Comhlámh, along with 3 other volunteering organisations – Volunteering Matters (UK); INEX-SDA (Czech Republic); and finep (Germany) are delighted to share the news that we have been successful in an 32-month Erasmus + project which will bring together partners from each the 4 countries to support international volunteers into active citizenship.
The project will generate resources on active citizenship, including research and training manuals for returned volunteers, as well as training opportunities for volunteers and volunteer sending agency representatives, and shared learning events to disseminate the good practice realised and practised as a result of the collaboration.
The opportunity of having a strong European dimension will further deepen an understanding of global citizenship for returning volunteers, and co-learning alongside peers from neighbouring European countries will hopefully set the conversation and resulting action on active citizenship at a European level.
The first resource developed for the project is a research paper, ‘Engaging Returned Volunteers in Active Citizenship: research, learning and best practice from four countries’. Based on literature reviews and the results of a survey disseminated throughout the EU, the report identifies 12 steps to active citizenship for international volunteers. This can be found here
Drawing on our collective expertise and following a pilot course that took place in Czech Republic, we have also developed a training manual for engaging returned volunteers. Called “What Next?”, this resource provides support for the four stages of the journey from volunteering to active citizenship and is available here.