Доколку сте на возраст од 18 до 30 години и имате желба да стекнете нови знаења, вештини, искуства и пријателства, тогаш пријавете се да волонтирате една година во Пореч, Хрватска.
Асоцијацијата за напредок, едукација и лобирање – НЕЛ објавува отворен повик за еден волонтер, кој во рамките на Европскиот волонтерски сервис (ЕВС), почнувајќи од октомври 2015-та, ќе волонтира една година во „Домот Пореч“ за стари и изнемоштени лица.
Трошоците за сместување, храна, повратната карта до Пореч, локалниот превоз, здравствено осигурување, како и џепарлак за време на престојот се целосно покриени од страна на организаторите преку програмата Еразмус+ на Европската Комисија. Покрај ова, ќе имате можност за бесплатен курс по хрватски јазик, а на крајот од проектот ќе добиете Youthpass, сертификат кој ќе го потврди вашето волонтерско искуство и новите вештини и знаења со кои сте се стекнале.
Услов за учество е волонтерот да има наполнето 18 години пред почетоткот на проектот, да има силна желба да земе активно учество при целото времетраење на ЕВС проектот и да биде способен да комуницира на англиски јазик.
! Напоменуваме дека не е потребно претходно волонтерско искуство или работа со стари и изнемоштени лица
Доколку сте заинтересирани да земете учество во овој ЕВС проект, тогаш испратете ваше CV и мотивационо писмо на firstname.lastname@example.org со назнака „ЕВС во Хрватска“, најдоцна до 1-ви март 2015.
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DESCRIPTION OF ORGANISATION:
The home for the elderly and disabled people Porec is a public institution that is a centre of systematic care of the city of Porec as a local community for the elderly citizens in order to raise their quality of life, provide health, social and psychological assistance and support to the elderly citizens. The Home is located near the Health Centre. The home for elderly and disabled people Porec is increasingly recognized in their community as a place that brings together more and more people from the local community who with their efforts and in the Home for the elderly donate their time to our customers and thereby increase the level of service and quality of work with users in the Home. Volunteers have worked in the Home for elderly and disabled people in Porec since its opening in 2007.
The home for elderly and disabled people Porec was established by the city of Porec as a place that is primarily intended for its citizens who are in need of better care, which can only be provided by a well-organized institution.
The home for elderly and disabled people Porec can accommodate 86 users: 45 in the stationary part and 41 in a residential area. All rooms are equipped with the most modern beds, electrically operated with remote control. The whole building is covered with an air-conditioning system. In order to make life easier for the elderly, attention is paid to every detail—all rooms and all bathrooms are covered with an alarm system to alert the staff. There is a modern elevator which does not recoil during moving and stopping. Also all rooms are equipped with telephones, as well as connections to a TV device.
There are 47 employees working in the the home for the eldery Porec. The work is organized in the way that all the staff have their working tasks: The caregivers take care of the users needs (tasks like changing clothes and washing the users), help with eating, track user from room to room etc.
– Medical staff look after the health of users; about the procurement of drugs, administering drugs, referring customers to specialists, monitoring users during medical examinations, collaborating with doctors in the local community etc.
– The social worker is responsible for receiving users in the nursing home; to help new residents to adapt to the new environment, for the organization of the users leisure time (including in creative workshops, choir, organizing official visits, excursions etc.).
– Kitchen staff are responsible for preparing meals which are adjusted to the health needs of the users.
The work in the home for the elderly and disabled people Porec is organized by functional units – departments, which form a single working unit, as follows:
1. Department of common professional, administrative and technical tasks
2. Department of permanent housing, care and healthcare
3. Department of eating and serving
4. Department daycare center (the whole day and the half day stay) and non-institutional care
MOTIVATION AND EVS EXPERIENCE
Due to the increasing mobility of young people and all of a wider space where young people can gain experience in their life, the Home for the elderly and disabled in Porec decided to participate in the program in order to enable young people from Europe to come to our environment and work with the elderly and disabled people in Porec. Since the Home is situated in Croatia, which has only been part of the European Union for six months, we believe that now is the right time to open for the arrival of young people from all parts of Europe. The Home for the elderly and disabled people in Porec so far has met with volunteers at the local level, who with their effort and time have improved the services of the Home and increased the quality of life of the people in the Home. The users have the opportunity to talk with new people and to do something that makes them happy, which without the volunteers they would not be able to do.
