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Mid and Long Term Programs Youth Volunteer Organization 2019

 2019 International Volunteer Projects

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan


About Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian country with a population of more than 5 million people. Covering an area of 198,500 sq km, it borders Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Western China’s Xinjiang Province. The capital of the country is Bishkek. About 94% of Kyrgyzstan is mountainous with an average elevation of 2,750 m. The country is known for its natural beauty and its picturesque scenery. There are numerous alpine lakes; the most famous in the country is Issyk-Kul at 170km long and 70km wide. It is the second largest alpine lake in the world. Other alpine lakes in the country include Song-Köl, Ala-Köl, and SaryChelek.
Kyrgyzstan is a country of contrasts. There are endless mountain ranges covered with eternal snows, vibrant colored alpine meadows, rugged rivers, and calm blue lakes. The country is rich in cultural and historical heritage at the heart of the Central Asian steppes. The smell of wormwood, views of jagged rock formations, deep glaciers, and emerald green valleys make Kyrgyzstan a dreamy reality. Kyrgyzstan is on the ancient Silk Road trading route; it offers many opportunities to explore Islamic culture and Muslim traditions.

Program Location
Our volunteer programs are located in the northeastern region of Kyrgyzstan, in the town of Karakol. The town is the administrative centre of the Issyk-Kul Oblast. The town is a base for exploring the central Tien Shan Mountain range and Karakol is situated near the pearl of the country – Issyk-Kul Lake. The lake is at the bottom of a deep tectonic hollow, with an elevation of 1610 m above sea level. From all directions the Teskey and KungeyAla-Too mountain peaks surround the lake. Snow capped year-round, some of these mountains reach elevations of more than 5000 meters. Eighty rivers feed the lake with crystal-clear water. The climate around the lake is more moderate than the rest of the country, there is no exhausting heat or deep frost; the average air temperature in the summer months is 23-26 degrees Celsius. The water warms to comfortable 20-22 degrees Celsius in the summer. On the Coast of Issyk-Kul Lake are petroglyphic figures dated to the second millennium BC.
Karakol offers numerous leisure activities. The local historical museum, the countless treks that lay just south of the city itself, and the Jety-Oguz Gorge, known for its beautiful shaped red rocks are just a few of the attractions. Every region of Issyk-Kul Oblast is enticing to the visitor. Boomsk Gorge begins at the gates to Issyk-Kul; here it is possible to raft the rugged Chui River finishing at one of the most remote parts of the area. There you can admire Engelchek Glacier, and the peaks of Khan Tengri and Pobeda Mountains, known for their high elevations.
For more information about the city:
History of the city https://goo.gl/s7Mhsm
Karakol- architectural heritage https://goo.gl/TNFUK7
KARAKOL- EDUCATIONAL CENTER https://goo.gl/oZtnD4
People of the city Karakolhttps://goo.gl/7z8ru2
Karakol yesterday and todayhttps://goo.gl/aP1eBg


About Youth Volunteer Organization “Leadership”
Leadership is a non-profit organization bringing together young volunteers with the mission of involving youth in civil society through volunteerism, project design, and cooperation both locally and internationally.
Leadership was founded on November 1, 2005 as a youth volunteer organization under the auspices of the public association Leader, a centre of civic society initiatives.
Our Mission:
To involve youth in civil society through volunteerism in cooperation with localand international volunteer projects.
Goal of Work Camps:
To promote the volunteer movement in Kyrgyzstan through local and international work camp exchanges.
The program encourages youth to play an active role in varied social spheres, to develop an appreciation for international cooperative teamwork, to enrich outlooks, and to provide the opportunity of intercultural exchange.
Program activities are threefold:
1. International Volunteer Work Camps – Local volunteers visit camps in Europe & Asia.
2. Local Work Camps – Leadership hosts local work camps with international participants.
3. Mid and Long-Term Volunteer Exchanges – Local non-governmental organizations in need of professional exchange involve international volunteers in their activities.

