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GROUP EVS PROJECT
“Join the Wonderful Winning World of Special Olympics World Summer Games”
Celebrating 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering & International Year of Volunteers+10

The Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011 is the largest and probably most inspiring sports event of 2011! It took place in Athens from June 20th to July 4th hosting 7,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 25,000 volunteers from all over the world.
Special Olympics is based upon the idea of volunteerism as volunteers have been the cornerstone to develop the movement in 180 countries and regions worldwide. They also serve as an effective catalyst for a social change towards understanding and acceptance of people with intellectual disability.
From the 10th of June-10th of July, 100 young European citizens, aged 18-30 years old, had the unique opportunity to offer volunteer service to Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011".
The young volunteers coming from Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy,Lithuania, Spain,Turkey and the United Kingdom contributed to the successful realisation of the event and supported the Special Olympics athletes in the sport venues as well as in the non-sport sites.


Their participation was realised with the support of the European Commission within the framework of Action 2(Group EVS) of Youth in Action Programme.
Project Coordinator: “CITIZENS IN ACTION”, Athens Greece
Hosting Organisation: ORGANISING COMMITTEE ATHENS 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games-GREECE
Partner Organisations:
AUSTRIA: AKZENTE SALZBURG, BELGIUM: COMPAGNONS BATISSEURS,ESTONIA: INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ASSOCIATION ESTYES, FRANCE:CONCORDIA FR, UNAREC ETUDES ET CHANTIERS, GERMANY:VEREINIGUNG JUNGER FREIWILLIGER, IBG - INTERNATIONALE BEGEGNUNG IN GEMEINSCHAFTSDIENSTEN,ITALY: ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI FIRENZE,LUNARIA,LITHUANIA: CENTER OF YOUTH VOLUNTARY ACTIVITIES DEINETA, SPAIN:COCAT, NEXES INTERCULTURALS DE JOVES PER EUROPA,TURKEY: GENÇTUR – GENÇLIK,UNITED KINGDOM: CONCORDIA UK, UNA EXCHANGE


The young EVS volunteers promoted the goals of IYV+10 and the European Year of Volunteering 2011


Above all though, they became and hopefully will remain, in their own way, active ambassadors of hope, acceptance, solidarity and the transforming effect volunteerism can have in society.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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