EVS - EuropeanVoluntaryService, или Европейская Волонтерская Служба
EVS поддерживает участие молодежи в различных формах волонтерской активности, как внутри, так и за пределами Европейского Союза. Такие проекты включают молодых волонтеров в некоммерческую деятельность для общей пользы в странах, не являющихся их странами проживания.
EVS реализуется в рамках первой ключевой акции программы Европейского Союза в сфере международной молодежной мобильности - Erasmus+.
- Персональное, образовательное и профессиональное развитие молодых людей посредством неформального обучения;
- Развитие партнерских связей между странами;
- Популяризация толерантности и активной гражданственности среди молодежи.
EVS проекты открыты для всех молодых людей в возрасте от 17 до 30 лет (мероприятия с участием молодежи с ограниченными возможностями доступны для 16-17-летних).
Волонтерская деятельность может продолжаться от 2 до 12 месяцев (исключая подготовку и оценку).
Молодежь из России может принимать участие в EVS проектах только в Программных странах = странах-членах ЕС.
EVS проекты финансируются Европейской комиссией и реализуются согласно существующим стандартам. Такой проект можно реализоватьтолько один раз в жизни, если вам от 17 до 30 лет и только в стране Европейского союза.
Задача программы EVS - развить толерантность в молодых людях, главным образом усиливая социальное сплочение в Европейском Союзе. EVS пропагандирует активную гражданскую позицию и усиливает взаимопонимание между молодыми людьми разных национальностей.
«Erasmus +» – новая программа Европейского Союза в области образования, профессиональной подготовки, молодежи и спорта, стартующая с января 2014г., была одобрена Европарламентом 19 ноября 2013г. Бюджет семилетней программы (2014г.-2020г.) – €14,7 млрд, что на 40% превышает текущие расходы Евросоюза по направлениям, в которых действует «Erasmus +».
Европейская Волонтерская Служба и лицей
Наш лицей сотрудничает с программой с EVS уже три года. Три волонтера работали вместе с нами, реализуя свои проекты и программы.
2012-13 уч. год. Таня Фраундорфер (Австрия) - проект "Клуб общения на английском языке". Клуб объединял несколько групп: это старшеклассники, учителя лицея и все желающие, интересующиеся английским языком как иностранным. Кроме того, Таня и ученица 9 класса Дарья Балезина разработали и успешно защитили проект на тему "Сравнение образовательных систем Австрии и России". Проект был представлен на конкурс, посвященный юбилею лицея, и получил высокую оценку жюри. Таня занималась также подготовкой и оформлением многочисленных лицейских выставок. Незаменима была наша Таня и в работе со студентами АФС-программы.
2013-14 уч. год. Волонтер из Чехии Мария Кушерова быстро нашла общий язык с учителями и учениками лицея. Мария много времени посвящала социальным проектам: визиты в детский дом, работа с людьми, оказавшимися в трудной жизненной ситуации, помощь бездомным животным. В лицее Мария осуществляла проект по сотрудничеству с лицеистами младших классов, она подготовила и провела более 30 занятий-презентаций по произведениям детских писателей Чехии, вместе с ней ребята еще раз вспомнили героев любимых мультфильмов. С ее помощью в лицее была организована международная встреча волонтеров, работающих в Поволжье и старшеклассников.
2014-15 уч. год. Тереза Шмидт (Германия) постаралась объединить учеников двух стран. Проект о жизни Росси и Германии был подготовлен Терезой совместно с учениками 5-х классов и учителем английского языка А.Н. Коротаевой. В течение всего учебного года пятиклассники общались с Терезой и ее друзьями в Германии, выискивая самую интересную информацию о немецких традициях, национальной кухне, популярным видам спорта и о многом другом. Результатом проекта стал выпуск многостраничного красочного журнала с работами ребят. Проектом заинтересовались и родители, с их помощью журнал распечатали в настоящей типографии, и теперь он украшает библиотечную полку. Каждый желающий может найти интересующую его информацию. Вместе с ученицей 10-го класса Д.Назаровой Тереза организовала кружок по изучению немецкого языка. Также Тереза приняла участие в региональном конкурсе научно-исследовательских работ им. Вернадского и стала лауреатом! Много раз Тереза встречалась с учениками и учителями из разных школ г. Кирова и Кировской области, принимая участие в различных культурных мероприятиях. Июнь Тереза провела в летнем лагере Вишкиль, где отдыхали ученики нашего лицея . теперь мы смело можем говорить о том, что эта смена была международной!
