The Project Activities

Notification: 26th of August: Volunteers4Europe - Exhibition in Stockholm!

16th of June 2019
Multicultural centre "Estety" in Stockholm

In order to do a good deed, it is not necessary to go far: every week for almost five years, the family multicultural centre
‘’Estety’’ holds interesting events for children and parents: family celebration, master classes and training seminars.
Most of the centre activities are run by volunteers. At ‘’Estety’’ the volunteers gain valuable experience
in non-formal education. Each volunteer spends his or her time not only on recreation and entertainment,
but also on helping visiting children to develop their native language.

Kids attend classes together with parents to sing and play together; learning through playing is the main method.
The school constantly grows thanks to the curious kids, progressive parents and enthusiastic group of volunteers
who tirelessly put their work into keeping the atmosphere of creativity and fun learning.

April 16+17, 2019
The project meeting and the opening of the first V4E-exhibition took place in Rastatt. Here are some
impressions of the activities

The mayor of Rastatt, Arne Pfirrmann,
opened the V4E-exhibition in Rastatt,

All project partners contributed
to the opening with speeches and
presentations. Here Yulia Usova
from MoreMosaic, Sweden

The head of the italian project
partner "Acquamarina Associazione
Culturale" from Triest, Annamaria Castellan

Christian Busch, the chairman of the rescue dog
group of the german Red Cross in Bühl-Achern
explained their comprehensive work as volunteers.
He stood as an example for many other volunteers,
who are active in our societies.

Rescue dog FINN was allowed to come
together with his master

Gunter Kaufmann, the chairman of the friends association of the
"Memorial of the Freedom Movements in the German History",
which is a part of the german federal archive and located in the
baroque castle of Rastatt, is also a volunteer in natural issues.

The project partners together with Gunter Kaufmann (left side)

A part of the V4E-exhibition is also in the city library of
Rastatt. The project partners visited the location and
explained their posters to the others.

Paul Smulsky, the chairman of the french organisation
MitraFrance explained some posters about volunteering in France

Annamaria Castellan, chairman of Acquamarina Associazione
Culturale from Triest/Italy explained posters showing
volunteering in Italy

Ruta Pels, chairman of Esti People to People from
Tallinn/Estonia, explained volunteering activities
in Estonia.

Some posters of the V4E-exhibition are shown also
in the townhall of Rastatt.

During a panel the project partners discussed
important issues about volunteering

The project partners had the opportunity to visit a big foodbank,
which is located in Rastatt. They got comprehensive informations
about organisation and management of the foodbank. About 80
volunteers are involved.

Save the date! 16th of April 2019, 6.00 o'clock, p.m.
Opening of the first international exhibition "Volunteers4Europe" in 76437 Rastatt, Herrenstraße 18, Germany.

The exhibition is showing the colorful world of volunteering in Europe with an exciting potpourri of artistic-documentary
photos from the helpful activities of thousands of volunteers!

Where? In 76437 Rastatt, Herrenstraße 18, in the Memorial for the Freedom Movements in German History
(German Federal Archive) in the Baroque castle in Rastatt.

With the ability of photography to capture themes or events into an expressive imagery, it becomes a powerful
and influential tool of non-verbal communication. In more than 60 exhibits, the exhibition paints an impressive
picture of the diversity of volunteering in the participating countries.

The photographs and photomontages can be seen in the Baroque castle as well as in the
New Town Hall (Herrenstraße 24) and in the city library (Herrenstraße 15) in Rastatt.

March 2019
Senior Expert Service: After their professional life many women and men are still full of power and not at all ready to retire.
Additionally they have a high qualification and long experience in their profession, no matter if they are academics, craftsmen, managers,
teachers, engineers, medical doctors or other professionals. For those specialists the german "Senior Expert Service" organizes small projects.
The experts are travelling mainly in emerging markets or developing countries in order to offer their help, to transfer knowledge and
to initiate activities. They are providing help for self-help. (

February 2019
Estonia. Volunteers from Georgian, Latvian and Ukrainian cultural associations organised on February 16, 2019 concert for local community
in Tallinn a week before celebration of the anniversary of Estonian Republic. Photos by Leonid Smulskiy (Eesti People to People).