The Alumni Association works to keep former work camp participants in touch with Leadership and other international volunteers, and to keep them informed about developments of the projects they took part in. Alumni Association benefits include a 10% discount from the participation fee, if a volunteer participates in work camps at Leadership for a second time.
With the support of our partners, Leadership has been able to:

  •  Participate in Technical Meetings in Belgium in 2006 and Turkey in 2007
  •  Host 17 local work camps from 2006 till 2014 with about 61 international, 16 Peace Corps and more than 80 local volunteers
  •  Send 35 volunteers to international work camps abroad
  •  Accept 87 international volunteers for mid and long term volunteer programs between 2006 and 2018
  •  Initiate the Alumni Association

This year’s work camps will involve the fields of ecology, eco-friendly tourism, and working with orphans and disabled children. The projects will provide a valuable contribution to the social and economic development of life in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan.
Leadership is a member of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations.

 

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Location

Code/Name

Types

Duration

Dates

# ofVols

 
   

Mid and Long Term Camps

 

1

Leadership, Karakol

LSM-01 Leadership

NGO/Social

From

1Month+

OpenDates

1+

 

2

Ravenstvo, Karakol

LSM -03 Ravenstvo

Disabled

From 1 Month+

May

2+

 

3

Destination Management Organization,

Karakol

LSM-06 DMO

NGO/Social/ Tourism

From 1 Month+

February-September

1+

 

4

PA “Dream way”,

Ak-SuuVillage

LSM-07

“Dream way”

Kids- Disabled

From 1 Month+

August 01 - August 30

1+

 

5

Children's Family,Ak-Bulun village

LSM-08

“MerimBulagy”

Kids, Teaching

From 1 Month+

January-December

1+

 

6

InclusivekindergartenKiyalKechter,Ak-Suu Village

LSM – 10

KiyalKechter

Kids- Disabled

FromMonth+

September-July

1+

 

7

Leadership,

Karakol

LSM – 11

Leadership

NGO-EDU

From6 Months+

OpenDates

1+

 

8

“Hand in Hand”,

Przhevalsky

LSM – 12

“Hand in Hand”

Kids- Disabled

FromMonths+

OpenDates

1+

 

9

NGO

General association

"BekemYntymakJashtaruyumu", Ak-Suu Village

LSM – 13
"BekemYntymakJashtaruyumu"

NGO-EDU

FromMonth+

February-October

1+

 

 

MID AND LONG TERM VOLUNTEERING PROGRAM

General Information
Program Requirements:
Language - Though the working language of international volunteers is English, at least basic knowledge of Russian is recommended in order to communicate efficiently with local volunteers and staff members of the organization. Beginner’s Russian/Kyrgyz language lessons are provided in the participation fee. Knowledge of other world languages is welcome; this will enable you to hold language courses with local volunteers and other youth in Karakol.
Other skills - In order to participate in the program you are expected to have past experience with volunteer work, working as a part of a team, and depending on which project, working with teenagers. For certain projects, it is recommended to bring literature and CDs with language teaching programs.
We also expect you to be motivated and to actively participate in your own program’s implementation and evaluation process.
Duration of the Program and Your Schedule:
In order to be admitted you must be able to participate for at least one month while the maximum period of involvement is one year. Your work will range from 6 to 8 hours per day, depending on a mutual agreement and the needs of the host organization. Normally volunteers work Monday through Friday, though special events and activities sometimes require their presence during weekends.
Program Costs:
The costs of the program are as follows:

  •  Cost for 1 month: 250 EUR.
  •  Cost for 3 months: 700 EUR
  •  Cost for 6 months: 1400 EUR.
  •  Cost for one year: 2500 EUR.

The program fee covers administrative charges, accommodation and food (provided by a host-family), pre-departure preparation assistance, beginner's Russian/Kyrgyz language classes and 24-hour support and guidance from professional, locally based staff. If you need a guided transfer from the Bishkek Airport to Karakol, an additional 50 EUR will be charged.
The program fee does not cover your roundtrip flight to Kyrgyzstan. Your visa, medical and travel insurance, airport departure taxes, and travel expenses during your stay in Karakol (if not directly connected to the volunteer work) are your responsibility. Costs of personal Internet time and phone calls are also the responsibility of the volunteer.
Application process:
Please contact us so that we can send you an application form. After receiving your completed application we will inform you within 10 days whether you have been accepted.