В настоящее время лицей с нетерпением ждет следующего волонтера !
My first month at the lyceum was an action packed month one. During the first week I started to prepare my presentation about Wales, Swansea and myself and at the end of the week I gave my first presentation. At first I was a little worried that the children may not understand me as I was told by people I had met that my accent is quite strong. However the more I delivered my presentation the more I discovered the children did understand me by the questions I was asking.
The second week I continued delivering my presentation. But at the weekend after my first Saturday of working I was invited to join one of the classes play laser tag. This was my first go at laser tag outdoors and was a great chance to get to know this group of children better.
During the third and fourth weeks, I participated in a day when a group from the AFS committee visit the lyceum and refereed four football matches of children from some of the classes on international day.
The second and third months where quieter months with events there was only 3 events these where I gave a presentation on Myself, Country, Town and my plans for work to some parents. The second was attending the teacher’s day concert, which was unique for me as we don’t have such a day in the UK. And the third was the visit of 2 American girls from a university in St. Petersburg where we gave them a tour of both lyceums and also participated in a craft workshop.
Also in the second and third months I assisted in the English lessons with teachers.
What better way is there to spend your winter holidays than celebrating? That is what the Kirov EVS volunteers of 2014/2015 decided. Therefore we met for all kinds of celebrations.
The first, of course, was our own Christmas. For us Catholics Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year. Usually we celebrate three days non-stop. This year we couldn’t do that, as many of us had to work. After all we were in Russia. And there Christmas is not celebrated in December.
Nevertheless we met in the evenings and also invited our Russian friends. Then we celebrated international Christmas with customs from all kinds of countries. It was especially interesting for the Russians, who were not used to celebrate Christmas that big. For example they did not know what a Nativity Scene was and they really liked our Christmas songs. On the 25th we invited everybody to the festivity service at church. For the special occasion it took place in the church building near Theatre Square.
Next we changed roles. It was time for our Russian friends to show us foreigners how to properly celebrate New Year. For this occasion I went to a very small village with my host and her family. We had an enormous dinner, watched the fireworks and listened to Putin’s speech. And of course we exchanged presents ;)
We also used the New Year’s holidays to play many games, relax and enjoy the fantastically freezing weather with all that snow. I really am a fan of the Russian winter!
Hello, my name is Theresa Schmidt. I am 18 years old and will work in this school as a volunteer for ten months. That is from September 2014 to June 2015.
In the following I want to tell you about my work, what I have done so far as well as my plans for the near future.
I started my work with a presentation about myself, my home town and Germany. I conducted it several times in different classes.
I also started private tutoring for my mother tongue German. In average I am giving two teaching units per week. I also write short messages to Andrei, my student, when we are not having lessons.
Furthermore I became good friends with our Japanese AFS student Mana and accompanied her to a meeting with the director of the theatre. I was happy to intermediate between the two of them.
Soon I had to leave for one week of on-arrival training in Rostov. I wrote an article about this for the school home page.
Apart from that I started preparing a project for one school class to create their own home page.
Finally we started a project of letters exchange between me and a Russian pupil, who is living in Germany at the moment.
On teacher’s day I conducted my presentation to interested teachers. I added some short games to teach them a little English as well as German.
In this month I had the opportunity to contribute to some regular English lessons; mostly in seventh grade. I added additional information on the topics in the school books and designed some exercises for the pupils.
Moreover I was happy to take part in two trips. The first was to Syktyvkar. There was a contest and I accompanied the team of the KPML as their head. The contest lasted three days. The second trip was one day of discovering Nizhny Novgorod with the third great. I helped the teacher with her work with the children. On both I learned much about Russian schools, language and culture.
On coming back from Nizhny Novgorod I performed a poem by Germany’s probably greatest writer Johann Wolfang von Goethe at a concert for the guests from Thailand. In the following week I very often accompanied this delegation as representative of our school on their visits to different schools and cultural programmes around Kirov.
November and December
In the next months I am going to continue my long-term projects like tutoring and the exchange of letters.
Apart from that I am planning other projects. I am going to do one of them together with another volunteer, who is active in a school in Kirovo-Chepetsk. It is about promoting the idea of volunteering.
Another interesting project that I am hoping to do is a cultural exchange between my old school in Germany and this school. We could write letters and have video calls via Skype. It would be a good opportunity for the pupils to exercise their English outside of (boring) lessons.
