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2. Voluntary Activities

2.6 Raising awareness about youth volunteering opportunities

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  1. Information providers
  2. Key initiatives

Information providers

 

Department of Youth Programs of the Agency of Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps  (until 31.12.2020 the Foundation Archimedes Youth Agency) has been the most prominent promoter of voluntarism among young people through promoting European Voluntary Service (since 2017 the Solidarity Corps) for years covering different information channels and forms.

Information about youth volunteering opportunities is distributed via specific information channels accessed by young people interested in volunteering or other similar activities. 

There is a specific portal to advertise voluntary work opportunities called Vabatahtlike Värav. The portal is supported by the European Social Fund and is coordinated by Village Movement Kodukant.

Youth information website Teeviit also mediates some voluntary work opportunities and creates some itself - Teeviit has a team of volunteers, who create content for Teeviit's social media, webpage, etc. Teeviit is coordinated by the Education and Youth Board.

Voluntary placements are also a part of a private portal providing information about available jobs (for example, CV-Online and CV Keskus).

Key initiatives

  • National volunteer recognition event "Notice the volunteer" since 2005 and takes place usually on the International Volunteering Day and is organized by Village Movement Kodukant. The aim of the event is to recognize the people who have voluntarily contributed to the development of Estonian society and supported voluntary activities. The patron of recognition is the president of Estonia.
  • Good practices for volunteering compiled by Village Movement Kodukant and it gives guidelines for good volunteering.
  • The Volunteer Friend Label is a badge of quality that shows good calibre and professionalism of volunteer recruitment in organisations operating in Estonia. The labels are awarded by the Village Movement Kodukant in conjunction with the Ministry of the Interior.