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Initiative for an International Qualitative Mentoring
Start date: Oct 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

RationaleVolunteering, by promoting general interest, solidarity and civic commitment, is an invaluable asset to society. At the same time, a volunteering experience can be a crucial step in the definition and success of the professional/personal project of young people, improving their access to employment.Quality tutoring of young volunteers is thus essential to the success of any volunteering experience. In the meantime, suitable tutoring benefits host organizations themselves as it contributes to the improvement of volunteers’ efficiency and, in the end, to the positive impact on the local community they are serving. However, ensuring a qualitative tutoring in an international context can prove difficult, due for instance to poor coordination between organizations, lack of time/resources, or inadequate training of tutors. For this reason, the Initiative for an International Qualitative Mentoring project aims at reinforcing and professionalizing youth organizations’ tutoring capacity and improving the quality of young volunteers’ tutoring throughout their whole experience in order to maximize its positive impact on their personal and/or professional development. To do so, 2IQM brings together six youth organizations involved in volunteering programs, with complementary experience and expertise in the different aspects of volunteers’ tutoring – hosting, sending, on-site support, training ... – representing France, Italy, Vietnam, Thailand, and the United States. Methodology2IQM will be developped into three phases : 1. A first phase of training and definition of common tutoring tools: the partners will identify more precisely, thanks to a survey sent to volunteers and tutors, the main problems encountered in their tutoring and, in the outcome of a specific training, define common tutoring tools, including a set of technical specifications in view of the production of an Online Mentoring Tool. This OMT will involve at the same time the sending and hosting organizations and the volunteer, to enable and ensure a well-coordinated tutoring process.2. An experimentation phase: These tools will be tested by the partners as part of an exchange of EVS (European Voluntary Service) volunteers. Each host organization will also receive a worker sent by a sending organization for a job shadowing stage (Mobility of youth workers). 3. A final phase, leading to the production of a “Good tutoring Portfolio”, which will help youth organizations improving their tutoring, and to the presentation of the final version of the Online Mentoring Tool (OMT).This “Good tutoring Portfolio” will be disseminated on a large scale, while the implementation of the identified good practices will be supported through the deployment of the OMT, which will improve the coordination of the tutoring process between all involved organizations at every stages, thus optimizing the volunteers' learning process and, in the end, improving their employability.
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