Basilicata Link

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The new long term vacancy for B-Link is from September 2022 and last 9 months.
Apply here: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/18219_en
or you can send your application (PNR nr., CV and Motivation letter) to basilicata.link@gmail.com
DEADLINE: 21/08/2022

Basilicata Link (also known as B-Link) is a youth organization created in 2012 with the aim of increasing intercultural initiatives and promoting non-formal education methodologies in the Basilicata region. The main target group is the youth and the main objective is to stimulate them to participate and discover cultural differences in Europe thanks to mobility programmes and local actions during which we promote European values such as solidarity, living in peace and respecting diversity. Basilicata is one of the poorest regions in Italy but, on the other hand, it is very rich in traditions, heritage and history. The role of Basilicata Link is to promote European values and intercultural educational programmes to contribute to the sustainable development of the region through dialogue with other cultures. During the first two years of activity, the association has given priority to the dissemination of information about European programmes, especially those targeting youth, bringing awareness about mobility and EU initiatives in small towns such as Craco, Latronico, Irsina and others. At the same time, Basilicata Link managed to build a regional network of stakeholders which includes, among others, many town councils, local associations, informal groups, cooperatives, schools and innovative social enterprises.

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B-Link has worked with youth exchanges and seminars with international partners from the EU and from the US to give the opportunity to young people to get active as citizens and to improve the quality of their life. We focus on the involvement of young people from rural areas and with an inclusion profile. Since 2015 Basilicata Link is officially a sending, hosting and coordinating organization and since 2022 we are an accredited European Solidarity Corps NGO.

The organization is composed of two staff and several active members around.

Main activities

  • support with the hosting of international groups (Youth Exchanges, ESC Team volunteering, training, Gap Year students, etc)
    • learn about the general implementation of international programs (ESC, E+, Gap Year, etc);
    • help in the logistics, administration and facilitation with the locals;
    • implementation of non-formal education workshops and support of daily life of the guests; activities depend on the topic of the specific project;
  • support for Radio podcast realized inside our office; connected with youth to teach them podcasting and support them in their objectives;
  • support of local youth:
    • implementation of English Tandem Evenings and the freedom to realize other activities with youth
    • help in the activation and orientation of young people who are searching for projects abroad
    • supporting inclusion actions for young people with fewer opportunities (helping in writing a cv, non-formal activities aimed to gain new competencies)
    • information campaigns about mobility programs in schools and online
  • collaboration with other cultural organizations, informal groups and Institutions in the organization of cultural events (theatre, poetry, cinema, photography…)
  • Social Media management and documentation (foto, video, press release, etc)

Check out our YouTube channel to know a bit more about our work!

 

Hosting conditions
Volunteers do life in double rooms, inside a flat shared with other volunteers in Matera. The flats are between 5 and 10 min walking distance from the city center, and between 5 and 15 min to the hosting organization. The apartments are self-managed by the persons who life inside (cleaning, shopping, cooking) and everyone needs to follow common sense rules; special rules are applied in the pandemic period such as: no guests, no party, deep cleaning;

Every volunteer hosted within ESC program receive on a monthly basis:

  • pocket money (5€ per day, about 150 euro)
  • food money (155 euro)

materaMatera is a city of about 65.000 inhabitants, in the beautiful southern Region of Basilicata in Italy. It is the capital of the province of Matera. The town just in front of a small canyon carved out by the Gravina. Known as the city of the Sassi, its historical center, famous for the Park of the Rupestrian Churches, which has made Matera considered as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.

Matera was declared Italian host of European Capital of Culture for 2019. See on the official website on what happened that year: https://www.matera-basilicata2019.it/it/ 

Read on our website: www.basilicatalink.org

Read on the blog of Human Capital 2019 project what happened in that amazing year, but also in general, what volunteers do during their experience in Matera: http://humancapital2019.wordpress.com 

Application process: register on the EU Youth Portal and apply through the platform; the profile which match the expectation of the hosting NGO will be contacted via e-mail and a first Skype meeting will be agreed; after passed the first round of selection another Skype meeting will be arranged to agree on the final volunteer selection.
Apply here: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/18219_en 
If you have any question please contact us on: basilicata.link@gmail.com – subject: Basilicata Link Volunteering

Deadline: 21/08/2022