As my visa expires November 29th I will have to leave for Germany at the beginning of December. I will stay there for two weeks. This is the time to apply for a new visa, which I should be able to get easily. I hope to continue / set up the latter project from there in this time.
Moreover the Herzen Libraray invited me to take part in activities and exhibitions with pupils.
Last but not least I want to set up an English practicing community for parents.
After two weeks of living in Kirov we, volunteers all over Russia, were supposed to attend “on- arrival training “ in Rostov Yaroslavskiy.
Nowadays there are six volunteers in Kirov. Three Germans, two Slovakians and me, the Czech. We set off together from Kirov train station in the late Saturday afternoon. Some of us were on the station one and half hour in advance. I think that not everybody realizes how hard it is to be a foreigner in a country where even alphabet is different. Slovakians and me, we are quite lucky to understand at least some words. Thank God to Slavonic languages. But for our German friends the beginning of “Kirov life” was really difficult and for some of them still it is.
After initial troubles with printing tickets and finding the right platform we nestled down in our train- beds. And then came the moment which I like the most. To unpack our cups and teabags which we brought with us and pour hot water in. We started to chat about our expectations of the training and none of us actually knew what it is going to be about.
Next morning we finally arrived. Without any Russian knowledge we looked for a “marshrutka”. One of the drivers in a square in front of Rostov train station told us that he would go to the city center. We credulously got on board and had gone with him several rounds around the Rostov surrounding before he finally let us out in front of our hotel. Because of our “sightseeing tour” we spent in the bus more than half hour. In the end of the training, we went back to railway station by foot. It took us ten minutes…
The training was amazing. We met there many other volunteers from different Russian cities. From Nizhniy Novgorod, Perm, Chelyabinsk etc. Each volunteer works on his or her own program. There is a huge range of tasks which we do during our stay in Russia. Most of the English and the Germans teach their native language in schools. Some of us work in schools for deaf children and there also were two girls working with politically oppressed people in Perm.
We played a lot of interesting games, were on a workshop where we painted Christmas bells. We also visited two local museums and ate traditional Russian supper. But most of all we
Thanks to our trainers we experienced awesome Russian friendliness and hostility. During the training all participants became good friends even though we had not known each other before. Early in the morning we arrived at home full of new ideas and plans how we can contribute to Kirov social live. I hope you will hear about us soon…
After living 6 months in Russia and working at the lyceum of physics and mathematics there is a lot what I want to say but the most important is that I really enjoyed the time here. It was a great time for me which I spend with great people.
And even if it was sometimes hard because I didn’t speak Russian, there was all the time somebody who was ready to help me. Therefore I also tried to help the students and to organize things in which they are really interested or to change the program of the English club to more interesting topics or games.
Moreover I had the chance to participate on a trip to Sykivkar and at different school celebrations. And it was a big pleasure for me to see this all and get to know the typical Russian school live and the Russian culture.
These 6 months were also a time of travelling for me, but after every journey I was glad to come back to Kirov and see my friends again. The time in Kirov passed very fast and I was glad that I found a project which I really liked and where I had a lot of fun at work. And before I realized it I was in the train for my last trip in Russia, to St. Petersburg and now I am already in Austria.
But before this text is going to be too long I just want to say thank you to all the people who helped me and I was really glad to meet you all.
In November we travelled to Moscow for one day. The reason for the students of the lyceum was to write a test at a very good university, for Elisa and me it was a great chance to see Moscow. All started on a Saturday evening when we entered the train to Moscow. After a night in the train, the day started by bringing the students to the university of “Baumann”. After this we went to Izmailovo, which was specially built for tourists, weddings and other celebrations. Then we went straight to the red square, where we enjoyed the feeling which gives you this place and had a look in the expensive shopping center “GUM”. Moreover we made a bus excursion through Moscow, where we saw a lot of interesting places. After a short break in a shopping center, where we had lunch, we visited a museum for airplanes. Then the day was already over and we had to go to the train station to go back to Kirov. But it was a great day and we saw a lot of Moscow.
The answer to this question is easy: travelling and meeting a lot of new people. I spend my New Year holidays not in Kirov but in Nizhniy Novgorod, where I met a lot of other volunteers and students from foreign countries. The New Years Eve was very interesting, because I had the chance to see how New Year is celebrated in different countries. We had people from Spain (you have to eat 12 grapes at midnight and if you can do this you have a free wish), Poland (we have to celebrate New Year outdoors), Austria (we showed the traditional dance Wiener Walzer), France and of course people from Russia, who looked the speech of Putin. It was really a great New Year.
