Volonteurope is involved in several Erasmus+ projects, working with young people with fewer opportunities, developing volunteer and volunteer management training, and introducing innovative approaches to citizenship education.
The main objective of the ENGAGE project is to develop a European citizenship module-based handbook for students aged 8 to 12 years. In developing this, we are cooperating with Zentrum polis (Austria), La Ligue de l’enseignement de Bourgogne and Cidem (France ), The DARE Network (Belgium), Der Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (Germany), La Fundación Educativa y Asistencial Cives (Spain) and Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej (Poland). The content of the handbook will be equally split, with one half of the focus on civic participation, and the other on democratic participation. Topics included will encompass learning activities on multiperspectivity in history education, sustainable development, solidarity and democracy. As this project is due to finish in January 2017, it is now in its final stages – currently the handbook undergoing the last sharpening process on the developed modules. Once these models are finished, they will be published on the project website.
VOLUNTEERING FOR THE FUTURE
Research conducted around this project has found that young volunteers who have returned from a volunteering mission or assignment abroad often return to their home countries with a strong commitment to working to secure a more just and equitable world.
In light of this research, Volunteering for the Future focusses on developing learning opportunities tailored to young volunteers returning from the global south. Utilising innovative outreach techniques and methodologies, it aims to nurture the transformative potential of these young people. The project produced a comprehensive suite of research on the obstacles preventing returned volunteers from engaging for the benefit of their local communities. This research is being used to develop training and educations materials and online learning opportunities, which will be available for wider dissemination in the near future. These will be widely promoted through the partners’ extensive networks nationally, throughout the EU and internationally, and the resources will remain publicly available at the end of the project’s life cycle in August 2018.
The main aim and objective of the INCREASE project is the development of an interdisciplinary further training programme, aimed specifically at youth workers. This further training programme will provide youth workers with the skills to tackle the complex situations that can frequently feature in their day-to-day work, especially in residential youth care and crisis intervention. An explorative study on this subject has already been completed and the consortium is currently finishing the Increase 80 hours training programme, of which the pilot will be taking place in the first half of 2017. The experiences of the whole partnership during the project implementation period will be collected and channelled into a policy recommendation paper, which will be presented at a final multiplier event in Austria in June 2017. This paper should give concrete support and recommendations to policy makers for an improvement of an inclusive youth policy in Europe.
Faced with decreasing support, civil societies across Europe are being forced to work more effectively to achieve their desired objectives. To support them in becoming more proficient, we have been collaborating with Gemeinsam leben & lernen in Europa e.V.(Germany), Centrul de Volontariat Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and Dobrovolnické centrum (Czech Republic) in the ProVol Erasmus+ project. The aim of the project is to foster volunteers’ and their coordinators’ professional skills and, consequently, make volunteering a valid pathway to full time employment. As part of this project, the consortium partners have assessed the state and status of volunteering in the participating countries and have published modular handbooks for both volunteers and their coordinators. These valuable training materials will remain available for consultation on the project website after the project has been completed. Tailored publications for volunteers and coordinators have been made available for the participating countries in addition to European wide handbooks.
The primary goal of us; and our partners FACE (France), Pour la Solidarité (Belgium), VOLUM (Romania) and Wisamar (Germany); in this project, is the promotion of volunteering activities as a valid pathway to employment. Therefore we have adapted the ProfilPass, a tool to express interests and competences, into a “Portfolio for Volunteering experiences.” This document will help to identify the skills acquired during volunteering and helps to translate these into skills and competences valued in the job market. In order to facilitate employment opportunities for volunteers we will also reach out to the private sector for the recognition of these skills. More information on this project can be found on our EuroVIP page and on the project website.
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Between March 20 and 24, Volunteering Matters will be hosting a training course within the framework of its Volunteering for the Future project in its Ipswich office. The training is specifically designed for volunteers who have undertaken volunteering...read more
Research conducted by Comhlámh indicated that young returned volunteers have a strong commitment to securing a more just and equitable world, as well as having credibility in the eyes of their peers. Transnational research carried out as part of the...read more
Last month my work for the EuroVIP project took Joe Flack, Employee Volunteering Manager for Volunteering Matters, and myself to the historic city of Leipzig in Germany, where our partner, Wisamar hosted us for two days’ induction in the use of the...read more
Volonteurope, together with partners from several EU states, is launching a program called European Volunteer Inclusion Program (EuroVIP) to help reduce youth unemployment in Europe. Across Europe, the youth unemployment rate shot up after the financial crisis of...read more