A summer in the age of Covid-19!

Hello my lucky readers,

I have to apologize, I know! I was absent for so long and I really missed writing a blog and sharing my ESC experience in Italy. Unfortunately, due to Corona virus pandemic I’ve spent almost two months inside the house and when I finally could go out I really wanted to travel and visit all the places in Italy that I could before my return back home. This is how I left my beloved blog posts aside…

The end of September is coming and brings with it the end of my project and my return to Greece. Except my departure this evil month- I never liked September, because it brings me so many things to deal with- also signals the end of the summer and the summer is the main topic of this blog, my Italian summer full of aperitivos, pasta and pizza.

So, this Covid-19 summer was particular for everybody. While doing an ESC project we are expecting to meet a new culture, to visit new places and explore as many places as you can in a year. To my year though, I had to remove in total three months that I couldn’t move from Faenza and after from my house.

I was really angry, guys! How this 2020 can punish me in this way? It was my first experience abroad and now you’re telling that due to a monster killing virus I have to stay put? I don’t accept this! But… I accepted it! And the best way to accept something is to take all this anger, transform it to something else and use it. So I did; I transform my anger to kilometres and during this summer I visited some of the places that were in my ”Dream Travels List”. I visited Pisa, Livorno, Modena, Cinque Terre, Levante and Padova. To all these we can add some places near to Faenza like Ravenna, Pesaro, Brisighella and Fognano. That’s not so bad, right?

I tried as much as possible to enjoy the sea -but I’m from Greece so the Greek sea will always be the best for me-. I went to several beaches around Emilia Romagna, but also I loved the Italian agricultural character especially in Tuscany. The highlight of my Italian summer it was my small, but perfect trip to Cinque Terre. There I felt in love -I know it’s mainstream, but seriously guys, there are magnificent-. Due to our monster killing virus friend, all the touristic places in Italy like Cinque Terre that usually are full during the summer, now were almost empty and it was an opportunity to visit them and admire their beauty in peace. I know this is bad for the economy, but it was perfect for me!

After and before Cinque Terre I was lucky and I had the chance to visit some of the most beautiful cities of Northern and Central Italy, like Modena and Pisa- also Pisa was empty in a scary level- and with the help of the ESC activities I traveled near to Faenza several times.

That was it for today, folks! I’m planing to publish another and final blog next week in which I will summarize this experience, a whole year in Italy -secretly starts crying-.

Until the next time…

Me and my travels,

Danai, Greece

Call for volunteers to a community TV station in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

WTV – Der Offene Kanal aus Wettin is looking for EU volunteers (aged 17-30) who want to work on the field of media production and education. If you are interested in video making and editing it is a great place to develop your skills and to create something valuable – speaking German is an advantage.

For the duration of the project support will be available along with equipments and training related to media.

As participants of this project you will be hosted in the city Halle (Saale) living in a comfortable shared flat free of charge as well as receive an annual ticket for public transport and pocket and food money every month. The cost of the travel at the start and the end of the project is also reimbursed.

Read more about the project on the European Youth Portal’s page and check out their YouTube channel for a sneak peek.

Call for a volunteer to Keila SOS Children’s Village, Estonia

Our partner organisation in Estonia, Noored Ühiskonna Heaks, is looking for a volunteer (18-30 years old, EU resident) to their “Fellowship Of Volunteers” European Solidarity Corps project in Keila, Harjumaa.

The duration of the project is 12 months: September 2020 – September 2021.

Accommodation is provided and the volunteer will receive €270 pocket and food money every months.

The main activities will include working with children aged 4-18, supporting their daily tasks, organising after-school programmes and other activities for them as well as teaching them English or your own native language.

If this caught your attention then check out NÜH’s info pack or the European Youth Portal’s page for more info.

Applications are to be received through this Google form.

For additional information please write tairi@nyh.ee.

Study in Europe

Nowadays we have a lot of opportunities to study abroad. This article collects some information about these opportunities.

Photo from: Needpix.com
Why study in Europe?

