European Solidarity Corps group project

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Project Short Intro

What: European Solidarity Corps project

When: August 19th, 2021 - September 19th, 2021 (1month)

Where: Sumy, Ukraine

Who: 12 volunteers:

3 volunteers from Poland

3 volunteers from Bulgaria

3 volunteers from Italy

3 volunteers from Cyprus

Project Information

This one month project is for 12 enthusiastic volunteers from 4 different countries: Bulgaria, Poland, Cyprus and Italy. It is the result of the cooperation between two organizations from Ukraine and Poland with the input of partner organizations from Italy, Bulgaria and Cyprus.

It addresses to the problem of cultural integration and social exclusion and focuses on the themes of inclusion, youth involvement, citizenship and cultural diversity.

In general the project objectives 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 in the summer camps orgnized by CEI and in the partnership with CEI. Volunteers will participate in groups in non-profit, unpaid activities and events.

Project Tasks

The main project activities will be held in the summer camps and school euroclub activities of different forms: public, tent, language, PT, etc.)

Project tasks include:

- organizing part-time city camps for youngsters of 6 - 18 y.o;

- support and organize the meetings of schol euroclubs;

- 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.

All activities will be developed together with the coordinator of Hosting organization Iryna Novak in accordance with the needs of the participants of the camps.

Participant's Profile

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This short-term project is for creative people who are interested in working with children and teenagers, 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 Poland

Contact persons in Coorginating organization:

Ewa Skowrońska

E-mail: ewa.skowronska@frsp.eu

Aneta Lubas

E-mail: aneta.lubas@frsp.eu

Address: Orzechowa 9, 43-225, Wola (gmina Miedźna), Poland

Phone number: +48600993809

In Ukraine

Contact person: Iryna Novak

E-mail: iryna.novak.cei@gmail.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ceisumy/

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

Phone number: +38 0542 798 668

Plactical Information

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The EU citizens need to make a visa for legal stay in Ukraine for period more than 90 days. For making visa it is required:

- a valid international passport;

- Cigna Insurance;

- project documents (provided by Supporting and Receiving organizations)

You can find more information about visa HERE

How to get to Sumy

In the realities of COVID-19 for entry to Ukraine all foreigners need to have a negative PCR test, which was made in their native countries maximum 72 hours before. There is no need to make another test in Ukraine. The reimbursement of a test cost will be done one to cover the test to Ukraine.

The changes in the entry rules are possible. The updates can be checked on the official website for travelers Visit Ukraine.

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 will be around 300 - 350 UAH (9-11 euro), from Kharkiv 200 UAH (7 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.

In the camps the working conditions can vary depending on the camp type (indoors, outdoors, tent, city-based, remote area)

Living Conditions

Volunteers will live in a shared apartment and accommodated in single/double rooms in the rented flats in the city center area or in the students dormitory. Accommodation is in 15-20 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 territory of the camps in tents or bungalows, depending on the camp facilities. Food will be provided 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 (5 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;'

- COVID test will be covered one way;

- a lot of funny extra work activities.

UAH - Ukrainian currency. 1 Euro = 33 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 need to send your CV and Motivation letter to the partner organization of your country directly or to Receiving organization.

Ukraine: iryna.novak.cei@gmail.com

Poland: ewa.skowronska@frsp.eu, aneta.lubas@frsp.eu

For Cyprus, Italian and Bulgarian volunteers apply in the partner organizations.

The project is available for the citizens of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Italy and Poland only.

The project is financed with the support of Ploish 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.