By volunteering at the Home for the elderly and disabled in Porec young people from Europe will have the opportunity to see how the life in the Home for the elderly and disabled people works, they will be able to meet the City and its people. They will be free to explore the environment and its attractions. In those 11 months they will be real citizens of the city of Porec. The Home for elderly and disabled people Porec cooperates with other institutions in Porec and we are known as an environment that welcomes children from schools in Porec for visits. By volunteering in the Home for elderly and disabled people Porec young people from Europe will gain experience working with elderly and disabled people, will be introduced to the work of the profession, with people that are trained to work with older people and will cooperate with volunteers who for 6 years have regularly come to the Home and worked with our users.
We believe that the life of the volunteers in our environment will contribute to the city of Porec, to be seen in Europe as a city that promotes receiving young people. The City of Porec has recognized the value of the volunteers work in the Home and it proposed the Home for the National Book Award for Volunteering in the 2013, which is announced by the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth. There were 43 active volunteers involved in various activities in the Home during 2013. Youth in Porec have recognized the value of volunteering with older people and half of volunteers are aged 20 to 30 years. By participating in the EVS we would like young people from Europe to come to us and engage in work with our customers trying to implement their knowledge and skills, imagination and ideas in the work of the Home. We believe that would be helpful for our volunteers to work with new people and to gain new experiences.
It would also be very important for the Region of Istra through the EVS program to raise the consciousness about volunteering and to offer to young people the possibility to acquire new knowledge, skills and to learn about new cultures and people. With the inclusion of the Home for the elderly and disabled in Porec in the EVS program, word will get out about the EVS program and in that way other institutions could apply for the same program which would certainly have great long-term benefits both for the Region of Istra and for young people who would be ready to get involved in volunteer work.
GEOGRAPHICAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT
What is offered to volunteers from Europe in the city of Porec? The city, which is almost two thousand years old, is located in the harbour, protected from the sea by the island of Sveti Nikola. The city of Porec has 10.000 inhabitants and the with the surrounding municipalities approx. 20.000 inhabitants. All these people are regularly associated with the city of Porec because of their business, education, government institutions, trade centres etc. Since the area of Porec has a rich, fertile soil and moderate Mediterranean climate, residents are engaged in the production of wine and olive oil.
The city of Porec is the second largest city in Istria. It residents are, for the most part, employed in tourism and usually they work during the summer season from April to the end of October. People used to say that Porec is the cradle of the Istrian tourism. In the summer season, in the area of Porec, there are temporarily situated 120,000 people to whom is offered a variety of services to help them enjoy their holidays and make it more interesting for them. At that time there is the highest concentration of people in the city. The whole city lives and adjusts itself to the guests. Shops, galleries, and restaurants work all day and late into the evening. During the fall and winter, the city is at a standstill. State institutions (post office, city government, school) work from 8 to 16h. Shops are open until 19:30. The afternoon is very quiet in the city.
Istria is a bilingual region and in the Croatian Constitution it has two official languages, Croatian and Italian. Children in schools learn both languages.
The maximum value of Porec, which was recognized by UNESCO, is the Euphrasian basilica complex from the 5th century, which was first expanded in the sixth century from the original church under the Byzantine Empire and bishop Euphrasios. The Basilica represents the most important and the most valuable cultural monument of Porec and UNESCO protected it as a world heritage monument in the 1997. The city of Porec is very well connected with other parts of Istria so it’s easy to find many other natural and cultural treasures that visitors can see. Motovun is a medium sized town, which is located in the interior of Istria, on a hill which offers a beautiful view on the Mirna river valley and on the Motovun forest which is famous for its truffles. The little place called Groznjan is a world famous place for the festival “Jazz is back” and the artistic tradition that is special because of the many outdoor galleries and exhibitions. The town of Rovinj (25km away from Porec) is the place with the famous church of St. Euphemia, which is located on top of the former islands which can be reached passing trough many streets with a lot of handmade and art works stores. In Umag (25 km away from Porec) every year there is the world famous ATP tour, where some of the best tennis players in the world compete and attract the attention of many audiences, both domestic and foreign.
Sport in Porec is a very important part of the heritage. There are many active sports clubs. In 2008 Porec held the World Handball Championship, and this year Porec won a spot to be a host of European Cadet Chess Championship 2015.
