in association with ASHA Centre

Τίτλος : "Volunteer for Change"

Τόπος : Flaxley / Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Ημερομηνίες : 07/10/2019 - 07/08/2020 (διάρκεια 10 μηνών)

Δηλώσεις συμμετοχής : έως ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ 4 ΑΥΓΟΥΣΤΟΥ

αποστέλλοντας motivation letter & CV Europass (in english),

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Η Youthfully Yours Gr δίνει για ακόμη μια φορά την ευκαιρία σε ένα άτομο από την Ελλάδα έως 30 ετών να ζήσει μια εμπειρία εθελοντικής προσφοράς στα πλαίσια της Ευρωπαϊκής Εθελοντικής Υπηρεσίας του Erasmus+.

ABOUT THE ASHA CENTRE (VISION, VALUES AND VENUE)

The ASHA Centre is a UK charity working for the empowerment of young people, sustainable development and peace & reconciliation worldwide. The Centre is a hub of intercultural activities, hosting a range of educational, performing arts and environment-based programmes throughout the year. The ASHA Centre is a unique venue. It is located within the magnificent scenery of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire/organic fruit, vegetable garden, herb and rose garden, as well as a secret garden and Hobbiton play area.

The Centre is a renowned venue for youth empowerment and leadership and is one of the foremost organisations in the UK that works within the Erasmus+ programme, which is administered and supported the by the British Council and Ecorys UK - National Agency. In addition to hosting training courses, the ASHA Centre is a coordinating, receiving and sending organisation for the European Solidarity Coorps (ESC) and hosts 8-20 volunteers throughout the year. ASHA also works with different volunteering schemes. Since 2009 ASHA has been hosting long-term EVS. Over 80 young people have been hosted at the ASHA Centre under the previous volunteering programme, EVS.

ASHA comes from the Sanskrit root meaning “eternal law”, “the inherent nature of existence”. In Avestan Persian the word ASHA means “the righteous way” “truth” and “divine justice.” In many languages, it also means ‘Hope’.  

Vision Statement: A humanity in harmony with itself and the earth

Mission Statement: Creating opportunities and the physical and emotional environment for (young) people to experience inspiration, connection and purpose (through community, land and arts based activities that engage head, heart and hands)

Values Statement: Groundedness, Practicality and Orderliness, Creativity, Fun and Lightness, Courage and Patience, Loving-kindness and a Sense of Beauty, Integrity and truthfulness, Wakefulness and Open-mindedness, Freedom and Unity

 

 

VOLUNTEER PROFILE AND CODE OF CONDUCT

Young people who have an interest and respect for the environment and aspire to healthy lifestyles. We would also like to see our volunteers be active and take initiative in the community and within their tasks. You need to have a positive and pro-active attitude at the ASHA Centre, be team workers, have an interest in intercultural community living, be reliable and responsible, flexible, have goodwill as well as openness to learning and participating in tasks and overall activities.

You need to like both working on your own and in a team. You need to enjoy being outdoors working in the garden and doing tasks such as, herb and flower drying, making preserves from the fruits of the garden or helping support ASHA’s projects and events. This could involve creating a display for an ASHA Open Day, creating a welcome party for an international group or generally hosting various diverse types of groups. All volunteers will take part indoors in the kitchen and household tasks, such as: cooking, cleaning, washing up, serving, and setting the gallery with many other responsibilities. You need to be considerate when interacting with people of different faiths and cultures and different levels of physical and sensitive ability.

We do not require any specific skills but just ask for open minded and enthusiastic individuals who are keen to learn, discover and contribute to ASHA’s work! At ASHA, we seek to encourage an appreciation of the spirit of volunteering as an opportunity for self-development by putting one’s self aside in the service of a greater good. It is about finding the joy in selfless service to others.

