Open Call for Young Volunteers: Voluntary Service in France


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Deadline April 15, 2018

VISA-AD currently opened a call for applications for young volunteers from Hungary between 18 and 30 to participate in a European Voluntary Service (EVS) project in France. The project offers diverse learning and service opportunities. The volunteers engages weekly around 35 hours.

About the hosting organization…

The voluntary service will take place at the children home “Sauvegarde de l’Enfance et de l’Adolescence” in Valence. The project is coordinated by VISA ad.

The missions of “Sauvegarde de l’Enfance et de l’Adolescence” are:

• to protect, assist and educate children, teenagers and young adults in difficulty or in danger for any reason

• to aware the public opinion of the problems of these young people in order to promote their development and their social integration

• to encourage their expression and facilitate their communication with their environment

• to create, manage and develop the facilities and services to fulfil those missions

• to participate in the consultative bodies set up by the authorities on all projects which could improve the protection of children and adolescents at risk.

Geographical situation:

The Children home is situated in Valence in southeaster France. The city counts around 100 000 inhabitants.

Valence is the capital of the Drôme department and is situated on the left bank of the Rhône, about 100 kilometres south of Lyon. It lies between Ardèche and Vercors mountains. Right at the south of Valence begins the Provence region.

Valence has beautiful monuments such as the Maison des Têtes (16th century), the Saint-Apollinaire Cathedral (11th century) and also the monumental fountain (19th century). The city has many historical monuments, most of which are in Vieux Valence.

Located in the heart of the “Rhône river corridor”, Valence is often referred to as “the door to the South of France”. Axes of transport and communications are the A7 and A49 highways, Paris/Marseille TGV line, as well as the Rhône. In addition, the Valence agglomeration is equipped with a marina, a trading port and two railway stations (Valence-Ville and Valence-TGV).

 

About the project…

The volunteer will accompany the children in their everyday life and will contribute to their autonomy by creating social connections. He will accompany the Home’s educators in their activities with the children.

The following activities will be offered to the volunteer:

  • helping out the children with their homework
  • participating in organizing leisure activities: sports activities, do-it-yourself or recreational activities on the children’s initiative of the children, preparation of celebrations and birthday parties.
  • participating in organizing cultural outings and excursions
  • participating in organizing camping trips and holiday activity centres.

A part of the volunteer’s schedule will be dedicated to the children’s accompaniment:

  • Taking the children to school, to the doctor’s or to associations and sports clubs
  • Sharing meals and afternoon snacks with the children
  • Assisting the children at bedtime
  • being mindful of the child’s well-being and available to talk to him.

 

About the conditions of hosting…

The program encourages volunteers to express and to realize their own ideas and initiatives during the service. The program covers room, board, health insurance, and monthly pocket money. Volunteers will be provided with 3 support seminars in France during their service.

The call for applications is open for young volunteers between 18 and 30 years and residing in the UK. Volunteers must preferably speak basic French by the start of the voluntary service term. For further questions do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Application:

Send your motivation letter and your CV until April 15th  to lucie@visa-ad.org

Duration: 10 months (September 2018 to June 2019)

VISA – L’ année diaconale, France is a French network of locally and nationally recognized institutions in the health, social and educational fields. Today their hosting members include Protestant or Catholic, as well as secular organizations. Visit http://www.visa-ad.org for more info.