Whilst volunteering, is seen as an activity which can be enjoyed by everybody, this project was concerned with its potential to engage young people living in Europe, who are nationals of third non-EU countries (excluding Turkey and North Macedonia, Erasmus+ programme countries). This specific group of people includes migrants, refugees and members of cultural minorities, who have fewer opportunities and are at risk of social exclusion and poverty. They are often ignored and can frequently find themselves discriminated against and can be seen as ‘newcomers’ or ‘foreigners’, even if they were born in Europe.
The seminar was about why and specially, how we can encourage this groups participation in volunteering activities and projects. This is considered a beneficial way to feel a part of society, develop skills and even to become leaders of new projects that might be promoted by voluntary based NGOs.