Volunteering Management Expedition
All around Europe, both at a national level and in European projects, education and volunteering professionals design every year an array of highly useful tools and methods for volunteer management. However, many of them are underused despite heavy dissemination efforts. At the same time, European volunteer managers and coordinators lack opportunities for professional development, as this consortium's prior project FUTUR3 has discovered.
The Volunteering Management Expedition (VolExpo) aims to improve the methodological competences of volunteer managers and coordinators (both paid and unpaid, i.e. volunteers) by collecting methods and tools that correspond to their skills needs from at least 9 European countries, sharing them during virtual 'expeditions'. i.e. webinars, web clinics and online discussions, testing them in partners' countries and selecting the most useful ones for translation.
The main objectives of the VolExpo project are:
1. To increase the managerial and supervision competences of European volunteer managers and coordinators on issues on which they have expressed future skills needs (4 skills groups: 1.managerial - project skills, time management etc.; 2. supervision - leadership coordinating people, conflict resolution etc.), 3. communication (including social media and ITs for volunteer management); 4. cooperation (with volunteers, colleagues, other organisations, media etc.).
2. To improve the volunteering experience for volunteers across Europe through their managers' increased competences; indirectly the project also aims at creating new learning opportunities for volunteers through improved management.
3. To make better use of existing tools and methods for volunteer management by selecting suitable ones for presentations and virtual workshops and translating/localising the ones most suitable for use in partners' countries.