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Verein: AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Projekt: Municipality Koksijde AFS - 'Street Furniture Art Project'
Bewerbungsende: jährlich
Status: Stelle gestrichen
Laufzeit: ab Mitte Februar 2010 - 6 months
Sprache im Projekt: keine Angaben

Diese Stelle ist nicht mehr verfügbar!

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.

Since the volunteer will receive a lot of freedom (artistically, intime management and in the definition and realisation of the project),the volunteer will need to be able to work independently. Next to this,we expect the volunteer to have a social interest, empathic skills anda positive attitude. The volunteer should be creative, have an interestin design and street furniture and preferably also in the workings of alocal authority.

AFS, the coordinating host organisation, strongly believes in theintercultural learning aspect of an EVS-experience. Therefore, thevolunteer will be living with a volunteer host family, as we believethis is the best introduction to Flemish culture and a greatopportunity to integrate in the local community. Volunteers should bewilling to share in the host family's daily life (spend some free timewith them, occasionally join the family on activities outside thehouse, eat together, give a helping hand in the household... ) andshould be motivated to live with and learn about Flemish people ofdifferent ages and opinions. They should also be willing to adapt tothe local eating habits. On the other hand, we guarantee a family thatis interested to learn about the volunteer's culture and background andthat respects his/her values and beliefs. Living in a host family is anexcellent opportunity for both the volunteer and the family to broadentheir cultural horizons!
Candidates who clearly prefer to live independently or together withother volunteers, are advised not to apply for this project.


The Organisation:

Host organisation is the municipality of Koksijde. This municipalityconsist of a town council and its local services, who serve the growth(culturally, mundially, economically), the well being and the happinessof its population. The local authority consists of politicians, clerks, employees andlabourers. All of them form an essential part of a of a good and broadworking local authority. The activities of the municipality are very diverse. Its main assetsare culture, tourism, the technical depatment, youth and environment.Next to this the municipality alos has a strong policy regardingsports, the elderly and international relations. Its target group isvery diverse. The proposed project activities will take place in Koksijde, which is acosy and lively coastal community near the border with France. Koksijdeborders the North Sea and has the broadest beach of the Flemish coast.It is also famous for its shrimp fishers on horse and its tatsy grayshrimps. Next to this the town has an interesting fishing history aboutwhich you can learn at the National fishing museum. Koksijde alsoplayed an important hostorical role with its abbey Ter Duinen (now amuseum). There are also beautiful pastures, and an area, Sint-Idesbaldthat used to be the idillyc refuge for many artists.
Koksijde (20.000 regular inhabitants, in the touristic high season thisnumber goes up to 100.000) consists of a mixed population, althoughofficially it is known as a rather wealthy community. It also has thename of being a 'white' community. Yet Koksijde is a very open andcurious community, with lively and proud inhabitants that are willingto participate in innovatice projects. As tourism is one of the mostimportant policy domains, Koksijde's population enjoys meeting othercultures and languages.
Koksijde neighbours the towns of De Panne, Nieuwpoort and Veurne. It isabout 140 km from Brussels, 50 km from Bruges, and 320 km from Paris.You can easily get around Flanders by public transport.
In the proposed project activities the volunteer will work with peopleof different ages and social backgrounds. This in the municipality'sservices as well as with the population itself. The volunteer willestablish strong contacts with the local youth.
The project will be a cooperation between 3 departments: the Technicaldepartment, the Youth Centre de PIT (youth department) and thedepartment for international relations.
We do not have any previous experience with YOUTH or EVS.

The Project:

The local authorities in Koksijde has a young, but lively policy aroundinternational and development cooperation. These activities are stillbeing developped. Because of these international activities and becauseof its touristic activities, its long tradition of twinning with townsand cities around the world, the town of Koksijde wanted to startworking with and international volunteer.
The community if Koksijde and its many departments are open for anintercultural experience. They want to give the volunteer the chance toget to know our rich local culture, to learn the language and to havean interesting international experience. Next to this it is excitingfor ourselves to get to know a new culture through the volunteer.
A local council is a very interesting organisation. It is central inthe organisation of the local society and thus a volunteer can do a lotof things her - on the level of social contacts as well as volunteeractivities. This implies a certain level of flexibility. Working for alocal council gives the volunteer the chance to get to know manyaspects of our local culture and to learn the language quite fast.
The following project activities are proposed: the volunteer learns howto work with the program GIS (Global Information System), and willinverntorise the street furniture of Koksijde by way of training. GISis a very interesting program to work with.
With the inventory of the street furniture as a starting point, thevolunteer will develop an artistic project around street furniture. Thevolunteer will receive the necessary freedom, but also the necessarycoaching. There will be a weekly evaluation moment with the volunteer'scontact person at the department of International relations, so thatquestions, frustrations or ideas can be discussed.
The volunteer will receive a working place in the department ofinternational relations and will have access to internet in order to dothe necessary research. The volunteer will of course receive thenecessary office material. (s)he will also have a place to work in thetechnical department, where (s)he will be working with the GIS program.
Important learning opportunities for the volunteer are: to get to knowthe workings and srtucture of a local authority, learn to work withGIS, learn about street furniture, design and artistic elements,contacts with the local population, urbanisation, learn to wrokindependently and on a project basis…
The volunteer will receive a day of training from the local 'handyHarry's, who make and repair the cars for local parades. Eg everyChristmas they build magnificent constructions on the most importantsquares of Koksijde. The volunteer will learn to work with materialsand shapes and can develop ideas for his/her own project.
The street furniture art project will be realised in cooperation withthe local youth. They will be called upon throuhg several channels: theyouth department, the international relations department, the youthcentre and youth movements, the local magazine Tij-dingen and throughlocal websites. In this aspect of the project the volunteer will bemainly supported by the youth and international relations department.
Next to this the volunteer will keep and online diary about the projectand his/her experience in Koksijde. Some of these text will also bepublished in the local magazine. The volunteer will also make a photoreportage.
The project will roughly follow the following timeline:
- First two weeks: get to know the work environment, GIS, the structure of the local authorities, the different departments…
- Next two weeks: start working with GIS and draw up a proposal for the artistic project
- Second month: develop the artistic project, continuation ofinvertarisation with GIS, training with handy Harry's at the technicaldepartment
- Third month: establish contacts with local youth and present artistic project
- Fourth month: realisation of the art project together with local youth
- Fifth month: bring the result of the artistic project to the streetsand official presentation, prepare a presentation for the worldfestival Dunia
- Sixth month: debriefing of artistic project, various (smaller) taskswithin international relations, youth and technical department.

Continuous: online diary, texts and photo reportage.
Finally, the volunteer will have the opportunity to work with the youthand the international relations department by way of a change.Possibilities are: youth centre activiteis, organise a smallinternational exhibition presenting own experience, activity on theworld festival Dunia, story telling for kids…
The town's departments are open between 8.30 h and 17 h - with slightvariations depending on the department. Sometimes there is weekendwork, eg with the world festival Dunia in July. Weekend and eveningwork will be compensated.

A week might look as follows:
Monday: 8-12 and 13.15-17
Tuesday: 8-12, afternoon language lesson
Wednesday: 8-12 and 13.15 -17
Thursday: 8-12, afternoon language lesson
Friday: 8-12 and 13.15-16

We will work out the final week schedule together with the volunteer,aiming for a varied schedule with enough room to discover the localculture and its specifities.

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