In the framework of I'VE project, coordinated by Lunaria, the partnership has implemented two international researches to understand how competences developed in volunteering contexts have been so far evaluated, recognized and validated.
Every year more than 20.000 people take part in international voluntary projects: it is a big community of people (mainly under 30 years old) who share an incredible, unique and unforgettable experience. But there is more: Alliance and its members, which yearly mobilize around 1300 local communities and thousands of volunteers, have the concrete perception that in many cases these experiences really change people, build new bridges of solidarity and friendship, become a turning point in the life of individuals by bringing new skills, ideas and competences.
The first phase of the creation of a feasible recognition system, was to analyze the state of art across Europe and to give voice to those directly involved in the learning process of volunteering: young volunteers, project coordinators, workcamp organisers and hosts, managers of international networks and representatives of international institutions.
The results of this research phase are collected in two reports:
The Alliance and the steering committee of I'VE project warmly thank all the organisations and networks that contributed to the research phase, in the joint effort of improving the existing assessment and recognition tools for the benefit of volunteers and communities worldwide.
The project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.