THE RULES AND CONDITIONS in the Home for elderly and disabled people Porec
The work schedule of professional staff in the Home must be respected in order to not disturb the order and the usual way of life of users. Volunteers will familiarize with the rules of behaviour in the Home. It should be respected the time of the activities that the users are already accustomed to. Mealtimes: breakfast from 7:30 to 9:00 am, lunch from 12:00-1:00 pm, dinner from 6:00-6:30 pm.
Smoking is not allowed in the Home, but is allowed out of the Home. Volunteers are not allowed to participate in the care of users. They can not lift them out of bed or change their clothes. They can not assist them in going to the toilet, but they can help them put on their shoes, find clothes etc. For all their hygiene needs the volunteers should inform the professional staff that are trained for this work. Users often need help to clean the fruit, set the radio, to water the flowers in the room, to turn on the TV, etc.
In the workshops in which the volunteers will participate, they should be the help for the users. In agreement with the workshop leader, we will prepare the topic of the workshop, we will acquire the material and together we will help the customers to come to the workshop, inform them, keep track them in the lift, help with the accommodation during the workshop and again after the end of the workshop to help them to return in their rooms.
About the work time in the Home we will agree with the volunteers when they will come. Of course, it will be necessary to respect the agreed arrival time, meals and activities time.
In the Home is not allowed the consummation of alcohol. Any information that volunteers find-out from the users may not be re-transferred. Regarding some doubts that the volunteers may have, they can consult with the leader. They must not voluntarily take every actions that users ask them to do.
The volunteers will be informed with the Code of Conduct and other guidelines for working time during volunteering at the workshop, which will be organized upon their arrival in Croatia.
In the Home for the elderly and disabled the volunteers will have a work schedule so they can fulfill the time that the users time are not filled by professionals (day care, exercise, meals). User activities are coordinated so that they do not overlap, instead, their time in the morning, until lunch,is filled with various activities – choir, creative group… Week afternoons and weekends often are not filled to the users. We will try to organize the work to the EVS volunteers in that way so they can be available to the users at that particular time. Since the planned work time of volunteers is 30-38 hours a week, we will keep in mind to organize their obligations in that way. Recently, by the increaseing number of volunteers who come to our institution, we have more and more activities in which volunteers are involved together with users and thus may include more users in the activities. With new people, our goal is to provide as diverse offer in which the users can engage. According the experience so far, we have seen that the users accept very well new people, love to hang out with them, participate in various workshops and thus may themselves be satisfied because they feel that they usefuly fulfill their time. In the Home there is a trained social worker who organizes the work, calls and coordinates the work of volunteers, develops activities and purchased materials. Upon the arrival of the volunteers in our institution, the social worker will be the person responsible for organizing the work of the volunteers. The social worker will be responsible to resolve administrative procedures for the sojourn, the accommodation, health insurance and she will be the volunteers contact in case of all problematic situations in which they eventually could be found.
The plan and the program of work for the next week for the volunteers will be developed in agreement with the volunteers themselves in order to be able to plan their work and the free time as well. In advance will known which wil be the activities to do and the volunteers will be free to propose their own ideas of course. Since in the Home there is twenty young volunteers, the EVS volunteer will have the opportunity to meet with them the richness of our region also outside the Home. Upon the arrival at our institution, we will organize a course of Croatian language which will be implemented by a professor and since most young people speak English language very well, we think that will not be a problem for communication and to understand each other until the EVS volunteers learn the basics of the Croatian language. Volunteers do not have to be afraid that they will not be able to talk with the users because to them is a lot more important a smile and the help with everyday activities than a good pronounced word.
The role of the volunteers in the Home will be to fill the free time that the users have except during the meals and the daily care. In the morning from 9 am, after the breakfast, the users have recreation. If they don`t want to do it, we want to offer them with the volunteers a different form of activity. We would like that the users have on disposal two – three activities at the same time in which they can participate.
We will make a schedule and inform the users. Thus, the activities that should last a maximum of one hour could be: eg from 9:00 to 10:30 am. The first part of the activities would be preparing the materials and preparation of the room and then help users to arrive and to accommodate them in the room. When we get settled, the activity starts – making handicrafts – depending on the occasion we make various decorations (for Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, a carnival, Days of bread, making panels that we also change depending on the occasion, etc.). Due to the current experience we count that will come approximately 15 users to the workshop. Those are people who understand even although their capabilities in the hands reduced, so we consider that that for this workshop we will need two volunteers. We will keep a regular schedule of activities that exist for several years (we have a choir, play bingo, a literary group) thereby we will offer them a new activities at the same time.
