The Interreg Youth Volunteer initiative keeps on growing:


The Interreg Youth Volunteer (IVY) initiative keeps on growing: more and more Interreg projects and programmes show an interest in joining as they trust the numerous advantages of hosting a volunteer.

Thanks to Yonec and Xander, many schools on the border between The Netherlands and Germany will soon be informed about European territorial cooperation in border regions. In the framework of the project “Nachbarsprache & Buurcultuur” and thanks to their host organisation, the University of Radboud (Nijmegen, Netherlands) these two Interreg Project Partners will contribute strengthening citizens’ awareness on the benefits brought by Interreg in their area – starting from the very young ones. Robbert, Interreg Reporter, will help creating a lively network among Interreg projects by supporting the organisation of community-building events of the Interreg programme “Flanders-Netherlands”. Somewhere more north, Mona will assist the promotion of successful projects of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region as well as in the delivery of information about their long-term effect on the area.

On the 2nd of June our IVY volunteer Jasmin went to Helsinki, Finland, to attend the “SMART REGIONS 2.0” conference where she had the occasion to learn about the Interreg project “ChemSAR” and, most of all, meet Commissioner Corina Creţu. Jasmin then reported about this experience and shared her enthusiasm about the transnational cooperative dimension underpinning this project in her blog and via social media.

IVY not only contributes to increase the visibility of Interreg programmes and projects, but it also fuels the debate on the role of cross-border, interregional and transnational cooperation in boosting EU values and also EU citizenship (especially among young people). Indeed, AEBR will held a workshop on this topic at the “Summer University on European Citizenship” organised by the ECIT Foundation at the end of summer in Brussels.

Last but definitely not least, IVY will get its own workshop during the “European Week of Region and Cities” (EWRC) on 11th October in Brussels where speakers from IVY host organisations, relevant stakeholders from EU institutions, and of course volunteers, will have the chance to share their experiences and debate on the challenges & benefits of such a pilot initiative, IVY, which has been the very first one to deploy volunteers in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps

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