Quality of volunteering: contribution of the Grundtvig programme

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Presentation by Géraldine Libreau (European Commission) during the EESC hearing on Volunteering infrastructure and quality of volunteering (23.02.2011)

Presentation by Géraldine Libreau (European Commission) during the EESC hearing on Volunteering infrastructure and quality of volunteering (23.02.2011)

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  • The project European volunteers in parks produced documents such as : The VOCH project produced a very complete handbook for volunteer coordinators and museum professionals working or planning to work with volunteers on how to train, recruit, motivate, manage and recognise volunteers in museums


  • 1. Quality of volunteering: contribution of the Grundtvig programme Géraldine Libreau European Commission, Directorate General Education and Culture Brussels, 23 May 2011
  • 2. Lifelong Learning programme Comenius School education Erasmus Higher education & advanced training Leonardo da Vinci Vocational education and training Grundtvig Adult education Transversal Programme 4 key activities – Policy cooperation; Languages; ICT; Dissemination and exploitation of results Jean Monnet Programme 3 key activities – Jean Monnet Action; European Institutions; European associations
  • 3. Grundtvig support to volunteering
    • 2000-2010: more than 60 projects related to volunteering
    • 2009: launch of « Senior Volunteering Projects »
      • Two-year bilateral projects including volunteering periods of 3-8 weeks
      • Seniors = 50+
      • => 106 projects in two years; +/- 1000 volunteers
  • 4. What do you learn as a volunteer?
    • Challenging prejudices (about cultures, people)
    • Refreshing knowledge
    • (e.g. language or technical skills)
    • Acquiring new skills
    • (e.g. new language, communication, new technical skills, or even new life skills)
    • Any age group benefits from the learning opportunity
  • 5.
    • How do you learn as a volunteer?
    • Formally
    • Non-formally
    • Informally
    • Requirements
    • Awareness that volunteering is a learning environment
    • Tools and methods
    • Recognition of skills acquired
  • 6. Tools and methods – a few examples developed by Grundtvig projects
  • 7. Training management staff of volunteering organisations
      • To recruit and identify the right person for the right task
      • To create a learning environment
      • To develop tools for volunteer management
  • 8. Examples
    • “ European volunteers in parks” http://www.freiwillige-in-parks.de/grundtvig-learning-partnership-european-volunteers
    • “ Volunteers for cultural heritage” (VOCH) www.amitie.it/voch
  • 9. Training the volunteers
    • Pre-volunteering / on the spot
    • Soft / personal / technical skills
    • Formal / non-formal / informal
  • 10. Examples
    • Exploring the link between volunteering and LLL in universities: the “VALUE” network www.valuenetwork.org.uk
    • “ HEAR me” – Highly educated retirees mentoring early school leavers http://www2.viauc.com/ projects / hearme
  • 11. Recognising the skills acquired
    • EAC work on recognition of skills acquired in non-formal and informal settings
    • Europass
    • Recommendations from MOVE project – www.cev.be
  • 12. A double challenge: Including volunteers with fewer opportunities Volunteering abroad
  • 13. No ready-made solutions
    • Proactive outreach, e.g. through community organisations, peers, children, …
    • Additional training, e.g. intercultural, linguistic, confidence boosting, …
    • Additional financial support needed
      • Time
      • Accompanying person
      • Infrastructures
  • 14. More on Grundtvig…
    • http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/doc86_en.htm