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"Professional Volunteering" (ProVol) was a European partnership between Gemeinsam leben & lernen in Europa e.V. (GLL)(Germany), Volunteering Matters (United Kingdom), Centrul de Volontariat Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and Dobrovolnické centrum Ustí Nad Labem (Czech Republic) lasting from 2014-2016.
Coordinated by "Gemeinsam leben & lernen in Europa", it developed an accessible, flexible and sustainable European model for training volunteer coordinators and volunteers, with a view to improving the effectiveness of volunteering activities and the quality of services delivered. Its result is also a training curriculum and handbook for both groups.
In 2016 the project continued under the name "Professional Volunteering Crossborder". It aim was to improve and spread the existing training. The ProVol training was transfered to Slovakia by Dobrovolnické centrum (Czech Republic) in cooperation with the Centrum Dobrovolnictva Banská Bystrica (Slovakia), and to Austria by Gemeinsam leben & lernen in Europa in cooperation with eb projektmanagement (Austria). In order to provide also the training for refugees and migrants with limited language skills of the host society, but also for people with learning and mental disabilities, the last two years the German and the Czech partner have further developed an easy language version of the existing training. The aim of the partnership is also to set up a European wide ProVol network in order to provide quality ProVol trainings across Europe.
ProVol is funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme.
Die Absicht und Notwendigkeit in Waldkirchen einen Helferkreis aufzuziehen stand wie ein hoher Berg vor mir. Die Provolontariatsschulung half mir meine Gedanken zu ordnen, Ziele zu formulieren, und die notwendigen Schritte schon einmal in der Theorie durchzuspielen und durchzudenken. Außerdem hab ich erfahren wie sich Gruppe anfühlt, wenn man gemeinsam etwas entwickeln will. Erfahrungen zwischen Begeisterung und Streit, die mir dann in der Praxis sehr gut geholfen haben.
Anton Süß, Germany
Vor der Provolontariatsschulung hatte ich die Vision, in unserer Gemeinschaftsunterkunft in Waldkirchen Deutschtraining von Frauen für Frauen anzubieten. Aber wie ich das organisieren könnte, und ob ich mir das zutrauen sollte, wusste ich nicht. Im Kreis von Gleichgesinnten hat mir die Schulung nicht nur das nötige Wissen vermittelt, sondern mir auch das Selbstvertrauen mit auf den Weg gegeben mein Projekt ins Leben zu rufen.
Gabi Guadamillas, Germany
I have received so many useful information in the last few days that I feel it will take a bit of time for me to do everything properly. From the new things in the volunteer law to the volunteer management system, policies and procedures, there are many things our organization can improve in the way we work with volunteers, in order to be really professional in this field. I strongly recommend this training to all volunteer coordinators and volunteers. Event the organizations that have more experience can benefit and learn many things in this context.”
Simona Criste, Romania
“Taking part in the Volunteer Management Training was one of the most inspiring events in my NGO life. Alongside a group of determined young people, with more or less experience in the field, we went through team building activities, various approaches in working with volunteers, but also legal and financial aspect that were very welcome for people with less knowledge about how the NGO field works. My favourite part was, for instance, learning about the legal aspects of volunteering in my country. I consider this aspect to be very little known, by few people, and hence quite useful when applied in organizations. Even now, when I manage 90+ volunteers, one of the best things to motivate them with is to specify that there is a law that grants them work experience if they volunteer. I also enjoyed a lot learning about how to build plans, diagrams, and calendars, and about how to promote and make your organization visible. The trainers were very well prepared, and they worked and communicated with us quite easily, which showed that they are not only competent, but kind, empathic people, as well. I would highly recommend taking part in this training to anyone working with volunteers.”
Iulia Rosca-Dromereschi, Romania
I remember wonderful group of people, we went through well prepared training. I feel like this training ProVol is important for further education of volunteers coordinators, or for someone who is working in NGOs. The huge advantage was accessibility for interested persons. Daniela Kováčová, volunteers coordinator in KZ, a.s. – Nemocnice Most, o.z.
Daniela Kováčová, Czech Republic
Adéla Kašková, volunteer coordinator in Jirkov
Training course Management of volunteering I. professionalization of volunteering in region Ústí nad Labem has defined the key topics in education of volunteering, which everyone, who deals with volunteering, should focus their attention to. Each training day of the course, was full of new information and knowledge. Added value of the whole training was very well assembled a group of participants that support each other, and they added and exchanged their experiences. I'm glad I could participate in the training. It was very helpful to me to get an overview about current events on the field of volunteering. Thanks belongs once again to the entire team of trainers, who led the entire training on high level of professionality and expertise.
Adéla Kašková, Czech Republic
“I found the seminars really useful for my work. I get to organize a lot of volunteers in my day to day life, and achieving some practical background, on how to structure and coordinate the activities for them it was a very interesting and important point that I think this project offered me. The international approach was also an asset, since we had the opportunity to exchange good practices and methods withy a lot of people from very different backgrounds.”
Oana Muresan, Romania