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Interculturalité en territoire rural, aux Francas de Dordogne
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Oct 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Active throughout the department, the Francas de Dordogne supports different children’s, youth’s, leaders’ and structures’ projects. Dordogne is a rural and aging department, with an unequally distributed service offer on the department, children are gradually confronted with some issues related to interculturalism and young people often have difficulties to access to information in all areas of life (including the European mobility opportunities).The project "Interculturalism in rural territory, in Francas de Dordogne" aims to:> Encourage active participation of a young European girl with a project around interculturalism and the activities of the host organization (Community Education Association defending the values of citizenship for young people)> Allow not only to a volunteer to discover the French and Périgord culture, but also to present her own culture> Enable young people to compare the existing voluntary systems in different countries, to exchange with other volunteers /unpaid (local) about the reasons to be involved, and to bring a reflection on volunteering with a more wide European vision > Encourage team cohesion through a questioning of existing practices and support for voluntary> Make children, youth (European and French), the team of the association, affiliated structures, elected officials, and more generally, the local population, more aware of the interest of the intercultural discovery and learning in a European dimension> Introduce Europe and especially Germany in a rural area of the public who has less opportunity> Illustrate what the EVS device is, having a concrete example (the volunteer) to provide access to information and inspire Périgord young people to get involved This project offers to a German volunteer, who is 19, the opportunity to discover daily life in the Dordogne, to be with youth, in information sessions in high schools, youth information centers or local missions; and children, through social and cultural activities, play and / or sports in connection with her original country.The mission will begin in September and will last 12 months so that the volunteer can take the time to integrate into the local community and within the structure. This will also allow the volunteer to discover and understand how the different projects in France which take place on the school years. 12 months will also give her the opportunity to develop the best and thoroughly the project and its activities and to set up a personal project if she wishes.The volunteer will be encouraged to take initiatives, participate in decisions of actions and will be in contact with other young and figures in public life. Frequent contacts with local youth will promote communication and integration of the young volunteer in the French community, and we hope that the children and youth can discover another culture and that it makes them want to live an experience abroad or to get involved in an international dimension project.Evolving in a Community Education Association, the German volunteer will have the chance to practice and learn by doing, through non-formal education methods that are used daily in the Francas team. By allowing the young volunteer to develop skills and acquire knowledge in a non-formal way, EVS will encourage employability, and by offering a rich cultural experience and international mobility, it will help her personal development.As for the departmental association of Francas de Dordogne, it will have the chance to share the actions performed by the volunteer with its local, regional, national and European partners, in order to create, to lots of people, desire to get involved in the European Voluntary Service.

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