#IVS4Peace: Inclusive Voluntary Service 4 Peace

“#IVS4Peace, Inclusive Voluntary Service 4 Peace” is a three-year project (2018-2020) which seeks to support the living together of people from different backgrounds by making IVS projects more socially inclusive. The project financed by the KA3 Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission will engage and follow the experiences of 120 young migrants, refugees, other minority groups and young people at risk of exclusion, in short term international voluntary service projects in Europe over two years. The intended results of the project include policy recommendations and free online tools, which can be used by civil society.

Using existing practices, the tools are studied and improved during laboratories inviting young people and youth workers, and are then field-tested in the whole process (before, during and after) of the short term projects, meaning the preparation, the implementation and the return phase. To accompany this process, an expert in impact measurement and analysis is involved for the duration of the project, who will provide important information using the data acquired on the quality of the tools and their potential for transformation. The management group will bring all of this information together and will develop policy recommendations result of the process. In the last year of the project, the tools will be shared with IVS organisations across the world who will be invited to run the final test.

In 2020, a series of networking events will take place in different countries in order to share and exchange information with youth and social workers from outside of the IVS sector.

A Final Conference will promote the overall project and its results, and will present the policy recommendations to European Union institutions, the Erasmus+ Agencies, the European Youth Foundation, to local governments and other institutional partners.