Competences are developed in volunteering – but reliable validation is missing
EU-Conference about learning through volunteering
EU Conference: Recognition of Learning in Volunteering
Given demographic changes in our society and the rise of the ‘ageing population‘ it is becoming increasingly important to create opportunities for the active participation of seniors in society. The contribution of volunteering as a strategy for active ageing and competence development for senior learners is the focus of this European conference.
Recognition of Learning in Volunteering
In this conference volunteering will be considered from an intergenerational perspective. The discussion will address the development of competences for volunteers – of all ages – and the way in which these can be recognised and validated. In the afternoon workshops participants have the opportunity to learn about the RIVER methodology, developed as a bespoke competence assessment system for the planning, development, documentation and recognition of the learning process in the volunteering sector.
When: November 12 2013, 09.30-16.00,
Where: Dachsaal Wiener Urania, Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna
Participation is free. Please send an E-Mail to Maren Satke firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is November 05 2013.
Recognition of learning in volunteering
Visit the FINAL CONFERENCE of the EU-project RIVER!
WHEN? 12 November 2013, 09.30-16.00
WHERE? Dachsaal Wiener Urania, Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna
You can find the conference programme here.
SAVE THE DATE!
The final RIVER conference will take place on November 12th 2013 in Vienna, AT.
4th Projectmeeting in Budapest, Hungary, June 2013
The dicussion of the piloting results as well as the finalisation of the RIVER methodology and the RIVER working documents were in focus of the 4th project meeting in RIVER, which took place from 10-12 of June.
This time an unexpected focus was also given to the river Danube which reached a record-breaking level!
The RIVER Methodology had been tested in 5 different countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Italy) through 13 piloting projects with the involvement of 27 senior volunteers acting in intergenerational settings.
In Austria the partner organisation piloted the RIVER methodology in 4 different projects: an after-school centre for kids from 6 to 15 years old in which senior volunteers work as mentors; a council housing in which the residents work with health promotion activities to make them becoming “health advocates”; an international school project that provide students (aged 15-19) with education programs about entrepreneurship with the help of retired professionals acting as volunteer external consultants; a scouts organisation in which senior volunteers give support to the management on different issues like running of the local scout activities, doing the finances, and organisation of events.
In Finland the partner organisation piloted the RIVER methodology on 2 quite different projects. The first project aimed to create a network for immigrants who already are entrepreneurs or who want to start their own enterprise and was involving two persons in charge of setting up and starting off the network: a middle-aged entrepreneur who knows the business world very well and a young entrepreneur who masters the modern techniques of social networking. The second project was carried out in a 2-days major cultural festival in Helsinki and the volunteers were involved in the preparation and delivery of the stand and the activities of a local non-profit organisation.
In Germany the partner organisation piloted the RIVER methodology in 4 different projects: one sports club in which the 70 years old volunteer president had to leave his position to a younger man, as well volunteer; a collective house where people of any age can stay to work and live together for some weeks or long-term; a regional volunteering fire department, that in Germany are totally managed by volunteers of any age; an elderly home in Göttingen where, apart from the official program provided by the staff, they offer a lot of activities supported or directly organised by volunteers.
In Hungary the partner organisation piloted the RIVER methodology in a senior volunteering exchange project between Germany and Hungary. The general aim of the project was to improve the key competences of senior citizens (social and civic competences and communication in foreign languages) and to contribute to the positive image of this age-group, emphasising their values and experiences.
In Italy the partner organisation piloted the RIVER methodology with 2 projects: a training course and internship focused on specific competences for volunteers of any age, aimed to focus to what extent a mix of volunteering daily-life and training experiences could improve the senior volunteers ability in being helpful for their association; a international exchange for senior volunteers +50 years old which had the opportunity to learn specific soft skills and share their learning experience with young trainers.
3rd Projectmeeting and Piloting Workshop in Rome, November 2012
From November 7-9 RIVER partners met for the third project meeting in Rome, hosted by the Italian project partners CSVnet and Lunaria. In combination with the meeting a RIVER Piloting Workshop was organised, an important element of the preparation of the piloting. Project partners and other volunteering facilitators were trained in the RIVER methodology and got support for the planning of their piloting projects.
Project Meeting and LEVEL5 Training Workshop in Göttingen
The second RIVER project meeting focused on bringing all project partners up-to-speed on the use and application of the LEVEL5 method.
Kick off meeting – 16th.-17th February, Vienna
In the first project meeting partners got to know each other and started the project planning process.