Project "Asia Europe Young Volunteers Exchange (AEYVE) 2010"


The project aims at providing participants from various Asian and European countries the opportunity to familiarise themselves with environmental issues, share existing knowledge and experience in the field and improve existing practices within the respective voluntary service organisations and their projects. At the same time, it will also explore the dimension of sustainable choices and lifestyles within a larger perspective, thus linking local action to global reflection. Intercultural learning, also a central focus of this project, will be a key resource to deepen understanding and respect for cultural diversity and link it to the environment, also through the discussion and demonstration of the relations between traditional and indigenous knowledge and nature conservation. This will enable participants to critically reflect on their perceptions, attitudes and actions, and further develop the skills needed to implement activities in their day-to-day work in international voluntary service organisations, both at the local and global level. A draft toolkit on environmental sustainability in voluntary service projects is among the expected results of the AEYVE 2009.

The project will combine training activities, reflection, exchange of good practice, project visits and field experience for a total duration of 15 days, and is organised in 3 different phases:

- In the first phase, participants will gather in Singburi, Thailand, for an intensive four-day training focusing on two main issues: cultural diversity, in particular the learning dynamics of an Asia-Europe intercultural project, and environmental protection with a progressive introduction and discussion of issues like climate change, natural disasters prevention and preparedness, and traditional and indigenous knowledge. The interconnectedness of these two central themes will become evident through references to culture, which is a powerful tool, but also a potential barrier, in understanding and addressing the challenges of protecting the environment in the diverse social and cultural realities of the two regions. In this sense, ongoing environmental projects around the meeting place will constitute the initial case study and be used as a living-training playground to understand the diversity of practices in the field. UNESCO experts from the Education for Sustainable Development unit in Bangkok will also present a number of tools and best practices in the region.

- In the second phase, participants – divided into smaller groups – will travel to their field projects in Thailand and one project in Cambodia, where they will be hosted by voluntary service organisations, with the objective of finding local and global answers to the challenges of climate change and nature conservation in these very diverse contexts. During this phase, participants will collect important data necessary to address challenges at the ground level and prepare actions towards the end of their stay, using tools from the draft environmental toolkit for voluntary service organisations, to facilitate a discussion with their respective hosts and local communities on some of the main issues identified during the training phase and the first days of their field visits.

- In the third and final phase, participants will meet again in Thailand in order to share and evaluate their field visits. Based on their recent field-trip experience and after a brief introduction to project planning and management within the specific Asia-Europe context, they will be invited to plan future actions addressing some of the issues raised during the training and practical phase. At the same time, they will be encouraged to put to good use the existing skills and expertise of their respective organisations and networks to create and reinforce new and effective partnerships in the field of international voluntary service and environmental sustainability.

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • International


  • Favoriser le dialogue au service du développement durable
  • Renforcer l'éducation de qualité et le développement de compétences interculturelles

Pays bénéficiaire (s) / Groupes cibles

  • Active volunteers
  • Aged between 18 and 30

Principaux partenaires

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS)

15/08/2010 - 15/09/2010