The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries. Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.
The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.
The EU Aid Volunteers Initiative offers:
• Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it;
• Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster; • Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organizations in countries hit by disaster
• Technical assistance for organizations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.
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GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), Acción contra el Hambre (Spain), Action Aid Hellas (Greece) and FOCSIV (Italy) are international non-governmental organizations that have joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers acting for LRRD” project.
The objective is to strenghten the capacity of the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department (ECHO) to deliver needs based humanitarian assistance with the support of 47 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 19 Countries. 3 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 44 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 19 countries (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Thailand, Tunisia).
The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster. Moreover, Europeans and Nationals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.
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In the framework of this project GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteer to Thailand.
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https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-vol... Operational details & security context
The Thai government is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention but has allowed refugees from Myanmar/Burma (currently over 102.000) to stay in nine camps (temporary shelters) along the border between the two countries. Thailand has seen an exponential increase in the number of asylum seekers in recent years. According to the United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the number of people seeking refugee status increased from 1.120 in 2013 to 7.082 at the end of 2015. Not entitled to any legal status in Thailand, these asylum seekers are exposed to detention and exploitation.
The largest ethnic group in Thailand is the Thai. The Chinese are also a significant group. The predominant religion is Buddhism; travelers should be respectful of religious sensibilities. Note that touching the top of one's head is taboo in Buddhist culture. A small number of the population are Muslim, Christian and Hindu. The official language in Thailand is Thai; however, Chinese, Lao and Malay are also spoken by a few people in the country.
Volunteers need to be aware of cultural norms and expected ways to behave and be sensitive to the political and cultural context, ensuring that their behaviour is respectful of local laws and customs throughout their deployment. In addition, the king is seen as a stabilizing political influence, even though he has little direct power under the constitution. Criticism of him internally is not tolerated, and can result in prosecution and a custodial sentence.
GVC is working in South and South East Asia since the 90s (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Sri Lanka) to fight poverty in rural areas, ensure the respect of human rights. Since 2013 GVC promotes safe migration of Cambodian people with in and to Thailand reducing abuse, labour exploitation and trafficking cases. At the beginning of 2017 GVC expanded its presence in Thailand launching MIG-RIGHT EU co-funded project that aims to improve migration channel and practices between Cambodia and Thailand by reducing the fraudulent recruitment practice, abuse, trafficking incident and labour exploitation. In this frame, activities are addressed on one hand to empower CSOs and community Self-Help Groups to protect migrants and advocate for their rights and to the other hand to build capacity of authorities for a better enforcement of existing law, policies and practices. Moreover, a sound advocacy and lobbying programme at national and ASEAN level is promoted to improve legal framework supported by a large awareness campaign on Thai employers’ representatives and citizens to advocate and respect human, labour and social rights for migrants.
For the specific expertise in fighting human trafficking GVC is working in:
• Prevention actions with focus to Cambodian working migrants to Thailand. Our presence in Cambodia (Siem Reap, Ko Kong, Battambang) and Thailand (Trat, Samut Sakhorn, Samut Prakan) with two ongoing projects on the same topic entitled MIGRA ACTION (EIDHR72015/369-068) and MIG-RIGHT (EIDHR/2016/376-943) cofounded by EU and implemented by GVC and its partners (LSCW, LPN, CWCC) offer the possibility to address prevention against migrants’ exploitation and effective awareness campaigns in countries of origin as well as in destination territories in Thailand;
• Awareness campaigns that GVC is launching in 2018 and 2019 against human trafficking and labor exploitation of migrants using new technologies, art for awareness and social ambassadors;
• Strong presence and capacity to mobilize local communities with peer to peer approach through self-help groups of migrants, potential migrants, left behind people, CSOs and Local Authorities;
• High level engagement of policy makers and governmental officers thanks to our presence in anti-trafficking commissions and labor rights fora in Cambodia, Thailand and ASEAN;
• Emergency support/protection to repatriated migrants and trafficked people in Thailand and Cambodia through our local partners.
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for travelers in South East Asia. It has well-developed tourism infrastructure and most visits to the country without incident. Thailand has a history of political instability and protracted civil unrest, and has experienced a number of military coups in recent times. Thailand's former army chief, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, has since been appointed as the interim prime minister and has established a military junta. Despite the political landscape remaining polarized, protests have diminished sharply.
The terrorism risk in Thailand is rated as medium; however, the threat is elevated in the southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani, due to an ongoing Islamist insurgency. Clashes between security forces and insurgents are frequently reported in these provinces.
It is good to avoid the Province of Satun, for the recurrent occurrence of violence and terrorist attacks.
Travels are not recommended in the provinces of Si Sa Ket (Kantharalak district) and near the border with Cambodia, where a border dispute between the two countries has not yet completely resolved.
Sporadic terrorist incidents have also taken place in other parts of the country, including the capital, Bangkok; the recent high-profile events in August 2016 took place in Hua Hin, Suran Thani, Phuket and the Mueang district. Thailand has medium levels of crime. The prevalent form of crime is petty in nature, occurring primarily in larger urban centers and in areas frequented by tourists, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. There are also various scams targeting foreign nationals in Thailand. Tourist infrastructure is good in cities and major towns but is limited in rural areas. Thailand is also prone to tropical storms, which generally occur between June and December.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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