Experience Europe’s world-class education system and its expansive offering of bachelor’s and master’s courses, doctoral study programmes and more.

Explore Europe’s diverse languages and cultures in a welcoming, social environment.

Gain international experience, skills and knowledge highly valued by employers. Benefit from excellent future employment and research opportunities in Europe and beyond.

About the Study in Europe project

Study in Europe is a European Union (EU) project, which aims to:

  • Showcase what higher education in Europe has to offer to students worldwide
  • Provide information about organising and funding study and research periods abroad in Europe
  • Help European higher education organisations connect with potential students and partner organisations

Study in Europe provides information about study opportunities in 34 European countries. These countries participate in Erasmus+, the EU’s programme supporting students from EU and partner countries across the world to study in Europe. (European Commission, “Study in Europe”)

PhD and research in Europe

You are never too late when it comes to studying in Europe. You may already have your bachelor’s and master’s degree, but if you believe that your future is in academia, Europe holds considerable PhD, post-doc and research opportunities.

Becoming a PhD student

You have several options, if you want to become a PhD candidate at a European university. Every country has different opportunities for PhD candidates, so be sure to read the country profile of the country you are interested in.

Photo from: PxHere 

To obtain a PhD position, you can either apply for a position in an existing research, or apply with your own research plan. Universities often promote the researches they are currently involved in, so it is good to see what fits your interests and academic background. PhDs normally last 3-5 years, where you conduct your research guided by a lecturer or professor.

To finance this, PhD students often work part time as (assistant) lecturer in their area of expertise and in addition apply for a scholarship. Also, many PhD positions are an actual job. The vacancies are posted on the university websites and if you are accepted, you are guaranteed a job for the duration of your research. Often, this kind of PhD positions arise when universities start large research projects, after having received a grant or other funds.

Continuing with a Post-doc

After a PhD, you can pursue a Post-doc position. These are often more difficult to obtain and in most cases the researcher will have to provide the funding for his or her research. This means connecting to local, European and global scientific organisations for scholarships and grants. A well-known initiative is the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska- Curie Actions . This programme supports researchers in all stages of their careers. Another European programme is Horizon2020. Many European research universities are conducting research that is (partially) funded by this programme, either individually or as part as a consortium with other universities, organisations or businesses all over the world.

Euraxess

Mobility is key: researchers are encouraged to extend their horizons. Euraxess is a European Commission initiative to help researchers to be mobile: either by coming to Europe to do research, or to travel within Europe and worldwide to conduct it. The Euraxess job portal helps you find the research position that you are looking for and the funding that you might need. Worldwide, contact persons are available to help you with your questions. For instance, Euraxess South Korea was launched recently. Check if there is someone in your country that can connect you to Europe and your European future in academia.

Are you a researcher in Europe? Share your experiences by sending an email to info@studyineuropefairs.eu. For more information, visit the page on research opportunities. (European Commission, “Study in Europe”)

References:

European Commission, “Welcome to Study in Europe” in “Study in Europe”. Online: https://ec.europa.eu/education/study-in-europe_en

European Commission, “PhD and research in Europe” in “Study in Europe”. Online: https://ec.europa.eu/education/study-in-europe/news-views/phd-and-research-in-europe_en

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Article 11 – Freedom of expression and information

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.

2. The freedom and pluralism of the media shall be respected.

Constitution of the Italian Republic

Art. 21. Anyone has the right to freely express their thoughts in speech, writing, or any other form of communication. The press may not be subjected to any authorisation or censorship. Seizure may be permitted only by judicial order stating the reason and only for offences expressly determined by the law on the press or in case of violation of the obligation to identify the persons responsible for such offences. In such cases, when there is absolute urgency and timely intervention of the Judiciary is not possible, a periodical may be confiscated by the criminal police, which shall immediately and in no case later than 24 hours refer the matter to the Judiciary for validation. In default of such validation in the following 24 hours, the measure shall be revoked and considered null and void. The law may introduce general provisions for the disclosure of financial sources of periodical publications. Publications, performances, and other exhibits offensive to public morality shall be prohibited. Measures of preventive and repressive measure against such violations shall be established by law.

