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Concordia is really happy to send you this first quarterly update about our volunteering activities for 2017. Check out our news about international volunteering, UK volunteering and NCS.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME NEWS
2017 VOLUNTEERING SEASON HAS STARTED!
In February Victor from Concordia went to lovely Nizhny Novgorod in Russia to attend our annual international meeting with our international partners and came back with hundreds of new projects for 2017. This event is one of the largest of its kind, and we met with over 50 organisations to plan for the coming summer. Soon after that, in mid-March, we launched the new international volunteering programme and projects are already filling up. If you are thinking of volunteering this summer don’t wait too long to apply for your project.
During the last few months we‘ve been working hard to improve our website, especially with the launch of our new online database where you can search for all the projects available worldwide. We believe this new database is much easier to use than the last one and better looking. Did you have the chance to try it? If so, let us know what you think!
In February and March we spent some time on the road by visiting universities, colleges and schools like Hertfordshire University and Farrington School in Kent, while on 1st April we ran our first International Volunteering Day at Sussex University in Brighton, where students could join several free workshop run by Concordia staff and experienced volunteers.
Finally, we are currently recruiting young people to join a youth exchange in Italy this summer. Participants need to be aged 16-18 and will meet with other young people from several European countries. Read here more information and how to apply.
UK PROGRAMME NEWS
UK SUMMER PROGRAMME READY… LEADERS WANTED
March has been a busy and exciting month for the UK volunteer programme.
Firstly, after many months of working with our partners the 2017 Summer Programme is confirmed, updated and went live to our 80 global partners last week! We’ve already accepted the first few volunteers onto the summer projects; coming from France, Germany, Belgium and Spain, as ever we make sure we have a wide mix of nationalities on all of our projects.
With 18 projects to choose from, running from June to September, from 6 days to 2 months, and in locations from the remote edge of Cornwall, to the Sussex coast to the Lake District, there really is something for everyone. Download and read more about the UK programme here.
The majority of projects that we run in the UK in the summer require a dedicated co-ordinator, who bridges the gap between the Concordia volunteers on the project and the host partner organisations. The Co-ordinators join the projects for free and we cover their travel to and from the project.
Earlier in March we ran the first Co-ordinator training weekend of the year. Fun ice breaker sessions meant everyone got to know each other quickly and gave the participants a range of ideas and games they can use with a volunteer group. Of course we also covered essential topics like leadership skills, conflict resolution, health & safety, budgeting, cultural stereotypes and much more.
At the end of the training one of the participants told us: “Amazing and wonderful weekend with life-long gained skills and experiences that will be remembered forever.”
If you’d also like to get involved as a Co-ordinator this summer, it’s not too late; we’re running another training day at the Concordia office near Brighton on 22nd April, read more and apply for the apply for the Co-ordinator training day here.
NCS SPRING PROGRAMME WITH WORTHING COLLEGE
At the beginning of March, Concordia ran their first NCS Spring programme with Worthing College. Students spent the first weekend on the Isle of Wight at Little Canada taking part on adventurous activities. During the 2nd week, the students took part in workshops on public speaking, improvisation and consent and identity. They also did a workshop called ‘share my story’, which helped them to plan for their social action phase.
For their social action project the group took to the streets of Worthing to raise awareness for the Spring Board project, which is a charity that supports young people with disabilities. The group encouraged the public to join in with a huge Mexican wave and then they took part in a treasure hunt exploring Worthing.
Finally, their graduation was held at Flip Out, a trampoline park in Chichester. Well done to all the new graduates!
It’s now less than 3 months until Summer NCS starts, so make sure that you have booked your place. www.ncsyes.co.uk
Tuesday March 28th, 2017
As of today, 27th March, Stephanie Maurel has taken over from Rob Orme as CEO of Concordia.
Stephanie joins Concordia after a 20 year career spanning both the commercial and charity sector. Much of her commercial career was spent working in the automotive sector both in the UK and abroad concentrating on marketing and financial efficiency including responsibility for pricing. The second half was spent as a civil servant within Sport England, where she held a series of leadership positions including being responsible for ‘People’ – coaches, volunteers, the paid staff and apprentices across the sport and physical activity sector. As a trustee for two charity boards she enjoys giving her time as a volunteer and is also very active as a trained mentor within various networks.
On the personal side home is in north Kent and Stephanie is married with two boys; a nine and 11 year-old. She is keen on most outdoor sports, especially playing hockey and running as well as rambling and visiting old properties.
Stephanie is thrilled to be taking on the role of CEO at Concordia and is joining the charity at a very exciting time. She is looking forward to building on the solid foundations that are already in place.
