XXV ICYE General Assembly 2007

The XXV General Assembly (GA) of the ICYE Federation was held from 5 thru 10 November 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan, and was attended by 70 participants.

Highlights: new Associate Members in Ecuador, Moldova, India and USA; representatives from the Volunteer Centre in South Africa and Vietnam Volunteers for Peace in Vietnam also attended; adoption of guidelines for new ICYE programs for older volunteers and for short-term volunteering; and adoption of long-term development strategies for training and quality assurance.

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

Youth Dialogue and Local Development

Multilateral EVS project in EU (Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania) and SEE (Albania, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Macedonia)       

14 long-term volunteer placements from August 2006 to May 2007

The main project aims were to enhance young people’s participation, leadership skills and their engagement in civil society in European Union and South Eastern European countries as well as to facilitate dialogue and exchange between young volunteers and youth from minority groups. Volunteers were placed both in youth NGO’s and public institutions running awareness-raising and civic education programmes with young people from multicultural, multiethnic and multi-faith backgrounds to empower their participation in local campaigns and local development.

Youth United Against Violence

Training Course for Youth Workers from EU and LA countries/Antigua, Guatemala /09-15 February 2007

Final Activity Report

ICYE International Office, the Central American Alliance for prevention of youth violence – CCPVJ and APREDE – Asociacion para la prevention del delito, jointly ran this  training course aiming at building up the capacity of youth organisations and of agencies/networks specialized on youth violence prevention and to enable them to cooperate with each others in providing volunteering and non-formal learning opportunities to young people, with particular focus on the European Voluntary Service programme. The programme included inputs by experts, transfer of know-how, discussion groups and workshops as well as a project visit to a youth centre involved in violence prevention campaigns in Guatemala City and an official reception at the Ministry of Culture in the National Palace followed by a field excursion to “La Linea” a neighborhood badly affected by youth gang violence. Participants from both continents expressed their concern regarding the increase of violence particularly in Central America and their motivation to cooperate with each others in providing challenging and meaningful non-formal learning opportunities to socially excluded young people by implementing EVS projects related to this field of work.

Youth Volunteering and Social Inclusion

EVS project in EU, CIS and SEE countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Macedonia, Armenia, Moldova, Russian Federation)

14 long-term volunteer placements from March 2005 to  December 2006

The objective of these multilateral EVS projects was to enhance youth mobility in CIS and SEE countries, offering mobility and voluntary service opportunities in projects dealing with young people of disadvantaged background / with less opportunities. By enabling meetings between volunteers from EU, CIS and SEE countries the project created synergies and fostered cross-regional cooperation between the three regions.

Training Course for youth workers in EU and SEE countries

Training course for youth workers in EU and SEE countries/Chisinau, Moldova/07-13 December 2006

The aims of this training were twofold: on one hand to enable partner organisations in EU and in EECA countries to improve the quality of youth mobility activities, especially in relation to the management of volunteers under the EVS programme scheme, and on the other to share knowledge and expertise on how to recruit, retain and recognize volunteers within their distinct national/local structures and contexts. The programme included inputs by experts, transfer of know-how, discussion groups and workshops as well as project visits to two EVS host organisations: a child care centre (Small Group Home) and to a refugee centre (Main Direction of Refugees), providing first hand information by the respective volunteers and hosts and multiple learning opportunities for the participants

Working with Youth and Children In Need in EU and EECA countries

Multilateral EVS project in EU Austria, Italy, Lithuania,  and EECA countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova)

10 long-term volunteer placements from March 2006 to November 2006

The objective of this EU – EECA multilateral EVS project was to enhance youth mobility in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Georgia, offering mobility and voluntary service opportunities in projects dealing with youth and children in need. The young volunteers engaged in local hosting projects dealing with youth and children, ranging from child care, migrant, refugee and IDP, to local youth centres, providing an added value to the local communities and gaining valuable experiences in working with children and youngsters.

Exploring the potential of volunteers in HIV and AIDS education and prevention

Training course for youth workers in EU and SEE countries/Birmingham, United Kingdom/23-29 September 2006

ICYE International Office, Freshwinds and ICYE UK jointly ran a training course for youth workers in the EU and SEE countries from 23rd September to 29th September 2006 at Freshwinds Birmingham headquarters. The course was entitled – Exploring the potential of volunteers in HIV and AIDS education and prevention. It brought together youth workers of ICYE member and partner organisations as well as representatives of HIV/AIDS prevention and care agencies to prepare them for their tasks in an upcoming EU-SEE multilateral EVS project on HIV and AIDS as well as to empower them to network and to develop partnerships around innovative projects. The Birmingham TC was particularly successful in developing new – and strenghthening the existing – partnerships between the present EU and SEE organisations which have agreed on a number of concrete follow-up activities.

Youth volunteering in sensitive contexts-Training course on Refugees, Migrants and IDPs in EEAC and EU countries

Training course for youth workers on Refugees, Migrants and IDPs in EEAC and EU countries/Baku, Azerbaijan/19-25 June 2006

The project aimed at building up the capacity of EU and EEAC youth and refugee/IDP/migrant organisations by enabling a transfer of know-how in view of their engagement in current and future bi- and multilateral EVS projects. The programme included inputs by experts, transfer of know-how, discussion groups and workshops as well as project visits to refugee and IDP Centres in Baku and surroundings providing first hand information and multiple learning opportunities. The participants shared experiences about the work with refugees/IDP’s and migrants in each others countries with a particular focus on the context of IDP’s and refugee issues in the Caucasus region. They also acquired soft skills for their future tasks in hosting and sending EVS volunteers in sensitive contexts.

Youth and Social Inclusion

EU – EECA Multilateral EVS project in EU (Austria, Finland, Italy), and EECA countries (Armenia and Georgia)

9 long-term volunteer placements from October 2005 to  June 2006

The objective of this multilateral EVS project was to enhance youth mobility between EU countries and Armenia and Georgia, offering voluntary service opportunities in projects dealing with young people with less opportunities. The young volunteers engaged in a range of quite different local hosting projects and activities dealing with disadvantaged youth and children, including SOS children villages, orphanages, communities of disabled youth and in after school activities. Their presence and work brought an added value to the local communities. The volunteers learned a lot about the situation and life of young people in the respective host countries.

 

Youth in Action

EVS multilateral project in EU (Lithuania, Spain) and LA countries (Colombia, Honduras, Mexico)

8 long-term volunteer placements from June 2005 to March 2006

The main project aim was to enhance young people’s participation, leadership skills and their engagement in civil society in European and Latin American countries by involving as host and sending organisations both youth associations and public institutions running youth participation and civic education programmes. The young volunteers engaged in local hosting projects dealing with youth civic education and active citizenship programmes, ranging from youth clubs and youth initiated networks to community development and social work projects, offering a rich sample of civil society where volunteerism definitely brought an added value to the respective local communities.