Volunteer Validation – An investment in own profession future

Volunteer Validation – An investment in own profession future

Volunteer Validation – An investment in own profession future

ObjectivesActivitiesResultsPartnersInfo & contacts

  • To increase awareness among young people of the benefits for their personal development by providing voluntary service and enhance their skills to promote to employers and other stakeholders their strengths and knowledge acquired during informal learning
  • To raise awareness of employers about volunteering as a tool for development of soft skills, key competencies and the benefits of informal learning
  • To introduce systems for validation of competences acquired through volunteering – creation of an electronic platform, recommendations, volunteers’ books
  • To develop entrepreneurial attitudes and skills in young people

  • Conducting international volunteer training to develop entrepreneurial attitudes and skills in young people
  • Socio-psychological studies: in-depth interviews, focus groups, scanning, processing statistical methods
  • Research, adaptation and implementation of volunteering competences validation tools as well as the creation of the Volunteer Validation electronic Platform and references
  • Study visits of identified best practices in Spain and the Netherlands

  • Socio-psychological study Reports
  • 5-days International training course in Romania for young volunteers “Entrepreneur as a discoverer”
  • International Forum and workshops with the participation of professionals in the field of human resources management, to learn about and discuss the implementation of the validation of skills acquired through volunteering and informal learning in the selection and development of staff
  • Volunteering competences validation tools

  • Coordinator: NAVA – National Alliance for Volunteer Action (Bulgaria)
  • Asociatia Pro Vobis – Centrul National de Resurse pentru Voluntariat (Romania)
  • Industry Watch Group LLC (Bulgaria)
  • EDOS Foundation (The Netherlands)
  • Consejo de la Juventud de España (Spain)
  • BAMP – Bulgarian Association for People Management (Bulgaria)
  • Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria)
  • CESIE (Italy)

Date of project: 10/10/2016 – 09/10/2018

DG of reference: DG EAC, Education and Training, Key Action 2: Co-operation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Strategic Partnership in the field of YOUTH

Contact: CESIE: julia.isasi@cesie.org


COPE – Connection Opportunities for People in Europe

COPE – Connection Opportunities for People in Europe

COPE – Connection Opportunities for People in Europe

ObjectivesActivitiesResultsPartnersInfo & contacts

  • To promote European Union values, diversity, social inclusion, inter-cultural and social dialogue
  • To fight against long-term work, education and training inactivity as it is one of the suicide, depression, mental health causes and provide solutions
  • To connect Youth in Europe to Erasmus+ beneficiaries to exchange good practices, discuss opportunities
  • To increase youth participation at community level increasing employability and social skills
  • To connect youth with job centres and Erasmus+ sending/hosting organisations
  • To motivate youth to take part in a mobility project and thus decrease fears related to mobility

  • Creating of an online platform gathering all the created tools and providing opportunity to connect and exchange good practices, advice, practical information, as well to develop their own network and to keep in touch with people after their mobility project
  • Promoting EU and European and international mobility grants – making EU and mobility understandable to all * Developing a guide helping youth in their project preparation: explain practical information (e.g. how to get a European Health Insurance Card), the life cycle of a mobility project and provide a list with links and free online materials (grammar, books, videos, vocabulary) helping the youth to improve their language skills
  • Making available Online training materials to enhance soft skills and support acquisition (documents, links that people can use to prepare themselves before the departure)

  • COPE Online Platform for Youth – OPY
  • Mobility Manual: a guide preparing for a mobility project
  • COPE Training Kit: to increase basic soft skills and employability skills, transferable in any work place
  • Multipliers events in each participating country

  • Coordinator: CCW – Training Academy Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • ADICE Association Pour Le Developpement Des Initiatives Citoyennes Et Europeennes (France)
  • Europejskie Forum Mlodziezy Stowarzyszenie (Poland)
  • SophieDelebarre Conseil (France)
  • CESIE (Italy)

Follow the project IN ACTION

Date of project: 01/07/2016 – 30/06/2018

DG of reference: DG EAC, Education and Training, Key Action 2: Co-operation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Strategic Partnership in the field of YOUTH

