European Voluntary Service (Erasmus+) with CESIE (Palermo, Italy)

Project Title: Reducing School Truancy Through Games and Cultural Activities

City, Country: Palermo, Italy

Duration: 9 to 12 months

Interested? Email us on info@l-arka.org

Project Description:
Through this project volunteers will be working with CESIE organization in Palermo, Sicily through their day to day activities both with local and with immigrant children, youths and adults that are living within the city of Palermo and nearby villages.

CESIE is a civil society organisation interested in reaching out to communities of persons who are underprivileged or marginalized. They have a number of specialised activities and programs with the community in Palermo in which the EVS volunteers in this project will be helping local staff in implementing a number of the following activities:

1. Santa Chiara Project – a project which hosts recently arrived immigrants, providing advice and orientation and childcare facilities.

2. Casa di tutte le genti - a project located in a difficult and poor area of Palermo (Zisa) supporting families in everyday situations and promoting the culture of integration and solidarity.

3. 5) Centro Astalli - political refugees and migrants centre - located in the neighborhood of Ballarò which addresses mainly migrants, asylum seekers and refugees temporarily or permanently in the Province of Palermo, children, women, families and homeless.

4. Centro Agape - centre for homeless and socially excluded that also carry out Global Educational activities in the schools.

5. Libera Project - work with an association that promotes justice and educational programs regarding multicultural integration fighting the xenophobic thinking.

6. Ubuntu Project and Giardino di Madre Teresa – are two projects in which volunteers will be working with young children in a kindergarten setting involving children from deprived families in Palermo coming from African as well as local families.

As of this year EVS volunteers in Palermo can also work in Teatro Massimo. This theater is one of the most important opera houses in Italy and stages operas, concerts, ballets and family performances throughout the year.

The Massimo has more than 400 staff members that work in many different professional roles, ranging from artists (orchestra, chorus, ballet) to craftmanship (builders, painters, prop makers) to administration staff, as well as many technicians on and off stage. In 2016 a tour to Oman is also scheduled, as well as the standard busy schedule in the beautiful settings of the opera house. 

Through this work EVS volunteers will work closely with the Staff Coordinator in the planning, organisation, co-ordination of the activities of the Teatro Massimo and the tournée abroad as needed.

During their stay and work in Palermo EVS volunteers will also help in the development of organisation's newsletter which is published on a quarterly basis and which collects information and stories from all project activities.

Moreover EVS volunteers will be given space to develop their own personal projects - each volunteer will have the opportunity to develop a personal project (therefore giving them time to integrate into the activities of Cesie).

Selection Criteria:
According to the application that was approved the volunteers’ selection should take into consideration the following criteria:

  • between 18 and 30 years old
  • gender balance
  • motivation and interests of the candidates will take priority during the selection process
  • with different backgrounds (including fewer opportunities);

Support for Volunteers:
In the initial stage of the project you will receive preliminary meeting with KKG who will also keep in contact with you throughout the project.

During the stay, you will have the support of a mentor, the EVS coordinator and CESIE staff and volunteers.

What will you be entitled to?

  1. All your travel costs to Palermo will be covered
  2. Free accommodation: The volunteers will be living with other volunteers from Malta and from around the world who are living with and working/volunteering for Cesie.
  3. You will be given a room in a home with other EVS volunteers
  4. Free Food.
  5. You will receive 115euro pocket money per month
  6. Youthpass certificate issued on return by KKG
  7. Europass Certificate Supplement
  8. Reference letter

What will you get from this experiences?

  • Get to know new cultures and develop intercultural sensitiveness and competencies
  • Acquire new skills and competences during the project at both personal and professional levels: personal and social development, working and - living in a multicultural environment, skills in childcare, skills in community development and intercultural dialogue
  • Get to know a new language (or improve your Italian)
  • Development of active citizenship and social responsibility
  • Increase your self confidence, autonomy and capacity building
  • Achieve personal learning objectives that will be identified together with the mentor during your on-arrival training
  • Training for your future professional career (even if different from the field of child/care social work);
  • Professional experience in child care and social work
  • Training in technical skills: office (word, excel, power-point, etc...), email, use of content management system, etc..
  • New contacts
  • An experience living long-term abroad

About The Host Organisation
Centro Studi Ed Iiniziative Europeo (CESIE) was founded in 2001 inspired by the work of Danilo Dolci a sociologist, who worked with Sicilians in 1950s and played a vital role in the struggle against the mafia-patronage system. Danilo Dolci dedicating his life to the poor towns of Trappeto and Partinico, near Palermo.

CESIE has integrated/transferred/brought many key aspects of Danilo Dolci’s work into its own educational activities including the Reciprocal Maieutic Approach-(created and tested by Dolci for many years), non-violence with a strong focus on people.

CESIE is engaged developing initiatives that are based on a needs analysis of the geographical area and the people who live there. This work is the basis of all of CESIE’s activities which look to actively involve representatives of civil society actors in order to guarantee a strong impact and sustainability.

CESIE is an European Civil Society Organisation (ECSO) with member organisations in more than eight European countries. It is recognized by the European Commission. For more information visit: www.cesie.org

About The Sending Organisation
Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust (KKĠ) is a not-for-profit cooperative and Fair Trade Organization established in 1996 to raise awareness about the poverty that exists in the South and to promote sustainable means by which to alleviate the poverty of people in the developing countries.

Since its beginning KKĠ has been active in promoting Fair Trade through regular outreach programs in the form of formal and informal learning processes. Our work is aimed at the general public and is geared towards making people active citizens by being socially responsible, critical and conscious consumers. Formal educational activities which KKĠ organizes are educational activities in schools and with Youth and Social Groups and seminars, conferences and debates.

Informal educational activities organized by KKĠ include public events intended to create a pleasant atmosphere for participants to enjoy and to serve as a setting where we can transmit to participants the values our organization stands for. Activities which have helped us reach our objectives in the past with the public have included activities with musicians, artistic creations, literature and poetry readings, public forums, children’s activities and food tasting. These activities take place during our annual events such as the WorldFest and the Taste the World.

Our organization also administers il-Ħanut l-Arka, a Fair Trade shop run mainly by volunteers.
For more information visit: http://www.l-arka.org/ or our facebook page