Learn through Volunteering: What and How?

In May 2015 Fundació Catalunya Voluntària hosted the international training course “Learn through volunteering: What and How?” where 21 young people, representing of 14 non-profit NGOs from 13 countries in Europe (Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Spain and Czech Republic) gathered together.

The course took place from the 16th to the 23rd of May 2015 and it aimed at improving the educational content of the volunteering activities and projects carried out by the promoting organizations, both locally and internationally. The objective of the course was learning to recognize and appreciate the learning programs that the various organizations offer to the volunteers engaged in their activities.11401472_829005303819300_2818172192847371582_n

The selected youth workers, volunteering actions managers, mentors and trainers shared information, experiences and good practices, and also learnt new methodologies and management tools in order to help young people to discover and develop specific interests and capabilities. These, will be used to improve their work profile and to have more chances to find a job, in their countries and all over Europe.

The course also aimed at enabling the organization to give young people a kind of support adjusted to their needs, keeping in mind the difficulties they encounter while participating in volunteering initiatives, as well as their needs, both on a educational and professional point of view.

The course made it possible for the organizations to plan their volunteering actions in a way that will include relevant aspects of active social inclusion and education.

The course was part of FCV strategy of promotion of active and educational volunteering: we recognize its value as an experience of non-formal learning. We also encourage new ways of volunteering, that are adjusted to the needs of young people with fewer opportunities and who find themselves in a vulnerable situation.

The training course relied on the support of the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission and took place in Vilanova i La Geltrú (Barcelona).

For more information on the course, send an email to: projectes@catalunyavoluntaria.cat (Lluc).