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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)

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Quality of volunteering: contribution of the Grundtvig programme

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

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