ATS Student Mentoring
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Voluntary Service International
Requirements:A laptop (smartphones or tablets won't work); a good internet connection; VSI membership
Voluntary Service International is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement started in 1920 in the aftermath of the First World War. Voluntary Service International was founded in 1965 after several projects in the late '50s. Since then VSI has undertaken a wide variety of voluntary and community work throughout Ireland and has sent volunteers to many projects in over 60 countries worldwide.
During this project, SCI want to give visibility to the last century of volunteering by writing Wikipedia articles about the history of SCI and the global peace and volunteering movement. This online project is part of the bigger “Wikipedia for Peace” project, a cooperation between SCI and Wikimedia. Volunteers will get to know Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects and through working together with the SCI archives volunteers will get to know the history of the global peace movement better.
Activities include doing research for Wikipedia articles online, writing new articles and improving existing ones. The project organisers will prepare a list of articles around people and topics that are related to SCI and that are relevant enough to have articles on Wikipedia. Every day volunteers will gather on Zoom for 3 hours in the afternoon (Central European Time). And in the mornings volunteers can work individually or in small groups. Volunteers don’t have to have knowledge on Wikipedia already.
Is training provided?: Yes
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
There will be a big emphasis on learning during this project. Volunteers will learn how to write good Wikipedia articles and learn about the principles behind Wikimedia projects as well as free licences/open content philosophy in general. Volunteers will learn about the history and roots of SCI and the global peace movement. They will get to know more about amazing people that helped to establish international voluntary services and projects as a concept – and that contributed to peace - through your own research, through exchange with other participants and through external inputs.
There is also an optional evening activity, where volunteers can get to know one another and play games or hang out. The rest of the time is flexible, but participants are asked to spend an additional 2 hours each day, usually the morning time, working on their articles, either editing or researching.
Skills required for this role:
Volunteers will speak English in the group. However, volunteers can write Wikipedia articles in any language they want. Volunteers are encouraged to write in their native language. Most of the materials about SCI that are in the SCI archives are in English, German, French and Spanish, but also in lots of other languages.
Details of time commitment needed for role:
Project Dates: everyday from 1 to 7 April 2021 There will be around three hours of Zoom every day of the project, usually sometime between 12:00 - 16:00 GMT, except for one free day (usually Friday). There is also an optional evening activity, usually around 17:00 GMT where volunteers can get to know one another and play games or hang out. The rest of the time is flexible, but participants are asked to spend an additional 2 hours each day working on their articles, either editing or researching. The times for the Zoom sessions will be finalised closer to the start of the project to accommodate all participants’ time zones. In this case, it is recommended to be time flexible if joining the project.
Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week
Additional screening required for this role:
Interested applicants need to be a member of VSI to participate in this project. If you’re not yet a member, it’s easy to sign up - you can read more about membership here: https://www.vsi.ie/payments/ Applicants will need to fill out a short application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSda5s5tgH1EWNZauxjJE6fUQXzMmDVE_1-gUrOSewDFkgI4og/viewform Applicants will also need to send VSI a motivation letter (just a short paragraph) to email@example.com stating your interest as well as confirming your availability during the project.
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Mateja Jakšić
Address: Voluntary Service International, 20 Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1
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