February 2019
It is not easy to meet today’s Swedish school’s requirements that demands critical thinking, debating and developing arguments
practically in each subject. But every week one can get help with home work when Tove Bäckström and Sara as well as other volunteers
patiently take their turns to assist newly-arrived students with their individual work. What an rewarding and enriching experience to do it together.

And there is no gathering in Sweden without traditional ’fika’!

The meetings are organised by an initiative EnsamkommandesförbundStockholm and won’t be possible without local volunteers.

February 2019
Italy/Trieste: Gattile - a center for homeless cats. In 1996 the Association Il Gattile was
born from the commitment of Giorgio Cociani and Miranda Rotteri.Its main purpose is to fight the stray through the
sterilization of the feline colonies, partly in agreement with some municipalities in the
area.The Association is managed only by volunteers, and supported by free offers.
Photo from Novella Predonzan

February 2019

In the World Kitchen refugees and volunteers from Germany are cooking together.
An excellent way to communicate, help and integrate! It is practised in many cities in Germany

February 2019

Numerous volunteers are working since many years without any public feedback.
Nevertheless, very often their work is extremely helpful in our society. Here an example of a falconer, who is bringing up little owls.
They are endangered animals. His special knowledge as a falconer is very helpful for this kind of work.

February 2019
Sweden: 'One for all and all for one' is a motto to be used fighting abuse of human rights and freedom especially when an individual
has to stand against a state. A Swedish writer and human rights defender Kurdo Baksi's struggle against racism, discrimination and
illegal imprisonments has no national, geographical or ethnical borders. Be it Ethiopia or Eritrea, Kurdistan or Turkey, Iran or Iraq,
Ukraine or China, a state abuse of its civilians or an unfair asylum decision, Mr Baksi has been tirelessly providing his time, help,
knowledge and solidarity to many people in need for decenniums.

January 2019

First aid for hedgehogs! This small health center for hedgehogs in Germany/Bischweier is led mainly by a women,
who is a professional veterinary nurse. She already helped different wild animals to recover from diseases. This year
it was too warm and too dry. The hedgehogs didn't find enough food in order to get fat enough to hibernate. If their
weight is not high enough, they die. Without further ado Anja Stark together with her husband and her helper installed
a hedgehogs station on her ranch. She already saved the lifes of many hedgehogs. She is a member of the NABU,
which is the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Germany. The food and cages for the hedgehogs are
from donations. Anja and her helper are working as volunteers! The hedgehogs need support from October till March.

January 2019
Volunteers of Hille Tänavsuu Cancer Treatment Foundation "The Gift of Life" collect donations in the shoping center.
Photos by Leonid Smulskiy (Eesti People to People).

January 2019
Estonia. Volunteers organised Ortodox Christmas event for children and parents in Tallinn, distributed collected toys and books,
organised concert and performance. Photo by Leonid Smulskiy (Eesti People to People).

December 28, 2018
Estonia. Today volunteers in all ages organised in Oleviste church concert for people in need and homeless.They offered also food and clothing.
The parish organises charity events already for last 17 years.
Photo by Leonid Smulskiy (Eesti People to People).

December 28, 2019
Estonia. Volunteers from Ukrainian folk groups organised Christmas concert for local community in Tallinn.
Photo by Leonid Smulskiy (Eesti People to People).

December 26, 2018
Estonia. Today Tallinn Zoo invited all friends of animals to the Christmas holiday.
Santa Clauses from Estonian Santa Claus Association arrived with gifts for big and small inhabitants of the zoo.
Photo by Leonid Smulskiy (Eesti People to People).

December 26, 2018
Estonia. Charity ecumenical Christmas concert in Tallinn Oleviste Church.
Photo by Leonid Smulskiy (Eesti People to People).

