SOS Malta receives EU Aid Volunteers certification

Between 2015 and 2017 Volonteurope, Alianza por la Solidaridad, GVC and Hungarian Baptist Aid were involved in their first Technical Assistance project as part of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. This project provided training on the EU Aid Volunteers certification process for sixteen organisations throughout Europe, using the varied knowledge and experience of the consortium partners. SOS Malta is one of the organisations that Volonteurope visited on a Technical Assistance visit in 2017, and we are very happy to announce that they have now been certified!


Below you can hear from SOS Malta’s CEO, Claudia Taylor East:

SOS Malta logo; Solidarity Overseas Service

“SOS Malta is happy to take on a new and exciting role as a Certified Sending Organisation of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.  It has been an interesting journey developing our policies and procedures and making sure they align and adhere to the quality standards required.  Our vast experience in humanitarian aid and volunteer management helped us reach the standards the initiative requires. The training we received from Volonteurope and La Guilde improved our skills and gave us further tools to be able to work through the evidence based self- assessment.  We now look forward to sharing our knowledge but most of all to enter in to action for the deployment and management of EU Aid Volunteers. SOS Malta is also open to working with other organisations for us all to contribute towards the success of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.”

Activities around the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative are continuing, however. In February 2018 Volonteurope, again with Alianza por la Solidaridad and GVC and with the addition of Action Aid Hellas, Imago Mundi, LVIA and Action Aid Italia kicked off a new Technical Assistance project. Here you can read about the kick off meeting in Madrid, and you can explore the latest activities here and here.