Green Agenda for the Western Balkans should encourage energy savings, renewable energy, circular economy, as well as nurturing of the region’s exceptional biodiversity. Considering a relatively low number of inhabitants, standing at 18 million, change in the region should be a simpler endeavor compared to some larger economies – if executed efficiently, with consistent political […]
The project XCHANGE finished after 2 years – new practice in International Voluntary Service movement established: exchange of international leaders of workcamps
The project XCHANGE finished on 1/2/2018 after 15 months. It was supported within the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, KA2 Capacity building in the field of youth. It gathered 13 organisations. 11 partners are members of Alliance of European Voluntary Service organisations and one (Croma, Italy) brought an added value to the project with its specific profile of members – documentary film makers / youth workers. The involvement of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations as a strategic partner assured a wider impact on the network’s policy level and wider dissemination of results, but also assured certified trainers in non-formal education with expertise in trainings of youth leaders in IVS projects.
The project XCHANGE is inter-related and co-financed with the project “National youth volunteering programme YOUTH RULES 2017” supported by the Ministry for youth and sport of the Republic of Serbia.
During 2017, 20 youth leaders came through the XCHANGE project to practice their skills of leading international groups of volunteers in volunteer workcamps in small communities across 9 involved countries. Their story has been told with a new form of documentary, web doc: www.youthleaders.online
As a promotional tool, this web documentary has become a common tool to all 50 Alliance members.
Workcamp is a 100 years old tool of youth participation to intercultural dialogue and peace and a unique and life-changing experience. This project piloted a new practice in IVS movement – exchange of international leaders, which will support workcamps to stay relevant and recognized among young activists for its immense impact to all actors involved in its realization across 1500+ local communities worldwide.
In January, we have started the implementation of the Green Incubator project. The project leader is Belgrade Open School, partners are Young Researchers of Serbia and the Environmental Engineering Group. We’re about to lunch our first activities, so get ready! More about projects on our “Current Projects” page.