All volunteers are highly valued at the ASHA Centre, we respect and are grateful for their dedication and joy at the Centre and we want to keep you motivated and happy. Becoming part of the ASHA team, taking initiative, meeting everyday challenges, developing own personal projects, being involved in local community events and cultural outings and much more is all part of this ESC placement.

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give” - Winston Churchill

 

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES IN A “NORMAL WEEK”

GARDENING: Working alongside the ASHA gardener and groundsmen in the organic/biodynamic vegetable, fruit and herb garden as well as on the grounds and compost area (hoeing, sowing, planting, harvesting, sweeping paths, stacking wood, introduction to organic gardening techniques, developing methods & skills) Sporadic trips to work in neighbouring communities garden projects and study groups.

HOUSE AND KITCHEN: Helping the ASHA team members to cook, clean, maintain and organise the residential centre (beds, bathrooms, training rooms, etc.), assisting the food shopping and stock-checking, processing the products of the ASHA garden into jam, cordial, fruit juice, chutney...etc.

ESC PERSONAL PROJECTS: Writing up the ESC journal; creating ESC portfolio (photo journalism etc.); individual thematic study in relation to ASHA activities; project planning and development, implementation and management; monitoring and evaluation of individual projects in the frame of the ASHA activities.

ESC COORDINATION: Receiving induction, training and mentoring related to the ESC work, living situation etc. Updating all ESC administrative issues. Official ESC On-Arrival and Mid-term Reviewing and evaluating the volunteering progress and writing up Youth Pass and ESC testimonials.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Taking part in/helping to organise local community projects (Open days, Peace days, Walk for Freedom, etc.) held at the ASHA Centre, or outside of the centre (e.g. Christmas markets, theatre productions, etc.)

TRAINING COURSE (when conditions allow it):  Taking part in the activities of the group and assisting the trainer(s) at various levels (photojournalist, observant/participant in activities, logistical help, hosting participants, keeping the training room clean and tidy)

 

ACCOMODATION AGREEMENT (LIVING AT HILL HOUSE)

The ESC volunteers, as well as a few of members of the ASHA team will be living together, in a place called Hill House. It is a stunning house with a beautiful view and a backyard garden situated in a small village with a grocery shop, post office, fish and chips shop and local pub within walking distance. It is also 5 minutes away from the forest, within 10 minutes’ drive to the ASHA Centre (volunteer’s ESC placement).

The house has common living room, laundry room and kitchen, fully equipped with fridges, freezer, oven, microwave and a garden, Wi-Fi internet access will be provided at the Centre and at home, but the internet connection is slow due to the network provided in the forest area. For the enjoyment of all, the house also has a small library and a piano.

 

Financial details: Project funding covers accommodation, food, utilities, local transport and health insurance. Please make sure you have an updated EU Health Card.

Travel Costs: Belgium has a maximum total of 180€ for arrival and departure each volunteer. Austria, Estonia, France, Germany and Spain have a maximum of 275€ per volunteer for arrival and departure. And Greece and North Macedonia have a maximum travel budget for arrival and departure of 360€ per volunteer. If travel costs are higher, the volunteer shall cover the difference.

 

 

At ASHA, we are interested also in the learning process of the volunteers. The ESC framework gives volunteers an excellent opportunity to have a balanced and healthy lifestyle. We want to honour volunteers’ potential and needs and find the best solutions for a successful project for all parties involved. We have created a rotation system that looks after the volunteers’ needs, whilst giving them an opportunity to experience all activities at the ASHA Centre and local community and other associate projects. The working schedule is coordinated weekly and the team who tries their best to have a monthly plan in place so that volunteers can plan in their holidays and weekends.

The overall learning outcomes of this project include an increased understanding of biodynamic/organic gardening and sustainable living, team building, hospitality skills, being pro-active and leadership skills, and project development. These will provide you with enhanced confidence and self-esteem, examples of your work which can be used as portfolio, for either further education applications or for employment interviews and both hard and soft life skills. 

 

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