The vision of YIC is an initiative-taking, competitive, well-off young person.
The Mission is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the youth through a youth-centred approach.
One of strategic directions of YIC is the promotion of volunteering and the building of organisations' capacity in terms of working on Volunteering projects and community development. And the organisation's experience complies with the application form in terms of:
- building capacities of Hosting organisations involved in Volunteering projects,
- working extensively to empower and support the volunteers through the mentorship institution,
- contributing to developing communities and having a positive impact through the provision of learning and personal support to the volunteers.
While carrying out various Volunteering projects, witnessing the positive outcomes and their results, YIC strongly believes in the importance and the need of continuing work with Volunteers.
In Armenia there is no established tradition of daily health care routine other than seeing health care as a way to address existing health issues. Both formal education (kindergarten, school) and informal learning (family, community) is insufficient to address the gap of knowledge and skills for daily healthy practices.
In addition to the information gap there are also many cultural barriers to openly speak about health and body, and the unawareness results in self-harming behaviors. At the same time, from early independence years there is a certain “double standard ” which makes people more open and receptive towards foreigners who speak about otherwise taboo topics in the society. The presence of the EU Aid volunteer will give an opportunity for YIC to start a more systemic work in the field of public health, build organisation’s capacity in this field and enable the team of YIC to continue the mentioned activities after the deployment of the project. Operational details & security context
The volunteers will be hosted in Gyumri, the second largest city of Armenia.
In Gyumri you can find a theatre, cinema, gyms, a swimming pool, nice central park, beautiful churches, historical monuments and nice view on the mountains. Also you can find a lot of good restaurants and cafeterias.
On free days you can visit different monasteries and temples which are not far from Gyumri (Marmashen is 10 km, Karnut is 10 km, Trchkan Waterfall (Armenian Niagara) 33 km).
The capital city - Yerevan — is approximately 120 km from Gyumri. You can take marshrutka, shared taxi or train. The train from Gyumri to Yerevan costs 1000 AMD which is 2 Euros.
YIC commits itself to assuring a safe and secure working and living environment for the volunteers at all stages of their volunteering experience – from recruitment and preparation, throughout deployment and follow-up.
We are committed to the following general principles to assure good health, both physical and psychological safety for the volunteers as well as all employees and volunteers and other people who have access to our organisation’s activity:
Ensure a safe working environment;
Provide adequate health and safety instructions and information;
Prevent foreseeable incidents and accidents, ill-health and diseases;
Provide training in the areas of safety and security prior to any deployment and assignment;
Take into consideration and transparently share any official information regarding safety and security (both from national, international and foreign sources, directly connected with the country of origin of the foreign staff and volunteers);
Align interventions to those of the security service of the European Commission for the deployment and conditions of the deployment of its volunteers;
Ensure the best possible level of safety in all its activities.
The volunteers will be introduced to the afore-mentioned measures prior to the project deployment (in the official Welcome Infopack); within 24-hours upon arrival to the hosting country (during the induction training), and they will have copies of all the relevant documents both in electronic version and printed copies. The volunteers will also be regularly updated on safety and security situations, especially if there are any changes in the situation at the local, national or global levels.
Volunteers will have regular contact and guidance from their coordinator in the hosting organisation, and will be encouraged to keep regular contact with the sending organisation.
The volunteers will also be assigned a mentor and receive recurrent support from the mentor. The volunteers will be given emergency contact lists and alternative contact information.
The volunteers will have signed an Integrity policy and Code of Conduct and a Project Agreement prior to the arrival to the hosting country, and will be aware of the safety and security situation, possible risks, communication channels and the logic of the communication tree. They will also be reminded of the possible consequences in case of volunteers' misconduct and disrespect of safety and security measures outlined in the Integrity policy and Code of Conduct and Agreement. The volunteers will have to respect the national and internal security rules regarding COVID-19, to avoid its contamination and spreading.
Additionally, there is a lack of volunteering culture, low level of social responsibility in the public and hence, low level of participation in community development from the society. Instead, the larger public has adopted the “comfortable” attitude of being the passive carriers of what is to be done according to those in power.
The youth that are claimed as the core of the society show no inclination towards initiative, activism and participation; the way they spend their free time and the way they work on their professional development and personal recognition leads YIC to the belief that there is an urgent need for elucidating the potential they possess and the ways of applying their potential and their power in bringing a change.
They need more opportunities and spaces for intercultural learning and for cultural exchange. The volunteer needs to build trust between him/her and the youth, apply more non-formal and digital tools while working with the youngsters.
For the volunteer the main challenge will be the experience of living abroad, adjusting to new a culture and the daily difficulties he/she may face in new circumstances. The ability to thrive under difficult circumstances increases the volunteer’s ability to be a resilient person and is of great benefit to him/her, providing experience he/she is able to apply to many facets of his/her future life.
The whole process of activities of the volunteer will be monitored and evaluated, coaching and support will be provided, monthly meetings and reflection days will be organised with the volunteer, monthly reports will be collected to analyse both personal and professional development as well as project activities, and give direct feedback about it.
YIC will demonstrate the needed degree of flexibility throughout project deployment, leaving room for volunteer initiatives, and focusing on both local community and the personal-professional development of individual volunteers. Mentor support and additional capacity building will be in place to make sure the volunteer has the sufficient competences to carry out his/her tasks.