Developing Innovative Network of Associations to Motivate Initiatives and Cooperation – DINAMIC - is a project funded by the European Union program “Erasmus +” and is taking place in the multicultural city of Vodnjan (Dignano) with a population of 5,000.
DINAMIC Project has started in September 2015 and is welcoming ten volunteers from Spain, Italy and France. Volunteers from Spain are Sergio Bravo Bello, Ana Relinque Lopez, Mariana del Rosario Morillo Martin and María Mercedes Moriana Regalado. From Italy Elisa Morselli, Giorgia Moretta, Marco Restifo Pecorella, Valeria Caldara, Valeria Stranges and Giacomo Cucci. Justine Ruiz from France volunteered for 3 months and Hélène D'Angelo from Italy 4 months.
The project is implemented by three organizations complementing each other in experience and knowledge: Association Informo is the Territorial Contact Point of European Project Association (EPA) working in the fields of European Project Management, entrepreneurship, youth mobility and employability; Pou-Upa VOdnjan-Dignano is working on the transmission of theoretical and/or practical knowledge for people of all ages and backgrounds; Association “Istrian - Ecomuseum de Dignan”, is working on the preservation of traditional customs, arts and crafts, ecological sustainability in agriculture and ecotourism.
The ten volunteers are working in the three organizations and at the same time they participate in various activities interconnected between the organizations, in order to work on local development. Activities are well combined with the purpose of letting the volunteers participate in the city life preserving cultural heritage, involving people in life-long learning processes and working on European project development.
Volunteers will gain experience in the preparation of cultural events, exhibitions, presentations, tasting, workshops and celebrations as well as learn the basics of European project management and local development of small municipalities using European funding opportunities. They will also enhance their useful labor-market skills such as research and analysis, project writing, computer skills, communication and organization skills.
Furthermore, the volunteers will gain a valuable experience of working as a part of an international team and improve their language skills (English, Croatian and Italian).
The DINAMIC project has a really strong international dimension and through this, volunteers will have the opportunity to feel the life of the community and the Istrian multicultural environment and just as importantly, to enjoy the company of their young colleagues.
The desired impact of the project is that both the volunteers and organizations involved benefit of each other’s knowledge and creativity and that the community of Vodnjan-Dignano is positively influenced by these other cultures and experiences.
I am working in Informo, and until now I am really satisfied of our work here. I am learning a lot about European project management because I am working on the activities of two different projects of EPA and at the same time I am collaborating with other volunteers on the organization of several events that are taking place in the Ecomuseum.
Giorgia, 27 years old, Italy
I can feel that the citizens of Vodnjan-Dignano are getting closer to us and that they are everyday more interested in our activities. I hope that our experience will also help them to gain some valuable insight which they can use to develop their communities furthermore.
I think this volunteering experience can be a really good opportunity for our future. Mainly because nowadays the work situation in Spain (and in other EU countries) for young people is really difficult, everybody asks for experience to get a job, and young people that have just recently graduated usually can’t meet this requirement. So I think it is a way to get working experience and some professional skills, be independent and to grow as a person.
Ana, 22 years old, Spain
I am very happy to be here. I got my bachelor's degree in Politics and International Relations and now I would like to learn how to plan, write, implement and manage European and local projects. In these first months I started to see how EU institutions, projects and funds work and I hope to do more practice in this area.
Marco, 28 years old, Italy
I work in the Pou-Upa, the Open University of Vodnjan-Dignano. Here we promote continuous education, culture and information accessible to all users: adults and children. The Open University's mission is to contribute to the intellectual, social and environmental development by offering high quality services in education and programs in the field of culture and entertainment. I think that, for me, it will be a great opportunity to improve and learn how to manage courses and cultural activities, and I'm glad to deal with such heterogeneous group of people which approach our classes.
Hélène, 29 years old, Italy
Supervisor: Dino Babic
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