“Skills and Competences for a Global World”
There is growing interest in the potential of international voluntary service to foster international understanding between peoples and nations and to promote global citizenship, intercultural learning and cooperation. Studies suggest that international voluntary service develops competences, skills, attitudes, behaviour and networks that prepare volunteers for living and working in a knowledge-based global economy (McBride, Lough, Sherraden, 2010). If we take volunteers as agents of change, then change must inevitably begin with them. The 47th issue of the ICYE Federation Newsletter centres on “Skills and Competences for a Global World” and illustrates in the words of young people engaged in international volunteering the skills and competences they have gained through their volunteering.
The theme of the newsletter corresponds to an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project with the same name – “Skills and Competences for a Global World”. In Volunteers Voices, we are pleased to present articles by nine current EVS volunteers in this project, who describe their life and work as international volunteers, the experiences that have influenced their lives, and how it is shaping their aspirations, life choices and ambitions. Moving across continents, the articles take us on a captivating journey from Lagos to Vienna, Porto Alegre to Helsinki, Bangalore to Pultusk, Tegucigalpa to Hämeenkoski, and from Nairobi to end in Puerto Carreño. All of them depict challenges and concurrently tremendous learning experiences. In the words of the Colombian volunteer in Poland, volunteering “teaches you more than five years of university, because you are not just acquiring knowledge, you are acquiring abilities and skills that help you grow as a person, which will stick with you until the end”.
ICYE News feature: the “Young Leaders for Social Change: Entrepreneurship through Volunteering”, newly approved Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project that will involve 13 international volunteers in campaigns/actions to tackle social issues, create economic opportunities and alternative approaches to employability; the self-defence class for volunteers in Quito, organised by VASE/ICYE Ecuador; the “Autumn Festival: Act Locally – Impact Globally” organised in Hanoi, Vietnam, by UNDP and CSDS (Centre for Sustainable Development Studies) to celebrate the third anniversary of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the “International Conference on Transformative Volunteering: Challenges and Impact”, attended by ICYE Colombia and organised by ACJ-YMCA, in Bogotá.
Wishing you an interesting reading, we look forward to receiving articles and pictures for the next issue of “Worlds of Experience”, dedicated to ““What drives YOU to volunteer?”. Please send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org, before 31 January 2019.
ICYE International Office
This and previous issues of “Worlds of Experience” can be viewed and downloaded from: www.icye.org.