Description

Mais Skillz is a Youth Centre, promoted and coordinated by Associaçao Mais Cidadania (AMC) and financed by Programa Escolhas of the High Commissioner for Migrations. It’s in the same building as AMC and a big part of the youngsters that come here live in or near Bairro Alto. We are a social inclusion project based in Lisbon (Bairro Alto) that focuses its intervention on life-projects building of youngsters within the age frame 6-30 years old. We accomplish this by raising their levels of awareness towards their own future and their experience levels that will allow them to make better choices in the future. For this purpose we provide the participants of our project activities such as: music workshops, artistic workshops, school support with the use of non-formal education techniques, a regular intervention in courtyard animation of a school, sports, competence raise groups and furniture restore. As a big plus of the project, we have a digital inclusion center which is basically an IT training room with certified training by Microsoft and Cisco. All activities are free for all.

Activity description: 

Supporting all the activities developed in Mais Skillz; helping in logistic way to the planning and implementation of animation activities (sports, theatre, dancing, school support, visits, meetings, etc.); participating in the day-to-day life of the youth centre at the side of youth workers in order to acquire the tools we give to youngsters and the methods we use, following our prevention approach in challenging neighbourhoods, achieving experience in the field of multicultural contexts; promoting active citizenship through animation, artistic, sports and outdoor activities; proposing, planning and implementing indoor and outdoor activities for youngsters, as well as alternative ways of spending free time for youth under the methodology of non-formal education (using your talents and interests); being able to work in team with the youth centre staff to develop theoretical and practical activities; able to develop and implement various artistic activities.

Logistic conditions: 
The volunteers can be hosted in a double room or single room, depending of the availability in the period. Depending of the available, there are two options of accommodation: The first option is a house that AMC manages for other volunteers, with a kitchen where it is possible to cook. It is 30 minutes of distance from the volunteer placement. The house has 3 single bedrooms and 1 double/shared bedroom, 1 living room with a small balcony, 1 kitchen with a covered balcony, 1 dinning room, a pantry and 3 toilets, 2 of them with a shower. It’s located in a very lively and culturally diverse neighbourhood, nearby you can find grocery shops with different types of food and there is a supermarket 200m from the house. The nearest metro station is Alameda or Anjos, 15 min walking. Cleaning will be managed by the volunteers living at each house and the division of tasks will be agreed between all. In case of breaking something, please inform us and if is easy to replace, please do it. The house phone number is 211 346 237, phone calls to other landline numbers are free across Europe between 21h and 9h. The second option is to rent a room in a collaborator’s flat.The house has 2 single bedrooms available (one without window), 1 living room/dinning room with a small balcony overlooking the street, 1 kitchen, 1 toilet. It is 45 minutes of distance from the volunteer placement.It’s located in a traditional neighbourhood in the centre of Lisbon, called Madragoa. There is a supermarket 200m from the house. The nearest metro station is Rato, Baixa-Chiado or Cais do Sodré, all about 15 min walking distance. Cleaning will be managed by the volunteers living at each house and the division of tasks will be agreed between all.
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The way we define the profile for the volunteers is based more on motivation than on skills. We believe motivation to be the driving force of someone who intends to be an international volunteer: motivation to learn, to share, to listen, to acquire skills.
The volunteer should be very interested in:
• Living and working in a multicultural and cooperative/empathic environment
• Finding solutions for the common good
• Respecting ways of work and methodologies of the youth centre and be willing to learn aspects of the daily management of a youth centre and how to work with adolescents in a risk prevention approach
• Learning about and experiencing a different work context under the Non Formal Education framework and sharing skills
• Understanding and being part of Mais Cidadania (AMC) spirit and work
• Working with the team of youth workers and volunteers with availability,interest, care and a smile
• Developing the capacities of empathy and commitment Intercultural and intergenerational learning and dialogue, accepting its difficulties and embracing its challenges
• Sharing interests, skills and values with others
• Artistic work and music specifically (there is a music studio in +Skillz and classes on fabrication of musical instruments)

Economic Conditions: 

610,00 €
The cost indicated is including: pre-departure preparation in your country, accommodation in a shared room (all included), insurance, organisation of the hosting placement and local support. It is possible to opt for a single room at an extra cost of 125 euros. Board, International travel costs and local transports are not included and the volunteer is directly responsible for them.

630,00 €
The cost indicated is including: pre-departure preparation in your country, accommodation in a shared room (all included), insurance, organisation of the hosting placement and local support. It is possible to opt for a single room at an extra cost of 125 euros. Board, International travel costs and local transports are not included and the volunteer is directly responsible for them.

650,00 €
The cost indicated is including: pre-departure preparation in your country, accommodation in a shared room (all included), insurance, organisation of the hosting placement and local support. It is possible to opt for a single room at an extra cost of 125 euros. Board, International travel costs and local transports are not included and the volunteer is directly responsible for them.

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