Volunteering for the Future

Volunteering for the future: A strategic partnership for innovative learning of European volunteers

INEX-SDA, along with 3 other volunteering organisations – Comhlamh (Ireland), Volunteering Matters (UK); and finep (Germany) are working within an Erasmus + project exploring how organisations support international volunteers in long term active citizenship.

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The project will generate resources on active citizenship, including research and training manuals for returned volunteers, as well as trainng opportunities for volunteers and volunteer sending agency representatives, and shared learning events to disseminate the good practice realised and practised as a result of the collaboration.

The opportunity of having a strong European dimension will further deepen and understanding of global citizenship for returning volunteers , and co-learning alongside peers from neighbouring European countries will hopefully set the conversation and resulting action on active citizenship at a European level.

Research on promoting active citizenship

Engaging Returned Volunteers in Active Citizenship – Research, learning and best practice from four countries. – download
Based on literature reviews and the results of a survey disseminated throughout the EU, the research explores learning and best practice from four countries on how organisation can promote active citizenship with their volunteers. It outlines 12 recommendations for improving the way that active citizenship is fostered in returning international volunteers.

A training manual

What Next?download
Drawing on collective expertise of Comhlámh (Ireland), Volunteering Matters (UK), INEX-SDA (Czech Rep.), and finep (Germany) and following a pilot course that took place in Czech Republic in autumn 2016, organizations have also developed a training manual for engaging returned volunteers. Called “What Next?”, this resource provides support for the four stages of the journey from volunteering to active citizenship

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