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In March 10 people from Bulgaria went to Bordeaux for a two-week professional mobility within the frame of Erasmus + Programme.


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Projects and Programs

Voluntary Wave 2015-1-BG01-KA105-013491

The youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems we have to tackle in today's society. Employers require skills and competencies that can not always be gained by the youth during the period of their formal education. In Association FOR YOU we believe that through participation in mobility programs abroad and non-formal education, young people can receive an irreplaceable opportunity to gain experience, knowledge and skills to support them in their future career.

Therefore with this project we aim to support the acquisition of skills and competencies by the youth in terms of their personal development and adaptability for employment at the European labor market, and help them develop their communication skills in a foreign language. The planned activities raise awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries of the participants and encourage them to participate actively in public life, and to develop a sense of European citizenship and identity.

This project reinforces synergies and transitions between formal, non-formal education, employment and entrepreneurship. Through the project we increase the international dimension of the partner organizations so that they are able to offer activities and programs that better meet the needs of people in and outside Europe.

The project " Voluntary wave" is an exchange between organizations from Italy, France, Spain, Latvia,Lithuania, Poland and Bulgaria. The project includes 13 foreign youngsters who take part in a long-term voluntary service in Varna, Bulgaria. All of them are graduates or are at the end of their formal education and  wish to gain more experience in the field of their professional interests and to acquire and improve their skills and competencies.

The young volunteers take part in leisure activities of people in disadvantaged situation and risk, educational activities , activities to promote youth mobility, particularly mobility under the Erasmus + as well as counseling young people for inclusion in such, organizing cultural events  and promotion of the organization. The main topics of the project are art and culture, youth work and inclusion - equality. The main working methods are work in team, peer education, participation in non-formal trainings, learning by doing.

Through this project, the volunteers gain new knowledge and skills and increase their personal and professional development. We develop their sense of anti-discrimination, tolerance and understanding of others and encourage them to think about European society and its values, their role as responsible and active citizens of the present and future of Europe. The people with whom the volunteers work improve their skills to interact with people from different backgrounds, learn about life and culture in other European countries, improve their skills for communication in foreign languages, learn how the youth abroad have fun and learn, become more tolerant and overcome prejudices towards other cultures.

Thanks to Voluntary wave are increasing the number of volunteers in Varna and promote voluntaryism in the city. People and organizations at least on a local level are introduced to the possibilities of international youth work and the role of Erasmus + in it, which in the long term will open up new prospects for cooperation and initiatives in the area and attract new participants in the program.

The project contributes to the development of tolerance and understanding of differences and positive awareness of other cultures of the society in general. We encourage the local youth ( and not only) to think about their role in Europe today and tomorrow, and promote the principles of European politics. Furthermore the project stimulates the incorporation of new ideas and proposals in the previous work of the partner organizations and the youth work as a whole. Partners at local, national and international level, and the local community understands how youth can and joins initiatives with social value, how the active participation of young people and their active citizenship assist in solving the problems of the youth.Local community also learns about the positive effect of volunteering. This is a way to create new opportunities for cooperation between organizations from EU and beyond, and to spread the common European goals and objectives in the social field.

The partnership between receiving, coordinating and sending organization are established and strengthened , which in the long run will affect the number and quality of their future youth projects and will contribute to their capacity when working with youth .