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Work on gender in Africa with VAP through EVS

Gender sensitivity at (voluntary) work
: Centralised EVS Africa-Europe

At the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the celebration of the 1st International Women Day in 1911, as well as of the celebration of 2011 as both the European Year of Voluteering and the UN International year of Volunteers +10, the Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) will run a centralized group EVS project addressing gender issues in International Voluntary Service (IVS) and youth programmes: “Gender sensitivity at (voluntary) work”.

The project, which takes into account the importance given by the European Commission and the UN to Gender Equality as a prerequisite to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and build sustainable societies, as well as the priority given to the African continent in terms of development cooperation, is the first concrete outcome of the ongoing Africa-Europe project “Culture meets Concepts”, which took place during the year 2009.

The project aims at exploring gender roles in different societies and linking the general reflections on gender sensitivity to the participation of young women and men in IVS projects and their interaction in diverse cultural contexts. The wide range of field projects, while practically addressing key development issues and national priorities – from education to climate change, from HIV prevention to youth and women employement – will thus see a progressive introduction of the gender perspective, and generate productive exchanges and learning processes on this topic for both the volunteers and the hosting communities.

Eighteen volunteers from CCIVS member organisations in Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK (VAP) will be hosted for a 6-months period in the African continent, where CCIVS member organisations in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. After a first period of research, the volunteers will organise targeted actions to promote culturally appropriate gender sensitivity activities in IVS projects and with the hosting communities, using and developing specific non-formal education tools. An EVS volunteer in CCIVS office will follow the programme, working in particular on the development of a gender sensitivity tool-kit and promoting gender as a key cultural issue in international voluntary service projects, at the occasion of the celebration of 2011 as both the European Year of Voluteering and the UN International year of Volunteers +10.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 16 July 2010

For more information please contact VAP.

posted on: 5 July 2010

Teach in Zambia

My Home Town is a charitable organisation with its HQ in Choma, Zambia and it is also registered in the UK. It is recruiting volunteer teachers for government and private schools in and around the town of Choma, in the Southern province of Zambia, to teach at Primary, Secondary and Technical levels.
The subjects to be taught are Sciences, IT, Maths , English, Domestic Science, Electronics, Motor Mechanics.

The period of service is either medium term (6 months) or long term (one year).

Choma is a small but lively town on the main road and rail route half way between Lusaka and Livingstone. It has a pleasant climate and all basic services.

My Home Town will provide:
- Return air ticket to Zambia.
- Accommodation for the period of contract (either in shared accommodation with other volunteers or in family homes).
- Pocket money for food and basic needs.
- Orientation Training in the UK before leaving for Zambia.

The volunteers will need to take out personal health insurance in the UK before leaving for Zambia and to pay to VAP an initial registration fee of £190. Volunteers will pay travel costs to the orientation.

If you are interested to apply please contact VAP.

posted on: 17 May 2010

VAP’s Spring News - Time to go!

Well, what a difference a bit of sunshine makes eh? Time to hang up those winter jackets and work off that Easter chocolate. For those blossoming adventurers, VAP’s online database is now brimming, full with amazing opportunities and interesting projects for 2010. We have been busy entering almost 2000 projects covering over 80 countries, through our network of established partner organisations. Our new revised database is now even easier to surf & search. So why are you still reading this?

VAP is a not-for-profit charity committed to affordable, grass-roots volunteering. For this reason, our committee have voted to sustain our competitive fee of £150-£190 to cover administration and organisational costs. This leaves you with only travel expenses, and in some of the more remote locations, an affordable participation fee to be paid to the hosting organisation for their admin costs as well as to provide allowance for accommodation, food, tools etc.

Recently, VAP swallows have been swooping through international and local partnership meetings in places as different as Berlin and Leicester, diving on droves of potential new partners. This swarm of multi-lateral activity has woken us up to the current increasing trend for Medium and Long Term Volunteering, which may be caused by the global economic crisis. These projects are open to people of all ages and are an excellent opportunity for those going through a career break or simply wanting to share old skills or gain new ones.

It is worth noting that we are also entitled to send UK volunteers on a EU funded scheme called EVS - European Voluntary Service, which offers 6-12 months placements in Europe completely free, including food, accommodation and pocket money, offering the participant an invaluable experience. If you are aged between 18-30 just have a look and see for yourself!

VAP now has a Facebook group established, letting you contact other volunteers to share experiences. We also plan to use this group to organise regular London events, such as attending workshops, demonstrations, training activities and cultural events. Come along and join!

And finally...VAP North South Training takes place on 4-6 June, at the beautiful location of the Clow Beck Eco Centre in North Yorkshire. It’s the perfect way to gain non formal education in volunteering outside of Europe, helping you adapt easily to life in other cultures. Our VAP training team has years of experience and professional expertise, making this a fun and stimulating weekend. The event is also free, with accommodation provided and the food cooked between us (in the spirit of true volunteering), leaving participants to just pay for travel expenses. After the great demand and success of last year’s course, we recommend you book a limited place early!

Sunny regards from the VAP team

posted on: 16 April 2010

VAP’s Winter News - Calling all early birds!

Calling all early birds! For those who wish to take flight before the summer, VAP has already begun filling its database with new projects for volunteering worldwide in 2010.
Get online and start pecking!

If you are interested in developing new skills, why not take part in our Volunteer Project Co-ordinator training in London on the 27-28th March? This is a free event with specialist trainers, putting an emphasis on fun and education using a broad range of non-formal techniques. You may be offered the opportunity to represent and help organise a UK based VAP project! For more information contact the resident VAP badger by clicking here.

Are you part of, or aware of a UK based organisation, that could benefit from hosting a VAP project during the summer? VAP is on the hunt for new partners within the UK. The benefits are social exchange and free non-professional labour provided by a group of young travelling adults, who wish to gain a positive experience of UK culture. In return for their work, food and accommodation must be provided. Please get in touch!

Deep below the ground frosts and icy winds, VAP has been busy, tunnelling for new ventures. We have applied to host 2 European Voluntary Service participants this summer. Their main aim will be to educate and bring awareness to UK communities of the Millennium Development Goals to end poverty and ill health, set out by the UN.

And finally...we have also had a small success regarding the unfair classification of volunteers within the new points based system for immigration visa applications in the UK. VAP has managed to lobby a document onto the table of the almighty Home Affairs Select Committee down at Westminster. We will keep you posted as to whether this bears fruit for the coming summer.

All the best from the VAP team

posted on: 16 February 2010

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Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Volunteer International Network Exchange UK
with the support of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the European «Youth in Action» Programme

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