Last month, Ida and Tea made their way from Finland and Slovenia to Palestine to work on a project entitled, Supporting Unemployed Youth in Palestine Through Non-Formal Education.
In their own words:
In the fall of 2016, we started talking about exploring new things, face something beyond known, to go aboard and challenge ourselves in a different environment. And we came up with an idea to do volunteer work in Palestine. Being involved in volunteering and youth sector at European level equipped us with knowledge and awareness of different programmes that can support our initiative. We were very much familiar with the European volunteer service (EVS) that allows young people to do volunteer work in differed countries within Europe and beyond and we decided to try it out.
It resulted in finding an organisation in Palestine, and based on the description, in a second, we fell in love in CDCE-I. “Community Development and Continuing Education Institute” is a non-governmental non-profit organization with a firm belief in the values of pluralism, equality, good governance, civic participation, and human rights within the Palestinian society. They work at Palestine Ahliya University College who are their strategic partners and they became our host organisation here in Palestine, offering us time, space and activities to get involved in.
Affiliation with organisations in our countries, Voluntariat from Slovenia and Allianssi from Finland made them our sending organisations. We wrote an EVS project that was granted within the Erasmus + programme which presents the framework of what we are going to do here.
To follow their story, check out the blog documenting their experience, 70 Days in Palestine!