EVOLVET Erasmus +

 

EVOLVET (European Volunteer coordinators Vocation Education and Training) is a European strategic partnership composed by seven organisations working with development projects for social inclusion and education from Austria, Finland, Italy, Poland, Portugal,  Slovakia  and Spain.

 

The project aims at giving a positive impulsion to the training of volunteer coordinators by providing a standardized tool-kit containing on-the-job training materials for skills and competences commonly demanded to volunteer coordinators across Europe, not only for the management of development projects but also on the concrete education and training of the volunteers taking part on them. During the two-year project duration, partner organizations will work on exchanging information and materials about their current on-the-job training practices for their professional volunteer coordinators as well as carrying out on-the-field research of the skills and competences commonly demanded to volunteer coordinators across Europe. 

 

Partners will then use the collected information and materials to create a standardised tool-kit containing on-the-job training materials for skills and competences commonly demanded to volunteer coordinators in development organisations across Europe, that will be tested on the different partner countries in order to ensure its quality and improve it using real volunteer coordinators working on development organisations. Moreover, the project will also run transnational training mobilities that will make possible to volunteer coordinators from the different partner organisations to take part in common education initiatives about volunteers management embedded within the activities of the project.

 

The creation of such standard pan- European training materials for professional volunteer coordinators will directly contribute to improve the transparency and recognition of their qualifications and competences using also already established systems based on measurable recognitions (Ex. ECVET) at transnational level, including those acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning.

 

Furthermore, the project will aim to identify the skills required by professional volunteer coordinators on development organisations, what will make possible to compose an standard curriculum of competences for this professional category that could be use afterwards for both, vocational education and training centers (to develop new learning pathways, methodologies and degrees) and organisations working with projects for local and international development (to detect which competences should be reinforced on their teams and detect those skills needed for future recruitments).

 

According to all of this, EVOLVET is not only an innovative project which main objective is to develop new materials and improve the situation of those professionals working as volunteer coordinators on the development field, but also a necessary initiative to facilitate the transitions of those learning on social education and training centers offering NGOs coordination and management degrees, and the real labor market that will wait them after their graduation.

 

Besides all of this, the project also aims to create new links between organisations of different countries and sectors working on the same field (local and international development of communities) that could make possible to reinforce the transnational structures of communication and sources to support projects on this field.

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Team Leaders

 Professional Volunteer Position in Ecological and Natural Building in Tanzania

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Art in Tanzania (NGO) is looking for an experienced professional person to help lead our eco-campus development in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

So far we have built rooms with locally sourced bamboo, dry toilets and a simple greywater gathering system. We want to develop the greywater system, build huts with natural and ecological materials sourced locally, and implement renewable energy solutions for the campus. We are also looking to develop new and sustainable waste-management systems.

While building the eco-campus, we will also introduce and teach local builders, youth and international volunteers or interns, different techniques in ecological living.

Environmental and Natural Building leaders and their teams will also be tasked with helping to implement our tree house community and other innovative concepts. We currently have eight acres of non-developed land area.

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Requirements for Applicants

Practical experience in ecological and natural building projects and able to provide a minimum of two references. Demonstrate the ability to work in primary African environment with limited resources. Demonstrate the ability to work in multi-cultural teams and teach others. Have excellent spoken English skills and a willingness to learn Kiswahili.
Deonstrate enthusiasm and a passion for ecological living solutions.
There is a minimum six month commitment for the team leader work.

What we offer:

  • Possibility to make a big difference in our community and to learn local building techniques
  • Immersion in Tanzanian way of life and culture
  • Full board; basic accommodation and three meals a day, not including drinks
  • Volunteer work permits for duration of commitment
  • Airport transfers
  • Discounted safari trips for you, your family, and friends

Excluded:

  • International airfare to Tanzania
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist visa on the arrival 50USD

Please send a cover letter, CV and two references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Environmental Sustainability

Composting toilets

 Art in Tanzania is implementing environmentally friendly solutions for the Tanzanian communities as use of dry toilets, composting and household water reuse. We also focus on eco construction and planting bamboo. We also emphasize the sustainable tourism operations.

Tanzanian communities are lacking economical strength to implement environmentally friendly solutions in their households. Presently less than 50% of the households have a toilet. Interns are developing sustainable and affordable solutions including a dry toilet for households and schools. Presently most of the Tanzanian school lack of propre sanitation and there is big demand of affordable household sanitation as the flush toilets are too expensive to invest and use for most of the population.

Other green work includes developing composts, sustainable sources for cooking heat, development of tree and bamboo nurseries as well as neighborhood education and advocacy.

A local source of funding and sustainability for Art in Tanzania are wildlife safari and other tourism operations. We are developing a NGO business model to streamline revenue back into communities.