Sources:

European Union Agency For Fundamental Rights, https://fra.europa.eu/en/charterpedia/article/11-freedom-expression-and-information (17.01.2020)

European Union Agency For Fundamental Rights, https://fra.europa.eu/en/charterpedia/article/11-freedom-expression-and-information (21.01.2020)

Call for Youth Leaders in Poland

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure?

Euroweek in Poland is looking for you us a Youth Leader

Euroweek Program is an English and International Camp for Polish students. The Youth Leaders- Volunteers will facilitate different activities guided by the coordinators.

The program provides;

-daily food activities

-monthly allowance

-local transportation support

-accommodation

The dates:

September 15,2020- November 30, 2020

October 01, 2020- November 30, 2020

October 01,2020- December 15, 2020

FOR MORE INFO:

Sei pronto per partire?

Call for volunteers for European Solidarity Corps projects in Estonia

Noored Ühiskonna Heaks is coordinating an European Solidarity Corps volunteering project called “Fellowship Of Volunteers”. We are looking for 9 volunteers to youth centres, kindergartens and disability centres around Estonia.

Candidates must be aged 18-30 from European Programme countries of Erasmus+ and Eastern Europe & Caucasus countries (European Union and Turkey, Macedonia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, Georgia and Azerbaijan).


OPEN PLACEMENTS


NÕO YOUTH CENTER
https://n6onoortekas.wordpress.com/

Duration: 11 months
Time: September 2020 – August 2021
Place: Nõo, Tartu county

Profile of the volunteer: “We are looking for a volunteer who has the desire to work with children and young people, is not afraid of rural areas and is willing to pass on his/her knowledge and skills and learn through it”.
Main activities: We expect that volunteer will enrich youth center open area activities with her/his competences, skills and interests. Like carrying out open workshops in youth center and occasionally in village centers (Meeri village center, Laguja youth room) – cooking, handicraft and recycling workshops or something according to volunteer´s skills, experience, interests. Activities that expand the image of the world for the youth. Also design new activities and opportunities in the youth center, develop the environment for the open youth work, support youth initiative projects and help to carry them out.

One of the volunteer’s tasks can be also supporting active youth group – assisting them on planning and implementation of events. To ensure its continuity, help to recruit new members to the group. We have some examples what we are expecting from volunteer, but the concrete tasks will be settled up with volunteer and tutor:

  • language lessons in school or youth center (volunteer will teach her/his mother language to youngsters);
  • intercultural learning activities (cultural evenings in youth center, other places nearby);
  • organized activities in the youth center open area (workshops in different topics – film, art, craft, adventure games, IT, acting);
  • short time projects in cooperation with kindergarten and school, also other youth centers in the area;
  • trainings for youngsters (project writing, project coordination etc.);
  • youth camps on school breaks;
  • as the youth center rooms are rented out for birthday parties, then there is a possibility to be a party leader.
  • Other opportunities in the area:
    Health trails and events in nature – Vapramäe-Vellavere-Vitipalu SA (www.vvvs.ee)
    Volunteering at different events organized by village centers, cultural house, observatory, school, kindergarten, music school etc.
    Taking part in Youth organizations activities like Girl Guides and Scouts, Nõo Volunteer Rescue Association for their prevention events.
    Leading different activities and communicating with youngsters will develop also volunteer and she/he will get valuable experience.
  • Project in the Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/2201_en
  • SOS KEILA CHILDREN’S VILLAGE
    https://www.sos-lastekyla.ee
  • Duration: 12 months
    Time: September 2020 – September 2021
    Place: Keila, Harjumaa
  • Profile of the volunteer: The volunteer we are looking for should be active and ready to work with children with special needs. We hope for the volunteer to speak good English but Russian language skill and driving license helps also. We hope the volunteer to be able to
    organize activities independently. Personality traits what we are looking for are open mindedness, patience, activeness and supportiveness.
    Main activities: The volunteer will be working daily with children, doing all kinds of different activities. Our Children’s Village offers home for 58 children from the age of 4 to 18. The village consists of 13 houses and each house has around 4 kids. The family consists of children, SOS-mother and SOS-aunt. Our plan for the future is to move out of the village, that would mean that every family would move to their own private property and would become more independent like a real family. We are in the process of doing so but still we have families that have children with special needs that need extra care and the volunteers
    job would be to support the SOS-mothers and SOS-aunts. Most families won’t be moving out soon, so there is still a need to do activities with the children in the village. The families that move out will still be supported, but it would be more flexible work and not so often. During the summer vacation we have many common outdoor-activities and trips. Many of the trips will be organized by the social workers and volunteers job would be to participate and support the children throughout or propose any new activities. We encourage the volunteer to organize any activities independently. We have funds to organize different activities with
    the kids, that the volunteer can use with the help of the tutor. The purpose of the volunteer would be to support the families and also give the kids a chance to explore different culture and practise English language skills. With the help of tutor the volunteer can organize
    English lessons, different hobby classes, activities dependent on the volunteers skills, experiences and knowledge. In the summertime the job would be more flexible and would mostly consist of outdoor-activities. The volunteer would be responsible for its own working schedule, since the work is flexible and changing to children’s needs. There are many
    opportunities to create activities in the surrounding nature. We have many sports activity fields and going swimming is something children are very fond of during summertime. Annual events in summertime we have are Children’s Village birthday, SOS Football cup, canoeing trip and many more. During the school year the children will be busy with school and hobbies. So the activities should be more in the evenings and on the weekends. That’s the time when children need help with their English studies. English study and hobby class can be arranged during the
    week. In the mornings it’s possible to help out in the nursery school. The educators in the nursery school need assistance with everyday things. Teaching children basic English words and playing games with them and for them to be in contact with someone foreign is a good practice to experience different culture. During the school year the schedule can change also, because we many times organize different events in in the weekends. If the vacation days will be interrupted then another free day will be organized on other days expense.
  • Project in the Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/2198_en
  • HOOLEKANDETEENUSED SA – support home for disabled people
    https://www.hoolekandeteenused.ee/teenused/
  • Organization: Hoolekandeteenused Kodijärve Home
  • Duration: 12 months
    Time: September 2020 – September 2021
    Place: Kodijärve, Tartu County