LSM–01 Youth Volunteer Organization “Leadership” Karakol 18+

About Youth Volunteer Organization “Leadership”
Leadership is a non-profit organization bringing together young volunteers with the mission of involving youth in civil society through volunteerism, project design, and cooperation both locally and internationally.Leadership was founded on November 1, 2005 as a youth volunteer organization under the auspices of the public association Leader, a centre of civic society initiatives.
Accommodation
You will live with a local host family; they will provide you with your own room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host family for breakfast and dinner while lunch will be provided at the office with other members of Leadership.
Desirable Skills
-Website design
-Accounting
-Public Relations
-Media
You will be able to work in the following sphere of activities:

  • Assist in the coordination of our youth volunteer and the organization of regular meetings as well as motivation and team-building activities.
  •  Participate in the organization and implementation of various events.
  •  Plan and implement short-term international volunteer projects and summer camps together with program coordinator.
  •  Get involved in fundraising activities.
  •  Actively participate in our current projects.
  •  Hold language courses and discussion clubs.
  •  Create any PR materials of our organization: possibilities include booklets, mini clips, photo exhibitions, etc.

Accommodation

  •  Volunteers will live with a local host family; they will provide a private room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host-family for breakfast and dinner while lunch will be provided at the office with other members of the Leadership.

LSM–03 Public Union “Ravenstvo” Karakol 20+

About Public Union “Ravenstvo”:
Ravenstvo (translated as “Equality”) is a non-governmental organization that works with disabled people of all age groups. The organization was founded in 2004 and unites 400 people with disabilities in 4 areas of the region. Ravenstvo has its own specialized school for 15 handicapped children and a library for blind people.
Volunteer’s Role:
You will be able to work in the following sphere of activities:

  •  Participate in organization of various activities/programs (music, photography, art etc.) with handicapped people including children and the elderly
  •  Hold language and computer courses (upon request)
  •  Take part in meetings with disabled children’s parents

The organization has preferences to work with volunteers who are:
-IT specialists
-Contribute to organization’s development
-Have skills to work with mentally and disables kids
Accommodation
The volunteer will live with a local family, which will provide the volunteer with their own room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host-family for breakfast and dinner; lunch will be provided at the office together with other members of Ravenstvo.
Note: A volunteer is requested to have basic skills working with disabled people, as well as basic Russian or Kyrgyz language skills. New methods/approaches are always welcomed.

LSM–05Destination Management Organization in Karakol 18+

About Karakol Destination Management Organization
Public Union “Destination Karakol” formed by the local stakeholders in March 2016 serves as the umbrella for tourism management, marketing and development activities on and for the town. It consists of representatives of local SME, local authorities, hotels and NGOs.
Ultimate goal of the organization is to unite all local tourism stakeholders and create an environment in the destination that may allow extended length of tourist stay in the city thanks to the comprehensive and updated information on the attractions made available to visitors and the high quality products, services and activities provided and touristic sites infrastructure. It is envisioned to be implemented by improving
local infrastructure, increasing the number of products and quality of tourism services and improving awareness of “things to do” in and around the city.
Mission:Make a contribution to the development of Karakol as the tourist destination. Nowadays the number of members has reached up to 46.
The Union actively works with donors, as well as with various international organizations in partnership with local authorities. One of the first partners of the union is the USAID Business growth initiative program, which contributes to the complex development of tourism in Karakol.
Volunteer’s Role:

  •  Participate at the daily activities of the organization.
  •  To develop communication supports (pamphlets, posters, flyers…).
  •  Update, supply, create the database.
  •  Social media marketing (if the volunteer has knowledges in this field).
  •  To organinazedifferents management events.
  •  Writing of new projects.
  •  Organization of English clubs.
  •  Desirable Skills:

-Website design/ SMM
- Marketing and promotion skills
-Public Relations
-Media
You will be able to work in the following sphere of activities:

  •  Assist in the coordination of regular meetings of members, as well as organization of motivation and team-building activities.
  •  Participate in the organization and implementation of various events as festivals, fairs.
  •  Plan and implement short-term youth projects together with the executive director
  •  Get involved in fundraising activities.
  •  Actively participate in our current projects.
  •  Hold language courses and discussion clubs.
  •  Create any PR materials of our organization: possibilities include booklets, mini clips, photo exhibitions, etc.
  •  Conduct surveys and research activities among foreign tourists

Accommodation
You will live with a local host family; they will provide you with your own room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host family for breakfast and dinner while lunch will be provided at the office with staff of DMO Karakol