At the same time in the department for demented members, whose ability to concentrate is very small and the ability to work is limited, it would be needed two volunteers to spend time with them. We have tithe users with dementia and the work depends on their mood. With them we can do only very simple operations. Stacking cubes, coloring, folding colored maps, playing with the ball, listening teh music, playing with dolls, etc. In the time from 9 to 10:30 am a few volunteers will accompany the users in the room and slowly tried to motivate them. We suggest that after these activities, with the break, the volunteers take a walk with the users until lunch at noon. At this department the same activity can be repeated in the afternoon after the rest, between 3:00 and 5:30 pm.
We wish that one volunteer is available to immobile users so he/she can visit them and they will call them if they need anything. We will inform all the users which is the role of the volunteers in the Home, as local volunteers already getting used the users to the services that volunteers provide to them – reading daily newspapers, shopping in the store for the necessary things, talking with them etc.
The exact schedule of activities will be arranged when the volunteers arrive. Here is just an example of how we want the day looks like. We want that the volunteers work in the House be from 9 am-12.30 pm and from 3 to 6 pm. We will plan a number of working hours as directed by the EVS.
Working with the volunteers in the Home we want to achieve a higher quality of services and activities that the staff can not provide to the users. Each of the volunteers will have the opportunity to develop activities that he wants. Learning songs from their country, their country presentations and other interesting things on the video wall. Work with the users to edit the flowers, photography, making handicrafts that volunteer design by himself, painting, modeling, fabrication exhibits of stone, wood, shells, decoration of the Home in the occasion of the holiday season and other events, walks with customers, playing darts, chess, cards, dominoes, bingo and other social games. We want to engage volunteers to accompany users during the trips, on visits to the city at various events.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to cooperate with our local volunteers who are already active in creative workshops, theater groups, birthday celebrations.
Since in the Home there are a large number of young volunteers included in various activities, we believe that trough fellowship our young people will gain insight of how important is the departure from their country and gain experience in a new environment. We have a good cooperation with other organizations in the town of Porec and we believe that the volunteers will be able to join their activities if they want to (in the Red Cross on their activities, in the schools and kindergartens with a language course, in a society of disabled people, the healthy city on their projects etc.)
All the activities of volunteers and users will be supervised by the workshop leader who will be at their service all the time and for all the question that can be occured during the work. They will be able to agree with the workshop leader around the entire schedule and to propose their ideas. The professional staff of the Home will be familiar with the work of volunteers.
Volunteers will have organized language course and eventually will learn to speak the Croatian language. They will learn how to work with the elderly, as well as group work. They will learn to negotiate and adapt, to respect the opinions of others, accept differences.
VOLUNTEER PROFILES AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS
We would like volunteers who choose to come to our institution to be open to working with older people. Patience in working with our users would be desirable virtue, as well as the willingness to help them in their daily activities. Certainly it would be good that the incoming volunteers are creative people who are willing to propose new ideas, but they should be ready to work in group despite their individual characteristics. Volunteers do not have to be a person trained to work with elderly and disabled people, but it is certainly desirable to have an affinity for this kind of work. We accept for potential volunteers the persons of both sexes and of any religion or nationality.
RISK PREVENTION, PROTECTION AND SAFETY:
The coming EVS volunteers will be placed in accomodation near a Home for elderly and disabiliy Porec. Meals will be provided at the Home’s restaurant, except the breakfast wich will be in the apartment where they will live, for what they will get a certain amount of money. For any additional questions or need at their disposal there will be a workshop leader who is trained to work with volunteers and someone from the Home staff who work in different shifts 24 hours a day. Also, in the case of potential problems and crisis situations in which volunteers could fall into, there will be a mentor at their disposal. The volunteers will be able to contact him/her when they feel like they want to talk to someone outside the Home, with someone who knows the structure of the Home and not directly associated with the Home.
This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:
- Educational difficulties
- Social obstacles
- Economic obstacles
More information and contact on: http://europa.eu/youth/vp/organisation/78000072295_en