  • Profile of the volunteer: looking for 2 volunteers! We expect that the volunteer is committed to the project, is independent and active, positive, open minded, flexible and willing to learn. Also active to support our clients in everyday activities, working activities, hobbies and also
    to be ready to give suggestions to improvement of our service. Some experience in work with people with special needs would be and advantage. Positive way of life, friendliness and sociability are the characteristics that describe a successful volunteer candidate. We also
    expect the candidate to be reliable, responsible and taking initiative.
    Main activities: Volunteers have the opportunity to decide for themselves when planning their activities. For example, some Saturdays or Sundays may include scheduled activities with clients, sometimes the day may be longer than shown in the table above (for example, if clients are planning to travel out of home, visit a cinema with clients, and specific work assignments and detailed work schedules (including rest and entry times) and changing the weekly schedule as appropriate.
  • We are expecting volunteer to:
    ● support and guide clients in their work assignments;
    ● support clients in using services in the local community (cinema, theater, public transportation etc.);
    ● organize and carry out gatherings and groups for clients (gardening, sports, handicraft, photography, cooking, movie nights, reading etc.);
    ● organize and help activity coordinators in arranging different functions and parties or spring bees, birthdays etc.;
    ● help activity coordinators in their everyday work;
    ● make suggestions in enhancing our services.
  • Project in the Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/22004_en
  • Organization: Hoolekandeteenused Viljandi Näituse Unit
  • Duration: 12 months
    Time: September 2020 – September 2021
    Place: Viljandi
  • Profile of the volunteer: We expect that the volunteer is committed to the project, is independent and active, positive, open minded, flexible and willing to learn. Also active to support our clients in everyday activities, working activities, hobbies and also to be ready to give suggestions to improvement of our service. Some experience in work with people with
    special needs would be and advantage. Positive way of life, friendliness and sociability are the characteristics that describe a successful volunteer candidate. We also expect the candidate to be reliable, responsible and taking initiative.
  • Main activities: We are expecting volunteer to:
    ● support and guide clients in their work assignments;
    ● support clients in using services in the local community (cinema, theatre, public transportation etc.);
    ● organize and carry out gatherings and groups for clients (gardening, sports, handicraft, photography, cooking, movie nights, reading etc.);
    ● organize and help activity coordinators in arranging different functions and parties or spring bees, birthdays etc.;
    ● help activity coordinators in their everyday work;
    ● make suggestions in enhancing our services.
  • Project in the Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/22000_en
  • Nurseries & Kindergartens
  • TALLINNA LASTESÕIM HELLIK
    https://www.tallinn.ee/est/hellik/
  • Duration: 10 months
    Time: September 2020-July 2021
    Place: Tallinn
  • Profile of the volunteer: Hellik is looking for an enthusiastic young person, who would love to work with children in the age of 1,5-3 years. We are hoping to host a person who is motivated to do this work 7 hours a day and 5 days in a row. Main activities: In Hellik Nursery the volunteer would be working alongside with class teacher and teaching assistant with children from different ethnic backgrounds between the
    age of 1,5 to 3 yrs. Hellik Nursery has two different age groups: 1,5-2 years and 2-3 years. Volunteer would be asked to work in different age groups every week (where the help is most needed).
  • Some activities include:
  • introduce his/her country of origin to the children of our kindergarten, their parents and staff through different events throughout the school year. Eg. Photo exhibition or other display about his/her country of origin, food tasting, introduction of games etc.
  • accompany teachers and groups of up to 18 children going on mini trips to museums, exhibitions, libraries, nature etc.
  • help the teacher in preparation of learning materials for everyday teaching activities (e.g. prepare worksheets, copy materials, taking out paints, pencils etc.).
  • help the teacher and children during the everyday teaching activities and outside playtime (e.g. Art tasks, playing with children etc.).
  • help to dress, look after and feed the younger children, support them in their daily activities as well as older children.
  • organize sports activities for children (e.g. a weekly outdoor sports activity).
  • In addition to that, we have traditional events where volunteer can help us. You can see all the events here: https://www.tallinn.ee/est/hellik/
  • With these activities, volunteer will get a wide experience and knowledge of a child’s development and learning process, she/he will get to know pedagogical aspects/ways of teaching kids, developing his/her intercultural and interpersonal competencies, develop ways and competences to work with different stakeholders (for example parents). Besides that, volunteer will develop his/her team work and self-expression skills, cooperation and learn to analyze situations based on child’s perspective.
