IRELAND: Erasmus EVS - Youth & Child Development

Ireland

Adventure Overview:

PLEASE NOTE THIS PROJECT IS GRANT FUNDED BY THE EU AND AS A RESULT WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT EUROPEAN / UK APPLICATIONS. 

Anyone who has a passion for helping those in need and at the same time a desire to enjoy the craic of Dublin life then look no further! This project works with the children and young people in a more deprived area of Dublin’s inner city, to help build positive attitudes, encouragement & educational acheivements.

The needs of the city's children & teenagers are great, and through working with this project you will have an opportunity to bring hope and inspiration into their young lives,  encouraging them to discover all the amazing skills they have within themselves, and to unlock their true potential.

Through a programme of activities, the staff and volunteers based in this project seek to bring hope and laughter to the lives of many young people.

You could get involved in ‘The Club’, an After Schools programme which provides a homely environment in which children are given a healthy meal, support with their homework, new learning opportunities through fun activities such as drama or sports, and trips and generally, a place to build up social skills. You could also support the team in the local schools using sports and fitness to bring the children together and provide a sense of team work. You could also get involved with young people in ‘Step Up’ where students are mentored one on one to help them achieve academic, practical or personal life goals. Finally, you could get involved in latest initiative ‘The Yard’ cultivating young lads in developing skills such as woodwork, bike maintenance but more importantly team work, focus and time management.

Many of the kids here would be at risk of involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour, and so the aim is to provide them with a focus, a source of physical challenge and encouragement, and a place of safety amongst people who can provide them with positive examples.

This is a Christian project and though you do not have to be from a Christian background to apply we would look for you to be open to the faith of those in the project and the ethos of the work. 

What is Included?

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • 24 / 7 Support
  • Training
  • Stipend
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Information Pack
  • Accommodation:  You will share an apartment in central Dublin with two other volunteers, this is a purpose built apartment with cooking facilities and wi-fi provided. 
  • Food: You will recieve a monthly allowance of €200 for your food and local supermarkets are easisly accessed. Some cooked lunches are provided during the working day depending on your schedule. 
  • Training: All volunteers receive pre-departure training to help you prepare for the experience ahead. This training covers all the areas you need to think about before you pack your bags. It gives you time to focus and prioritise, and provides you with the knowledge and information you need in order to have a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable adventure. On arrival at your project you will also receive orientation training which will help you to better understand the local culture and support you as you find your way around this new country. On your return we will also support you as you readapt to life back home. We encourage you to keep in contact with us and consider opportunities for you to stay connected to the work you have been part of with Agapé. In addition to all of this training you will also receive a comprehensive welcome pack full of useful information on your project, the country and the culture, as well as detailed safety and communication lists.
  • Support: Agapé Adventures respects that each person is unique, and thus has different needs, and we endeavour to meet those genuine needs as effectively as we can. All volunteers are supported by Agapé every step of the way. You will be allocated a line manager to assist you in the day to day aspects of your adventure and staff at Agapé’s main base who will be available 24/7 for any out of hours emergencies. All staff involved in supporting you, work together to provide coordinated, personal and professional support throughout your adventure. 
  • Stipend:  As part of the EVS provision you will recieve a monthly allowance for your personal spending.
  • Airport Collection & Drop Off:  When you land into the airport we will make sure that someone is there to meet you and bring you to your project base. We will also provide assistance in returning you to the airport at the end of your time to help you take back all those gifts you've picked up along the way! 

What Isn't Included

  • Adventure Package
  • Visa

What will I do?:

In your role you will have opportunity to get involved in a variety of the key project areas including:

The Club: You will assist with the After School Programme – working as part of a team of staff and volunteers in running a dynamic after-school programme. Tasks will include preparing and serving meals and snacks, assisting children with their homework, preparing and running various activities (including sports, arts/crafts, baking, games etc.), assisting in organising trips and outings.

There are two clubs in two separate locations - one for younger primary school aged children and one for the older children. The Club runs from Monday to Thursday 2pm-6.30pm. All preparation is carried out in the mornings including shopping for food, meal preparation and preparing for daily activities. 

Y Not: You could get involved with the college awareness programme whose aim is to children in their final year of primary school to the possibility of attending college by running a classroom session with interactive discussion on ‘why go to college’ as well as bringing them on a guided tour of a college campus in the hope that this will assist in breaking down any preconceived barriers in attending third level education. This helps make the whole idea of attending third level education more tangible for the children.

Step Up: You could also get involved in the Secondary School Mentoring Programme – providing general support or working one on one with a student. The programme uses one to one mentoring model where each young person is assigned a mentor who they work with each week throughout the school year. This focused support allows young people to work on subjects they may be struggling with as well as helping them to develop organisational and study skills and work on their own personal development.

Monthly trips are a vital part as they are the incentive for young people to join and to keep up regular attendance. These trips also allow for deepened relationships between the mentors and young people, as well as building up their self confidence by expanding their horizons and learning new skills. This programme runs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings currently catering for 36 students.

Sports: You could get involved in assisting with the Primary School Programme  -  preparing and implementing a tag rugby programme in eight local primary schools to include coaching the basics of rugby and teaching the “life lesson” for each session – preparing blitz at end of programme for each participating school. It does not matter if you do not know much about Rugby, the level of instruction is very low and you will be taught all the basics by the staff team.

The Local Area

Decadent, delightful and full of surprises, Dublin packs a punch that, delivered correctly, will leave you reeling but still wanting more. That’s big talk for a small capital.

Dubliners don’t mind a bit of hyperbole, especially if it’s to ‘big up’ their own beloved burg. Yet Dubs can also be brutally unsentimental about the place, which mightn’t come across as sexy or as sultry as other European capitals, but aren’t pretty things as easy to like as they are to forget? Dublin, they’ll tell you, has personality, which is way more important than good looks, and will last far longer.

Which isn’t to say that Dublin can’t do pretty. An amble through the landscaped parks corralled by the city’s rich Georgian heritage is enough to make anyone’s head turn, while even half a peek at the city’s myriad cultural offerings will show that it has pedigree too, these days expressed as much through its recently acquired multicultural cosmopolitanism as through its own traditional forms.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/dublin#ixzz2ZuNbPETy

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