07.09.2020-30.08.2020

Solidarity for Sustainable Life

European Solidarity Corps
The aim will be achieved through the implementation of volunteering activities by 10 young volunteers (18-30 years old) from Germany, Spain, Georgia, France, Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Romania and Slovakia during 8-12 months (07.09.2019 to 30.08.2020) in 9 Hosting Organisations in Narva, Narva-Jõesuu, Sillamae and Kohtla-Järve cities.


General Objectives of project:- offering an inspiring and empowering experience in Ida-Virumaa for 10 young people from different countries;- supporting 9 local host organisations in starting their work in European Solidarity Corps and providing a respectful and trusting hosting environment for international volunteers;- providing an intercultural learning environment in the local community for the duration of the project;- promoting sustainability through activities, such as volunteers mini-projects, workshops, live libraries, informational events, festival "Everyone is learning" and etc.
The additional tasks supporting the project objectives are:
T1: to arrange the on-arrival training by the coordinating organisation VitaTiim NGO, during which the volunteers will have workshops related to the meaning of sustainability and sustainable development and its realisation in their working places. This will be the first step to accumulate all activities which can be implemented to increase sustainability.

T2: to create and implement volunteers' own mini-projects related to sustainability. The main idea of the mini-projects will be that volunteers should show their understanding of sustainability in a practical way.

T3: to organise the community learning festival „EVERYONE IS LEARNING", to bring together volunteers, guests from different cities of Estonia and the local community of all ages to learn together and learn from each other, act on behalf of the community in promoting initiative, learning, cooperation, knowledge sharing and intercultural dialogue. Moreover, this festival can be a space for spreading the results of the "Solidarity for sustainable life" project and raising awareness of the value of volunteering for young people and for communities.

T4: to arrange the Volunteers' Job shadowing for local youth. This activity aims to increase the number of young people who are interested in such international experience and activities.

T5: to increase solidarity and awareness of sustainability in the Ida-Virumaa region we with our volunteers will arrange different kinds of activities during the project time. Activities will include zero waste workshops, live libraries, culture evenings, social responsibility related activities and other solidarity based workshops.

Application process:
If you are interested in the project, please, press the "APPLY" button and fill the application form or send us your CV and motivation letter as soon as possible to volunteering@vitatiim.ee. Skype interviews will be held with the potential volunteers.
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Contact
Beata Lamauskaite
project manager
Phone: + 375 552 2492
E-mail: beata@vitatiim.ee
Volunteers' blog

Ella: INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Hi!
This time, I want to share something about what it’s like to live with people from all different countries and a couple of things from our volunteer’s community.

The community is an important part of my life as a volunteer, because I spend almost 24 hours a day with them. I share a flat with three other volunteers, so even at home, we see each other all the time.

Of course, the communication can sometimes be difficult and there can be mix-ups. Mostly, because everyone’s English isn’t perfect but also because verbal and non-verbal communication can be very different in other cultures. 

It is one thing to have a misunderstanding with your friends and family in your own language, but it’s a whole other thing to try to communicate with people from other countries who speak other languages. This leads to many funny situations and some use of sign language, but most of the time, we speak English mixed with a bunch of other languages. 

We agreed from the start that talking to each other is the most important thing when living together, but, of course, this is easier said than done. Not only when it comes to sharing a bathroom but also to clear up misconceptions or resolve conflicts.

In our kitchen, there is a fridge full of many different things, which can be either annoying because it is so full, or it can be a great inspiration for trying out new things. Whenever one of us tries to cook a traditional dish from their country (of which no one else can pronounce the name), they have to substitute the original ingredients with whatever they can find in the supermarket here. At least this way, we can always pretend that “if we just had the right ingredients it would be sooo much better!”

With that many people, you definitely always have something to talk and laugh about. There are so many things I can learn from the other volunteers. If it’s their take on world politics, how the pandemic has affected their country or simple things like funny words in everyone’s language (please google “I love you” in Portuguese).

In the beginning, it was kind of strange to come into this group of volunteers who already knew each other. I knew I was going to spend the next few months with them, whether I liked them or not. But now that I got to know everyone a little better, I am really glad to have such a diverse team to not only work with but also be friends with.

See you next time,
Ella :)
Ella Solidarity in the 21st century Solidarity for Sustainable Life