But I was not just there to celebrate New Year, also to see the city. I met a friend of mine there, who lives in Nizhniy Novgorod, so she could show me the best places there. We went by a cable railway over the Volga but my favorites are still the ice sculptures, which you can find in every Russian city. The days there went by very fast but I really enjoyed them.
European voluntary service:
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young Europeans with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU. In this way, it seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people.
It is a program of youth in action and provides non-formal learning. The volunteer can choose witch project he or she wants to make and has in this way a better relationship to the project.
The tasks of an EVS-volunteer at the Lyceum of physics and mathematics:
Events (help to organize and write reports about them)
School newspaper or homepage
Experience from a volunteer at the lyceum of physics and mathematics:
Now I am already almost 3 months here and I just can say that I really enjoy the time. Working as a volunteer provides a lot of interesting tasks. Especially at this school I have started my own English club, first for the pupils from the higher classes. It is a weekly meeting where we discus different topics and the students get the chance to practice their English. When the pupils from the 5th and 6th class heard about it, they also wanted to have such a club. Of course with them I try to play more games and prepare funny lessons. You see, as a volunteer you must be very flexible and if you want to do something there is most of the time a way to realize it. I also work with the kids from the primary school. This is one of my favorite parts of my work, because these kids are very open and they are not too shy to start a conversation. Two days of the week when I am in the primary school, I help the English teacher in her lessons or just communicate with the kids after school, in their leisure time.
Another good thing on working at a school is that you can join several school trips, so I was already in Syktivkar and Moscow. And while the kids write their competitions, I can go sightseeing and develop Russia.
But of course you don’t have to work all the time and there is a lot of time for other things. First you have different trainings, like the on-arrival training, which is also a good chance to see more from the country and meet other volunteers.
Moreover I have my Russian lessons and I found a lot of new friends here, which make my time here unforgettable. In your leisure time it depends a lot of what you want to make, because in a city like Kirov you have a lot of opportunities, like dancing, English clubs, sports, theater,…
But the most important thing is simply to be open for new experiences and enjoy your EVS and I am sure you will have also such a great time as I have.
AFS Intercultural Programs (American Field Service) was established in 1915 by A. Piatt Andrew and evolved into an international youth exchange organization.
Worldwide, AFS is a group of over 50 independent, not-for-profit organizations called partners, each with its own network of volunteers, professionally staffed office, volunteer board of directors and website. Per year, almost 13,000 participants travel abroad on AFS cultural exchanges between 75 countries.
AFS gives young people the chance to stay abroad 3 months till 1 year and attend there a school. During this period the students not just improve their foreign languages skills but also intercultural learning, get more open-minded, increase intercultural development and global awareness. Of course they also grow as a person.
But you can not only take part as an exchange student in such programs, there are also host families and people who support the students.
Statement of purpose
AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.
From the 8th to the 12th of October there was an Intellectual marathon in Syktivkar. The competition was in 9 different categories: English, Literature, Physics, Mathematics, History, Biology, Informatics, Chemistry and Social science.
The participants didn’t have only to show their knowledge in their own category, but there was also a task which the team had to do together.
Moreover the students didn’t just have to make the tests, there were also a lot of intellectual games, like “who?, where?, when?” (which we won) and a big debate, which took place in different rounds during the whole week.
But also the leisure time was not boring, the students had to prepare the debate or learn for the category but in the evening there were some games, so that people from different teams could also meet what I think was one of the most important points there, because knowing a lot and winning a competition is of course great but having relationships all over Russia and sharing common experiences are also very important.
It was really nice to see how motivated the students were and that they got a reward for it, the second place in the team competition.
On my trip to Sinagorie I saw a completely different side of Russia, than I saw before. It is not a city but a small, small village. A boy from Germany and I visited a school where they still learn German and not English. The people there are very hospitable and were very interested in us. But also they showed us their daily live. I had the chance to try the Russian Banja and I saw how school lived in a small village. Of course there are not so much leisure time activities like in Kirov but they can do a lot on their own. Just meeting friends or walk in the snow. And also there is just one school, which all the kids from Sinagroie attend. But when they finish school, they have to go to a bigger city to university. That’s why in such villages only very young or old people live. In Austria there is a similar problem, the youth don’t want to live in small villages and that’s why they move to a bigger city. But nobody thinks about the older now and so small villages get smaller and smaller till perhaps nobody lives there anymore.