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Global or European volunteerism, what is its connection with solidarity? 07.12.2022, at 15:00 - 16:30 CET


7 December 2022 | ZOOM, Austria

Did you know that December is the Month of Solidarity? We, as SALTO European Solidarity Corps felt inspired by UN, who declared 20 December of each year International Human Solidarity Day and decided to celebrate Solidarity during the entire month!

The 7th of December is dedicated to a first discussion about the connection between volunteering and solidarity. We have with us two international experts, one with experience in global volunteerism and one with a great knowledge of European realities in relation with volunteering.

Gabriella Civico - is from the UK, but moving to Belgium and becoming a Belgian citizen. She has a degree in Social Policy and Education from the University of Surrey (UK), and a Masters in Education in E-learning from the University of Hull (UK). Gabriella has volunteered since childhood in a variety of fields, including youth advocacy, international development, disability, environment, migration, human rights and sports. Through her work in the youth field, she was involved in the campaign to establish 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering. Her current role is as Director at Centre for European Volunteering. In this role, she manages over 60 member organisations, facilitating their sharing and learning together on volunteering and solidarity issues.

Oliver Wittershagen is a firm believer in life-long learning and living proof of the theory that one will potentially have more than five careers in a lifetime. He started as journalist and then became a lawyer. He had served the UN system for over 15 years. As UNV Programme Officer in Guyana and Timor-Leste he recruited and managed some 100+ UN Volunteers. Currently he works as as facilitator, trainer and coach in areas including volunteerism, volunteer management, capacity development, corporate management, project management - where he prepared more than 1000 UN Volunteers for their assignments. he has two German law degrees, holds an LLM from Stockholm University, and completed the programme management track of the Virtual Development Academy of UNDP and the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs.

We welcome you to join us and to explore together:

  • How is solidarity shaped by voluntarism ?
  • How does volunteering influence/structure/define solidarity?
  • What specific meanings of solidarity are tackled by volunteering?
  • Is volunteering an act of solidarity per se

Also, we will celebrate the International Volunteer Day 2022, which is on 5th of December. 

When? 07.12.2022, 15.00 - 16.30 CET
Where? Online (zoom)

The webinar will be 90 minuntes with inputs from the experts and chance for the participants to interact, ask questions and exchange information!

05.12.2022 Deadline for applications
(06.12.2022 Confirmation of participation)


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This E-learning is

for 50 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Other countries in the world , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches, Youth researchers, Everyone interested in Solidarity and Volunteerism

Working language(s):



SALTO European Solidarity Corps (SALTO Resource Centre)


  • Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (National Agency)
  • JINT, the National Agency for the Erasmus+: Youth in Action and the European Solidarity Corps programmes for the Flemish Community in Belgium (National Agency)
  • OeAD - Austrian National Agency (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Romina Matei


Phone: -


Participation fee

Not the case, the event is online!

Accommodation and food

Not the case, the event is online!

Travel reimbursement

Not the case, the event is online!

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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