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Follow-up and impact of the volunteering experience - transnational seminar


20-24 November 2023 | Padova, Italy

The IT NA for E+ and ESC organises a transnational seminar addressed to accredited organisations active in volunteering activities to share practices on fostering quality of volunteering projects and their impact within the European Solidarity Corps

The main aim of the activity is to share approaches to implement a high-quality learning process within ESC Volunteering projects, in order to ensure a meaningful impact at different levels: volunteers, organisations, communities.

As written in the publication “Use your hands 2.0”, Young people who take part in Corps volunteering projects have an opportunity to travel, to learn about other cultures and learn new languages. They can gain a variety of new skills, both on personal and practical level. Perhaps most importantly, they have the possibility to help others and actively contribute to the local community. European Solidarity Corps projects give young people the chance to do something they can take pride in. They can help others, feel needed, and discover that they too have something to contribute to society.”

And more: "It is easy to imagine how young people can gain from volunteering projects, but organisations (both those who send/support the volunteers as well as those who host them) can also benefit from the experience. The Solidarity Corps can serve as a pedagogical tool to support the day to day work with young people. By taking part in Corps projects, organisations can offer their youngsters a new type of activity and a new level of challenge. The programme is a means to encourage young people to take responsibility for themselves and for their own communities. Corps volunteering projects are an investment in individuals but the impact of the experience goes far beyond the young people themselves; local youngsters, staff workers, families, and friends will all be impacted by the Solidarity Corps experience.”

Based on these aspects, the objectives of the seminar are:

- to strengthen capacity-building of organizations in raising volunteers’ awareness about their learning experience in ESC;

- to explore and exchange perspectives, approaches, and tools, such as critical thinking principles, on how to follow up with volunteers within the ESC projects, in order to highlight positive impact on their future.

The seminar is designed for professionals and practitioners active in accredited organisations implementing volunteering projects; representatives of organizations actively involved in the volunteers’ learning process (e.g. reference/contact persons of volunteering projects, reference persons for volunteers...) coming from the European Solidarity Corps Programme Countries.

Participants will reflect on the investment in a quality learning process, properly built for a volunteer, while carrying their projects in terms of qualitative and impactful learning activities and in terms of support provided to volunteers. Appropriate tools can help organisations to monitor the potential impact of volunteering projects and support the return of volunteers in their countries.

The seminar will explore the concept of learning through criticalk thinking and how volunteering can transform participants’ understanding of themselves, their belief systems, and influence their behavioral/lifestyle choices. We will also explore how these connections can have an overall impact on the hosting and sending organisations and community.

The seminar is funded by European Solidarity Corps. 


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Seminar is

for 30 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors, Volunteering project managers, volunteers tutor or reference person in volunteering projects

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



Italian National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth and Sport and European Solidarity Corps (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Anna Villani


Phone: +39 06 37591250

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agencies (NAs) of the European Solidarity Corps and  Erasmus+ Youth and Sport Programmes. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

Unless specified otherwise, the hosting NA of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or SALTO in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

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