ABOUT US !
Description of the
INTERMEZZO is a local, non-political,
independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and members. Its members
are interested in world issues, localisation, culture, European awareness, minorities,
youth policies and social obstacles. Intermezzo does not discriminate on the
basis of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, creed,
religion, national, ethnic or social origin.
Intermezzo Youth organisation is located in
Drammen. We work for social development of young people in Drammen. We have
more or less volunteers. Aims of the organisation are;
-To create opportunity for young people to
recognise their problems and to initiate for solutions of the problems.
- To facilitate active participation of
young people in decision making process,
- To improve the young people's social
development and vocational skills.
encourage young people in the region, work as an initiator about social issues.
We can offer a wide range of activities. The
project will be shaped according to the interests, needs and abilities of the
volunteer and the needs of Intermezzo Youth organisation.
Volunteer service in INTERMEZZO involves
direct and indirect contribution in the community and the organization by
engaging volunteers in the following activities:
- conferences, seminars, forums, INTERMEZZO
meetings, orientation and integration
INTERMEZZO events, Drammen experience
- trainings, workshops, presentations, promotion
activities and community development.
The volunteers help students with a project
call "open school". Take part in activities together with the
leader/board our organisation. Organise and lead sports activities for children
and youth. Assist in the local work with refugees. Learn Norwegian and can
teach their language to local people.
Contact with the students at the university College of Buskerud (HIBU).
There are many different
educational-creative activities in the Intermezzo where children and youth can
learn, play or create according to their needs and interests.
We are motivated to participate in European
Voluntary Service to be able to provide better service for our target group and
to provide opportunity for learning experience of international volunteers. That has given us experiences that encourage us to continue
the support of young people who want to come to our center or go abroad and are
interested in learning about cultural diversity.Profile of the
Non profit/non governmental organisation.
Activity level local
Motivation and EVS
We believe hosting a volunteer can provide a new
cultural overview, very beneficial to the everyday work of the organisation. Another
added value is the fact that working with international volunteers provides
contact between people from different nationalities coming from different
realities, who will work towards a common project; this helps give the young
people a feeling of European citizenship and a sense of belonging.
This is also a good opportunity to raise the awareness
of the local population for voluntary work.
We are an active youth organisation in Drammen. We
would like to promote our experience from local voluntarism to international
voluntarism. We want to gain new experiences with international volunteers. Our aim is to raise interest of young people in the
organisation/centre by providing them an international environment. We would like to
facilitate the process of integration with other cultures through EVS. Drammen
is multicultural city in Norway. Everyday there are new people from different cultures
coming to our city. The most of them are refugee or asylum. We want to work
against racism. We want to build a society where no one need to fear discrimination.
Among young people with immigrant background, there are
just a few guys who take higher education. We will help and motivate them to
pursue higher education.
Education Seminar: we will arrange a training seminar
each year. Lecturers with immigrant background will tell young people about their education
and job so that they are motivated to pursue higher education.
- Very many
give up after the first attempt. Therefore it is important to have people there
that says it is allowed to fail and try again
By offering young people in Norway quality voluntary
experiences abroad, Intermezzo will promote international volunteer experiences
in development issues among young people to increase mobility of young
volunteers for them to experience cultural diversity and intercultural
Drammen is an international city and 20
per cent of the population is of immigrant origin, more than 12 000 people from
close to 150 countries. The impact of this can be seen in our cultural
festivals and events, in our theatres, music and art, businesses and trade. We
are proud of our diversity and intend to use this as an asset in future
development of the city. Diversity drives creativity and innovation and
enriches the city’s social, economic, and cultural vibrancy. Drammen is a town
of many cultures and many religious faiths, with citizens from 147 different
countries all over the world. The size of the minority ethnic population in
Drammen is about 20 per cent, among Norwegian cities second only to Oslo.
By far the single largest group is the
Turkish community, most of whom arrived in the town in the 70s because of
shortage of labour in the paper processing industry. Based on the 2009 Census
(SSB), the Turkish community represents approximately 17 percent of the
immigrant population in Drammen. The city also has significant Pakistani,
Iraqi, Polish and Kosovo-Albanian communities.
The diversity and skills of these groups
has contributed substantially to change Drammen into the vibrant and
multi-cultural city it is today. Cultural diversity in Drammen is widely
recognized as an asset and a defining characteristic of the town. Drammen has a
strong reputation for promoting positive community relations between people of
different cultures and faiths. today Drammen is growing into a multicultural
community, with a multitude of religious beliefs. It is an important challenge
to handle this diversity to the benefit of the whole community. There are
Women, Children ande Disabled Support Centers, Vocational Course Centre, New
Life Workshop and Sport Facilities. Our organization can benefit from all these
The volunteer can also run sapretime
actvities out of skills and interest, such as dancing, language training, art
and handcraft - well - in all cind of activities that we have materials and
possebilities - indoor or outdoor activities, the nature is close !