Thursday March 23rd, 2017
This summer, 5 young people from UK will join youths from Estonia, Italy, France and Greece for a 9 day to develop tools and methods to address gender-related issues and bring wider awareness.
Voluntary service experiences and workcamps are worldwide considered a powerful tool to involve young people, to develop active citizenship, inclusion and participation. They are even more effective for underaged young people, living the transition period of the adolescence where their personality and sexuality is in process of being shaped and where cross-sectorial issues touching social, personal and cultural development might appear. In this phase, it might increase the general disinterest in studies and in learning in its different shapes, factors that can challenge the development of their future, personal path.
The aim of this youth exchange is to raise awareness on gender discrimination and gender-sensitive issues among teenagers, by allowing them to acquire an intercultural perspective of gender, to recognise the stage and causes of gender-based conflicts and consequently intervene to manage them among other groups of peers. Two leaders from Concordia, already trained on the topic, will join the group for the youth exchange for the full length.
- PRISM Application form
- Medical Factsheet
- Parental authorization and consent form
- PRISM_project description
Breakdown & requirements
- Dates: 3-12th July (3rd is arrival and 12th is departure)
- Age limit: 16-18
- Deadline for applications 14th April
- Travel reimbursement: 170€ (travel cost above this need to be covered by the participant)
- Accommodation & food included (fully covered)
All completed applications are to be sent to Victor via this e-mail address.
Monday March 6th, 2017
DAY OF INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERING – FREE WORKSHOPS
1st APRIL 2017 At SUSSEX UNIVERSITY, FALMER CAMPUS, FALMER HOUSE, CAFÉ AREA – ROOM 76 From 11:00 to 16:00
What is it?
Concordia would like to offer the students at Sussex and Brighton University the opportunity to join a series of workshops related to international volunteering to share with you our experience and launch our new volunteering programme for summer 2017.
What workshops are available on the day?
11:00 11:30 Concordia presentation about our 2017 International Volunteering programme
11:30 12: 30 Workshop 1: ‘Breaking Gender Stereotypes’
12:30 13:30 Workshop 2: ‘No Hate Speech Campaign’
14:00 15:00 Workshop 3: ‘How to travel safely overseas’
15:00 16:00 Workshop 4: ‘How to become a good leader’
During the day there will also be an information table about Concordia’s programmes and you can come anytime during the day to ask us any questions you might have.
Want to join in?
Participation is Free and you can join as many workshops as you like during the day.
You can register for the event online here: https://goo.gl/forms/JOzm3TtQG1Riwors1
You can also contact Concordia via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01273 422218 to register your interest and book a place on any workshop.
Thursday February 23rd, 2017
The new programme will be launched online on 13th March 2017.
There will be over 1500 projects to choose from and we recommend applying as soon as possible once the programme is live, as places tend to go fast.
PROGRAMME LAUNCH EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
If you apply for a project between 13th March and 22nd March included, you can be part of our Early Bird offer and get £40 off your project fee (so you pay £230 instead of £270) . From 23rd March the fee will be back to normal.
If you want to be notified as soon as the programme is launched, sign up to our newsletter here to receive a reminder as soon as the new programme is live.
Contact us for more information.
Wednesday December 21st, 2016
As 2017 arrives, we’re already looking for motivated volunteers to co-ordinate an international volunteer group on our UK projects in the summer. If you’re up for a challenge, enthusiastic about volunteering, want to learn new skills, meet new people and boost your CV, then why not become a Concordia Co-ordinator? We are now recruiting for our Co-ordinator training weekend taking place on the 11th-12th March 2017. This will prepare you for becoming a project leader of an international volunteer group in the UK during our summer programme.
Friday December 16th, 2016
It is the most wonderful time of the year… or at least it’s the time where we stop to reflect and consider how brilliant 2016 has been for us all here at Concordia. It’s also the moment where we get a short chance to breathe and pause before the planning for 2017 kicks off fully in January. 2017 is full of new opportunities for you too, join us as a leader on NCS, volunteer abroad or co-ordinate on our UK programme. 2017 – we are ready for you!
Fiona , Francesco, Jess, Karen, Suzi & Victor
Friday November 11th, 2016
November is a chance to have a month of planning. It is the month when we evaluate, plan and organise ourselves, our leaders and our volunteers for the year ahead. We visit UK hosts, go overseas to meet our friends and our colleagues from our two networks and ensure that we are ready. The exception is NCS; where participants and leaders are putting into action all their new skills and completing the autumn programme with awareness raising and a Reindeer Flash Mob.
Fiona , Francesco, Jess, Karen, Suzi & Victor