The Erasmus+ programme run by the EU commission aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work across Europe. Erasmus+ provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad to foster exchange and mobility between EU citizens.
Volunteering Matters has a number of strategic partnership projects funded by Erasmus+. The projects include Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership Projects for youth and adults, as well as other projects focusing on cross-border mobility of young people.
You can find out more about these projects via Volonteurope’s website, or read the short summaries below.
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This collaborative project aims to develop an accessible, flexible and sustainable European model for training volunteers and improving the effectiveness of volunteer activities and services. The aim of the project is to foster volunteers’ and their coordinators’ professional skills and, ultimately, 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.
The ERASMUS+ Project European Volunteer Inclusion Program (EuroVIP) aims to strengthen the recognition of skills and competences acquired by young adults (17-30 years old) during volunteer activities and to promote them as valuable for their entrance into the labour market.
The project has created three useful guides. The first one is the Portfolio for Volunteering experiences – Based on the ProfilPASS, a portfolio for self-evaluation to support young volunteers to self-evaluate and self-reflect on their abilities and skills developed while volunteering as possible pathways towards employment.
The second guide Volunteering Experience as a step towards Employment. A practical guide for recruiters aims at providing support for recruiters to recognise and value skills and competences developed through volunteering. While the European best practices handbook in supporting young volunteers to sustainable employment offers an overview of good practices present in the different countries involved in the project.
The project was made possible due to the financial support provided by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union and has been implemented by a consortium of 5 organisations: Face (France); POUR LA SOLIDARITÉ (Belgium); Volum Federation (Romania); Visamar (Germany) and Volunteering Matters (UK).
For more information visit the project website: http://www.eurovip-erasmusplus.eu/
VOLUNTEERING FOR THE FUTURE
This collaborative project follows recent research that young people actively engaged in volunteering abroad often return with a strong commitment to continue volunteering for the greater good.
In light of this, Volunteering for the Future focuses on developing learning opportunities tailored to young volunteers returning from the global south. Utilising innovative outreach techniques and methodologies, the project aims to nurture the transformative potential of these young people and provides a suite of research on the obstacles preventing returned volunteers from engaging in volunteering for the benefit of their local communities.