"Unified Actions" is an European Solidarity Corps partnership project funded by SA Archimedes for period 2019-2021. The partnership project is coordinated by MTÜ Continuous Action with the main objective to maintain continuous activities to promote, support and create lifelong learning opportunities for different target groups in Estonia.
One of the core of the "Unified Actions" is to address the societal needs and offer alternative to formal education studies while creating and maintaining volunteering opportunities using non-formal education. In general both of the fields (formal education and non-formal education) should be more combined and therefore creating a LIFE project allows the coordinating organisation, MTÜ Continuous Action, to do so. The LIFE program complements the aims and objective's of the partnership project and allows to create an unique learning environment.
See the results of the first LIFE project MTÜ Continuous Action did in 2019. Additionally watch the most recent project movie of volunteering-teams project in Rakvere.
The aim of the project
Within the LIFE project "Unified Actions", the organisation aims to measure the impact of the large-scale partnership project at the local, regional and European level as there have been more than 55 volunteering mobilities implemented in Estonia and abroad in period January 2019 - May 2020. The volunteering mobility in this context is a solidarity activity that takes the form of a voluntary unpaid activity for a period of up to twelve months.*
The European Solidarity Corps programme does not have clear impact measuring tools for the organisations to assess the extent of the activities and desired results. There is a Youthpass that is a tool for participants to document and recognise learning outcomes from youth work and solidarity activities.
In this large-scale project it's needed to measure the impact of the activities and all currently done mobilities, to acknowledge what needs to be changed or balanced according to the general project dynamics. Additionally it gives the organisation a needed data to continue offering activities that meet the needs in the society. LIFE project gives students a chance to be involved in shaping the outcome of the project, solving the real obstacle the organisation is facing now and finding solutions to measure the impact of volunteering (to organisations) in Estonia.
* All the activities supported under volunteering constitue a rich experience in a non-formal and informal learning context, which enhances young people's skills and competences. (European Solidarity Corps programme guide, 2018).
The LIFE project "Unified Actions" covers various subjects and aims to involve students of all courses. This project can be suitable for students who major in: youth work, adult education, information science, interdisciplinary social science, communication management, sociology, social work, and many more.
It's vital that the project team would be from various backgrounds to build the group where everyone can learn from each other. Students out of education field bring another angle, various theories and tools to be used in this problem-setting, while students in education field complement the work with their knowledge of educational changes in the society.
Research base and innovation
"Unified Actions" presents novelty as first and foremost, it's the first partnership project granted under European Solidarity Corps program. There have been some studies about volunteering impact and learning experiences, but no clear measures that can be used to assess this partnership project' for long-term.
The partnership project "Unified Actions" seeks to meet the societal needs by maintaining life-long learning opportunities in the frame of volunteering, to promote solidarity. It's vital to use qualitative researches in order to achieve the aim while running the activities so they'd meet the actual needs. The volunteering in Estonia is largely unstructured what makes it essential to look into it.
By the end of the LIFE project we have:
- internal report of the volunteering projects that have been carried out including their successes as well as disadvantages that need to be taken into account for upcoming activities;
- tools or other methods to measure the impact of the partnership project in general (aim: get to know the impact to local, regional, European level);
- better understanding of non-formal education and it's connection with formal education among students involved in the LIFE project
Additional informationThe working language of this project is Estonian and English. All project meetings are agreed together with the students. Contact meetings are important to take part in.
- Creating LIFE project plan with the team members
- Filling out LIFE mid-term report with the team members (by intermediate week)
- Participating in the feedback session during intermediate week
- Writing a self-reflective report about one’s role as a team member and about others’ responsibilities in project work (present individually to supervisor)
- Put together LIFE project portfolio which should include the project report, action plan, media coverage and project evaluation
- Participating as a team in the presentation day of LIFE projects and presenting the results of the activities carried out within the team
- In order to complete the independent work, students are required to participate actively in the meetings arranged within the project and to fulfil the commitments made to the team