LSM–07 PU“Way to a dream” in Ak-Suu village 18+

About PA Rehabilitation Centre «The way to a dream»:
Rehabilitation center is located in Issyk-Kul Oblast, in Tegizchil village. The creation of a stable base to support children with disabilities and their families in all areas of life. In the organization are conducted classes before school program individually with each child, as well as educational classes and clubs by interests (origami, sewing, painting, etc.). Children speak Kyrgyz and Russian languages. They have good experience working with international volunteers. Each year they host up to 3-4 international guests.
Mission: Protecting the rights of children with disabilities and their mothers by providing material, moral social support, adaptation, integration of children into society. Assist in improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families.
Volunteer’s Role:
We need a volunteer in the direction of institutional
development.
1. Knowledge of English/Russian or kyrgyz language.
2. Have the appropriate education or experience in this area.
3Have the intention to serve and work as a volunteer at least 2 years
4. Age not younger than 20 years
5. Paul, Russ and religion does not matter.
Accommodation
The volunteer will live with a local family, which will provide the volunteer with their own room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host-family for breakfast and dinner; lunch will be provided at the office together with other members of PA “The way to a dream”.
Note: A volunteer is requested to have basic skills working with disabled people, as well as basic Russian or Kyrgyz language skills. New methods/approaches are always welcomed.

LSM–08 Children’s FamilyAk - Bulun 18+

About Children's Family / Orphanage in Ak-Bulun village:
MeerimBulagy Orphanage is located in Issyk-Kul Oblast, in Ak-Bulun village. Family Orphanageis a governmental property and currently cares 15 children, aged 4 to 18. Children speak Kyrgyz language and study at secondary schools in the village. The children have many opportunities to participate in different kinds of activities at the orphanage such as dressmaking class, drawing and dancing classes, and sport clubs, computer club. The orphanage staff is 18. They have good experience working with international volunteers. Each year they host up to 3-4 international guests.
Mission:Organize children’s leisure time through conducting games, sport competitions, dance classes, and English language lessons.
Participate in daily orphanage activities and spend leisure time with the children.
Note: We welcome all volunteers who are enthusiastic, creative and motivated to work with orphan children. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted during the camp or at the accommodation venues. Smoking is not allowed while volunteers are with children.
Accommodation
The volunteer will live with a local family, which will provide the volunteer with their own room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host-family for breakfast and dinner; lunch will be provided at the office together with other members of Children's Family

LSM–10Inclusive Kindergarten KiyalKechter, Karakol 18+

About Kindergarten KiyalKechter
Inclusive kindergarten is located in Issyk-Kul Oblast, in Ak-Suu village was established to create a stable base for the support of the children with disabilities and their families in all areas of life. In the organization are conducted classes before school program individually with each child, as well as educational classes and clubs by interests (origami, sewing, painting, etc.). Children speak Kyrgyz and Russian languages. They have good experience working with international volunteers. Each year they host up to 3-4 international guests.
The Inclusive kindergarten KiyalKechter realizes activities in several directions:

  •  Providing rehabilitation services to children with disabilities;
  •  Access to education;
  •  Engaging and activating parental initiatives;
  •  Reducing stigma and the involvement of children with disabilities in the activities of the local community.
  •  Project Goals
  •  Organize children’s leisure time through conducting games, sport competitions, dance classes, and English language lessons.
  •  Participate in daily kinder garden activities and spend leisure time with the children

Volunteer’s Role:
We need a volunteer in the direction of institutional development.
1. Knowledge of Russian or kyrgyz language.
2. Have the appropriate education or experience in this area.
3.Have the intention to serve and work as a volunteer at least 2 years
4. Age not younger than 18 years
5. Paul, Russ and religion does not matter.
Accommodation
The volunteer will live with a local family, which will provide the volunteer with their own room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host-family for breakfast and dinner; lunch will be provided at the office together with other members of Inclusive Kindergarten KiyalKechter.
Note: A volunteer is requested to have basic skills working with disabled people, as well as basic Russian or Kyrgyz language skills. New methods/approaches are always welcomed.

