International Pen Pals
University of Limerick International Division
Meath Volunteer Centre
Requirements:Over 18. In 3rd level Education. Currently Volunteering in any role.
The aim of EvaVol is to help translate your experience as a volunteer into a Portfolio that may be used as Recognized Previous Learning in a 3rd Level Educational Institution. As a participant in this Project you will be required to test the Online platform EvaVol as it is being developed. You will also be required to upload a 10 min video per month to YouTube of your experiences in doing so. A portfolio will be created of your volunteering skills, learning and competences by using the tools from EvaVol with specific Learning Outcomes from your 3rd Level Course in mind. You will then take this Portfolio to your Educational Institution with the aim to have it formally recognized as Previous Learning. The 4 volunteers out of 16 with the most YouTube likes will attend an expenses paid 5 day conference in Brussels in the latter part of the year, to share their experience.
Is training provided?: Yes
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
Volunteers gain valuable learning through their volunteering activities. But it can be difficult to take that learning and transition the knowledge and skills gained from volunteering into credit for further education. The objective of the EvaVol Project is to develop an online platform for volunteers to assist them in getting their learning gained from volunteering recognised by their college or university. This will be achieved through Information, Training, Guidance and Support, the four modules to the EvaVol online platform. Information – A place where you can find all the latest news on up to date systems for validation of learning outcomes in EU Training – To help understand the 4 phases of validation process (identification, documentation, assessment and certification) Guidance – Video Tutorials and inspirational interviews from those that went before Tools –To take students through the phases of the validation process. The project needs people to: 1. Test the Online Platform. 2. Provide feedback to the Project Partners on their experience of getting volunteering experiences formally recognised or validated using the online platform EvaVol. What will you have to do? 1. Commit to the Project for 6 months. 2. Test all 4 modules of the online platform. 3. Upload a ten minute video to YouTube each month in order to document your progress. 4. Create a Portfolio of your volunteering experience using the Tools Module on EvaVol. 5. Approach your Education Institution with your Portfolio with the aim of getting your volunteering recognised as RPL. What’s in it for you? 1. At the end of the testing period, the 4 volunteers, out of 16, who have the most likes on their YouTube videos will be invited to attend a 5 day Seminar in Brussels. (all expenses paid!) 2. They will be asked to present their experience and give feedback of the testing process to the Project Partners and Volunteers from Spain, Italy and Portugal. What Else? Having participated in this project and completed the testing of EvaVOl you will have a comprehensive Portfolio of your experiences in volunteering. This may be used in the future for interviews in Further Education or employment as evidence of RPL or Life Long Learning. You may also, possibly, have your Portfolio recognised as RPL by your current Education Institute replacing the need to study a particular module from your current course.
Details of time commitment needed for role:
Volunteers will work from their own home
Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week
Additional screening required for this role:
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Vicki O'Connell
Address: Meath Volunteer Centre, Unit 7 Kells Business Park, Kells, Co. Meath
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