Promoting initiatives for validating learning outcomes in volunteering

dsc_0226In the framework of our VALLEY project we are looking for innovative initiatives and activities that promote the development of competences in an innovative way and include practical cases or at least ideas on how learning outcomes and competence developments within volunteering work can be assessed and evidenced also beyond the walls of formal education.

Hence the VALLEY-prize is an award given to the most innovative and promising European initiatives and projects that:

  • Send and/or host volunteers in their organisation;
  • Focus on enhancing the learning dimension of volunteering work in Europe;
  • Reflect on/consider ways of measuring and documenting volunteers’ development in relation to competences.

Who can participate?

The competition is targeted towards individuals, companies, public or private entities, professional groups, NGOs, civic society organisations, social partners, professionals and researchers.
Participants must live in one of the following countries:
28 Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey.

How to participate?

On-going or completed, existing or planned case studies, initiatives or projects can enter the competition.
For this purpose, proceed as follows:

The six steps to Marseille:

1.    Read the information on this page;
2.    Click on submit  to land on the submission page;
3.    Fill in the form (you can get a preview of the submission sheet);
4.    If applicable, upload file;
5.    Submit;
6.    Maybe win?

Please read carefully our FAQ section.

When is the closing date?

The competition entries are to be presented by 15th November 2016.

And the Awards goes to …

The contributions will be evaluated by an independent jury according to the following criteria:

  •  Innovation: Original solutions to enhance the learning dimension of volunteering work;
  • Evaluation/Validation: The way learning outcomes are assessed and evidenced;
  • Impact: Potential and actual effect on volunteering organisations or hosting organsitions, volunteers, learning context and the society in general;
  • Sustainability:  Continuation of this innovation;
  • Transferability: Potential use of the innovation in other contexts.

Award ceremony in Marseille, France

The winners will be invited to present their project at the conference which will be held on Thursday 16th February, 2017, in Marseille with an international audience.
The prize includes travel, accommodation and subsistence for a 2-day trip to Marseille. The winners will get the opportunity to present their cases during the final conference where will be present experts, relevant entities/personalities in the field. Moreover, they will receive a certificate benefit from a European wide dissemination in a specific newsletter and on our VALLEY website.

We are looking forward to your contributions and wish you the best of luck!

Your VALLEY-project team

Validation System in Lifelong Learning Experiences of Youth Volunteering