Best practices for Volunteering and Traineeships and Jobs projects

Posted on 15-12-2020
Quality Compass and European Solidarity Corps' concepts illustration

Looking for ideas to ensure your project is top quality? 

As part of its fourth phase, and with the support of the UK National Agency, the ‘Ready, Set, Make the Change!’ European Solidarity Corps online course recently hosted a webinar on Quality in Volunteering and Traineeships and Jobs. Videos from the course are now available (below) to inspire you to take your project to the next level.  

From case studies to an interactive exercise, as well as information on a great tool that could assist you in stablishing your strategy goals for quality, watch the short clips below to find out how you could enhance your activities for maximum, positive impact. 

Good examples 

Get inspired and hear first-hand about all the elements that make two projects – Udruga BIOM (Croatia) and Nevo Parudimos Association (Romania) – examples of best practices:

“What quality really means is up to you. You are telling the quality, you are defining the quality for your organisation […] This is super important, because it’s strategy work.”

Quality Compass

The webinar included contributions from Training and Support for Organisations Active in the Solidarity Corps (TOSCA) team members. Dagna Gmitrowicz emphasised that:

“What quality really means is up to you. You are telling the quality, you are defining the quality for your organisation […] This is super important, because it’s strategy work.” 

Dagna introduced the TOSCA Quality Compass to attendees. According to this tool, quality in European Solidarity Corps volunteering activities consists of three aspects: 

  • the values that the activities promote and are based on; 
  • the impact, benefits and satisfaction that are reached through the way that the activities are designed and implemented;
  • the compliance of the activities with the official rules and guidelines of the European Solidarity Corps programme.

These strategy goals can also be applied to Traineeships and Jobs activities.

Watch this video to find out how you can apply the Quality Compass to your project:

 

Quality Zoobowl

During the session, an activity called Zoobowl aimed to give participants a deeper understanding of the approach to quality through direct interaction. They explored the question: ‘Inclusion, human rights, active citizenship or empathy. Which is key to quality?’

 

‘Ready, Set, Make the Change!’ is the first open and online European Solidarity Corps course. The UK National Agency, in cooperation with the European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre, coordinates and supports its implementation.

Enrol on the HOP Online Platform to join the course.

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