December 21, 2018
Estonia.Varjupaikade NGO (Animal Shelters NGO) has many visitors with gifts for animals before Christmas,
so volunteers Ott Nikat and Raimo Nõu have more job but they are happy. One puppy found new family and home today.
Photo session in Tallinn animal shelter from Leonid Smulskiy (Eesti People to People).

December 21, 2018
The german National Agency published a gallery with photos from Erasmus+ projects (December 17, 2018).
The project "Volunteers4Europe" is introduced with a picture from a photo reportage of the volunteers day in Heidelberg September 2018.

December 20, 2018
Red Cross – Röda Korset Botkyrkakretsen #RödaKorsetBotkyrkakretsen holds many projects supporting young,
elderly and new-comers. The volunteers from Röda Korset Botkyrkakretsen organsied Christmas Market in Stockholm,
Sweden to give a helping hand to people in need.

December 20, 2018
Estonia. Eesti People to People photo session in Tallinn Toidu Pank
(Food Bank) with volunteers from Estonia, USA, UK, Germany, Ukraina and other countries.
Photo by Leonid Smulskiy.

December 20, 2018
Prime-minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas today with volunteers worked in Food Bank to prepare Christmas gifts for people in needs.

December 19, 2018
Eesti People to People staff members Ruta Pels and Leonid Smulskiy visited with delegation from
China "CleanUp" office in Tallinn and discussed details of world action on September 15. 2018.

December 17, 2018

Become a Night-watch and make your community safe!

One can definitely get inspired by a volunteer organisation #NattvandrarnaBotkyrka in Botkyrka municipality in Stockholm, Sweden.
Every week friends and members of Nattvandrarna Botkyrka organises a night promenade to over-see the area, aid locals and prevent possible troubles.
They are not police, but regular people who want to make their area safe along with walking and talking.

December 9, 2018
Do you know Repair Cafes? They first were founded from Martine Postma 2009 in the Netherlands. It was a successful story. Meanwhile exist 1651 such cafes
in many countries. Volunteers are repairing broken things instead of throwing them away. People can also get tools to repair their broken things.We visited one
of the cafes in Bühl in Germany.

December 5, 2018 - Esti People To People:
Today is the International Volunteer Day and we want to say THANK YOU to our fantastic volunteers
for their inexhaustible commitment to global solidarity actions!

Eesti People to People is partner in EU Aid project "More & Better EU Aid Volunteers". Coordinator of this project is GVC from Italy. GVC celebrates the International Volunteer Day, with the conference "V as volunteering", an event open to the public on the added value of volunteering, student mobility towards developing countries, development and exchange of knowledge between organisations.

Tuesday, December 4, at the Hotel Astoria in Bologna, there was the first of two meetings reserved for international partners, who discussed the results achieved, the dissemination of the project and the future prospects related to the initiative EU Aid Volunteers. The second meeting - open to the public - took place on Wednesday, December 5, at the Department of Economics & Management of the University of Bologna; Prof. Alessandra Scagliarini (Prorector for International Relations) opened the discussion, followed by Maria Chiara Lesi, coordinator of the EU Aid Volunteers program for GVC, who presented to the participants the advantages of the initiative and the new opportunities.

The event was attended by organisations from eight European countries: Alianza por la Solidaridad (ES), Eesti People to People (EE), Instituto Marquez de Valle Flor (PT), Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LV), NGO Support Center ( CY), Juanimo Karjeros Centras (LT), SLOGA (SI), HAND (HU), together with the Italian FOCSIV, EuropeDirect, ISCOS ER, Overseas and Valentina Manzato of the International Relations Dept. - University of Bologna.