  • Project in the Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/5733_en
  • TALLINNA PLANEEDI MUDILA
    http://www.planeedila.ee
  • Duration: 10 months
    Time: September 2020 – July 2021
    Place: Tallinn
  • Profile of the volunteer: an enthusiastic young person, who would love to work with children in the age of 1,5-3 years.
  • Main activities: In Planeedi Nursery the volunteer is working together with a class teacher for children between the age of 1,5 to 3 years. Volunteer’s tasks involve assisting the teacher with everyday activities: dressing, eating, playing. To help with the materials that the teacher uses for lessons. Also, the volunteer will have the chance to create new materials and bring new topics to the lessons. For example, to bring games and methods from the kindergartens of the country of origin. Also, using her/his own skills, the volunteer can teach new competences to the staff and the children. In addition, the volunteer will be organizing
    events for the families of the children, to get to know a new culture and other leisure time activities that would integrate the volunteer to the nursery and to have a contact with the parents for a more trustful relationship.
  • Project in the Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/5736_en
  • TALLINN KINDERGARTEN KIKAS
    http://kikas.tln.edu.ee
  • Duration: 9 months
    Time: September 2020 – June 2021
    Place: Tallinn
  • Profile of the volunteer: The volunteer who will join us for the school year must love children and playing with them. It could be very useful if she/he has previous experiences with young children. She/he must be a kind, friendly and courageous person who is willing to teach something new from him/herself. She/he must respect our culture and customs as well as be cooperative with other employees.
  • Main activities: The main task is to assist the teacher in the everyday work. But we strongly encourage our volunteer to bring something from her/him or hers/his home country to our activities. So when the volunteer is willing she/he can give a little art/sport/dance/ect. lesson
    to the children. As we have children in different ages in our kindergarten, the volunteer can practice the work with a 3 year old and also older, 6-7 year old. This year we have a very wonderful group of children in our group. We have 14 sweet girls and 4 curious boys. So if you are good in braiding hair and pretending to be a princess you
    are perfect for us 🙂
  • Main tasks are following:
    – participate and help teachers in lessons or in games (playtime) with children,
    – prepare lessons and materials for activities,
    – help our music teacher in music lessons: she/he can bring songs, games and sometimes teach simple songs in her/his language,
    – help to prepare festivals or holidays and exhibitions: teach songs, dances and drama
  • make exhibitions about her/his country,
    – could be organizing for teachers different events, such as culture clubs.
  • Project in the Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/21994_en
  • TALLINN LINNUPESA KINDERGARTEN
    https://www.linnupesa.edu.ee
  • Duration: 11 months
    Time: September 2020-August 2021
    Place: Tallinn
  • Profile of the volunteer: “Our volunteers has to be open minded and ready to work with kids. This work needs calm and creative person. Our volunteer likes to try new things and not afraid of multimedia and robotics. Our volunteer has some extra value he/she wants to spread with us. Educational degree isn’t needed. Our volunteer has to have shiny eyes and singing heart. Hopefully he/she has a little child inside who wants to get out. Our volunteer is definitely ready to jump into the frozen sea”.
  • Main activities: Volunteer is working 5 days per week, approximately six hours a day. It depends our weekly plans (see the example below).
  • Our expectations for volunteer are:
  • Always there for the kids, playing games, coordinating activities, helping and guiding them while they are working individually or groups.
  • Once a week will do morning circe (depending on the weeks theme, plan and organise everything for the circle and conduct it.
  • Taking part in our meetings and in the beginning introducing himself/herself to our organisation personnel. Planning intercultural night for personnel.
  • Taking part every day activity in our Sunbeams (Päikesekiired) group and helping teachers with artworks.
  • Taking photos and videos in our daily activities and putting together a blog- with the help of teacher or assistants.
  • Preparing worksheets if necessary
  • Taking part in the study visits (expeditions), in outdoor education and in the movement activities Assisting the teachers in the preparation of the traditional house events – sports days, study visits, field trips, excursions, etc.
  • Helps to decorate the rooms.
  • Creates plan of action for robotics lessons. Every other week has robotics for the kids who want to participate.
  • Project in the Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/21999_en
  • Project “Maarjaküla for Solidarity”. Looking for 3 volunteers to Maarja Village homes for people with learning disability.