LSM–11 Leadership 18+

About YVO Leadership
Leadership is a non-profit organization bringing together young volunteers with the mission of involving youth in civil society through volunteerism, project design, and cooperation both locally and internationally. Leadership was founded on November 1, 2005 as a youth volunteer organization under the auspices of the public association Leader, a centre of civic society initiatives. One of the organization’s programs is "A school for democracy and leadership", which aims to teach the principles and skills for sustainable leadership, successful communication, basic principles of democracy and expanding the horizons of young people. The School of Civics focuses on youth education and their involvement within the community. Within the program young people are encouraged to work in implementing social projects that benefits both the community and youth. Within the program various training, language courses, guest meetings, presentations, sessions are held regularly for young people from the age of 14 to 25.
Volunteer’s Role:

  1.  Conduct language courses during the staying in the organization as a volunteer.
  2.  Assist in the coordination of our youth volunteer and the organization of regular meetings as well as motivation and team-building activities.
  3.  Participate in the organization and implementation of various events.
  4.  Plan and implement short-term international volunteer projects and summer camps together with program coordinator.
  5.  Get involved in fundraising activities.
  6.  Actively participate in our current projects.
  7.  Hold language courses and discussion clubs.
  8.  Create any PR materials of our organization: possibilities include booklets, mini clips, photo exhibitions, etc.

Accommodation
You will live with a local host family; they will provide you with your own room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host family for breakfast and dinner while lunch will be provided at the office with other members of Leadership.
Note:
The working language of international volunteers is English but at least basic knowledge of Russian is recommended.
In order to participate in the program you are expected to have past experience with volunteer work, working as a part of a team.
We also expect you to be motivated and to actively participate in your own program’s implementation and evaluation process.

LSM–12 Hand in Hand 18+

About “Hand in Hand”
The Karakol branch of Centre "Hand in Hand" was opened in 2018. It is located 15 km from Karakol on Przhevalsky Bay. Children can spend full days at the centre. The purpose of the Society of Parents of Children with Autism is to provide consultations and legal, informational, organizational, methodological, and material support to children with autism and their families. They aim for social integration of kids with autism and lobby to protect the rights and legitimate interests of people living with autism, to ensure an equal footing with other citizens. The basic principles of the Centre’s activities are equality, protecting human rights and involving parents. In fact, the bulk of the centre’s employees are mothers of children who visit it. These women are highly motivated to improve the lives of their children.
Volunteer’s Role:

  •  You are required to have basic skills working with disabled people, as well as basic Russian or Kyrgyz language skills.
  •  New methods/approaches are always welcomed!
  •  Participate in the organization and implementation of various events.

Accommodation
The volunteer will live with a local family, which will provide the volunteer with their own room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host-family for breakfast and dinner; lunch will be provided at the office together with other members of Center
Note:
Volunteers psychologists, therapists are welcome. The work is aimed at working with children and supporting children during classes.
You are expected to have past experience with volunteer work, working as a part of a team.
Basic knowledge of Russian or Kyrgyz language is necessary.

LSM–12 Hand in Hand 18+

About NGO General association "BekemYntymakJashtaruyumu".
"Bekem Yntymak Ak-suu Jashtar uyumu" is a non-profit organization bringing together young volunteers with the mission of involving youth in civil society through volunteerism, project design, and cooperation both locally and internationally. "Bekem Yntymak Ak-suu Jashtar uyumu"was founded on January 29, 2016 as a youth volunteer organization under the auspices of the public association "Bekem YntymakAk-suuJashtaruyumu" , a centre of civic society initiatives.
Volunteer’s Role:

  •  Assist in the coordination of our youth volunteer and the organization of regular meetings as well as motivation and team-building activities.
  •  Participate in the organization and implementation of various events.
  •  Plan and implement short-term international volunteer projects and summer camps together with program coordinator.
  •  Get involved in fundraising activities.
  • Actively participate in our current projects.
  •  Hold language courses and discussion clubs.
  •  Create any PR materials of our organization: possibilities include booklets, mini clips, photo exhibitions, etc.

Accommodation
You will live with a local host family; they will provide you with your own room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host family for breakfast and dinner while lunch will be provided at the office with other members of"BekemYntymakAk-suuJashtaruyumu".
The program fee covers administrative charges, accommodation and food (provided by a host-family), pre-departure preparation assistance, beginner's Russian/Kyrgyz language classes and 24-hour support and guidance from professional, locally based staff.


Contact Information

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Leadership
138 Lenin Street
Karakol, Issyk-Kul 722200
Kyrgyzstan
+ [996] 3922 54722 (office tel. )
+ [996] 555 837225 (Nastya)
+[996] 701577561 (Kauhar)

 

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