Location: Valencia, Spain

Duration: 10 months

Mobility Period: 13 January 2020 – 10 November 2020

Deadline: 11.11.2019

Bona Fides Association along with XERACION VALENCIA are looking for Polish volunteers, or residents in Poland, to join our long-term project in Valencia, Spain for supporting learning community in Cabanyal (Valencia) and working with Upcycling. In order to apply, please send us your CV and motivation letter to the following emails: iryna@bonafides.pl, mariachiara@bonafides.pl and xeracionvalencia@gmail.com

Location of the project

The project will be developed in Valencia which is the capital of the entire region of Valencian autonomous
Community and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants
in the administrative centre. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population
of around 1.5–1.6 million people. The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and the
busiest container port on the Mediterranean Sea.

Objectives of the project

The main objectives of this project are:
1) to offer the opportunity to work and support unprivileged sectors of society which will increase their
empathy, tolerance and solidarity;
2) to improve their social, cultural and educational abilities through activities that will be developed in the
school as well as in the association;
3) to learn how to mediate and solve conflicts between conflictive students, teachers and families;
4) to help finding new European, national or regional funding in order to implement new projects in the
school and to improve their capabilities;
5) to cooperate with other local associations working to improve the quality of life of unprivileged people;
6) to visit other schools and educational centres in order to implement activities together with Roma
students to reduce the existing current stigmas;
7) to create awareness events, activities, workshops and campaigns;
8) to learn how to create audio-visual material such as photography, video edition to promote the work
done in the school as well as the Erasmus+ program;
9) to promote Erasmus+ program amongst Valencian youth (specially amongst Roma community) in order
to encourage them to participate in some youth exchange;

Description of the activities
There will be a very wide range of possible activities available for the volunteers. Each volunteer will be
able to create part of her/his program together with the responsible person from the school. There will
be some specific and necessary tasks but flexibility will be always present in the schedule.
Some examples of possible tasks at Santiago Apostol will be:
-Support to the Program of showers and breakfasts for underage youth (6-12 years old)
-Accompaniment and following of underage youth with fewer opportunities (6-12 years old)
-Support to diets to underage youth with fewer opportunities (3-15 years old)
-Interactive groups (http://www.santiagoapostolcabanyal.es/grupos-interactivos)
-Families trainings (/formacion-de-familiares)
-Extra activities (/actividades-de-tarde)
-Library and computing lessons (/biblioteca-tutorizada)
-Activities for teenagers with highrisk of dropping school (/proyecto-de-la-eso)
-Musical activities (proyectosinga.wordpress.com)
-Debates and talks (/tertulias)
-Mixed commissions (/comisiones)
-Radio escalante 329 (/radio-escalante-329)
-Secondary school extra activities (/aula-promociona-de-secundaria)
-Football team (/equipo-de-futbol)
All volunteers will spend most of their time working at Santiago Apostol School, however they can also
collaborate with an association called TERRRIKOLA created by members of the coordinating association
Xeracion Valencia.
It’s a new association working with the topics of Circular Economy and Sustainability. They work with
UPCYCLING as a tool for social integration and inclusion, using urban waste to create new valuable objects. That’s why we believe that both the school and the association could be very much linked bringing this idea of Upcycling to some of the youth in the school.
Like this, volunteers can benefit not only from the educational project but also from the non-profit sector
within the community.

At least an intermediate level of Spanish language (B1/B2) is required!!!

Practical details (participants, food, accommodation…)
This project is designed for 3 volunteers from any of the program countries.
Each volunteer will have the option of getting a Spanish SIM card for their telephone (they will have to take
care of their phone expenses) and a public bicycle for local transportation.
The first week of each month each volunteer will receive his/her pocket money (150€) and their food budget (150€). They will be able to buy their own food (with the support of a member of Xeración Valencia if needed), all volunteers will be encouraged to do a responsible consumption and a healthy lifestyle by:

  • Creating a common budget for the whole group and buying the food together.
  • Using always local products avoiding brands which produce not trading fairly products.
  • Recycling and reusing as many materials and food as possible and reducing their waste trying to avoid
    disposable products and plastic bags.
  • Having a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and less meat protein.
    The accommodation will be in private rooms in a 3 bedroom shared apartment (it’s a 3rd floor without elevator) situated in the neighbourhood of “Cabanyal”, next to the seaside in Valencia

For more information:

The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is a part of the European Program called Erasmus+.

Erasmus+ is open to all young people, and it is a program created by the  European Union for mobility inside and outside EU borders, to promote non-formal education and intercultural dialogue, and to support all kind of youngsters regardless of their level of education, of their origins and their cultural background.