Centrul Național de Resurse pentru Voluntariat

EduVol – Volunteering as an Educational Opportunity

We have started a new Erasmus+ project – EduVol – Volunteering as an Educational Opportunity, coordinated by PDCO: Platforma dobrovolnickych centier a organizacii (Slovakia) within a strong partnership with Önkéntes Központ Alapítvány (Hungary), Udruga za razvoj civilnog drustva SMART (Croatia) and SCW: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Wolontariatu (Poland).

Our objectives are:

• to enhance the competencies and opportunities of youth to fully participate in its society (local, regional, country and EU level), both economically and socially.

• to motivate young people to engage and

• to enable youth workers to develop key competences, sense of initiative and civic participation through one of successful strategies wide spread in the world, service-learning.

• to improve the quality and relevance of the education offer in the field of implementation of the service-learning strategy in youth work through development of a training curriculum and related documents and manuals adapted to the context of Central and Eastern European countries;

• to enhance capacities of organizations and youth workers in implementing service-learning concept in practice and possibilities of its implementation in cooperation with local as well as international youth volunteers;

• to increase the quality of youth work primary in area of youth volunteering.

Our proposed method: Service Learning

Servicelearning is a teaching-learning methodology that generates meaningful learning, allows problem-based learning, offers concrete solutions and optimizes the development of knowledge, competencies and attitudes by motivating students to investigate and be involved with the social context with a solidarity approach (PASO JOVEN, 2004; Tapia, 2006).

The main results:

• Training for youth workers in service-learning and handbook for trainers

• Manual for youth workers on how to implement Service Learning in their work and good practice examples

• Manual for youth on how develop Service Learning project

• Webinar – a graphically facilitated introduction in Service Learning Interactive video about service-learning.

The project is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme, key action 2, Strategic Partnerships.