Results of research phase

From the gathered results can be derived that volunteering is considered an important learning field for young people, especially in the formal volunteering services like FSJ (Voluntary Social Year) or BFD (Federal Volunteering Service) that are organised as long term involvement of 6 up to 24 months and include compulsory training days (25 per year) on topics connected to the activities of the volunteering organisation or other competences considered relevant for the volunteers. By being engaged on long term basis young people develop numerous competences that help them become ready to take over responsibility and  be “adult” members of society.
We can see strong parallels between organisers‘ and volunteers‘ answers when it comes to the question which competences are the most developed ones in volunteering.

dev_C_orgasBoth groups also have very similar views on the importance of recognising and validating competences acquired in volunteering.

This means that there is a good potential to introduce tools and approaches for assessing and validating competences in volunteereing.