The volunteering team will have a two-week program where the TRL association will welcome international volunteers to together organize various events and workshops for local youngsters in order to spread the message of equal and non- discriminating leisure activity. Visits in different skate parks create a link between local youth and international volunteers. Together with the active members of the association, the volunteers will organize skateboard trainings and workshop for all levels, with emphasis on beginners. Apart from this, the volunteers will participate in activities to maintain the skate parks, such as tidying the skate parks. Discussions and activities linked to gender equality, discrimination in a sport and in an urban space in general are foreseen. The volunteers will assist to organize a little skateboarding event serving as a promotion of Non-Discrimination in this sport field. The emphasis of this volunteering team is to make the youngsters think about the current societal, gender and discrimination issues and challengesnot only in a field of sport and skateboarding, but in general in Europe.
Accomodation and food
Accommodation and meals will be arranged in a youth house in Helsinki. Be prepared to sleep on the mattress on the youth house gym floor (sleeping bag needed) and bring your recipes in order to cook your favorite food on your cooking turn.
Location and leisure
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This volunteer team is organised together with a local partner association GirlsWomen skateboard association TRL. It was established in Helsinki in 2007 and since it has played an important role in girl, women and gender variant skateboarding in Finland. Nowadays the association has 140 active members, more than a half of them are youngsters from Helsinki. The aim of this volunteer based association is to create safe spaces where its members could skateboard, meet others and together develop and share the skills, regardless their gender, sexual orientation, background and without any discrimination. Annually the association organizes over 100 trainings in skateboard halls and more than 20 various events for girl, women and gender variant skateboard riders. In addition to the above, the TRL association communicates actively and visibly the message of the (gender)equality and non- discrimination, not only on social media but also through dialogue with different skateboard or other associations. Besides, they try to fight the cultural norms in this pretty masculine field. The aim is to gain better, safer and courageous position for girl skateboarders and to encourage other girls to bravely join. In this project you are working to progress the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by raising awareness and increasing gender equality and reducing inequalities among people (SDG 5 Gender Equality and SDG 10 Reduce Inequalities).
The volunteers should have some previous experience in skateboarding. The volunteers need to be 18-30 years old European Union citizens or residents, who are motivated to volunteer and need the EU support for taking part. No fees, travel costs will be reimbursed. The volunteers will need to fill a project application form. See more https://www.nuorisovaihto.fi/englishincoming-volunteers/european-solidarity-corps-finland-volunteering-teams
Sustainable Development Goals