Contact: CESIE: caroline.dickinson@cesie.org


MPV – Moving People in Volunteering

MPV – Moving People in Volunteering

MPV – Moving People in Volunteering

ObjectivesActivitiesResultsPartnersInfo & contacts

  • To share and further explore practices for volunteers’ management at local and international level through non-formal learning and active participation approaches
  • To promote young people’s social inclusion and stimulate their active participation in democratic life
  • To transfer the knowledge and know-how into a universal practice of volunteers management
  • To support the professional development of staff and youth workers in managing volunteers, involving young people with a disadvantaged background, and enhancing cooperation among project partners

  • TRAINING COURSE: the concept of volunteers’ management will be introduced and elaborated, through sharing volunteering practices and experience in youth work. The TC will allow participants to discover the potential of volunteerism to promote social inclusion and respect to diversity. It will be based on non-formal education methods allowing participants to identify and value their skills and permit them to transfer the acquired skills in their personal and professional life
  • INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERING: During the mobility volunteers will be involved in the activities of the receiving organisation, working with various types of people with fewer opportunities, based on cooperative and experiential learning. The planned activities will foster their capacities to design, run and evaluate non-formal learning activities. In addition they will develop skills in leadership, community building, and intercultural dialogue

  • 8-day training course: 36 youth workers from Hungary, France, Kenya, Vietnam, Nepal and Italy
  • 2 rounds of EVS for 12 volunteers from all partner’s countries
  • Open Educational Resource (OER) – Volunteers Management Open Platform

  • Coordinator: CESIE (Italy)
  • Pistes-Solidaires (France)
  • Fekete Sereg Ifjúsági Egyesület (Hungary)
  • Volunteer Action for Change Kenya (Kenya)
  • Solidarités Jeunesses Vietnam (Vietnam)
  • CCN – Campaign for Change-Nepal (Nepal)

Follow the project IN ACTION

Date of project: 01/03/2016 – 31/10/2017

DG of reference: DG EAC, Erasmus+, Key Activity 2 – Capacity Building in the field of youth in (ACP [Africa, Caribbean and Pacific] countries, Latin America and Asia)

Contact: CESIE: mobility@cesie.org


STARTUP – Start, run and grow your business

STARTUP – Start, run and grow your business

STARTUP – Start, run and grow your business

ObjectivesActivitiesResultsPartnersInfo & contacts

  • To enhance entrepreneurship, develop the international outlook and the competitiveness of European SMES
  • To foster start-up entrepreneurs and newly-established micro and small enterprises by creating transnational networks and thus exchange of experience and good practice
  • To facilitate exchange of experiences, learning and networking for new EU entrepreneurs through periods spent at SMEs of experienced entrepreneurs in another country, empowering SMEs from all European countries to become more competitive and to support the growth of their companies internationallyThe project targets the following business sectors: Social Economic Sector | Research and Development | ICT and Hi-Tech | Training and consulting | Renewable energies

  • Providing on-the-job-training for 70 New Entrepreneurs (NE) with firm intention to set up a business
  • Supporting 62 Host Entrepreneurs (HE) who want to expand their business or enter other European markets
  • Building on capacity and support of 62 business relationships involving 132 entrepreneurs from different EU countries and from several business sectors
  • Promotional activities of the EYE programme around Europe
  • Enrolling at least 240 NEs and HEs as potential participants to be involved in the mobility exchanges

  • Acquisition of new competences (linguistic, intercultural, technical, management and financial ones)
  • Direct knowledge of another country’s working methods and of the transnational dimension of the SMEs
  • Development of communication channels and transnational networks
  • Improvement of the performance of the SMEs both in terms of effectiveness and efficiency
  • Investment in ideas sharing, generation and development, stimulating social innovation
  • Capacity to maintain the natural links with the local territory, having at the same time an European level overview of SMEs’ situation,

  • Coordinator: CESIE (Italy)
  • Cambre of Commerce Italo-Slovacca – CCIS (Slovakia)
  • ADICE – Association for the Development of Citizen and European Initiatives (France)
  • BIC – North East Business & Innovation Centre Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona, BCC (Spain)
  • ANJE – Portuguese Association for Young Entrepreneurs (Portugal)
  • BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia)

