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EYV 2011 Alliance member "Alliance" - EYV 2011 Flag Tour

The Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations (www.alliance-network.eu) has launched an EYV 2011 Flag Tour to celebrate volunteering, encourage active involvement of people within civil society and raise awareness on the European Year of Volunteering 2011 & European Year of Volunteers +10!


During this campaign, 36 voluntary service organisations from 25 countries, celebrate the valuable contribution the voluntary service has on society, communities and individuals.

With two flags travelling through four continents starting on the 4th March in Armenia during the Technical Meeting of the "Alliance" and ending in November in the UK at the General Assembly of the "Alliance", the Alliance Flag Tour raises awareness and the profile of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and the International Year of Volunteers +10 while encouraging active involvement of people within civil society.

EYV 2011 Flagship Projects Selection Results

CALL FOR PROPOSALS - COMM/C2/1-2010 EYV This Call - based upon Council Decision of 27 November 2009 designating 2011 as the European year of voluntary activities promoting active citizenship - aimed to support flagship projects in Member States, which would receive a grant from the European Commission, in order to test and develop new and innovative schemes and approaches with a view to build long-term partnerships between civil society organisations operating in the area of volunteering.  The projects have now been chosen.  For more information click here.

European Awards: "Living well with Dementia in the Community": Call for propposal until 31st August 2011

The European Foundations' Initiative on Dementia (EFID) launches the European Awards: "Living well with Dementia in the Community".

A group of foundations, composed of The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Fondation Médéric Alzheimer, the King Baudouin Foundation and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, join forces to launch the 'Living well with Dementia in the Community - European Foundations' Initiative on Dementia-Awards' in order to improve perceptions of dementia and to stimulate solidarity at the local level. The overarching aim of the Initiative is to contribute to a better quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

Up to 10 projects will be funded with up to € 10.000. The application is to be filled in English as the Awards are pan-European and partners are required to communicate and exchange their achievements at the European level and amongst their peers. To apply, send your application by 31st August. The full call for proposals and application form are available on the NEF website:


Workshop What role for international volunteers in Humanitarian Aid and Development?, Brussels (Belgium)

Workshop  What role for international volunteers in Humanitarian Aid and Development?

The Hungarian EU Presidency in cooperation with AVSO (Association of Voluntary Service Organisations) organised the workshop discussion on "What role for international volunteers in Humanitarian Aid and Development" as a contribution to the 2011 European Year of Volunteering. The event examined the role of international volunteering in humanitarian crisis situations and in linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD) as well as examining the potential of the European Humanitarian Volunteer Aid Corps (EVHAC).

Core questions addressed in the conference:

· What is the added value of international volunteers in disaster situations?

· How can young volunteers best contribute?

· What do volunteers learn in terms of awareness of development issues?

· What are the real outcomes of international volunteering projects?

· What is in it for Europe and the hosting country?

· What would be the best shape and form for the EVHAC initiative?


This round table discussion took place during the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and under the auspices of the Hungarian EU Presidency.

During the European Year there was a lot of discussion already about Europeans volunteering in Europe. However, more consideration and focus should be given also about how and in what capacity Europeans give their time and skills outside of Europe, especially in other regions of the world, which suffer from poverty, disasters, and complex humanitarian crises.

This round table discussion was held one day after the next Council meeting on Humanitarian Aid and relief, and would like to provide an input into the Council Conclusions on the EVHAC initiative.

Contact: Ms Agnes Uhereczky ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Mr Tamás Orosz ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Ms Erika Fodor ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Meeting Venue: Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Rue de Trèves 92-98, 1040 Brussels

EYV Tour Press Releases

PRESS & MEDIA European Year of Volunteering 2011

Click Here for the EYV 2011 Tour programmes.

Click Here for the Virtual Press kits: Media Launch Press kits and Press kits including press releases, opening invitations and event announcements.

Click Here for facts and figures on volunteering in each EU member state.

Click Here for photos from the Tour Stops.


Volunteering should not be misused as an instrument or a solution for failing structures or economical systems facing problems and difficulties say CEV - European Volunteer Centre

CEV - European Volunteer Centre's recently released position paper on the economic and financial crisis warns that volunteering should not be misused as an instrument or a solution for failing structures or economical systems facing problems and difficulties. Read more here.

Volunteers in Youth Organisations Building Europe

Volunteers from some of the European Youth Forum member organisations describe what they do as volunteers in this inspiring video.  Click Here.

International Partnership - Saudi Arabia

Good healthy day.


My Name is Engr. Mohammad Bakhrieba, public goodwill ambassador for Ambassadors of the World program, that has started in 86 counties
world wide, I do social projects in Saudi Arabia in coordination with the Ministry of Health and now the ministry of Culture and
information. All the projects we conducted have made great impact on the society at the national level as we align our efforts with the
international community plans for the United Nation that meets the Saudi Government vision.

We will be pleased to participate and support any initiative that will impact the mutual understanding and sustainability for our young generations among the
world, we are very keen to partner, share and learn from our colleagues in Europe.

Yours Truelly,
Engr. Mohammad Bakhrieba,
Public Goodwill Ambassador, AWP,
UN-WHO International Organizational Partner,
Founder of STOP TB Jeddah Group,
AWP - International Coordinator.

Wanted: Ideas for Workshops on volunteering & Workshop leaders

ACES – The Academy of Central European Schools is aiming at the promotion of dialogue and co-operation of young people and teachers (schools) in its 15 Eastern/South Eastern European partner countries. Therefore ACES organises and supports international school partnership projects. The closing event of the project year 2010/2011 will take place in Prague (Czech Republic) from 29 March - 1 April 2011.

One 31 March, the Academy will focus on an "active" approach to the topic of VOLUNTEERING (related to schools/school development, community/school and community, educational dimension/learning opportunity, motivation, active citizenship etc.) by organising 6-8 workshops for students/teachers (workshop duration 2 hours). Therefore we are looking for: 

  1. creative workshop ideas which tackle and put into practice this broad topic fruitfully for our target groups and accordingly 
  2. for good workshop leaders (fee-based)


For our purpose and target group we need the workshop offers to be:

  • interesting for students (12 – 17 years old) as well as for teachers  (mixed groups)
  • The workshop should be "student-able" concerning the use of language and methods and methods oriented (not theory oriented): interactive, participative
  • basics, not advanced stuff
  • practice-oriented (not theory oriented), especially it should be interactive and participative; we are looking for playful and method-based workshops
  • Focus should be on inspiring the participants (in 2 h it's not realistic to expect more, not even talking about a holistic approach)
  • Please take into account not only diverse age range (students from 12-17 and teachers) but especially also various levels of previous experiences of our participants


It would just be great if you would have some ideas on what especially within volunteering could be interesting for our participants / for schools/students and teachers / and maybe also suggest some trainers (e.g. also from your institution/organisation)!

Please contact me as soon as possible!

Tine Gamper, Interkulturelles Zentrum (Vienna, Austria)

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


More information on ACES on www.aces.or.at


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