This online course was created in the framework of “Grassroots Change: Volunteering, leadership and emancipation through hands-on work and mentoring”, an Erasmus+ project (Capacity Building in the field of youth) started in 2019, which involved 8 organisations belonging to the International Voluntary Service Movement (IVS) from Europe and Africa: VWAN (Nigeria), AJOV (Mozambique), SAVWA (South Africa), ZWA (Zimbabwe), SCI Italy, SCI Catalunya, KVT Finland and SCI International. 

The project aims to improve the quality of short and long term voluntary projects in the Sub-Saharan African and European regions, creating a positive impact on volunteers, organizations and the local communities in all countries where the voluntary activities take place. The project included several activities, which contributed to the creation of this online course: 

1) Kick off meeting 

? Online

First meeting of the project partners!


2) Mapping exercise: 

? Online

Working together to collect our existing expertise, resources and training materials for volunteer preparation.


3) African Regional Camp Leader Training

? Harare, Zimbabwe

A training for young leaders of volunteering projects, with a focus on gender equality.


4) African Regional Camp Leader Training

? Rome, Italy

A training for young leaders of volunteering projects, with a focus on climate justice.


5) Steering Team Meeting and Long-Term Volunteer Mentor Training

? Marracuene, Mozambique

A meeting for key team members to evaluate the project so far and plan the next phase, and a meeting to discuss the role of mentors in long-term volunteering projects.


6) Job Shadowing exchanges

? Belgium, Finland, Italy, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Zimbabwe

One volunteer from every organisation went to spend 3 weeks working with a different organisation, learning about their work and supporting their projects.

7) Training of Trainers

? Catalunya, Spain

A training for young participants from African and European partner countries, focused on training competences and the role of the trainer.


8) Steering Team meeting II and Online Course Lab

? Barcelona, Spain

Final evaluation of the project, finalising toolkits on Gender Equality, Climate Justice, and working on the “READY?” online course

Credits and Disclaimer

Credits: we wish to thank all partners, activists, participants and volunteers for their contribution to the contents of this online course (you can find a full list at the end of Module 5 – we hope we did not forget anybody!). Furthermore we wish to thank SCI Catalunya for hosting the Lab where many contents of this training course were created and the European Union for the support to the whole project.

Disclaimer:  This online training course and the “Grassroots Change” project have been co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Published by Service Civil International, 2023