Erasmus+ projects

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 was to develop a European citizenship module-based handbook for students aged from 8 to 12 years old. The consortium of partners involved in developing the handbook consisted of: 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 was equally split, with one half focusing on civic participation, and the other on democratic participation. Included topics encompassed learning activities on multiperspectivity in history education, sustainable development, solidarity and democracy. The ENGAGE project finished in January 2017, and the completed models have been published on the project website.


Alongside Comhlámh (Ireland), finep (Germany) and INEX (Czech Republic), Volunteering Matters is engaged in the Erasmus+ funded Volunteering for the Future project.

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 has been used to develop training and education materials and online learning opportunities. Each partner in the project has developed a country specific training manual that aims to help returned volunteers remain engaged in volunteering, especially in their local communities. You can find the UK What Next? returned volunteer training manual by clicking on the picture to the right.

The resources created as part of the Volunteering for the Future Erasmus+ funded project will remain publicly available until the end of the project’s life cycle in August 2018.



The objective of the INCREASE project has been to develop an interdisciplinary further training programme, aimed specifically at youth workers and volunteers working in youth care. This further training programme supports youth workers to develop skills to tackle the complex situations that can frequently feature in their day-to-day work, especially in residential youth care and crisis intervention. The consortium has completed an explorative study on this subject and has developed the INCREASE 80 hours training programme, that has been piloted in the participating countries. Building on the experience of the project the consortium has developed a policy recommendation paper presented at a final multiplier event in Austria in September 2017. This paper gives concrete support and recommendations to policy makers for an improvement of an inclusive youth policy in Europe.

For more information visit the INCREASE website here


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 Volonteurope; 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 help 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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