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British Red Cross programme: International Youth Volunteering Programme

British Red Cross programme: International Youth Volunteering Programme

The British Red Cross brought partners from Germany, Armenia, Norway and France for the international youth volunteering programme together for a conference to enhance their working relationships, discuss future plans for the programme and agree a common framework. The conference was a two day event (21-22nd November) funded by the EU. The conference explored:

• Individual National Red Cross Society direction and areas of interest in international youth volunteering

• Networking between National Red Cross Societies

• Showcasing of projects by other national societies as well as UK project development

• Young people's experiences of the programme first hand

• Practicalities, financial framework and EU reporting, risk prevention & crisis management

• Support to young people with additional support needs

• Employability links for young people

• Other possible areas for synergy (eg Humanitarian Education)

All delegates inputted into the programme to develop its future direction. We achieved common streamlined and transparent processes for recruitment, financial and volunteer management as well as better quality project design.

Young Volunteers Stand up!

Young Volunteers Stand up!

On September 7-11, the European Youth Forum organised the biggest Civil Society event of the European Year on Volunteering proving and showcasing the impact and outreach of volunteers in youth organisations: the II Youth Convention on Volunteering.

The event, hosted by the European Parliament, was a space for young volunteers and youth organisations to work together, to discuss with European decision-makers and to celebrate the commitment of young people throughout Europe building a better Europe every day.

The Convention consisted of a wide range of activities, most notably the Stakeholder Conference on the Rights of Volunteers, the Volunteer Bridge dedicated to the EU-China Year of Youth, the Volunteers Village, hosting Member Organisations' and other partners' stands and activities, the launch of the European Youth Forum Alumni Network and the YO!Fest which celebrated 15 years of the European Youth Forum.

Part of the Convention was the Volunteer Bridge, one of the flagship events of the 2011 EU-China Year of Youth, organised by the European Youth Forum in partnership with the All-China Youth Federation, the European Commission and the European External Action Service and with the support of the Policy Dialogue Support Facility. A World Music Village Workshop, a Graffiti Workshop and the III China-Europe Symposium on Youth Work Development featured in this event. It provided an experience of volunteering and showcased the contribution of participatory youth organisations to the volunteering sector and to society.

The Village provided the space to more than 80 organisations, Members and non-Members of the platform, to present their work, to bring forward the added value of volunteering within their specific contexts and to engage participants and visitors in a set of workshops and interactive sessions. This Village showed the diversity and strength of youth work and the work of youth organisations. The Youth Forum therefore held a meeting in the Village with experts of the institutions who work on the new cycle of EU Programmes dedicated to Youth.

Overall the Convention gave visibility to volunteering in youth work, showcased the impact of youth organisations, provided them with a space for exchange and to learn from best practices and gave political visibility to the European Youth Forum across the institutions in Brussels. One of the first results was the support to the draft Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers from several important actors such as Mr. Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Mr. Gianni Pittella, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ms. Isabelle Durant, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mr. Jean-Pierre Vandersteen, Director General for Communication of DG Communications (EC), Ms. Marian Harkin, EP Coordinator of the European Year of Volunteering.

 

The video report of the Convention can be viewed on the Youth Forum's Vimeo page.

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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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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The World Scout Jamboree

The World Scout Jamboree

40,000 Scouts from all over the world gathered at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree held at Rinkaby near Kristianstad, in southern Sweden. Volunteer staff has been preparing the site for several weeks, with a full complement of ten thousand Scout volunteers from every continent.

The host for the Jamboree, the Guide and Scout Council of Sweden, has selected a theme of "Simply Scouting." Participants experience traditional scouting activities in a 10 day program such as pioneering (building with logs and rope) as well as experiencing the Jamboree with new media such as social networking. The camp programme is based on three main concepts: meetings, nature and solidarity.

The World Scout Jamboree is the premier Scouting event in the Scouting movement and takes place every four years. The event can be compared to the Olympic Games given the number of participants, the significance of the event to worldwide Scouting and the massive preparation necessary to make such a huge event go smoothly. This is the biggest youth event ever held in Sweden, both for the number of youth in attendance and the number of participating countries.

Up to 1500 of the volunteers have taken more than a month to build the camp. The remainder of the 10,000 volunteers necessary to make the camp work arrived on 25 July, 2011. With the arrival of the participants on 27 July, from about 150 countries, the Jamboree takes on the character of a sizable city with all the facilities in place. However, the best way to describe the event is a massive celebration for two weeks enjoying the fun and the shared values of Scouting.

