During the EVS year, volunteers will focus on learning the differences in the society regarding this work field. Next to that, they will try to motivate local youngsters as well as clients from the organizations to participate in national and international projects, such as youth exchanges and training courses. Also they will learn how to improve the conditions in their own country, step by step, after going back home. They will be actively involved in the different activities of Rock Solid, on local and regional level.
The volunteers will also attend Dutch classes for foreigners. The duration of each of the EVS projects is 12 months (360 days according to Erasmus+ guide) and they will start on the 1st of September, 2018.
Lunteren, a village right in the middle of the Netherlands, will be a little bit the ”center” of the projects (where most of the volunteers will be hosted, language courses and team building activities will be organized etc), so traveling time to work by bike, bus or train can take between 25 minutes till 1 hour and 20 minutes (if there are no delays). However, the working hours are adjusted to the traveling hours, so less travel means more working and more travel means less working hours, so it will be “fair” for all. In total the volunteers are active between 36 and 40 hours a week, including the Dutch classes.
Volunteers can apply for all projects or only for one of them, but they cannot choose a specific working place. We will divide these together with the hosting organizations in the way we feel it is best, after an assessment of the skills of the candidate and the needs of the organization. Of course you can give a preference, but if you are open
to work in any of the three organizations, your chance of being selected is bigger for sure.
Rock Solid will always arrange an advanced planning visit for the EVS (outside the budget). For this visit, we try to involve all volunteers in another activity funded by Erasmus+ (training or youth exchange, so there will be no extra costs for the volunteer). During this activity the volunteer can visit the EVS hosting organization, see the working and living accommodations, meet the present volunteers, mentors and coordinators and so on. After this there still is a possibility for the volunteer to withdraw from the project (but because of the good preparation we don’t expect this to happen).
INFO ABOUT HOSTING ORGANISATIONS
Humanitas DMH is an organization working in the field of intellectual and light psychiatric disabilities with (young) adults. It offers different types of services. For clients who can live in their own home, the organization provides ambulant care. For clients who need more frequent and specialized care, Humanitas rents living places, in small blocks with around 15-20 flats. Clients can live autonomously in these flats, and if needed, they can receive assistance at any moment, from the staff of Humanitas. For example, clients are helped in dealing with daily activities such as cleaning and organizing the living place, maintaining a balanced social life, solve personal problems.
The main approach of Humanitas is to offer its clients as much autonomy in their lives as possible, as well as to encourage them to be part of a community, with daily social interactions. Also, the vision of Humanitas is that each person with disabilities should be given the opportunity to contribute to society in a certain way, that is why clients are encouraged to find jobs or voluntary activities, in line with their possibilities.
Tasks will include:
• spend time and communicate with the clients during coffee breaks, board games hours, walks;
• assist the clients in daily routine activities, such as organizing the rooms, washing the dishes, doing the groceries etc.;
• help clients with cooking and/or eat together with them;
• organize activities with the clients, such as: handcrafting or Christmas decorations workshops, beauty hours, movie evenings, baking etc. As your experience grows, you can take on more responsibilities.
The volunteers will also participate in staff meetings, where they will have the opportunity to learn more about the work with people with disabilities in the Netherlands. For example: why certain approaches are being used, how to properly deal with certain situations etc. Also, after getting more experience and know-how from the Dutch social care system, volunteers will have the chance to focus on learning about ways to bring positive changes in this field, in their home countries.
Because most of the clients live in their own in rooms or apartments and have activities like work during the day, the working hours for the volunteers will be mostly in the afternoon and the evening because then most of the clients are at home. Working partly in the weekends is part of the job.
Siza is an organization working in the field of mental and physical disabilities. It provides support so that people with a disability can organize their lives better. Siza also makes significant investments in technological resources which help disabled people lead more independent lives. It also focuses on care-related and organizational innovations such as multidisciplinary care, social innovation and maximum participation. The EVS volunteers will work at the ‘s Koonings Jagt location (four different houses), which hosts clients with multiple severe disabilities, both
mental as physical. ‘s Koonings Jagt is placed in a beautiful forest, nearby the city Arnhem.
For this project it is very important the volunteer is aware of the fact that most of the clients they will work with need physical care as well. This means also feeding them, cleaning them, and (after some time) changing diapers. Although this might seem hard for those without much experience, till now everybody who wanted, managed to
do it. This is s a very rewarding job as well, because you can learn to see how small things can make the difference for these people. Just a smile can be the biggest reward of the day and that is worth it for sure.
Tasks of the volunteers include:
• playing music for the clients, watching movies and TV programs together with the clients;
• help with cleaning and feeding the clients;
• house-holding activities: cooking, bringing paper and glass outside, with the help of the clients;
• having walks with the clients around the city center;
• going to the theatre, to the disco, swimming pool with the clients;
• having sports or gymnastics at the sport hall with the clients.
Follow this link for more information and a short video about Siza’s work approach.
JEUGDDORP DE GLIND (of the RUDOLPH STICHTING)
The Rudolph Stichting is an over 100-year-old organization for youth care in de Glind in the middle of the Netherlands. The foundation is responsible for the maintenance of Jeugddorp (Youth Village) De Glind as a host for a number of Youth Care Organizations for children that cannot live at home due to mental and/or physical handicaps, autism, (sexual) abuse, or neglect.
De Glind is a special case – it is a very small living community close to Lunteren (for the Glind we choose to host the volunteers there). Conditions will be the same as the other volunteers in Lunteren (only there is the chance that they maybe have to move one time from one house to another). Also the living room can sometimes be shared together with other students that do an internship in the village. Because the village is hard to reach in the evenings and weekends there will be a car available for the volunteers to bring them to the train station in Lunteren, from there they can use the train card that they will receive the same as the other volunteers.
De Glind has leisure facilities, such as a children’s farm, an outdoor swimming pool, a football field, and lots of playgrounds. In De Glind children can develop in a positive way by learning how to play, live and work as part of a community. The mission of De Rudolphstichting is to give children and teenagers living in De Glind a life that is
as normal as possible, despite their limitations, and to stimulate their development and mental wellbeing. Follow this link to see YouTube films about the projects in Jeugddorp (youth village) de Glind.
The volunteer’s tasks are:
– helping the family parents with the complete daily care for the children and teenagers.
- organizing extra activities for the children and teenagers, for example going to the playground, listening to music, doing something creative, baking cookies etc.
- when necessary, accompany the children going to school or sport/recreation activities
- small household chores: tidying the house, doing the washing, preparing the table for breakfast/lunch/dinner and helping out with cooking.
Food, accommodation and pocket money
The Rock Solid Foundation will provide you with food money and pocket money weekly. The first payments you will receive in cash till you have your Dutch bank account. You will prepare food and drinks yourself, cooking, doing the shopping and the daily cleaning of the house together. You will be provided with a one person bedroom which will have a desk and cupboard. We will also provide bed linen and towels for you during the year. You will share the kitchen, toilet and bathroom with those who you live with.
Interested candidates are asked to send their CV, Motivation letter, a photo and preferably a Facebook contact to email@example.com before 12.01.2018 with the subject “EVS Netherlands”, or if you want to apply for a certain project of this 3, choose the suject “EVS + name of the project”. The requested information is not intended to reject a candidate, but to get an idea of how the candidate’s interest and abilities and what he /she has. In this way we can make an assessment about which project the volunteer fits well and the support the volunteer will be needing throughout the year (that’s why it could be important for the volunteer to check if all the projects would suit him/her).