Volunteering rethought

Three European Capitals of Culture, Bad Ischl-Salzkammergut (Austria), Tartu (Estonia) andBodø (Norway), have joined forces and, in the period between 2022 and 2024, will take part in the Erasmus+ project VOLUGRAM in order to support the development of voluntary work as part of an individual learning process as well as to bring together learning communities and education systems.

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Kaire Mets, VOCO Tartu Vocational College, Estonia (project responsibility)
Tartu 2024 (Estonia), Bodø 2024 (Norway), IKS VAEV Research and Development Agency GmbH (Austria), Studentorganisasjonen Nord (Norway)

Theresa Weber (project management)
Christian Haselmayr (Head of Programme Music, Youth, Community Building)

September 2022 - Dezember 2024

About the project

The goal of our project is to increase the value of voluntary work as a flexible, informal and individual learning method and develop opportunities to evaluate and validate it.

Cultural, sporting or other community events can be regarded as learning environments and participation can be made possible for specific groups from society such as displaced persons or elderly persons. Learning by doing and peer-to-peer learning are two examples through barriers can be broken down and contacts can be strengthened, for example, through the communication of know-how, language skills or other tools.

The Volugram project creates sustainable platforms in the project areas as well as practical solutions that can be realized on the European level: within the scope of the project, high-quality training materials and guidelines for volunteer coordinators will be created that can also be used in other fields and communities.

The goal is to develop a strong community that will be accompanied by qualified and competent people and which has the necessary instruments to recognize and validate voluntary work. Voluntary work has a growing value in our society, which is why contemporary methods for supporting individuals are of critical significance for all of Europe’s Capitals of Culture now as well as in the future. Because appreciation and reflection play a large role in this, we will also use, amongst other tools, an eAssessment app that have developed for the validation of the materials and methods.


The handbook for volunteer coordinators will be useful for anyone who works with volunteers or volunteers themselves. Whether they are just starting out or already have experience. The materials support organisers in involving volunteers in the cultural sector.