Empowered with tools to take home to be better global citizens, Scouts were participating in interactive activities where they are learning about global issues. At night the Scouts explored a forest having to think about their abilities, make choices and live different realities. Perspectives are changing as Scouts see the world as a small child or what it means to be old while reflecting on what it means to be whom they are. Other Scouts were learning not just about themselves but about people from all over the world. The have contemplated what makes them think as they do and whether they are really the same as everyone else, as well as how much each has in common with people from throughout the world. Another opportunity has been to explore the diversity of our planet and experience the dance of the elements. Discovery of how much their actions can affect their world and the things they can do to help improve and sustain our world is challenging the Scouts.

During the Jamboree, two people from each contingent will get an opportunity to go offsite and be part of a "United Nations simulation", where they are representing their own country. The topic of the day is "Global Warming" and the participants will discuss and make resolutions on the personal responsibilities of scouts as well as resolutions recommending the WOSM position at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP17) later this year.

Challenges to explore different world faiths and learn how much in common each faith may share are encountered daily. Scouts were experiencing first-hand the ability of distinct faith communities to co-exist peacefully and learn how to live in tolerance and harmony. At the Jamboree Forum, Scouts hear outstanding keynote speakers discussing topics of global importance such as the role of Scouting in eradicating poverty and how Scouting is itself a Forum for interreligious dialogue.

One of the most exciting new features of this Jamboree has been "Camp in Camp" where Scouts have been heading out into the Swedish countryside, joining Swedish Scouts to experience "Simply Scouting" the Swedish way staying out over night before returning to the Jamboree location. A few lucky Scout troops had the pleasure of camping with H.M. King Carl Gustaf of Sweden. Another highlight of the Jamboree has been the "Safe from Harm" conference on preventing child abuse with keynote speaker H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden.

A global campaign, "Messengers of Peace" has been launched at the Jamboree. Scouts have learned of the contributions of Scouts worldwide to global peace and are trained to expand their own local impact.

Another key concept that marks Scouting at the Jamboree is giving. Scouts from the more wealthy countries donated their tents and gear to Scouts from less advantaged countries. Many had contributed to the One World Solidarity Fund which enabled more that 500 less well off participants to attend the Jamboree.

The closing ceremony on 6 August marked the spirit of the Jamboree, specially designed to reflect one of the greatest values of Scouting: solidarity. With a spirit of celebration and togetherness, the Scouts will return home charged up for scouting and ready to take on the challenges of their world at home and abroad.

Several thousand Scouts have each committed to provide over 100 hours of community service when they return home, and a total of over 250,000 hours have been committed. With around 1,120,000 hours devoted to the organisation of the Jamboree by around 10,000 volunteers, Scouts have proven their commitment to the European Year of Volunteering 2011.

More about the 22nd World Scout Jamboree is available from www.worldscoutjamboree.se

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EC Call for proposals to support youth projects of regional or local authorities, NGOs and corporate social responsibility initiatives of private bodies

EC Call for proposals to support youth projects of regional or local authorities, NGOs and corporate social responsibility initiatives of private bodies. This call supports activities like youth exchanges, youth volunteering abroad and youth work cooperation. Deadline: 3 November 2011. Eligible projects must start between 1 March 2012 and 1 September 2012 and run for a maximum of 24 months. Read more.

Call for innovators - Social Innovation Competition: Naples 2.0

The International Social Innovation Competition for Naples is open.

 

Working in partnership with local organisations and Unicredit Foundation we have identified 6 challenges in Naples such a villa confiscated to Camorra - the criminal group - to be turned into a profitable business for the community, and called social innovators to submit their solutions.

All innovators are eligible including public and private, profit and not for profit institutions, organisations and enterprises from across the world. This is an opportunity for everybody if interested in taking a challenge for the good of society testing his/her skills and creativity on a difficult ground as Naples.

An international jury will evaluate the applications and proclaim 6 winners at the international conference taking place in Naples on 21 - 23 September.

The winners will receive 10'000 € each one to transform the idea into a project working in partnership with local partners. The organisers will fundraise for the entire budget to implement every project they deem effective and sustainable.

To apply please here

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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:

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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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