European Solidarity Corps project

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Project Short Intro

What: European Solidarity Corps project "EU.motion"

When: July 4th 2019 - August 29th, 2019

Where: Sumy, Ukraine

Who: 2 volunteers from Portugal

Project Information

The "EU.motion" project is a 3 year Volunteering Partnership. One of the partners is Ukraine. In Ukraine the project "EU.motion” involves 2 volunteers from Portugal and is the result of cooperation between two organizations from Ukraine and Portugal.

It addresses to the problem of cultural integration and social exclusion and focuses on the themes: Citizenship, Participation and Cultural Diversity.

In general the project obrejcives are:

- promote solidarity among people;

- develop cooperation and mutual understanding;

- promote volunteering as a tool for civic participation and a mechanism for acquiring skills;

- support populations in processes of social exclusion, including minority groups;

- promote intercultural learning.

Volunteers will support young people's and euroclubs members’ initiatives and participate in various forms of voluntary activities, such as charity events, animal and elderly people support, mentoring youngsters, food banks, fundraising etc. as well as involve them into local and international projects of CEI. Together with volunteers, young people will participate individually or in groups in non-profit, unpaid activities and events.

Project Tasks

The main project asctivities will be held in the summer camps. Project tasks include:

- conduction sport and active games;

- organization various workshops and activities for children and young people;

- distributing ides of Europe, friendship between people and peaceful coexistence;

- promoting cultural diversity and break stereotypes about the volunteer’s countries;

- promotion the European values and active citizenship, civic responsibility, community service,

- leading kids groups;

- teaching leadership skills to youth and provide them with knowledge about EU, European integration;

- explaining and operate with the basic concepts of tolerance, mutual respect, sense of responsibility particular in relation to the world, human rights;

- promoting of solidarity among local youth.

Participant's Profile

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The project "EU.motion" is for creative people who are interested in working with children, volunteering and helping people. CEI always encourages volunteers to develop new activities, own initiatives and ideas as long as they are in the framework of the project. We require no specific skills, but happy to have a flexible and creative people. Also we do not require any professional qualifications, but rather interest and enthusiasm.

We are searсhing for young people who:

- are 18-30 years old;

- are enthusiastic and energetic;

- are eager to learn, enjoy working with youth and full of creative ideas;

Strong organizational skills are considered very useful as the ability to communicate in English. In addition, people with singing, dancing, playing musical instruments skills are welcomed.

Hosting organization will be glad if volunteers are able to adapt to new situations, have good problem-solving skills and ready to work and live in the mixed groups of volunteers from different nationalities that will have their project at the same time at CEI.

We welcome volunteers with fewer opportunities

We are ready to accept such applicants with:

1) Economic obstacles;

2) Geographical obstacles;

3) Educational difficulties

You can find more details HERE.

The project is inclusive and it is open for all interested people, who are under the demands of ESC volunteering projects.

Partner Organizations

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In Portugal

Contact person: Paula Mendes

E-mail: info@maiscidadania.pt

Web page: www.maiscidadania.pt

Facebook page: facebook.com/maiscidadania

Address: Rua do Teixeira, 13, 1200-459 Lisboa - Portugal

Phone number: +351 211937977

In Ukraine

Contact person: Iryna Novak

E-mail: info@eu.sumy.ua, iryna.novak.cei@gmail.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ceisumy/

Address: Naberezhna r. Strilka 22, Sumy, 40009 - Ukraine

Phone number: +38 (099) 67 68 089

Plactical Information

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To participate in this project, visa is not required. To cross the board, you need:

- a valid international passport;

- Cigna Insurance;

- project documents (provided by Hosting and Sending organizations)

How to get to Sumy

You can get to Sumy from 3 main airports in Kyiv and Kharkiv:

In Kyiv:

In Kharkiv:

There will be the instruction letter, provided by the Hosting Organization, with the transfer information to the place of venue as soon as the Hosting Organization gets your travel plans. You will get to Sumy either by train or by a minibus. The price of the tickets to Sumy from Kyiv or Kharkiv will be around 300 - 350 UAH (9-11 euro).

HERE you can check the schedule of the trains. If you need Hosting Organization will support you in booking tickets.

A seat in the minibus will be booked for you if you choose this means of transport to Sumy.

Working Conditions

CEI office has a Volunteering room where the volunteers may prepare for their activities, language clubs etc. Each volunteer has a personal key from it. There is Wi-Fi access so if volunteers have a possibility we would recommend you to bring your laptop or a tablet for personal use. It is better if you have your own laptop in order to work at home. Volunteers may use the technical equipment available at CEI to prepare for your activities. The activities themselves will take place in different locations.

Living Conditions

Volunteers will live in a shared apartment and accommodated in single / double rooms in the rented flat in the city center area. All the rented flats are in 15 minutes on foot from the office. This is an average modest flat which contains all necessary things for living: a washing machine, a fridge, bed linen, kitchen utilities and kitchenware available for cooking, Wi-Fi router. For better integration, all the volunteers live in the multicultural teams.

During the camps period, the volunteers will be settled on the tetrritory of the camps in tents or bungalos, depending on the camp facilities. Food will be provided for free during camps.

Financial Support and Care

During the project volunteers will get:

- living money (100 euro per month in UAH*);

- pocket money (3 EUR per day in UAH);

- local transport money (10 EUR per month in UAH);

- internal integration week, regular upgrades;

- coordinator’s, mentor's, staff support;

- educational workshops offered by a coordinator, mentor, staff members;

- study visits to partners' organizations;

- Cigna insurance (main responsibility of Sending Organisation),

- Youthpass certificate;

- round way trip reimbursement according to Distance Calculator of Erasmus+ Programme;

- work in the international volunteering team;

- a lot of funny extra work activities.

UAH - Ukrainian currency. 1 Euro = 30 UAH



Sumy (Суми [ˈsumɪ]) is a city in north-eastern Ukraine, and the capital of Sumy Oblast (region). Population: 250 000.

The city of Sumy is located on the banks of the Psel River, at its confluence with the Sumka River. There are several versions of the origin of the name of Sumy. According to the first version, the name of the city comes from the name of the rivers it was founded on (the Sumka and the Suma).

According to another version, Sumy received its name after the 3 “bags” (“suma” means “bag”) with gold coins found on the site of construction. Today, these “bags” are reflected on the coat of arms of Sumy.

The architectural appearance of the central historical part of Sumy was formed in the period from the end of the 18th to the beginning of the 20th centuries. Today, Sumy is famous for its wonderful pedestrian areas with historical buildings, cathedrals, and monuments.

The City Day of Sumy is celebrated on the first Saturday of September in memory of the fact that the city was liberated during the Second World War on September 2, 1943.


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To join the project you can:

- fill the application form below;

- or send your CV and Motivation letter to the partner organization of your country directly.

Ukraine: iryna.novak.cei@gmail.com

Portugal: info@maiscidadania.pt

The project "EU.motion" is awailable for the citizens of Portugal only.

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The project "EU.motion" is financed with the support of Portuguese National Agency. This publication reflects only the author’s views, and the National Agency cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there in.

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