Raising Volunteers in Tech – Raivotech

We are proud to be part of a new Erasmus + Youth in Action Project, Raivotech (kick off October 2016)

Raivotech is the accronym for « Raising Volunteer in Tech »

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Our organisation is delighted to join this project, indeed our Asbl is able to operate relying on volunteers. This project will help us to develop our practice of working with volunteers.

Being part of Erasmus + project allows our organisation members to share experience and expertise with partners at european level. This specific project will also include tangible outputs aiming to share knowldge externally with other organisations and NGO at national & international level.

Fighting digital illiteracy is  becoming crucial to reduce risks of social & economic exclusion created by the digital skill gap.Involving volunteers is an interesting way to contribute to reducing this major issue of today world. Volunteers can teach, show & tell but also inspire, motivate and therefore bring a different outlook than the one in provided in formal education. However if working with volunteers is also a way to reduce cost of implementing activities & tapping into a network of non-professional trainers, this does not mean that this strategy is ressources-free for organisations.

This project aims to support non-profit organisations in the field of digital education to strenghen their capacity bringing new methods to manage volunteers & implementing projects in this specific field.

 

Raise Volunteers in Tech RAIVOTECH includes the following activities:

– A extensive research based on real needs of organisation & volunteers involved in digital education

– A training activity for youth workers / Project managers

– An Open Online Course with video material available to those wishing to develop & improve their skills & practices in managing volunteers in the non-formal digital education space

The expected outcome is to improve quality of awareness raising activities and also encouraging young talents especially from diverse, fewer opportunities /disadvantaged backgrounds.

The kickoff meeting took place in Luxembourg early November with four partners in this project are:

  • Futoro Digitale, Italy
  • A&A Emphasys Center in Cyprus
  • Hellas for Us in Greece
  • Women in Digital Initiatives (WIDE) in Luxembourg.

 

 

The second meeting took place in Thessaloniki, Greece where our partners Hellas for US are based:

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During this 3 days of collaborative training, youth workers we were able to build on knowledge and share a lot about their experience in involving with volunteers in the digital field.

After having a look at our own organization, we had a reflexion on the 4 key areas of raising volunteers in Tech which are:

  • Recuiting
  • Training
  • Retaining
  • Rewarding

Thanks to a constructive exchange of ideas between the different organizations, we were able to draft a guideline around these 4 key areas to produce in the near future open resources  such as video in order to scale the training and make it available to a broad network of organisations

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