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ECTP - European Citizenship Trimester Programme - Camp in Brussels

ECTP - European Citizenship Trimester Programme - Camp in Brussels

From Sunday 27 November until Thursday 1 December, after having spent three months abroad on an AFS trimester exchange, 169 young students, age 14 to 18, coming from 16 European countries, gathered in Brussels for the EFIL closing Camp of the European Citizenship Trimester Programme, before returning to their home countries. Add to this a team of 36 volunteers (prep team, trainers and support team), and you have a wonderful multicultural mix with people from Russia, Austria, Poland, Latvia, Italy, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, The Netherlands, Belgium Flanders and Belgium French, plus one participant from Canada. Additional hosting destinations were Serbia, Turkey and Ireland.

At the Brussels Camp, the participants had the unique opportunity to share their AFS experience with their peers from all over Europe, providing a superb climax and a substantial additional value to their trimester school exchange. In dynamic workshops and interactive sessions they reflected on their stay abroad and focused on topics like European and Active Citizenship. On Wednesday afternoon, we were joined by Mrs Maria Podlasek-Ziegler from the Youth In Action Unit of the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission, who talked to the participants about the opportunities for active citizenship offered to young people through the Youth in Action Programme (incl. EVS, Youth Initiatives, etc.).

A visit to Europe's capital city once again proved to be among the highlights of the Camp. A first group of participants went to visit the European Parliament, where they learned about the Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission, their legislative and executive roles, members and presidency. The visit included the impressive hemi-circular auditorium where the Parliament holds its Brussels sessions and committee meetings. A second group of participants visited the recently opened "Parlamentarium", the European Parliament's new Visitors' centre, where the students engaged in an interactive virtual trip through Europe and learned – in a refreshing and dynamic way – how decisions are made in Europe and how they influence our daily lives. Different from the previous years, the weather gods were on our side, and we continued the day's programme with a rally through Brussels' city centre to give the students an opportunity to see the royal Palace, the Grand Place and other major landmarks of Brussels.

On Thursday, tired but with big smiles on their faces and with lots of new friends, all the participants were transported to the airport to return to their homes after a trimester abroad and four intense days of sharing and learning. With the extraordinary support of the volunteers of the prep team, the support team and the trainers, coming from EFIL's Member Organisations in all corners of Europe, EFIL's third edition of the ECTP Camp was a tremendous success. We have already booked the venue for next year's edition!

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State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (UNV),2011

State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2011, Published by: United Nations Volunteers (UNV).

This report is available in Arabic in 2012, English, French and Spanish. For more information visit 

http://www.unv.org/about-us/swvr2011/report.html

Intercultural Dialogue Day 2011

Intercultural Dialogue Day 2011

Since 2008, the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, EFIL promotes the Intercultural Dialogue Day within its network, and celebrates this Day on the last Thursday of September.

During Intercultural Dialogue Day, AFS volunteers across Europe organise public events promoting intercultural dialogue and diversity through youth exchanges. During these events volunteers address audiences in an interactive way in order to raise awareness.

In 2011, on Thursday 29 September, all across the EFIL member organisations, activities took place as part of the 4th edition of our Annual Intercultural Dialogue Day. Events took place from Lisbon to Riga, from Ankara to Hamburg, from Cairo to Maribor, from Belgrade to Vladivostok. Have a look at our Googlemap!

This year we organized a Facebook contest for the best IDD Event and the winning group of 3 volunteers from Italy (Catania) got free registration at our Volunteer Summer Summit 2012. Other winning events were a Flashmob called 'Freezebook' which took place in 6 European cities and an Intercultural Treasure Hunt in Istanbul

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Get it Right from the Start For Everyone Who Works With Volunteers Volunteer policies – the key to diverse volunteer involvement

Get it Right from the Start For Everyone Who Works With Volunteers Volunteer policies – the key to diverse volunteer involvement. This booklet is published as part of Volunteers' Week UK 2002 (Volunteer's week 2002 planning group: The National Centre for Volunteering, Volunteer Development Scotland, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, National Association of Volunteer Bureaux, Development Agency, The Active Community Unit at the Home Office)

Best practice sharing for volunteer managers (Greater London Volunteering)

Best practice sharing for volunteer managers in the UK: http://www.expertsinvolunteering.org.uk/web/resources

Resources page of Greater London Volunteering include resources about:

1. Equality and Diversity

2. Expenses

3. Induction(Volunteers are introduced to the work and ethos of the organisation)

4. Organisational Involvement

5. Personal Development

6. Recruitment Process

7. Resolving Difficulties

8. Reward and Recognition

9. Safe Volunteering Environment

General support for volunteer managers (UK)

10. Support

Hurry up! there are 6 days left to join Discover e-volunteering' Competition!