    The aim is to create solidarity among young people towards people with fewer opportunities.
  • It is about creating a dialogue between individuals in different stages of their life, to reinforce understanding, cooperation and once again, solidarity. All this comes with participants improving their skills and competences to assure better possibilities in the labor market and
    enhancing personal skills to become a more tolerant and exemplary citizen of Europe and the world. The activities of the project include supporting people with learning disabilities to take care of themselves and grow independency, making activities to stimulate their days
    and fill it with learning by doing moments. As well as, using the skills, interests and hobbies of the volunteers to teach, create and entertain.
  • FOUNDATION MAARJA VILLAGE
  • Duration: 12 months
    Time: September 2020 – September 2021
    Place: Maarjaküla, Tartu County
  • Profile of the volunteer: Looking for 2 volunteers! One of the principles of Maarja Village, is to have no discrimination towards gender or background of volunteers. As mentioned before, one of our main ideas why we welcome all candidates, regardless of their background, is to develop our organization by meeting different challenges and providing young people possibilities to be valued member of our foundation. Our experience shows, that it does not matter if the volunteer has had any previous contact with the area of special needs. We prefer volunteers, who are interested in our way of life. Main activities: Foundation Maarja Village is a competence centre for people with learning disability. Our aim is to support people with learning disability to become equal members of Estonian society. Volunteers accompany inhabitants of Maarja village. Creating activities and workshops with them, assisting them with their daily activities etc. On Tuesdays, volunteers have reflection day, tutor and mentor meetings and time to create their own initiative projects. That day will also be used for learning experiences that might not have to be connected with Maarja village work activities: getting to know local community and participating activities there, getting to know Estonia and Estonian people.
  • Project in the Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/22008_en
  • FOUNDATION MAARJA VILLAGE – Tartu Home
  • Duration: 12 months
    Time: September 2020 – September 2021
    Place: Tartu
  • Profile of the volunteer: One of the principles of Maarja Village, is to have no discrimination towards gender or background of volunteers. As mentioned before, one of our main ideas why we welcome all candidates, regardless of their background, is to develop our organization by meeting different challenges and providing young people possibilities to be valued member of our foundation. Our experience shows, that it does not matter if the volunteer has had any previous contact with the area of special needs. We prefer volunteers,
    who are interested in our way of life. Main activities: Foundation Maarja Village is a competence centre for people with learning disability. Our aim is to support people with learning disability to become equal members of Estonian society. Volunteers accompany inhabitants of Maarja village Tartu home. Creating activities and workshops with them, assisting them with their daily activities etc. On Tuesdays, volunteers have reflection day, tutor and mentor meetings and time to create their
    own initiative projects. That day will also be used for learning experiences that might not have to be connected with Maarja village work activities: getting to know local community and participating activities there, getting to know Estonia and Estonian people.
  • Project in the Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/22010_en
  • VOLUNTEER’S CONDITIONS
    Accommodation: The accommodation costs are covered. Volunteer will live in a shared flat equipped with all the necessary utilities for comfortable living. The flat will be located not far from the activities
    place.
  • Allowance: Each month volunteer’s receive a total of 270€ pocket and food money.
  • Transport: The transportation from home country to Estonia and back will be covered according to the distance calculator of Erasmus+ program: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmusplus/resources/distance-calculator_en
    The local transport card or a bicycle will be provided.
  • Insurance: The volunteer will have Cigna Health insurance.
    Language support: The volunteer will have access to the Online Language Support to learn Estonian.
    Volunteer’s training cycle: The volunteer will have an on-arrival and mid-term training provided by the Estonian National Agency.
    General support: The volunteer will have a mentor to help with any issue and support the learning process.
  • Every 10 weeks a meeting with all the volunteers and coordinators will take place in different parts of Estonia to evaluate the progress of the volunteering projects, to set goals, socialize and discover new locations in Estonia.
  • Extra activities (compulsory in all placements):
    In addition to the work at the hosting organization, the volunteers will take part in different events and fairs to promote European Solidarity Corps and the Erasmus+ programme.

