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Board Game - Let´s Volunteer

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“Let´s Volunteer” is a boardgame aimed at improving knowledge and motivation about volunteering. It´s target group are volunteers and it´s to be played by 2 to 6 players, who need to complete volunteering actions by collecting resources and competencies.

Aims of the tool

The main aim of “Let´s Volunteer” is to improve knowledge and motivation about volunteering. More specifically, the boardgame is aiming to motivate young people to start volunteering, as well to show the benefits of volunteering.

Description of the tool

“Let´s Volunteer” is a boardgame aimed at improving knowledge and motivation about volunteering. It´s target group are volunteers and it´s to be played by 2 to 6 players, who need to complete volunteering actions by collecting resources and competencies.

The game consists of:
• the board
• 6 pawns
• 1 die
• different cards: 40 different “Action cards”; 50 different “?” question cards; 50 different “!” random encounter cards; 150 “Resources” cards; 120 “Competencies” cards.

Rules: in order to start the game each player takes 6 Action cards, 3 Resources cards and 1 Competences card – all without choosing them, just picking them up from card decks.
The winner is the player who first solves all of his action cards. In order to solve them he/she needs to collect resources and competences which are written on the back of each action card. Those resources and competencies are really needed in real life to the volunteers for types of actions which are written on the cards.
In order to gain the rest of the competences and resources cards that every player needs, players should move through fields by throwing the die and by taking the cards when stepping on one of the following fields:
Fields “?” contain questions about volunteering and dates which are marked in the volunteers world. When a player stops on a “?” field, they should take a “?” card and answer the question. If they answer it right, they are taking one competence card. If not, they don't – they are just moving forward within the game. All the “?” cards which are used should be put back on the end of pile.
Fields “!” are Random encounter cards that contain realistic, both positive and negative, situations that can happen to every single volunteer. Once a player steps on this field, they should act as it is written. All the cards which are used should be put back on end the pile.
Players can cooperate if they didn't get enough competence cards which they need. However, both players should make a deal to change one competence for one resource. (Like in the real life, you can’t lose your competence, but you can help the others who need this competence).
The “Teambuilding weekend” field brings one competence card to each player, no matter who steps on it.
The field “International Volunteer Day” brings one resource card to each player, no matter who steps on it.
The field “Youth Exchange” brings one resource card only to the player who steps on it.
The field “Start” should be counted in every circle, and every player gets one resource card when they cross it in next circle – a Year award for volunteering.

Everybody who wants to download this game for a specific target group can add or change all the cards, in order to adapt it to their target group and the local community.

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Tool overview

Board Game - Let´s Volunteer

http://toolbox.salto-youth.net/1430

This tool is for

Target group of "Let´s Volunteer" are potential and new volunteers, regardless of their age or nationality.

and addresses

Voluntary Service, Personal Development, Youth Participation

Materials needed:

In order to play “Let´s Volunteer”, you need to make the board and to print different game cards. (they are all available to download, including the design of the cards and the board). Hence, what is needed it:
• A thicker paper or a cardboard (100x50cm) for the board;
• Crayons or markers for drawing the board
• A thicker paper for different cards
• Colour printer
• Scissors
• 1 Die
• 6 Pawns

Duration:

The game takes between 1h and 2h to play. (depending on the number of players)
The preparation itself is longer, since involves a lot of printing and cutting. However, once the game is made, each next time in needs only 5-10 minutes to set it up.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

“Let´s Volunteer” was developed by Slobodan Antić and Marina Kovačev, during "EduGaming", Youth in Action training course organised by the Youth Dialogue Programme.

in the context of

"Let´s Volunteer" was developed during "EduGaming", Youth in Action training course for developing educational games, which took place in March 2013 in Serbia, organised by the Youth Dialogue Programme.

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Snežana Bačlija Knoch (on 1 June 2013)

and last modified

8 May 2013

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