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  • Florian Bieber
    BALKAN YOUTH PROJECT EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, 28TH February 2003 Do you want to establish better contacts
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      BALKAN YOUTH PROJECT

      EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE


      CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

      APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, 28TH February 2003

      Do you want to establish better contacts and co-operation with
      other youth organisations all around Europe by sending a
      volunteer to a partner organisation for a period of three to six
      months?
      Do you want to be a volunteer in a youth organisation in South
      East Europe or other parts of Europe for a period of 3 to 6
      months?
      Does your organisation want to establish better contacts with
      youth organisations all over Europe by hosting a volunteer?

      If you can answer YES to these questions, you should go on
      reading this document. Maybe you will find that the BYP EVS
      project is exactly what you have been looking for!
      THE BALKAN YOUTH PROJECT
      The Balkan Youth Project (BYP) is an overall project framework
      aimed at strengthening the youth sector in South East Europe. The
      BYP is jointly developed and implemented by the European Youth
      Forum and CARE International in Bosnia-Herzegovina/Croatia (CARE
      BH/C), and runs from 2002 until summer of 2005.
      The BYP consists of youth NGO training activities, contact
      forums, study visits, youth exchanges and production and
      dissemination of information, essential for the further
      development of the non-governmental youth sector in South East
      Europe and for contact-making with young people in the rest of
      Europe. Furthermore, the political dimension will promote the
      development of national action plans on youth policy in the SEE
      countries.
      A Steering Group composed of 8 young and experienced people from
      the youth NGO sector in South Eastern Europe ensures that all
      elements of the Project address the needs of the young people in
      the region.
      The BYP is supported by the grant from the European Commission.
      For more information about the Balkan Youth Project, go to
      http://www.youthforum.org/our_work/balkan.html. You can also
      contact Mateja Prosek, Project Co-ordinator in the Youth Forum at
      mateja.prosek@..., or Darko Paranos, Project Co-
      ordinator in CARE, at dp.carebl@....

      The BYP European Voluntary Service (EVS)

      The European Commission (EC) supports non-formal education
      opportunities for young people through transnational voluntary
      service which directly and actively involves young people in
      activities designed to meet the needs of society in a wide range
      of fields. Through an agreement with the EC, the BYP offers a
      number of EVS projects to young people, aiming to promote a
      better understanding of the youth NGO reality in South East
      Europe and other parts of Europe.
      The aim of the BYP EVS action is based on following principles:
      ☼ To enhance long-term development of a Proactive Youth
      policy and a vibrant and democratic youth NGO sector in South
      East Europe.
      ☼ To provide a non-formal intercultural learning experience
      for young people, encouraging their social integration and active
      participation, improving their employability and giving them
      opportunities to show solidarity with other people.
      ☼ To support the development of local communities.
      ☼ To encourage the establishing of new partnerships and the
      exchange of experience and good practice between the youth NGOs
      in the Balkan region and in other parts of Europe.
      ☼ To promote the values of mutual respect and understanding
      between ethnic groups and fight against racism and xenophobia.

      What is a BYP European Voluntary Service project?
      An BYP EVS project allows a young person to be a volunteer in
      another country for a specified period, between 3 and 6 months.
      Voluntary service activities can take place, for example, in the
      fields of environment, arts and culture, activities with
      children, youth policy, the elderly, heritage, or sports and
      leisure, media and communication, European awareness, etc.
      Volunteers will participate in activities that comply with the
      following general principles.
      Activities must:
      ☼ take place in a country other than where the volunteer
      lives,
      ☼ be non-profit-making and unpaid,
      ☼ bring an added value to the local community,
      ☼ not involve job substitution,
      ☼ last for a limited period (maximum 6 months).
      The EVS projects offered through the BYP are on a one-to-one
      basis, i.e. one volunteer goes from one country to another.
      The BYP EVS project involves a partnership between four actors:
      ☼ a volunteer,
      ☼ a sending organisation,
      ☼ a host organisation, and
      ☼ co-ordinating organisations (YFJ & Care International)
      Within the BYP EVS project, one organisation should come from the
      following countries or entities: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
      Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. The other
      organisation should come from a EU member state or any of the
      other programme countries of the Youth Programme.

      What are the application deadlines?
      Application deadline Projects starting between
      28 February 1 July ­ 1 December
      28 July 1 January ­ 1 June

      SELECTION CRITERIA
      Criteria for sending and hosting organisations:
      · EVS project should contribute to the development of the
      BYP;
      · Sending and host organisations should submit a list of
      activities over the last 12 months;
      · Organisations have to be democratic youth structures;
      · Only youth NGOs are eligible (not youth service
      organisations);
      · Clear planning and understanding between hosting and
      sending organisation;
      · Projects should involve young people with less
      opportunities.
      Criteria for volunteers:
      · Must know the local language or agreed language of
      communication;
      · Must submit his/her curriculum vitae and a letter of
      motivation with the application form;
      · Priority will be given to individuals who have not been
      involved in previous international activities;
      · Women are encouraged to apply.

      GENERAL INFORMATION / DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
      More detailed explanation of the EVS exchanges inside the BYP can
      be found in BYP EVS users’ guide. You can download the users’
      guide from http://www.youthforum-
      org.ae.psiweb.com/our_work/balkan.html.
      APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, February 28th, 2003.
      THE APPLICATION FORM HAS TO BE SUBMITTED IN ENGLISH!
      NOTE!! If the applicant organisation comes from Albania, Bosnia-
      Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia,
      the application form should be sent to CARE International BH/C
      (attention: Darko Paranos), tel/fax: +387 51 211 309/ 214 146 e-
      mail: dp.carebl@....
      Applicants from other European countries and applicants
      nominated by a Youth Forum member organisation should send the
      application form to the European Youth Forum (attention: Mateja
      Prosek), tel. +32 2 286 9423, fax +32 2 230 2123, e-mail:
      mateja.prosek@....
      If you have questions regarding the BYP EVS or are seeking more
      information, please contact Mateja Prosek or Darko Paranos.



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