throughout the year. Based on the experience from past projects, this is a great space for volunteers to present their culture, talk to the local audiences directly, have discussions on intercultural understanding, teaching/learning to accept other cultures, and crystallizing the main challenges that often prevent a broader awareness in the field. Each public appearance/presentation volunteers have given valuable material for further reflection meetings with mentors leading to a quality learning process. This in turn increases the international/intercultural competences of the organizations, as they become more capable to handle intercultural topics in public, as well as part of the mentorship process.

Perfil: Candidates applying to work in the libraries will be able to first of all fulfill their needs of communication, as this the axis of any library operation.
The general background requirements for the candidates: volunteers who would cherish and appreciate the opportunity given to them and regard it as a valuable experience to learn and improve themselves. The volunteers should be able to dedicate their time and effort to the receiving organizations and their communities. The receiving organizations hope that the future volunteers will be active, positive, communicative, ready to help and learn. Nevertheless, project partners are ready to work with volunteers that don't immediate match the positive and active style. During the candidate selection attention will be given to how interested future volunteers are in the popular applied IT tools.
Each receiving organization has drafted a list of specific requirements, which are made public in the EVS database, are additionally presented to the sending organizations and will be also included in the EVS agreements.

The geographical location of a particular organization is important in candidate selection, as candidates will have to reflect on the prospect of having their project in a relatively small town. The principle of rather modest (student-like) living conditions and relatively low amount of allowance (pocket money) will be another point of reflection during interviews with each candidate.

Least but not last, the general way of life in Lithuania and our culture will be also a subject of conversation including our weather patterns. All of the above might seem trivial, but based on our experience over the last 16 years of work with EVS volunteers, these are the very things that are underestimated in the first place leading to the overall dissatisfaction with the EVS experience in the long term. Voice interviews will be conducted to get a general feel on the candidates. At least basic communication skills would be very helpful for a volunteer to quicker integrate the organization.

There are no restrictions towards the age of the participants (provided they are in the limit foreseen by the programme itself). Candidates will be evaluated first by the sending organizations and then by the receiving organization (with the help and advice from the coordinating organization). The selection will be done based on how well the candidate fits the general profile of the volunteer above and the specific qualities needed to volunteer in each of the organization groups. A lot will be credited for the motivation of candidates to volunteer.
The project involves volunteers who have geographical and/or economic obstacles to be mobile (distant regions of Ukraine and Russian Federation, as compared to their pairs). The sending organizations who have the task to identify such volunteers will do so during the candidate evaluation process. The chosen volunteers will be given extra attention, and topics such as international travel, budget management, intercultural learning will be given additional focus during the preparation meetings (including those taking place in Lithuania). Mentors and tutors are well aware of the profile of their future volunteers and are prepared to give reinforced guidance/supervision.
Age: 18-30

Tarefas: Educational activities in the open creative workshop of the library (Makerspaces in the Library) which involves children, youth and the older generation in common activities (facilitating communication among different generations, sharing experiences, learning IT skills, recycling and re-purposing workshops, graphical design learning, creating computer art, filming and video editing, filmmaking, sound editing, learning to create online exhibitions).
General: volunteer tasks with cover communication with library visitors and guests, the librarians; cultural presentations, maintaining the library funds; visiting other departments; participating in various hobby clubs, initiating new projects with local community, assistance in the daily management of the library.

Condições: 1

Documentação: CV + Motivation Letter

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