Interreg Volunteer Youth celebrates its first 9 months!:

We invite all our members to join the initiative and to host a volunteer!


It seems like yesterday when we officially launched “Interreg Volunteer Youth” (IVY) on 1st March 2017. However on 1st December 2017 IVY will already celebrate its first 9 months of implementation. Hence it’s time to stop for a moment and reflect on what we have achieved so far...

Firstly, and most importantly, we have managed to match over 60 young people with Interreg Programmes and Projects. In particular, we can count on volunteers coming from all over Europe, and especially from France, Germany, Bulgaria, Ireland, Netherlands, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Czech Republic, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Portugal, Slovakia and Austria. Also the geography of the deployment countries is very rich, considering that we have volunteers deployed in Hungary, Poland, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, France, Spain, Estonia, Sweden, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Greece, Lithuania and even in the French outermost regions in Caribbean islands!

In addition to help with project implementation in the field of environment, education, culture, entrepreneurship, employment, transport, health and so on,  most of our volunteers are also supporting Interreg Programmes and Projects to increase their visibility with a more informal and catchy communication strategy, especially on social media.

The IVY team at the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) have had the chance to meet the volunteers in many occasions, as they accompanied us to events as the EU Open Doors Day in May 2017, the European Commission conference on "Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions" in September 2017, the European Week of Regions and Cities in October 2017, and the “European Public Communication Conference EuroPCom 2017” in November. The most important of such occasions was definitely the “IVY Get Together” cocktail in Brussels in early October where 29 volunteers participated and had the chance to network among themselves, their mentors and meet EU policy makers, associations, regional stakeholders, etc… and even Captain Europe & EU Super Girl!

IVY is proving to be an extremely valuable initiative which is creating WIN-WIN situations all over Europe to all those who participate to it: the volunteers, the host organisations, the European Commission, and of course us, at AEBR. IVY has a promising future because, as we often like to say, it summarises the two most successful achievements of the European Union: the Erasmus programme and the European integration process. And we can already say that our volunteers greatly connect among themselves and are slowly building a true European family !

If you want to know more about volunteers’ experience, read our blog:

If you want to know which host organisations are already hosting or will soon host a volunteer, visit:

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