Stowarzyszenie BONA FIDES i organizacja The Gaia Foundation z Malty poszukują wolontariuszy na projekt EVS w Ghajn Tuffieha.
Zgłoszenia (CV i formularz aplikacyjny: EVS Volunteer Application Form 2016) prosimy przesyłać na adres email@example.com oraz firstname.lastname@example.org (dokumenty należy przesłać na oba adresy mailowe).
Termin nadsyłania zgłoszeń: 20 marca 2016
Do wiadomości w treści maila prosimy dodawać poniższą informację:
Bona Fides Association (Stowarzyszenie Aktywności Obywatelskiej Bona Fides)
Acronym: SAO Bona Fides
ul. Warszawska 19
EI referance number: 2013-PL-100
Tym razem propozycja ekologiczna. Jako wolontariusze EVS w organizacji The Gaia Foundation będziecie mieli okazję angażować się w działania na farmie organicznej. Do zadań wolontariuszy należeć będzie między innymi:
– Utrzymanie i zarządzanie szkółkami drzew i szklarnią, rozmnażanie roślin endemicznych i autochtonicznych;
– Przywrócenie naturalnych siedlisk poprzez usuwanie inwazyjnych gatunków obcych i zastępowanie ich rodzimą florą;
– Patrolowanie plaż;
– Utrzymanie i otwarcie strażnicy Ghajn Tuffieha ddla turystów i odwiedzających;
– Produkcja i sprzedaż ekologicznej lokalnej oliwy z oliwek, jako projekt pilotażowy w celu promowania zrównoważonego rolnictwa;
– Organizowanie warsztatów i zabaw dla społeczności lokalnej i dla wycieczek szkolnych o zdrowiu, środowisku, świadomości i odpowiedzialności społecznej;
– Ochrona obszaru otaczającego Jaskini Calypso w Gozo, z jego popularnymi i charakterystycznymi widokami.
We focus on the management of protected areas and raising awareness. Since 1998, we work with international mobility, involving in our activities foreign interns and EVS volunteers. The centre of all operations is situated inside Malta’s environment visitor centre, set up by the Foundation. It includes a tree nursery -equipped with a green house- specialized on the propagation of endemic and indigenous Maltese plants, an organic shop, conference facilities and an administration centre.
EVS project focus mainly on the following:
- Propagation and planting of endemic and indigenous species
- Removal of alien species
- Maintenance of the managed Natura 2000 sites
- Monitoring the protected areas that we manage
- Organic and sustainable farming
- Opening the Ghajn Tuffieha watchtower
- Management of school trips and tourist groups
- Organisation, promotion and implementation of public awareness activities
- Managing the blue flag programme for our beaches at Ramla in Gozo and Ghajn Tuffieha in Malta
The project work generally consists of a combination of practical hands on work in tree planting, plant propagation, organic olive groves and olive picking, fruit tree cultivation, with some work on the dissemination of information through the ongoing work at our visitor centres in Malta and Sicily, organization of festivals, tours, workshops, lunches and dinners, manning the Ghajn Tuffieha Tower and the Ranger Station at Ramla Bay, Gozo, and patrolling the protected sites and the blue flag beaches, especially the sand dune areas to guide visitor flow and activity. Volunteers are expected to be flexible in the tasks assigned to them, since these form part of an integrated project, with different aspects thereof taking priority at different times during the year. Please note that communications during the voluntary service are conducted in English.
Gaia’s project also involves managing an eco site in Sicily, in the hills around Vizzini (CA), in a place called Montaltore. This is a very special volunteer experience where volunteers live on site at the centre in the spirit of an eco community, taking care of olive and fruit trees, growing their own organic vegetables, learning about eco and holistic living, and helping to promote agro tourism and eco tourism. 2016/17 will be Gaia’s first years of operation of this project, which is entirely new. Volunteers will therefore be part of a team helping to build this project up from the start. The centre at Montaltore, which is called Centro Giordano Bruno, has 6 bedrooms which are available for volunteers, both EVS and non EVS, as well as for renting out for agro tourism. Here volunteers also share rooms. Travel costs from Malta to the Gozo site as well as to the Sicily site and back are covered by the project. The centre in Vizzini is in the countryside, 10 minutes drive to the closest towns of Licodia and Vizzini.
Volunteers work schedule is mostly based upon outdoor work. The working week is 32.5 hours usually over 5 days, that is, 6 hours per day of work and 30 minutes per day of lunch break. Punctuality and good time keeping is very important and part of the discipline and experience expected under the Erasmus + programme, that helps youngsters to start to make the transition from the student life to the work life, where discipline is a necessity. It is also important to serve as a good example of responsibility and discipline to the rest of the volunteer team. This is key principle behind the EU funded Erasmus initiative.
Through the Erasmus EVS programme we provide free accommodation for volunteers through the hiring of apartments in Xemxija, Malta with 3 bedrooms, and an apartment in Xaghra Gozo in the summer months. The apartments can host up to 6 persons each, which means that the volunteers generally share a room depending on their number. It is important that volunteers know this and are comfortable with this. Xemxija in Malta is a small town 20 minutes bike ride from our Center, the organic olive groves and the plant nursery. Volunteers make their way to work by bicycle, which is the main form of transport. Bicycles are provided by the Foundation, and are to be kept in good condition by the volunteers. Where necessary, by way of exception, for example in case of injury or bad weather, public bus transport can be used, and cost of tickets for EVS volunteers to work and back will be covered by Gaia. However this means of transport is the exception and when it is necessary volunteers should communicate it to the administrator.