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Final conference and VALLEY award winners

The Erasmus+ project VALLEY developed new resources to identify and to recognise skills and competences developed by young people during their volunteering experiences.

These resources and the validation methodology were presented in the final VALLEY conference on February 16, which took place in the Villa Mediterranée in the old port area of Marseille. The hosting partner “Eurocircle” invited young volunteers and experts from more than 40 organisations to share their experiences and to discuss about the benefits of volunteering in terms of social integration, civic participation and discovery of hidden talents.

After the introduction to the activites carried out in VALLEY and presentations of the national pilot approaches, the floor belonged to some young who had participated and who gave testimony of their developments and their opinion towards the project’s approach.

One highlight of the conference in Marseille was the ceremony of the VALLEY award and the presentation of the winners. The VALLEY award was announced to look for more initiatives and activities that promote the development of competences in youth volunteering in an innovative way. “And the VALLEY award goes to…”:

• Groeiboekje (“Book of growth”) by Jeugddienst Don Bosco, Belgium (
• The Leadership Development Assessment by AIESEC, Austria (

Final conference in Marseille, France on Feb. 16, 2017

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Newsletter 4

Our fourth Newsletter summarises the project results up to now and gives a preview of the pilot results, that will more extensively be described in the VALLEY experience report.

Also you are warmly invited to apply for the VALLEY award and to spread the news to others who might be interested to participate.

You can access it following this link, or download it from our download section.

After Timisoara the VALLEY piloting begins

The VALLEY _IMG_3723training in Timisoara took place in May 2016. Partners and their associates came together to learn and exchange about the core topic of VALLEY: how to integrate young NEETs into volunteering and to offer proof of their competence developments  by means of the LEVEL5 validation methodology.

The programme contained sessions on definitions and specifics of the target group, about multiple volunteering frameworks and settings in which partners work with volunteers, suitable assessment methods for competence developments and ways to apply LEVEL5 and the VALLEY platform for organisers and volunteers.

In the end all partners elaborated their piloting concepts and discussed related questions and feasible procedures to implement the VALLEY methodology in the second half of the project.

In the veIMG_6796ry same week of the training it was the National Volunteering Week in Romania. In this context we had the  opportunity to visit Casa Faenza, a support and therapy center for autistic children, which so far is the first one of this kind in Romania.



Newsletter 3

Newsletter three focuses on one of the core objectives within VALLEY, how to assess and evidence learning and competence developments gained through volunteering.

For this purpose VALLEY uses the LEVEL5 methodology, specifically designed to assess the development of personal and social competences as outcomes of informal and non-formal learning. The newsletter introduces the reader to the LEVEL5 approach, which will be tested in the national pilots that are to begin after the training course in Romania in May of this year.

You can access it following this link, or download it from our download section.


Newsletter 2

After having finalised the research phase, newsletter two presents selected results and the conclusions drawn for the next steps of the project.

You can open it following this link, or download it from our download section.

First six month and newsletter 1

Half a year has passed since VALLEY set out to develop approaches to promote volunteering among youngsters, especially for those who are neither in education nor training, and to offer tools for recognition of their learning through volunteering.

Newsletter one informs about the aims of our project and the activites carried out so far.

You can open it following this link, or download it from our download section.