Media Literacy project was implemented by MultiCultural Foundation during 6 months, between 1st of March and 30th of September 2017, funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme.
The main activity involved an international voluntary service lasting 3 months in Arad, Romania. Partner organization of this project, and also sending organization of the volunteer, is ADVIT “Europe without Borders” from Republic of Moldova.
The context of this voluntary service was the need of the young volunteer to grow in terms of personal development, to learn new things, to practice and acquire new skills so that in the future the experience of the volunteer will represent a starting point in finding an attractive job. The project objectives were achieved by carrying out activities during this service, activities implemented through nonformal education and informal methods.
Our project had two main objectives:
- Increasing the level of media literacy by developing digital skills for a volunteer with fewer opportunities from Republic of Moldova, during a voluntary service in Arad, Romania, for a period of 3 months, between 10th of June and 5th of September 2017;
- Increase interest in entrepreneurship and skill development in entrepreneurship in general and in social entrepreneurship for a volunteer with fewer opportunities from Republic of Moldova, during a voluntary service in Arad, Romania, for a period of 3 months, between 10th of June and 5th of September 2017.
The desired aspects of the volunteers’ profile were: eligible age, between 17 and 30 years old; facing economic obstacles: has a low standard of living, low income; experiencing unemployment or poverty; is motivated to participate in an international voluntary service; has knowledge of Romanian and English language; has a minimum level of digital skills; has interest in increasing his level of media literacy; has interest in developing skills in entrepreneurship in general and in social entrepreneurship; has residence in the country of the sending organization; is medically fit to perform a journey.
Learning experiences accumulated by the volunteer in both non-formal and informal activities (leisure activities, mentor meetings, time spent with other volunteers) have been the central pillar of the project and the largest result of it. These learning experiences had a direct impact on the volunteer through the knowledge, skills and attitudes she gained.
Media Literacy project had also impact over the two organizations involved in it through the experience gained from the implementation of the project and on hosting and sending communities through dissemination activities.
Project sustainability is ensured by the benefits obtain by the volunteer during this EVS, from now on she will use the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired. Following this EVS experience the volunteer becomes an ambassador of the European Voluntary Service, she will promote among young people the benefits and the importance of a volunteering service.