Follow the project IN ACTION

Date of project: 01/02/2016 – 31/01/2018

DG of reference: DG GROWTH, COSMEErasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Contact: CESIE: rita.quisillo@cesie.org


YALLA – Youth Abroad Linking LAnds

YALLA – Youth Abroad Linking LAnds

YALLA – Youth Abroad Linking LAnds

ObjectivesActivitiesResultsPartnersInfo & contacts

  • To empower young people from MEDA countries providing them with both professional and personal skills through a meaningful experience abroad
  • To promote equal opportunities to reduce unemployment and escape the social exclusion process of marginalized communities
  • To encourage the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, promoting intercultural dialogue and fostering social inclusion through a non-formal learning approach
  • To develop strategies to face common concerns for the European society, such as racism and xenophobia while fostering intercultural and inter-religious dialogue between volunteers and local community based on common values of freedom, tolerance and respect of human rights
  • To Strengthen the principle of social inclusion through voluntary work using international and local approaches

Volunteers are involved in supporting CESIE’s already ongoing activities, such as those implemented in canteen for homeless people, reception centres and multicultural playgrounds or in the design and implementation of workshops, but they are also encouraged to propose their own new ideas and implement their own initiatives in the field of supporting migrants and refugees. Volunteers will also attend training on non-formal methodologies, project design –management and fundraising.

Hosting of 6 volunteers coming from 3 different MEDA countries: Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine

  • Coordinator: CESIE (Italy)
  • Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development (Jordan)
  • Media Association for Peace (Lebanon)
  • Juhoud for Community and Rural Development (Palestine)

Follow the project IN ACTION

Date of project: 01/02/2016 – 31/01/2018

DG of reference: DG EAC, National Agency (Italy), Erasmus+ Mobility of learners and staff

Contact: CESIE: mobility@cesie.org


ALY III – Able Like You III

ALY III – Able Like You III

ALY III – Able Like You III

ObjectivesActivitiesResultsPartnersInfo & contacts

  • To develop social capital among the volunteers providing opportunities for learning outside formal educational structures
  • To strengthen volunteers future employability helping them to acquire new professional competences through non-formal learning activities, which aim at enhancing the skills and competences as well as their development as active citizens
  • To facilitate the access to new knowledge and develop new linguistic and intercultural competences
  • To create new educational tools and learning methods aimed at developing behavioural and social competencies, pursuing a social inclusion of the people in the centres for disabled
  • To raise awareness on the issues faced by individuals living mental and physical disorders in their daily life
  • To promote community development, active participation and citizenship through the presence of EVS volunteers at both EU and local levels

  • Working in an intercultural context the volunteers are involved in non-formal learning activities and in activities aimed at designing and implementing fundraising and awareness campaigns focused on inclusion and integration of people with disabilities in the social tissue of the local community
  • Research activities on social inclusion interventions and exchange of methodologies with European partners with special focus on disability
  • Entertainment and pedagogical activities with and for people living with a disability

  • Hosting of 12 volunteers, split in two rounds (6 + 6) for 9 months each
  • “Follow Up” Diary to share a realistic idea about the EVS as a highly formative and enriching experience, and the social inclusion processes that took place during 9 months involving volunteers, disabled people, and the local community [Booklet]
  • Local Community Exhibition: pictures and texts realized by the participants, reporting creative activities and the human experiences during their European Voluntary Service, EVS

  • Coordinator: CESIE (Italy)
  • La Fraternità Società cooperativa sociale (Italy)
  • Edificando società cooperativa sociale (Italy)
  • Fekete Sereg Ifjúsági Egyesület (Hungary)
  • Solidarites Jeunesses MCP (France)
  • Asociación Mundus – Un Mundo a tus Pies (Spain)
  • Projektor Ideell Förening (Sweden)
  • Jugend- und Kulturprojekt e.V (Germany)

Follow the project IN ACTION

Date of project: 01/12/2015 – 01/12/2017

DG of reference: DG EAC, National Agency (Italy), Erasmus+ Key Activity 1, Mobility of learners and staff – YOUTH mobility

Contact: CESIE: roberta.lobianco@cesie.org