Egyesek and its youth workers, trainers, volunteers are working in Nógrád county which is one of the poorest regions in Hungary. Unemployment rate is high; rare public transportation; youth, international projects, NGO activities are almost not known; very few opportunities of afternoon activities. Local youngsters after high school have two options: either they leave their home to access good quality education and/or job, or they stay and become unemployed. That’s why bringing international context to the life and activities of local communities we broader the view on opportunities of local youngsters, expand their horizons.
During work time volunteers will be divided in groups and work in one or two of the locations they choose.
The volunteers' tasks in the schools and youth centers in Varsány, Endrefalva, Nógrádszakál, Szécsény and Nagylóc would be to prepare and to conduct English speaking creative sessions for local Roma and non-Roma children. The afterschool youth centers are open in the villages in order to provide children with different kinds of leisure activities as well as help in doing home works, etc. Our organization is bringing international volunteers to the region since 2008. It helps to raise the awareness of youngsters, to broader their horizons and to show the opportunities of international programs.
In Creative Space, where our local partner is running a community building, they will help in cleaning and keeping eye on the surrounding, they will also join agricultural activities, such as planting seedlings and trees, doing gardening, building greenhouses.
Expected impact and achievements of the project:
- By supporting the afternoon school clubs the leaders and social workers learn new methods, games, ways of thinking about education. They implement higher quality activities.
- Students’ performances are better in the school especially in English also in subjects which need cooperation and communication.
- Youngsters' understanding and solidarity towards each other are rising. This project showed an example for them that different people are valuable and equal as them. Roma and non Roma opposition started to become less since the volunteers handled them equally.
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Unterkunft und Verpflegung
The location of the accommodation will be in one of the locations, Szécsény, a small town, where volunteers will have their activities. Volunteers will live in a family house, sharing it with 7 other long-term volunteers. In the house the basic facilities, such as toilet, shower, sleeping place and furniture in a separate or a shared room will be available for volunteers.
The kitchen of the house is fully equipped, and volunteers manage their own cooking. In the town of Szécsény there are multiple stores and all dietary needs are possible to handle with their supply.
Lage und Freizeit
Szécsény is in the centre of the micro-region with active social life and with good infrastructure with population about 6000 people. It has health centre, police station, banks, high schools, community place, restaurants, pharmacy and so on. From here there is direct bus to Budapest and to all of the locations where volunteers are working. The local villages, where volunteers will work have about 2000 inhabitants and basic infrastructure such as a shop, post office, medical center, school, youth or cultural center.
We provide volunteers with discount cards for bus and bikes by which they will be also reach the surrounding villages for work as well as use them during leisure time
Wer organisiert das Projekt?
Egyesek is present in the area since 2000 and from 2010 we are focusing our youth work activities only to Nógrád county. We have strategic partners in the region including Creative Space Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd (Creative Space) which runs a community accommodation in the village of Hollókő, which is included into UNESCO heritage, and several elementary and high schools in Szécsény, Nagylóc and Endrefalva.
We are developing youth work strategy which aims to:
-catalyze the first encounter of non-formal and intercultural learning and support in further involvement,
-encourage self-organization, initiative and community development by local youth,
-increase the level of ecological culture of youngsters throw action,
-expand the horizons, creating circumstances for comprehensive development of young people.
It will be arranged with the volunteers depending on the exact arrival day.
As it is an ESC (European Solidarity Corps) project, the volunteers will receive travel reimbursement and monthly pocket money.
More information about the project: https://egyesek.hu/en/project/seeds-of-action/
We ask you to fill in this application form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/seeds_of_action