Thanks to a new pilot action, volunteers can now contribute to interregional cooperation. Part of the European Solidarity Corps Initiative of the European Commission, the Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) Initiative offers young Europeans a chance to volunteer in cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects.

IVY is a one-year pilot, running from March 2017 until February 2018. It is coordinated by the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) and funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy. The objective of the initiative is to involve young Europeans in supporting, promoting and reporting the achievements of projects and European territorial cooperation.

Interreg Europe joined the initiative and we will soon host our first IVY volunteer.

We encourage our projects to consider participating as well!

Who can volunteer?

Young Europeans aged 18-30 can serve as volunteers in the cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects for a period of 2-6 months. Volunteers will have a chance to learn about European territorial cooperation and the benefits of collaboration. IVY initiative also aims at enhancing the sense of European solidarity, citizenship and civic engagement.

Who will host the volunteers?

Programmes and projects can both act as hosts. In fact, all 2014-2020 cross-border, transnational and interregional Interreg programmes and Interreg project beneficiaries are eligible to host IVY volunteers.

Project beneficiaries can host a volunteer called Interreg Project Partner in their organisation to help with the Interreg project implementation.

Joint secretariats and managing authorities can host volunteers as Interreg Reporters to help in disseminating information and reporting on successful Interreg projects.

Interested?

Joining the initiative is easy. All material and instructions are available on the Interreg Youth website. Projects interested in joining can contact AERB directly.

Projects can apply to host volunteers by submitting a note outlining their requirements. Projects also need an approval from the programme to participate in the initiative. So in case you plan to join the action, please get in contact with us as well. AEBR will help you pre-select suitable candidates via the the European Solidarity Corps Youth Portal and assist with the final selection if needed. AEBR will also prepare the volunteers for their placement with information and a pre-departure training.

IVY volunteers receive financial support and a comprehensive insurance coverage from the pilot action. The coordinating body (AEBR) also supports the volunteers and host organisations before and during the placement.