In addition to the numerous international guests present with their stands in the exhibition space of the University of Bologna, two volunteers spoke about their experience: Alice Ticli for the EU Aid Volunteers project and Paolo Ribotta of the Civil Service and Civil Peace Corps. The aim of the initiative, as well as of the "More & Better EU Aid Volunteers" project, is to promote and improve the technical capacity of European organisations and to improve opportunities for EU citizens to participate in humanitarian aid actions.
A meeting entirely dedicated to the theme of the virtuous circle between cooperation, volunteers, institutions and NGOs to share together the value of solidarity. • Here we are at the International Volunteer Day together with @GVCOnlus and #EuAidVolunteers to listen to the "stories on the field" of our volunteers, the opportunities promoted by the organisations and celebrate the value of solidarity!

• # IVD2018: solidarity comes into action! We are proud to celebrate together with volunteers, NGOs and organisations the International Volunteer Day: a unique opportunity to share values, experiences and get together!
@GVCOnlus #IVD2018

December 2018
The european digital platform for adult education is EPALE. About 45 000 members of this platform share their experience, knowledge
and ideas about different topics in the field of adult education. There is also a BLOG, where members publish statements and essays, which
can be discussed or commented. The topic of the EPALE-BLOG in December 2018 is VOLUNTEERING
The V4E-Team contributed with an essay about volunteering:

To read the whole text, please click HERE

The Essay about volunteering on EPALE in italian language, please click HERE

November 2018

MITRA FRANCE team visited Association of non-governmental and volunteers organisations in Nice
and discussed with staff achievements of local volunteers with the aim to choose organisations for photo sessions.

November 2018
MITRA FRANCE members visited La Station association of art organisations working in Nice, France,
on installations, exhibitions and interactive art with volunteers, adult learners and children on creation art works
and organising different events for local community in Nice

November 2018
In November the project teams went out to make some photo reportages. One of them took place in Rastatt:
Since years a team of highly motivated volunteers organize a senior dancing cafe in Rastatt.
There is a lot to do before, during and after the event, for example to bake the cake, serve the beverages,
prepare nice sketches, organize the DJ, making seasonal decorations, communicate with the seniors and so on.

This type of volunteering is a continuous process, where locals try to contribute to the improvement of society.
In the different fields, e.g. the work with seniors, there are often informal networks of experience volunteers. It can
happen, that people are asked directly if they want to help. The informal networks are very important.

October 2018
Estonia. Sharing best practices of campaign "Aga mina" for value-based attitudes,
driven by the desire to give healthier and safer living environments to future generations.

October 2018
The V4E-Team photographed the volunteers of the "Bergwaldprojekt" (mountain forest project) during their
project week in the Black Forest. This amazing project aims at the protection, maintenance and preservation of
mountain forests and cultural landscapes.

October 18, 2018
The V4E-Team visited the 25th IAVE (International Association for Volunteer Effort) World Conference in Augsburg
to photograph the event, to distribute the V4E-Project Flyers, to listen to interesting conferences and forums and to enjoy
a very good conversation about different aspects of volunteering with people all over the world.

September 29, 2018.
AutumnCleaning Day in the village outside Stockholm, Sweden.

Volunteering and contribution to well-being of a community or society in general has a long tradition in Sweden.
It is estimated that most of people in Sweden are affiliated with 2-3 or more associations. The public space
plays an important role as it is seen as a part that belongs to all, utilized by all and enriches all vs the concept of private property.


The mutual should be taken care of to make sure it sustains. Members of different communities gather to clean the mutual territory, to repair
or replace broken roads, fences or do other mending to ensure that things do not fall apart, look nice and serve longer.

September 15, 2018
The german team of photographers visited the voluntary day in Heidelberg, where many volunteers organized different projects.
The motto of the day was "Wir-schaffen-was" (we are working something). Organizer of this annual event is the "Metropolregion
Rhein-Neckar". On this day volunteers were active in the whole region: 7500 volunteers were active in 370 projects!

2.-5. September 2018
First Project meeting in Nice / France

The project partners enjoyed a 2-days-meeting in Nice to discuss the project implementation and goals.
Together the project teams provide a huge pool of knowledge and experience that will be available for this exciting project!