  • TO APPLY:
    FILL IN THIS APPLICATION FORM: AND ADD YOUR CV & MOTIVATION LETTER AS ATTACHMENT
    https://forms.gle/tURzk79faYAsfuCw6
  • Application deadline is 14th July 2020
  • Selected candidates will be contacted to arrange a Skype call meeting before the final decision of the hosting organizations.
  • For additional questions about Nõo Youth Center, SOS Children’s Village and Hoolekandeteenused write an email to: tairi@nyh.ee

EU strategy on criminal justice

Objectives of a common strategy

To combat crime efficiently, the criminal justice authorities of EU countries need to work together. Ultimately, in a common European area of justice national law enforcers and judiciaries will be able to trust and rely on each other.

This will increase people’s confidence in the fairness of proceedings, knowing that their rights are protected when they have to appear in court in another country, or if they fall victim to a crime.

Added value of EU rules

Action at EU level in this field is crucial for a number of reasons

* Serious organised crime is often committed across borders. To prevent ‘safe havens’ for criminals, EU countries’ laws should be more aligned

* If people can trust that their rights are respected, in all EU countries, if they are suspected or accused of a crime, they are more likely to use their right to live, work or study in another EU country

* Common rules strengthen mutual trust between the judiciaries of different EU countries. This makes cooperation and mutual recognition of decisions easier across the EU

* EU criminal law helps to prevent and punish serious offences, for example environmental crime

Protecting the rights of suspects and accused

Much progress has been made to date, as the EU has adopted 6 directives on procedural rights for suspects and accused persons as set out in the roadmap of 2009. The EU established rules on

* the right to information which applies across the EU since 2 June 2014,

* the right to interpretation and translation which applies across the EU since 27 October 2015,

* Right to have a lawyer, which applies across the EU since 27 November 2016,

* the right to be presumed innocent and to be present at trial,

* special safeguards for children suspected and accused in criminal proceedings

* the right to legal aid

Sources:

European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/criminal-justice/eu-strategy-criminal-justice_en (01.10.2020)

European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/criminal-justice_en (21.01.2020)

EU action on the rights of the child

Children’s Day is a commemorative date celebrated annually in honor of children, whose actual day varies by country.

In 1925, International Children’s Day was first problem proclaimed in Geneva during the World Conference on Child Welfare, and since then is celebrated on 1 June in most countries. Children’s day is celebrated by UN on 20th of November.

Linda Hartley, Children’s Rights

Legal basis

The rights of the child are part of human rights: rights that the EU and EU countries must respect, protect and fulfil. As laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), a child is any human being below the age of 18. The Commission is guided by the principles set out in the UN Convention on the rights of the child, ratified by all EU countries.

Article 3(3) of the Treaty on European Union establishes the objective for the EU to promote protection of the rights of the child.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU guarantees the protection of the rights of the child by the EU institutions and by EU countries when they implement EU law. Article 24 on the rights of the child and Article 31 on the prohibition of child labour specifically cover children’s rights.

Author: Bicanski

Funding for child protection

The rights, equality and citizenship programme 2014-2020 aims to promote the rights of the child and prevent violence against children, young people, women and other groups at risk.

Child protection policies

Organisations working for and with children should be guided by child protection policies and have reporting mechanisms in place. The four standards as set out by Keeping Children Safe network provide good guidance on what policies should cover and achieve.

Sources:

Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day (10.01.2020)

European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/rights-child/eu-action-rights-child_en (01.10.2020)

Automotive industry

The automotive industry is crucial for Europe’s prosperity. The automotive sector provides direct and indirect jobs to 13.8 million Europeans, representing 6.1% of total EU employment. 2.6 million people work in direct manufacturing of motor vehicles, representing 8.5 % of EU employment in manufacturing. The EU is among the world’s biggest producers of motor vehicles and the sector represents the largest private investor in research and development (R&D). To strengthen the competitiveness of the EU automotive industry and preserve its global technological leadership, the European Commission supports global technological harmonisation and provides funding for R&D.

Why the automotive industry is important?

* Links to other sectors – the automotive industry has an important multiplier effect in the economy. It is important for upstream industries such as steel, chemicals, and textiles, as well as downstream industries such as ICT, repair, and mobility services

* Employment –around 13.8 million people work in the EU automotive sector. Manufacturing (direct and indirect) accounts for 3.5 million jobs, sales and maintenance for 4.5 million, and transport for 5.1 million

* Economy – the turnover generated by the automotive industry represents over 7 % of EU GDP

80% of the growth in the sector is expected to occur outside the EU. The EU’s efforts should focus on concluding and enforcing preferential trade and investment agreements. These will make it easier for European companies to access third markets and continue benefiting from economies of scale.

What the Commission does?

Global technical harmonisation – the Commission focuses on global technical harmonisation. Common technical requirements (UNECE framework) help reduce development costs and avoid duplication of administrative procedures. Harmonisation is key to strengthening the competitiveness of the EU automotive industry.

Source: European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/automotive_en (10.01.2020)

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