Target group of the project is basically
composed of thewhole Drammen habitants, speasially youth. Drammen is very safe
place and also there are many security officers in there.Proposed activities
for EVS volunteers:
Volunteers will be able to work with a
lot of young people from different cultures. However, we often train young
people in various training such as communication, leadership, volunteering and
volunteering management, to be organize, projects writing etc. They will
participate all of them and also they will be our trainers.
The volunteers will be in charge of
supporting the professionals in the daily activities of centre, taking part in
the planning, execution and evaluation of the activities. As the volunteers get
more familiar with the language and the workings of the organisation his/her
independence will increase and they will be able to choose the activities they
want to get involve with and contribute their own ideas. All the activities in
which the volunteer gets involved with will be supervised by a professional
form the organisation.
The volunteer will have 30-35 weekly
hours of activity, where we include the time dedicated for language training.
There are two free days a week which will be Saturday and Sunday. The
volunteers will have periodical meetings with the mentors to have a continuous
assessment of the EVS and with the staff in the organization for coordination
of the project. Although all the activity orbits around a common subject, the
specific activities and profile of the volunteer will be different depending on
WORKING HOURS (Monday to Friday): · All-day
program (from 7:00 to 16:30)
Morning: Team meeting
Afternoon: Web service and marketing for the
organization: mail, print, and send documents
Evenings: Norwegian courses
Morning : Work in workshops: Planning for
meetings and courses
Afternoon : Working with students: homework help
Afternoon : Norwegian courses
Morning : Day
trip: visiting local groups
Afternoon : Interculturel-learning: EVS project: Create new ideas and
Evening : Football Coach ; Marienlyst
Football Club with different ethnic player.
Morning : Web service and marketing for the
organization: mail, print, and send documents
Afternoon : Working with students: homework help
Afternoon : Norwegian courses
Morning Work in workshops: Working with a
network of arts, education and culture
Afternoon : Visit Drammen Municipal Culture
Department, cooperation Youth House G60
Evening : Football Coach ; Marienlyst Football
Club with different ethnic player.
There are two free days a week which will
be Saturday and Sunday.Volunteer profiles
and recruitment process:
Intermezzo Youth Organisation does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, creed,
religion, national, ethnic or social origin. Our priority will be inclusion of
young volenteers with fewer oppurtunties.
The volunteers are not required any
particular degree of formal education. This project aimes at providing a
non-formal learning experience for them. However, they should have social
abilities, in terms of good communication skills and readiness to work with
young people. We would like to host volunteers with positive atitude, tolerant,
flexible and eager to learn of new cultures and lifestyles. It is desirable,
however that they have some knowledge of English. English language is not MUST!
Volunteers must be over 18.
The EVS vacancies will be announced not
only in the EVS database, but also in the frequently visited on-line groups (on
Facebook; Intermezzo Youth Organisation facebook group, Yahoo! Groups etc.),
and we will make a Call to all the partners on our contact list. Hence, it will
be accessible to all those interested in doing EVS.
All applicants will be asked to submit a
CV and a cover letter, based on which we will try to choose the ones that are
most motivated to join us in our activities. Everyone involved in the process
of selection will be informed of our decision.
Volunteers are expected to take a
proactive and independent role in getting involved in the community and in
other activities outside the volunteer service. Volunteers are encouraged to
take proactive and independent role in integrating with the local INTERMEZZO office and its membership. It is also
expected that volunteers participate in INTERMEZZO activities relevant to their
interests and goals. International volunteers, who will arrive in Norway for a
project and/or service are encouraged to share their knowledge, insights, ideas
and experiences in the project/service-related issue with INTERMEZZO members
and the community within the project/service activities. The last but not the
least, volunteers should understand the concept of issue-based experiences
provided in INTERMEZZO to young people around the world for them to learn about
other countries and cultures, learn and share their experiences and make
positive impact during their volunteer services.
