In 2014 Infinite Opportunities Association implemented its first short-term voluntary project "Toler@nce Caravan" within the framework of the "European Voluntary Service" and "Youth in Action" Programme of the European Commission. It was targeted towards young people willing to participate into a series of local promotional campaigns organized in connection with the on-line Toler@nce Pl@tform.bg developed by Infinite Opportunities Association.
The main objectives of the “Toler@nce Caravan”:
· promote active citizenship of young people in general and their European citizenship in particular;
· develops solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular social cohesion in the European Union;
· foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries.
"Toler@nce Caravan" was be implemented with the help of 12 volunteers from Hungary, Georgia, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Sweden and Cyprus.
The main task for volunteers were:
· plan, organize and participate in local tolerance campaigns;
· promote events on-line;
· contact interested parties and seek for collaboration from local NGOs;
· raise the awareness of young people regarding the topic of Hate-speech;
· make connection between the on-line and off-line aspects of the fight against hate speech;
· help the team with ideas and materials for the on-line tolerance platform developed by the association.
The project activities were implemented in Sofia and different cities in the country, which are part of the informational campaign of the team. All volunteers travelled together with the team of the association to different cities in order to participate in the local campaigns organized with the support of the regional partners of Infinite Opportunities Association.
For ensuring the educational process of volunteers, Infinite Opportunities Association is using the methods of non-formal education through which the participants will boost up their knowledge and competences for the organization and implementation of informational campaigns related to the topics of tolerance, non-discrimination and mutual understanding.
Participants did not only gain interpersonal skills and communication in a multicultural environment, but also they acquired knowledge about the organization of youth campaigns for the protection of basic human rights.
This short-term project was realized in the period 01.04.2014 – 31.05.2014 with the financial support of the "Youth in Action" Programme of the European Commission administered in Bulgaria by the National Centre “European Youth Programmes and Initiatives".The total grant received for the realization of the project from the “Youth in Action” programme is 18 313 Euro.
"This project is funded by the" Youth in Action "Programme of the European Commission in Bulgaria administered National Centre" European Youth Programmes and Initiatives ". The contents of this Project do not reflect the position of the European Community program "Youth in Action" or NCEYPI. "