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Volunteer Today, Employee Tomorrow
Start date: Jul 1, 2014, End date: Jun 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

With rising youth unemployment rates throughout Europe, finishing formal education no longer guarantees a job. Many young people are looking for solutions, and the European Volunteering Service (EVS) is one of them for thousands of youth every year. But does this Service increase the employability of the volunteers? Can the quality of these projects be raised in order to make the EVS volunteers better equiped for the job market after they return home? How can we do that? These are the questions that the "Volunteer Today, Employee Tomorrow" project aims to find answers to. The project aims to raise the quality of EVS projects with a focus on increasing the employability of EVS volunteers. For a full 12 months we will involve 37 participants from 10 countries in this ambitious project, which will formally start with a 9-day seminar in Bucharest, Romania between 26.10.2014 - 03.11.2014. Starting from the seminar we will create a Youth Employability Tool Kit that will become a free Open Education Resource available to all EVS organization throughout Europe. The project will use non-formal and informal education methods and will raise the capacity of the 12 participating organizations, 37 participants and of the local community of each organization. The participants will reflect on how we can improve the sense of European Citizenship among the EVS volunteers, as well as how we can increase their sense of initiative and entrepreneurship. Even more, we will explore together on how to use digital tools in our youth work with the EVS volunteers and reflect on the importance of interculturality and tolerance in this kind of projects. But all of these will not be limited to the participants and their organizations, but to a much larger audience. With the help of the tool kit and other extensive dissemination measures, the project will make available the project results to thousands of organizations, young people and youth workers throughout Europe.
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