XXVI ICYE General Assembly 2009

The XXVI General Assembly (GA) of the ICYE Federation was held from 23 thru 29 November 2009 in Tauranga, New Zealand, and was attended by 60 participants, representing 40 different countries.

Highlights: celebration of ICYE 60th Anniversary; acceptance of new Associate Members in Ecuador and South Africa; development of cooperation with ICYE partner organisations in Indonesia, Peru, The Philippines, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Vietnam; and adoption of long-term development strategies for training and quality assurance.

For more information about the XXVI ICYE General Assembly please contact the ICYE International Office at icye@icye.org.

Youth Action for Civil Society

Building Capacities and partnerships for youth volunteering programmes between European, African, Asia/Pacific, Caribbean and Latin American Countries

  1. EU- African Training Seminar on EVS Capacity and Partnership Building (Dates: 29 March – 04 April 2009 / Venue: Accra, Ghana) / Final activity report
  2. EU – ASIA (Different European and Asia/Pacific venues / Timing: between March and October 2009): A 2 month reciprocal job-shadowing between selected ICYE EU members and partner organisations in China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Taiwan and Vietnam)/Final activity report
  3. EU- Latin America and the Caribbean Training cum Planning Seminar on “active role of women in Society (Dates: 12-18July 2009 / Venue: Quito, Ecuador)/ Final activity report

The Project “Youth Action for Civil Society” aimed at enhancing the exchange of experience and good practice in the field of youth volunteering as well as the development of sustainable partnership between youth organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. The project consisted of distinct objectives and strategies to enhance: the training and transfer of know-how around long-term EVS projects between ICYE members and partners in Europe and Africa; on-the-job training and exchange of good practice between Europe, Asia and the Pacific; and training cum planning for partnership development and volunteer exchanges between youth mobility and women organisations in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. The main activities were: a Euro-African training seminar in Africa on EVS programme management followed by a 7-month action plan to pair organisations thru in-country job shadowing, on-the job training and joint EVS activities; 2-month reciprocal job shadowing to enhance partnership building and the capacity of AP youth organisations to plan, implement, report and document long-term EVS projects between Europe and the Asia/Pacific regions; and a Training and Partnership Building Seminar in Latin America on the active role of women in society and to promote EVS exchanges between participating organisations.


Youth and the Environment

EVS project in EU and Asia

17 long-term volunteer placements from September 2008 to June 2009

The objective of this project was to make a worthwhile contribution to environmental efforts in the respective host communities and to foster environmental awareness of young people in different EU and Asian countries. Both the host organisations as well as the EVS volunteers, benefited from the intercultural exchange as well as possibility to exchange opinions and share experiences regarding environment policies and regulations, pollution prevention and control, biodiversity protection, climate change, sustainable production and consumption, capacity construction, model projects, environmental technology and environmental industries.

Project Documentation

Youth and Children’s Rights

EVS project in EU and Africa

19 long-term volunteer placements from September 2008 to June 200

The objective of this project was to foster awareness and protection of Children and Youth Rights by involving young volunteers from different African and European countries in projects dealing with youth and children at risk as well as in projects dealing with young people of disadvantaged background / with less opportunities, such as SOS Children villages, child care centers, after school activities, and youth volunteering organizations.  Joint preparatory training and final evaluation meetings enabled the group of volunteers to meet and share experiences, as well as to engage in thematic discussions and intercultural dialogue alongside the volunteering experience. This project furthermore fostered exchange of good practice, enhanced networking and capacity building.

Project Documentation

Youth United Against Violence

EVS project in EU and Latin America

13 long-term volunteer placements from September 2008 to June 2009

This EU – LA multilateral EVS Project, which stemmed from the training seminar “Youth United against Violence” held in Quito, Guatemala, February 2007, aimed at supporting youth organisations and institutions by involving young volunteers in running educational, cultural and social activities with youth at risk. The young volunteers engaged in a variety of local hosting projects, ranging from youth clubs and youth initiated networks to community development and social work projects. The involvement of international volunteers in these projects stimulated the debate on youth violence prevention and further enhanced the interest of local host communities around volunteerism and its benefits for social development.

Promoting Young Women’s Active Citizenship

EVS project in EU, African, Asian and Latin American Countries

17 long-term volunteer placements from February 2009 to May 2009

The objective of this EVS project was to enhance capacity-building, transfer of know-how, and exchange of experience and good practice between European, African, Asian and Latin American organisations active in developing and running women empowerment programmes. Joint preparatory training and final evaluation meetings enabled the group of volunteers from EU and African, Asian and Latin American partner countries to meet and share experiences, as well as to engage in discussions about the situation of women and different approaches to women empowerment in the participating countries.