European Voluntary service in Ventspils, Latvia

Voluntary work within the Erasmus+ program

Since 2016, Association “Ventspils Youth Council” is an accredited, coordinating, host and sending organization for the Erasmus + program's European Volunteering Project. This accreditation allows the association to inform young people between the ages of 17 and 30 about the opportunities offered by the Erasmus + program and enable them to travel as volunteers in foreign projects.

Realized European Voluntary service projects:

•    From 2017-2018 was approved and implemented project "EVS in Ventspils City", this projec hosted 2 volunteers from Portugal and the Czech Republic, and coordinated 1 volunteer from Italy. Hosted volunteers carry out their work duties in Ventspils Youth house, as well as help the association to create informative events outside of the youth house. The coordinated volunteer performed his work at the premises of the Ventspils Main Library, and provided activities outside the library's premises.

•    In 2018 was approved and implemented project "Involve the Youth" this project was designed and tailored to the interests of the volunteer from Bulgaria, namely cooperation and work in daily life with the NEET situation for young people.  Volunteer perform their work duties at the Ventspils Youth house premises, meeting daily with young people ,schoolchildren, as well as young people from the NEET group.

Realized group projects of the European Voluntary Service:

•    From July-August 2018 was approved and implemented project "Young city of tomorrow" that was designed to start a new tradition in the daily life of Ventspils, namely the creation of the first youth festival "Random Republic". The creation of the festival itself was a necessity that local young people, who are members of the Ventspils Youth house volunteers , wanted to implement. To create a deeper learning and intercultural dimension for the youth festival, in these project where involved ten volunteers from Italy, Spain, Croatia, Bulgaria and Portugal. Volunteers that where involved in these project acquired practical skills in organizing events, creating scenery and outdoor games, as well as getting to know and gaining a deeper understanding of host country Latvia. Foreign volunteers collaborated with local young people during the project and participated jointly in informal activities and games in which they were supposed to represent not only themselves, but through activities they were given the opportunity to get to know each other's culture closer.