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Competent in Volunteering - Competent in Live
Start date: 01 Mar 2015, End date: 28 Feb 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project is based on the cooperation among volunteer centers and educational institutions in three countries: Slovakia, Romania, and Croatia. It is focusing on two main areas: 1 - recognition and validation of non-formal learning in volunteering 2 - work with young volunteers with fewer opportunities There will be four outputs of the project: - Online system for the recognition and validation of non-formal learning in volunteering - Training for volunteer coordinators working with volunteers with fewer opportunities - Recommendations for stakeholders involved into the work with people with fewer opportunities. Talking about the recognition and validation tool, the project will get together the information and tools used in Slovakia and Croatia for recognition of non-formal learning in volunteering (online tool in Slovakia and certification system embedded into the Law on Volunteering in Croatia) to prepare a transnational product that would be used in all partner countries. To make the recognition system as comprehensible and truly working, partners will cooperate with educational institutions that will issue certificates confirming skills and competences volunteers were able to gain through volunteering. Such a system of cooperation will not only mean an added value but also the interconnection of formal and non-formal learning that currently is so important. In order to check the recognition and validation system, the involved volunteer centers will work with young volunteers with fewer opportunities. There will be 25 volunteers involved, at least 15 of them will be engaged regularly (minimum of three months/two hours a week). Before this will happen, the engaged volunteer coordinators will be trained in how to work with volunteers with fewer opportunities. The training will be – beforehand - prepared by all partner volunteer centers and implemented separately in each partner country. It will be a one day training for approximately 12 volunteer coordinators. After the actual work with volunteer will be finished, the training will be reviewed again and accredited (if relevant for the partner country. In order to use the recognition and validation tool, after the volunteering, the volunteers with fewer opportunities will have a chance to go through it. The role of the partners will be to motivate as many volunteers to do so as possible. At the end of the project, there will be also the final conference organized where we would promote the recommendations document (set of information on how to work with volunteers with fewer opportunities for relevant stakeholders). The conference is scheduled for September 2016 and representatives of partner organizations but also of other European countries (active in the inclusive volunteering, recognition and validation) will be invited. Capacity of this one-day conference will be 50 people and it will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia.
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