Basilicata Link

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The new long term vacancy for B-Link is from October 2020 and last 9 months.
Application (PNR nr., CV and Motivationletter) sent to: Birgit Atzl, basilicata.link@gmail.com
DEADLINE: 10 July 2020

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. Main target group is youth and 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 of traditions, heritage and history. The role of Basilicata Link is to promote European values and intercultural educational programmes to contribute to sustainable development of the region throughout dialogue with other cultures. During the first two years of activity, the association has given priority to dissemination of information about European programmes, especially those targeting at 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 the others, many town councils, local associations, informal groups, cooperatives, schools and innovative social enterprises.

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B-Link has hosted youth exchanges and seminars with international partners to create new projects for youth and to improve quality of youth work in Europe. It has also given the opportunity to youth living in rural areas to participate to many youth exchanges and training opportunities abroad. Since 2015 we are also a sending, hosting and coordinating organization. The organization is based in Matera, a medium-sized town of Basilicata, which is protected by UNESCO because of its heritage, the old town called “Sassi”. Matera is a town with a University and rich of cultural events (festivals, concerts, exhibitions, ect.) and has been designed to be European Capital of Culture in 2019. Nevertheless the organization operates on a wider perspective with projects and initiative in many small towns (often with less than 5.000 inhabitants) where there is a strong need to create European awareness and to involve young people living in a sort of geographical isolation. The organization has its own office in Matera where a group of young people can meet for ddifferent local activies or for orientation in European projects. Volunteers will work in a pleasent working place where to meet other young people and gain new competences. The organization is composed by four active members, working on a stable basis (one of them employed) plus many young volunteers and students helping in local and international projects.

Main activities

  • preparation and realization of weekly activities for members (B-Club: youth from 14 to 20 years, recreational activities; Tandem: youth and adults from 18 to 35 years, language evenings in public spaces, interactive activities to make youth conversate in English language)
  • information campaigns about mobility programs in schools and online
  • support and orientation for young people searching for projects abroad
  • support for Radio pod cast realized inside our office
  • collaboration with other cultural organizations, informal groups and Institutions in the organization of cultural events (theatre, poetry, cinema, photography…)
  • supporting inclusion actions with less opportunities young people (helping in writing cv, orientation, non formal activities aimed to gain new competences)
  • participation in the organization of international project such as youth exchanges and trainings
  • updating the blogs, websites and social media
  • documentation of the activities (foto, video, press release)

Humans of Matera – special activity for 2020-2021: One frame where all long-term volunteers of the project Future Beyond 2019 are going to collaborate is called Humans of Matera. Using the web radio tool we intend to create a portal online where to collect stories of the people of Matera, creating a connection between whom lives in Matera (who has always been a resident, who has recently been a temporary citizen) with the intent also to collect testimonials and feedback on how they experienced the European Capital of Culture. The material will be made public through social media, facebook page and a youtube channel. This bridging activity aims to produce a common thread shared by the volunteers welcomed, co-managed, space where they they can express their creativity and work together with the other volunteers to create a very concrete tool.

What it means to be long-term volunteer in B-Link? 
Read here the impressions of Zane, volunteer during 2019 for 6 months.

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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 basic rules.

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

  • pocket money (5€ per day, about 150 euro)
  • food money (160 euro)

Matera 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