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Verein: AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Projekt: Blind Peoples Center
Bewerbungsende: 01.10.2009
Status: Stelle gestrichen
Laufzeit: ab August 2010 - 12 Monate 
Sprache im Projekt: keine Angaben

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Bewerbungsbeginn für die Abreise im Sommer eines Jahres ist immer der 1. September des Vorjahres. Bewerbungsschluss ist 30. September.
Bewerbungsbeginn für die Abreise Anfang eines Jahres ist immer der 1. März des Vorjahres. Bewerbungsschluss ist der 30. März.

• 18-28 years old
• English necessary
• Very good computer skills (for computer assistant)
• Passion for media technology (for media assistant)
• Excellent networking and communication skills, both written and verbal (for PR assistant)


"Not every day do you wake up, build an institution and begin changing the world"

The Organization:

The NGO, located in the province of Kerala (South India), is the next step in the journey of Braille Without Borders (BWB), a German NGO established since 1998. BWB was co-founded by Sabriye Tenberken and Paul Kronenberg, two social entrepreneurs born in Germany and The Netherlands.

The IISE has started operation in January 2009. The Institute aims to empower especially those blind and visually impaired people who feel an urge to make a positive change in their country, society or surrounding.

In a one year's course the NGO trains 25 to 40 international participants (age 18+) who have the right initiative, motivation and potential to establish and run their own social projects. They are practically trained in management, fundraising, PR activities, project planning, computer technology, English, communication and soft skills. After this training they will be in a position to fight for their rights, to negotiate with governmental leaders and to change the attitudes towards marginalized groups through setting up social and/or environmental projects in their own regions or countries.

In its first year, the Institute welcomed an international group of enthusiastic, dynamic and talented participants with a multicultural background. The participants from the first batch come from China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Nepal, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone and South Africa. Out of the 23 participants, only two are sighted, some visually impaired and the majority is fully blind.

Contribution expected from the volunteers:

There will be three different profiles:

1. Computer assistant

• Assisting computer classes
• Maintaining computer equipment
• Creating and updating campus webpages
• Helping participants to complete assignments

2. Media assistant

• Assisting with creation of blogs and the quarterly campus magazine
• Supporting the publication of radio podcasts
• Assisting to organise music events on campus
• Producing audio-visual documents
• Building the campus library
• Operating the Braille printer (training will be provided)

3. PR assistant

• Assisting the academic team (research on teaching material, translations, facilitation of training activities)
• Researching on other NGOs to collaborate with IISE
• Contacting and visiting other NGOs to organize internships
• Creating flyers and brochures
• Communicating with future generation of participants

All volunteers will be expected to contribute in the following activities:

• Allround assistance on campus, e.g. guiding visitors, helping to prepare workshops and campus events, giving a helpful hand to keep the campus running smoothly
• Preparation and organization of recreational activities for the participants, e.g. excursions to the city, overnight trips to places nearby, swimming classes
• Involvement in specific areas of interest like languages, sports, music

If volunteers have the time and interest, they are welcome to join special seminars and workshops on campus.