News archive - [Call for Application] European Volunteering Forum - 10-14 October 2016 | Maribor, Slovenia - Deadline extended: 21 August 2016

On the occasion of 20 years of EVS, the European Volunteering Forum offers the opportunity to promote the impact of transnational volunteering, learn from good practices, identify current challenges and develop perspectives for the future.

If you are interested in promoting the impact of transnational volunteering, discussing challenges and benefits of transnational volunteering and developing perspectives for the future on the background of the current socio-political and economic climate in Europe, celebrating 20 years of the European Voluntary Service programme, networking with participants coming from different organisations involved in transnational volunteering, doing all of this with participants coming from all over Europe, the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Caucasus, Russia and the countries south of the Mediterranean, then this activity might be for you.

BACKGROUND and OBJECTIVES of the Forum

The current economic, social and political challenges that we are facing today in Europe and its neighbouring partner regions call more than ever for a stronger promotion and recognition of the benefits and impact of transnational volunteering, such as encouraging civic engagement, youth participation, active solidarity, tolerance and acceptance of diversity, intercultural awareness, European citizenship etc.

It is also approaching the mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme (2014 – 2020), and EVS as an important part of it: time to make suggestions and recommendations and develop perspectives for the future of EVS.

Based on this background, the European Volunteering Forum offers the opportunity to celebrate and promote the impact of long-term transnational volunteering on people, organisations and communities, learn from different examples of practice in the field, identify current challenges, define future perspectives and encourage networking across Europe and beyond.

The specific OBJECTIVES of the Forum are to:
• Raise the visibility of the relevance of transnational volunteering in Europe and its neighboring regions
• Discuss main benefits and challenges of transnational volunteering
• Share experiences and examples of practice
• Develop perspectives for the future of transnational volunteering
• Encourage networking among the participants
• Celebrate 20 years of EVS

PARTICIPANTS

The Forum targets around 50 participants from organisations involved in transnational volunteering - EVS as well as other programmes - coming from all Erasmus+ neighbouring partner regions and programme countries.

Participants should:
• live in a Programme Country or a Neighbouring Partner Country of the Erasmus+ programme (*)
• be actively involved (as coordinators, supervisors, mentors etc.) in transnational volunteering programmes implemented by their organisation or institution (EVS or other)
• have enough experience with transnational volunteering to share and discuss with the other participants
• be motivated and able to stay for the full duration of the forum.
• be able to actively participate in the programme in English.

Source: SALTOYouth

Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 28)
  • WBC
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Anna Sirocco on July 4, 2016
Modified on August 2, 2016