 

 

Environmental Sustainability (2)

Composting toilets

 

Art in Tanzania is implementing environmentally friendly solutions for the Tanzanian communities as use of dry toilets, composting and household water reuse. We also focus on eco construction and planting bamboo. We also emphasize the sustainable tourism operations.

Tanzanian communities are lacking economical strength to implement environmentally friendly solutions in their households. Presently less than 50% of the households have a toilet. Interns are developing sustainable and affordable solutions including a dry toilet for households and schools. Presently most of the Tanzanian school lack of propre sanitation and there is big demand of affordable household sanitation as the flush toilets are too expensive to invest and use for most of the population.

Other green work includes developing composts, sustainable sources for cooking heat, development of tree and bamboo nurseries as well as neighborhood education and advocacy.

A local source of funding and sustainability for Art in Tanzania are wildlife safari and other tourism operations. We are developing a NGO business model to streamline revenue back into communities.

 

 

Art Therapy

Art Therapy Program

Art therapy AfricaArt therapy is a form of therapy that can be used to improve mental health and well-being of anyone. As with most therapies, art therapy is generally used as a treatment for something – as a way to improve one’s emotional state or mental well-being, but expressive arts  therapy can be used to relieve stress or tension, or it can be used as a mode of self-discovery and waking up creativity.

Starting from January 2016, Expressive Arts Therapist and Teacher Kristiina McKenzie from Finland joins Art in Tanzania team in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She will bring her extensive experience to help to develop the Art Therapy program directed both for international participants and local groups.

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Expressive Arts Therapy in Practice – Volunteering Program Option

This part of the Art Therapy Program is meant for participants interested in learning how to use Expressive Arts Therapy for others. You don’t need experience in practicing Art therapy, but you have already learned some of the basics, you desire to study Art therapy in the future or have started studies already you already work with groups that would benefit from Art Therapy.

In the beginning of the program you’ll go over the basics of Art Therapy and exercises and then you’ll work with a local group supervised by Expressive Art Therapist and teacher Kristiina McKenzie. It is possible to have some tailoring for the needs of the participants in the form of a group or individuals to be worked with and which form of arts to use. This part of the program can be combined with the Waking up the creativity within –course.

art therapy tanzaniaLocation: Madale village, Northern Dar es Salaam

Duration: minimum 3 weeks

Start dates for 2016:  January 4th and 18th, February 1st, 15th and 29th, March 14th and 28th, April 11th and 25th, May 9th and 23rd, June 6th and 20th.

Program cost:  Accommodation with 2 meals is 240USD/week + 300USD for your program materials and government permits.Accommodation is in shared rooms at Art in Tanzania volunteer campus, breakfast and dinner each day and supervision and guidance by professional Art Therapist. If combined with 2-day Waking up the creativity within –course add 100USD. Cost does not include transportation, tourist visa at arrival to Tanzania, travel insurance or drinks. Single and double rooms availabe with usd 60 per ween additional cost.

Expressive Arts Therapy in Practice – Internship Option

This internship program is directed to participants that already have studied the field 2-3 years and need practical experience working with a group. Participants can also be practitioners of Art Therapy who would like to volunteer their time to help a group or individuals in Dar es Salaam, Moshi or Zanzibar.

Internship can be tailored accordingly to different groups; children in poverty, children and youth with disabilities, orphaned children, unemployed youth, women in poverty, people with HIV, people recovering from trauma, people recovering from addiction, elderly, artists, teachers etc.

Participants will be guided and supervised by professional Expressive Arts Therapist and teacher Kristiina McKenzie. This Internship will require partly working independently and learning Kiswahili is beneficial for the participants as many groups do not speak English well if at all. Each participant will start in Dar es Salaam, but can move to another location after 2 weeks.

Location: Dar es Salaam, Moshi and Zanzibar

Duration: minimum 3 months

Start dates: any day between January 3rd and May 30th 2016. Otside these dates please contact us for other options.

Requirements: each participant is expected to have some level of knowledge of Art therapy (2-3 years of studies) or experience in working with groups that would benefit from art therapy. In the case of students who need internship to fulfill art therapy africacertain requirements of their school, need to communicate these requirements and give a contact within the school in advance. CV, copy of passport, passport photo, volunteer permit application, participation agreement and proof of clean criminal record if working with children.

Participation cost:  No participation cost.

230USD is required for government permits for anyone volunteering or doing an Internship in Tanzania for maximum 3 months. Immigration cost for more than 3 months stay is 580USD.

Accommodation and 2 meals per day at Art in Tanzania volunteer house with reduced price of 170USD/week. This accommodation offers you a safe environment where you can meet with other international interns and volunteers.

Participants are to cover their own transportation costs to Tanzania as well as between or within locales. Tourist visa on the arrival, travel insurance and drinks are also responsibility of the participant. 

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