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GUIDE on INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL VOLUNTARY WORK

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The aim of the following handbook is to prepare and support organizations and volunteers in conducting more efficient and successful Senior Volunteer service projects. It consists of a handbook available in five different languages (English, Italian, French, Portuguese, and Latvian) and divided in two different sections: the 1st section is directed to the workers and the 2nd one to the volunteers. The Handbook is developed within the framework of the project Senior Plus. It is a 2 year strategic partnership project, supported by Erasmus+ KA2 Adult Education, involving 6 organizations from 5 different European countries. Volunteer work, as a learning experience and an opportunity for the reactivation of seniors, is one of the pillars of the Senior Plus project. It is based on the assumption that every experience can contribute to learning, if there is reflection on that experience. The objectives of the first section are to give the workers and the organizations a deeper understanding of the general concept of volunteering and its dimensions, to strengthen them with a clear idea of the volunteer service project cycle, to equip them with some necessary practical skills and, in general, to promote an understanding of why volunteer service is a key step to enhance Seniors’ Employability. The second section of the handbook focuses on explaining to the volunteers the reason for volunteer service in Senior Plus and why volunteering can be a key step in their Employability according to the Senior Plus Method.
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