EVS Volunteers: from Romania to India

The project "EVAC – Empower Volunteering Across the Continents", co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Capacity Building in the field of Youth) has the objective of promoting volunteering both at national and at international level, through a process of meeting and exchange between youth workers, foreign volunteers and local young people. It aims also to ameliorate the competences of youth workers and the management of volunteers within a network of 5 organization from 5 different countries: Italy, Romania, Peru, Madagascar and India.

Title of the project: Empower Volunteering across the Continents

Where: Kavital, India
When: 16th of July 2018 – 18 gennaio 2019
For whom: 1 volunteer ITA + 1 volunteer RO (17-30 years old).

Hosting organization
The Sevashram Centre works at Kavital, a village inhabited by 13.000 people located at 60 km from the city of Raaichur, in the northern part of the Karnataka State. The centre, inaugurated in 1970, is directed by the Charity Sisters, and hosts around 145 girls between 6 and 16 years old. The young beneficiaries come from the surrounding rural villages, in which the socio-economic conditions are precarious and there are many families that aren't able to take care of their daughters, and to offer them basic living conditions and an education. The center hosts the girls in a residential form, supporting their educational path in the local public schools. Moreover, it organizes professional training courses for teenage girls or girls who dropped out of school.

Context

The project is located at Kavital, a village in the Raichur District (North Karnataka State) inhabited majorly by lower class castes. The principal occupation of the population is agriculture: usually workers, who have difficult educational backgrounds, are paid on a daily basis. It's an area where droughts are common, and it lacks primary goods like water, food, hygenic and sanitation services, means of communication. The climate is dry; the area is characterised by hills covered by rocks and shrubs, and cultivated fields. Every year, the irregularity of precipitations causes the destruction of the harvest and other discomforts.

Activities
Support to teachers in the classrooms;
Support of the individual study;
Activities of non-formal education.

Weekly days of service
35 hours per week – 5 days of service.
Free weekends, if there are no events of the association.

Board and lodging
The female volunteers are going to be lodged in the cloister in single or double rooms with a bed with mosquito nets, fan, an internal toilet with warm water, a closet, a desk and a chair. The male volunteers will be lodged with equal treatment in the parish next to cloister.
Lunch and dinner will be consumed with the nuns, while for the breakfast the volunteers will provide autonomously or will be supported by the cooks.

Modalities of participation for Romanian volunteers

Requirements

Benefits

  • Outbound travel (calculated using the EU's "distance calculator");
  • Board and lodging;
  • Pre-departure training;
  • Insurance cover;
  • Mentor to support the volunteers during the project;
  • Monthly pocket money, fixed by the Erasmus+ programme. In this case, 60 euro/month;
  • Linguistic support.

Application procedure
Application documents: CV + Motivational Letter in English.
E-mail address for applications: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , specifying as e-mail subject "EVAC – application for EVS in India".
Application deadline: 16/03/2018

Selection
Selection based on CV (competences and past experiences) and Motivational Letter.
Selection through Skype interview, only with applicants that will pass the first phase of selection. Every applicant will receive a written feedback about selection results.