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Are there any examples of projects - or indeed whole organsiations - that have encouraged and supported intercultural learning through the expeience of volunteering by Irish people and people from other cultural backgrounds? Thanks, Peter

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The Youth in Action, 2007 -

The Youth in Action, 2007 - 2013 programme incorporates intercultural goings-on. As the info I have about it on Fundingpoint says: "The respect for cultural diversity together with the fight against racism and xenophobia are priorities of the Youth in Action Programme. By facilitating joint activities of young people from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, the Programme aims to develop the intercultural learning of young people."

Needless to say, the youngsters are all volunteers!

The go-to-guys about this programme are Leargas: http://www.leargas.ie/youth/youth-in-action/index.html

These two documents list projects funded under Youth in Action in 2007 and 8:

2007 - http://www.leargas.ie/youth/download08/ApprovedProjects2008.pdf

2008 - http://www.leargas.ie/youth/download08/ApprovedProjects2008.pdf

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These following projects may not be focused on volunteers within an intercultural context. But, as a quick exploration of the links below will reveal, there are certainly mentions of volunteers in association with the projects listed.
European Cultural Foundation Grants

ECF is an independent foundation that promotes cultural participation and co–operation. They fund projects (by small to medium-sized organisations) that promote European cultural cooperation and exchange.

See a list of the 28 projects that received funding in 2008 under this scheme (includes volunteers): http://www.eurocult.org/uploads/docs/1038.pdf

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The rest of these links are to funding programmes with an intercultural theme but which do not provide examples (however, you may wish to speak directly to the administering organisations for further clarification):

EC Culture Programme, 2007 - 2013

Similar to the programme above, part of the purpose of this one is to "encourage intercultural dialogue".

Read all about it here: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/culture/calls2007/strand_1/faq_en.htm

Lifelong Learning: Transversal programme http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/doc90_en.htm

This is a broadly intercultural funding programme - you would again need to do further research to explore the volunteering angle...

Are there any examples of projects - or indeed whole organsiations - that have encouraged and supported intercultural learning through the expeience of volunteering by Irish people and people from other cultural backgrounds.

Regards,

Eva