Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) initiative
Interreg is proud to be part of the European Solidarity Corps initiative launched by President Juncker.
DG REGIO will join the initiative with EUR 1 million to offer young people aged 18-30 the possibility to serve as 'Interreg reporters' supporting an Interreg programme in promoting the concrete results of Interreg projects or as 'Interreg project partners' on a concrete project. This webpage will give you info and updates on the development of the initiative.
The Interreg Volunteer Youth initiative aims at offering to the extent possible the same advantages as the European Voluntary Service, covering notably travel, lodging, food and insurance.
Applications by young volunteers may be submitted from 07/12/2016 onwards via the European Youth Portal https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en.
DG REGIO is entrusting the selection of the hosting bodies (managing authorities, joint secretariars, 2014-2020 on-going projects) to the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR). Volunteers will receive a posting proposal when the portal is ready to ensure access to selected hosting bodies.
AEBR has labelled the initiative as Interreg Volunteers Youth initiative and is already working at full speed for its implementation (please find their website here: http://www.interregyouth.com). The first volunteer, Manon, a 22 year old French girl, is deployed in Budapest as Interreg Reporter of the Danube Transnational programme since Monday 20 March!
But what this initiative offers exactly?
The Interreg Volunteer Youth initiative offers the possibility to young Europeans aged 18-30 to serve as volunteers in cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects. The initiative is aimed at involving young European volunteers to support, promote and report the concrete achievements of these programmes and projects, as well as generally promote cooperation across borders and related values such as solidarity. The IVY will give volunteers the opportunity to familiarise with the Interreg programmes and projects, make them aware of the many benefits of collaboration among EU internal borders as well as enhance their sense of European solidarity, citizenship and civic engagement.
What an Interreg Project Partner will do?
The Interreg Project Partners will help with Interreg project implementation, focusing on specific aspects or difficulties to be solved in fields such as solidarity projects, people to people projects, health projects, community-based projects, projects focusing on the social dimension of Interreg cooperation. The Interreg Project Partner will therefore be deployed in the territory of one of the Interreg projects beneficiaries;
What an Interreg Reporter will do?
The Interreg Reporters will focus on communication activities. He/she will help with disseminating information on the benefit of territorial integration on the ground, through reporting about successful Interreg projects that has a solidarity/social inclusion/cooperation dimension. The Interreg Reporter will therefore be deployed either in the offices of the Interreg Managing Authorities and/or the Interreg Joint Secretariats."