Are you running a project in which people are helping others via the Internet? The 'Discover e-volunteering' Competition is just for you! Hurry up – there are 6 days left to join the Competition, win prizes and show Europeans how much good they can do in the Web!

 

E-volunteering is volunteering conducted via the Internet. Free Web counseling, forming assistance and self-help groups, promoting partnership, searching for information, or on-line language courses are among many examples of e-volunteering. Through this Competition we hope to show their diversity and to encourage all Europeans to undertake social activity in the Internet!

All organisations from the European Union cooperating with volunteers through the Internet may take part in the Competition. The application form is available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/ . The deadline for submitting the applications is July 31, 2011.

The Competition will consist of the following stages:

  • May, 25 – July, 31, 2011 - Call for appliactions
  • August, 22 – September, 5, 2011 – The Competition Selection Committee selects 9-12 best projects
  • September, 12 – October, 12, 2011 – On-line voting
  • November 2011 – Final Gala in Warsaw

Attractive financial awards for the Competition winners are funded by the Polish Fundacja Orange (1st prize) , Fondation Orange from France (2nd Prize) and Intel Technology Poland Ltd (3rd prize). The total sum of prizes in the Competition is 6 000 euro.

'Discover e-volunteering' is the only competition, both in Poland and in Europe, which aims at honouring and promoting the most interesting projects concerning the co-operation of non-governmental organizations with the e-voluntaries seeking to help others via the Internet.
It has been also chosen by the European Commission as one of the flagship projects of the European Year of Volunteering 2011.

Detailed information on the Competition, the Regulations, and promotional materials are available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/

For more information please contact:

Patrycja Rokicka

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Marzena Kacprowicz

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The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' is organized by the Good Network Foundation and Fundacja Orange, in cooperation with Competition Partners. The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' competition is pursued under the project 'Values ​​and activities of volunteering and e-volunteering' co-financed by the European Union. The European Union is not responsible for any content generated by the project.

Join 'Discover e-volunteering' Competition today!

Does your organization co-operate with volunteers seeking to help others via the Internet? Don't wait till the summertime and join 'Discover E-volunteering' Competition now! Attractive prizes are awaiting for the authors of the best e-volunteering projects.

All organisations from the European Union cooperating with volunteers through the Internet may take part in the Competition. The application form is available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/ . The deadline for submitting the applications is July 31, 2011.

 

The Competition will consist of the following stages:

  • May, 25 – July, 31,  2011 - Call for appliactions
  • August, 22 – September, 5, 2011 – The Competition Selection Committee selects 9-12 best projects.
  • September, 12 – October, 12, 2011 – On-line voting.
  • November 2011 – Final Gala in Warsaw.

Detailed information on the Competition, the Regulations, and promotional materials are available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/

For more information please contact:

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' is organized by the Good Network Foundation and Fundacja Orange, in cooperation with Competition Partners. The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' competition is pursued under the project 'Values and activities of volunteering and e-volunteering' co-financed by the European Union. The European Union is not responsible for any content generated by the project.

UNOY Study Session "PAVE the way! Peacebuilding and Volunteering in Europe"

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is pleased to invite you to apply forparticipation in our Study Session "PAVE the way! Peacebuilding and Volunteering in Europe" in Budapest - Hungary, 23-30 October 2011.

We are looking for 30 participants who:

  • age between 21-30
  • are already involved and active in youth work on a local, national or international level to participate in the study session
  • reside in a member state of the Council of Europe

The purpose of the study session is to exchange ideas, expertise and approaches on volunteering for peaceamong youth peacebuilding organisations. The outcome of the study session will assist youth NGOs in UNOYPeacebuilders' network in improving their work and ensuring that the volunteer projects and process arecontributing to peace and enforcing a culture of peace.

For more information, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For online application, please follow this link:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dE1zR0ZCTmE3OUxrYXFBa2NCZzJmRWc6MQ#gid=0

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