The Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project Youth Work Can Unite: International Volunteering to Enhance Solidarity and Fight Nationalism aims to engage, connect and empower young people, and youth and civil society NGOs in an anti-racism movement and to work toward diverse, inclusive societies. In times of increasing nationalism, racism and hate speech, when the definitions of inclusiveness, justice, equality and peace are being rearranged to the convenience of those in power, it is now more important than ever to challenge a narrative in which asylum seekers, refugees and minorities are a danger to society, to act against hate and work towards a diverse and inclusive global society. Youth and voluntary work have the potential to make a difference: To change mind-sets, remind people that the answer to our problems is solidarity, not division, and to create awareness of populist narratives versus the facts of migration. Likewise, the need of the hour is the integration of refugees and support to local NGOs working with refugees.

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The project includes the following activities:

Taskforce Preparation Meeting in Milan, Italy, 28 – 30 January 2020, hosted by Association Joint – ICYE Italy.

International Anti-Racism Training in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 09 – 13 March 2020, hosted by ABIC – ICYE Brasil.

Volunteering Activities from 15 April – 15 December 2020 for 12 volunteers.

Solidarity Campaigns from 1 May – 30 November 2020 in the participating countries, implemented by volunteers with the support of their respective host and host coordinating organisations.

Final Evaluation Meeting from 9 – 12 March 2021

Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the volunteering activities, Solidarity Campaigns and Final Evaluation Meeting have been postponed. The dates above will be updated in due course.

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The publications of the project:

Final Activity Report of the International Anti-Racism Training, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 09 – 13 March 2020

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Partners in the project:

  1. ICYE Kenya
  2. ICYE Nigeria
  3. CAFSO-WRAG for Development, Nigeria
  4. Volunteer Centre – ICYE South Africa
  5. ICYE Honduras
  6. CIPRODEH – Centro de Investigación y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, Honduras
  7. ABIC – ICYE Brasil
  8. AVESOL – Associação do Voluntariado e da Solidariedade, Brazil
  9. ICYE Colombia
  10. La Familia Araya, Colombia
  11. FIYE – ICYE Poland
  12. KERIC – ICYE Slovakia
  13. Association Joint – ICYE Italy
  14. Diramarsi, Italy
  15. AUS – ICYE Iceland
  16. Grenzenlos interkultureller Austausch – ICYE Austria
  17. Caritas der Erzdiözese Wien – Hilfe in Not (Objekt19), Austria
  18. ICYE United Kingdom