We are giving responsibilities to all volunteers
depending on the their abilities and resquest. For example, if they are good at
drama training we can find poor children to be trained by them, if they have
music abilities we can organize something to share it, if they have abilities
about IT they can train local young people, if they are experienced about
organizing they can help us to establish local councils etc…Number of volunteers
hosted:Intermezzo Youth organisationcan
host up to 2 volunteers at the same time on a long-term basis, and around 7
volunteers for short-term activities, and around 21 people for group activities
in Drammen. Long-term volunteers will be involved in organizational strategic
and coordination work. Volunteers coming in groups will be involved in
conferences, seminars, workshops and training activities where they will be
participating not only as delegates, but also as facilitators, trainers and
conference team, who will ensure conference logistics, agenda and content. Every
volunteer will have a “buddy” as a mentor to provide personal support and a
project team to ensure professional development and task-related assistance. Volunteers
are always encouraged to give feedback on their service and the organization
for quality improvement. Regular meetings with their project teams and
“buddies” ensure goals setting and communication of expectations, satisfaction
and evaluation of their experiences and services provided by INTERMEZZO as an
organization. All volunteers will be assisted to do goal-setting for their
volunteer services and evaluations in the middle and end of their volunteer
services and provide volunteers service reports for quality improvement. All
volunteers will be accommodated in rented apartments or stay with some families
with necessary equipment and a working
space in the INTERMEZZO office, where they will have access to organizational
services such as stationery, internet, telephone and fax.Special needs (if
This project is open to host volunteers
with special needs whether social, economic, cultural, geographical or
educational dificulties and obstacles, disability or health problems.
Before hosting a person with special
needs we will study the specific case in order to asses the real possibilities
of the organisation to provide the necessary support. That's why we MUST be
previosely informed for every special need of the volunteer.
Intermezzo Youth Organisation have enough
human resources and experience to support young people with fewer
opportunities. The organisation have ample experience working with young people
against social exclusion, which should help with the EVS process of those
volunteers with special needs.Risk prevention,
protection and safety:
In Safety and Logistics Preparation,
Intermezzo provides the necessary information for volunteers in order for safe
and smooth travel to their destination including: - Health and Travel Insurance
Volunteers are required to purchase comprehensive and adequate health, travel,
and liability insurance even if those are not required for obtaining visa or
volunteer work permit. Volunteers are expected to communicate with the host
Intermezzo youth organization to verify the specific types of insurance
required and methods of purchase.
- Visa and Volunteer Work Permit:
Volunteers will inform about their
responsibility to apply for their visa and volunteer work permit. The host
Intermezzo youth organization provides all necessary documents for application.
Volunteers will inform to provide all personal documents such as passport,
academic letter, etc.
- Safety Precautions:
Volunteers will inform of the
national safety conditions and basic safety precautions as advised by the
national safety standards. Volunteers will inform to keep updated of any
relevant national government advice in relation to the destination.
As a hosting organisation, INTERMEZZO
prepares volunteers for living and volunteering in Norway. As a hosting
organization, INTERMEZZO provides more specific information relevant to the
local laws and issues. As for cultural preparation, it is done in cooperation
between the sending and host Intermezzo organization, including at minimum the
following, and delivered to Intermezzo members and project team member, who are
going to work directly with the volunteer:
- Basic information about the
volunteers’ home country
- Overview of cultural differences
that may impact working relationships
- Information about the culture and
lifestyle of volunteers and highlight areas of difference and potential
- Information about culture shock and
how to support a volunteer
- Understanding of effective
cross-cultural communication techniques
Host Intermezzo organization provides
additional logistical services for volunteers’ safety before and upon arrival
of the volunteers. These services include at minimum the following:
- Pick up at the airport/train/bus
station by the host Intermezzo organization
- Provide orientation to the location
and guidance for use of routine or importance services such as registering with
a doctor, how to use emergency services, public transportation, laundry,
groceries, hair salon, and pharmacy
- Provide details on registration
with relevant local authorities
- Specific safety precautions for the
local city/neighbourhood that are common knowledge to local residents
- Common mistakes of volunteers in
the local environment and local cultural norms, including those related to
dress, greeting, and traditions
Volunteer service and environment in INTERMEZZO
do not put volunteers’ life at risk, danger or any harm.
Local people are very kind and
hospitable and also protective to foreign people. They will feel themselves at
home. However, we will rent a private
flat for our volunteers and we always will be with them and also whenever they
want, they will stay in our houses as well in order to live sincerity of the
families. We will cooperate with local police and municipality. We will have
dialogue all the time. In any situation, we have possibilities to react as soon as possible.
In case of conflict they should first
with the mentor´s support try to handle it with the persons involved. If they
do not manage they should talk to the Head of the organisation, who in
cooperation with the contact person in sending organisation and will try to
sort it out together with the volunteers.
If the volunteer needs it is possible
to get extern support depending on what is there required. The mentor is
supportive in this.