[:en]Last week I had the pleasure to take part in the final conference of the Erasmus + project Voyce, Volunteering Youth: Routes and tools for competence’s emersion.
It was very enriching to see the similarity with our, now finished, EuroVIP project and join forces to find the best ways to recognise and validate skills developed through volunteering. We also explored the possibility to build a partnership for future collaboration to identify the most successful tools and techniques for validation of skills developed while volunteering.

To guarantee the quality and the success of the project several organisations took part: CESV, Service Center for Volunteering of Latium Region, (Italy), Cemea (France), Cibervoluntarios Foundation (Spain), Fundacion Docete Omnes (Spain), CPA3 (Italy), ERA EWALUACJI (Poland), INSTITUTO PRÍNCIPE REAL (Portugal), CLUBE INTERCULTURAL EUROPEU (Portugal).
The project goal, as in EuroVIP, was to enhance the learning outcomes of young volunteers by fostering their employability. Youth volunteering opportunities across Europe are numerous, and such experiences can be an important opportunity for learning and, through recognition and validation, acquiring competences and skills that are important when entering in the job market. Volunteering can offer a meaningful boost to the individual growth of young people and provide a bridge into the labour market.

The conference, was in Rome on the 20th and 21st September, so it also gave me the possibility to go back to my hometown.The first day took place in Pigneto, in the premises of CEMEA del Mezzogiorno, and after some introductory speeches we watched a video made by volunteers engaged in the project using the digital story telling technique to facilitate competences’ emersion.
This was followed by a full-day conference in a more formal setting, hosted by the University of Roma Tre, with institutional speakers and representatives of the project.

During the day we also learned about the deliverable of the project:

  • A Research on validation of volunteers’ competencies in 5 EU Countries
  • A Manual for the validation of volunteers’ competencies (Available in 6 languages)
  • Guide for “mentors of pathways of emergence of learning”
  • Training module for tutors to prepare the end of the volunteers´ experience

The manual, one of the main outputs of the project, focuses on the validation of the eight key competences of the EU and proposes a model that is easy to use even for non-experts, taking into account the needs of volunteers and organisations.

Laura de Bonfils[:]