This year a big focus in our work was supporting international volunteers who came to Bali. From the previous year, we still had 7 volunteers from Italy, Poland and France who continued to have a further 6 months on their placements on a project called Mapping Solidarity. Mapping Solidarity was initiated by an Italian based NGO TDM. As well as hosting volunteers in Bali we sent 3 Indonesian volunteers who went to Italy and France for their service. The overall aim of the project was called Mapping Solidarity aimed at creating an international database of global NGO’s who wished to engage in international mobility projects with young people and youth workers. In Bali, our 7 volunteers mapped various NGO’s across Indonesia as well as across South East Asia. The aim of the database was to support more cooperation between Europe and Asia and this platform enabled them to link further.
Additionally to creating the database our international volunteers also created an array of projects which they lead on themselves from teaching Italian culture in schools, dance classes, creating videos and workshops and even launching a music festival. Read some of the volunteer’s blogs here.
Additionally, in 2015 we helped support another project with TDM called EuroAsi. The aim of this project was to create a number of training courses for those working in the Youth field and NGO management. The project involved Act Global hosting a number of training courses throughout the year ranging from how to project manage, supporting staff and volunteers and fundraising. Locally our participants came from across the island and represented a range of sectors. Participants found the international expert’s session very enlightening and informative and further share that they gained skills and abilities that had improved their working practices.
By early February we were working in partnership again with our Estonian partners Seiklejate Vennaskond. This time we were hosting 2 projects, the 2nd would be welcoming 4 volunteers from Estonia, FYR-Macedonia and Spain, and the 1st project was a training course for all the countries that would be hosting volunteers. In total 6 countries were involved in the project, from Europe it was Estonia, FYR-Macedonia and Spain, from Africa Kenya and Cameroon and Act Global was the only Asian partner. The African and Asian partners would be sending volunteers to Europe and Europe would send volunteers to Africa an Asia. As we had worked with Seiklejate Vennaskond before we had learned lessons about what made a stronger volunteer placement, and what were the mandatory requirements that host organisations needed to follow. In partnership with Seiklejate Vennaskond Act Global co-delivered this training project to share good practice with the partners joining the programme.
One month after the project we would be hosting the 4 volunteers from Estonia, FYR-Macedonia and Spain and we would send one volunteer for 3 months to Spain. The volunteers came for 3 months an in their time they created a number of projects that were delivered to the local community and worked together with the 7 current volunteers we had.
This year we also worked on 3 training courses. The first course we worked on was called Does Culture Matter and was a 3-part course initiated by our Romanian Partner Addo Consult. The course brought participants from 6 countries in Asia and Europe that were Sweden, Romania, Turkey, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan and Indonesia. The participants also represented different sectors from Business, NGO’s, Schools and Universities. The aim of the course was too work with participants over the course of 6 months where they first received some initial training on the topic of intercultural communication in Romania, participants were then coached and supported by a mentor on how to implement these methodologies into their practices and was concluded with a final evaluation seminar in Bali Indonesia. The project was very enjoyable and all participants expressed the positive effects the course had on their personal and professional development. Follow here links to the project.
Blog: Initial course http://www.act-global.org/does-culture-matter-2/
Blog: Final Evaluation http://www.act-global.org/does-culture-matter-bali-2015/
The next training we were involved in was a bespoke course we wrote for our UK partner Victa Children. Victa Children is a charity working across the UK to support children and young people with visual impairments as well as their families. This course called Project VI was a one-week course based in Swindon, England and brought participants from the UK, Romania, Greece, Poland and FYR-Macedonia. The course worked with representatives of youth organisation and NGO’s who have already been creating international mobility projects with young people but were unaware of what measures needed to be put into place in order to make their opportunities more inclusive, specifically for blind and visually impaired young people. Over the course of the week, we trained participants on how to make adjustments to their programmes, where to find materials that are more inclusive and how to guide and train others to guide blind and visually impaired young people. Later in the week, the trained participants would support a weekend camp for blind and visually impaired young people and their families. The weekend as well as being a conference and a support network for parents also engaged the young people in a number of outdoor education games with activities and obstacle courses. The weekend provided a perfect hands-on learning ground for our participants to know exactly what to do when replicating such activities in their own countries.
At the end of the course participants shared their feelings and experiences of the weekend, all found the experience very emotional with a great amount of learning. For many, it was their first time they had engaged and supported someone with a visual impairment and expressed that although they were frightened at the start, they found the experience very enlightening and inspirational to them, and they were very keen and confident now to ensure that their programmes were inclusive.
The final course we delivered in 2015 was called Business in Britain which worked with 9 European partners (Estonia, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and UK) who sent young people interested in becoming entrepreneurs in their own countries.
This project aimed to support young people to develop entrepreneurial skills. Many young people would like to open their own business but lack some of the basic skills and experience to do this. This project gave them the guidance to take the first steps in creating their own business from their passions. We also gave some practical examples via a visit to a successful business and social enterprise, Skype discussions with some successful entrepreneurs and practical examples of how to create a social enterprise accompanied by theory. By the end of the project, participants showcased their ideas in front of a panel of successful entrepreneurs,