Volunteering is a rich learning environment, where motivated
people of all ages contribute to civil society in a self chosen position and
environment, and at the same time gain skills and competences that have value
for their personal and professional development and career. In this way,
volunteering offers a nice mixture of non-formal and informal learning.
This project is based on the results of the Public
Consultation ''Towards a European Area of Skills and Qualifications'',
published by the European Commission on 17 June 2014. The report of this
consultation states that there should be more focus on the individual and on
the end users of validation tools, that there should be more attention for
guidance, and that the EQF should be more open towards nonformal and informal
Translated to the world of volunteering, this means that:
there should be more attention for guidance of volunteers in
their personal and professional development (in stead of developing more tools
and methods for recognition and validation of their learning outcomes).
the starting point of the validation process should be the
individual, not the system.
we should build bridges between the outcomes of informal and
nonformal learning processes on one side and the European Qualifications
Framework on the other side.
The project is innovative in 3 ways:
it builds bridges between informal learning on one side
and the European Qualifications Framework on the other side.
- it creates a clear link between volunteering on one side
and professional career guidance on the other side.
- it does
not provide new tools or methods, but provides guidance for volunteers in using
these tools and methods for their personal and professional development.
Volunteers and volunteering organisations.
The project results will be:
Booklet (PDF/printed) for volunteers how to ‘’translate’’
their volunteer qualifications to the labour market.
- Online training (using the online learning platform
PBlearn or a similar platform) to support the use of the booklet.
- Face to face training in addition to the online training,
custom made for volunteering organisations, to be offered in the framework of
Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (mobility).
Better guidance for volunteers through these tools and
methods for their personal and professional development.