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TIIP Turn Ideas Into Practice
Start date: Dec 31, 2016, End date: Dec 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In 2016 we are celebrating 20 years of EVS: EVS gave the opportunity to thousands of young people to volunteer abroad contributing with their effort to a cause they believe in and to the organisations’ work. “TIIP Turn Ideas Into Practice” is a long term EVS project which involves six volunteers and seven organisations: OpportUNITY which acts as a coordinating and hosting organisation; Spain, Italy, Georgia, Portugal, Greece and Germany which act as sending organisations. The project will take place between December 2016 and November 2018 and involve six volunteers with fewer opportunities from Spain, Italy, Georgia, Portugal, Greece and Germany who will spend 12 months in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.The aims and objectives of the project are: - bridging the gap between the world of education and work through non formal education- helping European young people to fight the overwhelming phenomenon of youth unemployment and marginalisation enhancing in them sense of initiative and entrepreneurship skills - enhancing confidence, developing innovation, boosting motivation and determination to meet goals- promoting equity and social cohesion through non formal education, fostering participation and creativity and activism - providing better opportunities for European young people, promoting the values of activism, solidarity, social inclusion and creation of more and equal opportunities in the labour market - promoting the respect of human rights, human dignity, freedom, democracy, tolerance, solidarity and supporting integration and equal opportunities between women and men Volunteers will be engaged in the daily work of the organisation and they will have the possibility to develop their own project. Using the method of learning by doing and non-formal education, EVS volunteers will: - Turn their ideas into practice enhancing sense of initiative, fundraising and project management skills participating in various forms of voluntary activities (for example, planning, delivering and evaluating local workshops and trainings in our organisation and in collaboration with local partners, colleges and universities; peer group discussions; youth initiatives; workshops; trainings)- Expressing their personal commitment and creativity through daily life and voluntary activities- Involving the volunteers in activities for the benefit of the general public (for example, organising and participating in local events in order to improve the quality of activities in the North East) “TIIP” move from ideas to actions: it will equip EVS volunteers with project management skills and knowledge about fundraising; know more about volunteering and youth work field; more tolerant, respectful and active.At the local level, the direct contact with foreign volunteers develop the local community’s understanding of diversity, fight the phenomena of racism and xenophobia, promote mutual respect, democracy, and active citizenship. The desired impact at the international and European level is the promotion of ERASMUS+ and EVS program, its aims and objectives, encourage volunteers to multiply these skills and knowledge by applying for new ERASMUS + projects.
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