Conference "Removing barriers to international volunteering to improve youth social inclusion"

The European project IVO4All (International Volunteering Opportunities for All) comes to his end. The five participating countries (France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Lithuania and Luxembourg) organize an international conference on Tuesday, June 6th, at the European and Economic Social Committee, in Brussels.


Moderation : Sophia HOCINI, la Zep, Franc

9h30 : Registration

10h00 : Opening of workshops, by France Volontaires

  • Jean-Daniel Balme, General delegate, France Volontaires
  • Lénaïk Le Poul, IVO4All project manager, France Volontaires

10h15 : Workshop 1 : How can we improve access to international volunteering for all young people ?

  • Panel discussion :
    • Djamel BENIA, Director at Adice, France
    • Rahim HASSANALI, IVO4all project manager at VSO/ICS, UK
    • Kader DOUMBIA, IVO4all volunteer, France
    • Marie-Agnès SABLAYROLLE, Responsible of mobility unit, Mission locale of Montpellier, France
    • Antonio FUSCO, Head of the Office for Civic Service, Representative of the province of Foggia in Italy
    • Antonio DI DONATO, Officer, from the region of Foggia, Italy
    • Giovanni MAFFIA, IVO4all volunteer, Italy
  • Presentation of the recommendations
  • Questions to the floor
  • The quality framework, a key tool for more inclusion, by Lyndsey DRAPER, VSO/ICS, UK
  • Let’s take action !

11h30 : Workshop 2 : How can we better support young people before, during and after their international volunteering ?

  • Presentation of the recommendations
  • Panel discussion :
    • Marc-André HERMAN, Director at Service Civil International (SCI), France
    • Mohamed DEHMANE, Director at the EVO Espace Volontariat de Oujda, Marrocco
    • Stella MCKENNA, ICS Programme Manager, International Service, UK
    • Teresa CONSTANÇA LISBOA SAMPAIO DA NÓVOA, Represents 2 receiving organisations : Palombar – Associação de Conservação da Natureza e do Património Rural & AEPGA Associação para o Estudo e Protecção do Gado Asinino, Portugal
    • Valeria PIOVESAN, Responsible for International Civic Service – CESC Project, Italy
    • Michela DI MEO, IVO4all Volunteer with CESC Project, Italy
  • Questions to the floor
  • The quality framework to improve practices, by Lyndsey DRAPER, VSO/ICS, UK
  • Let’s take action !

12h30 : Inclusion tools, by Tony Geudens, Salto Inclusion

13h00 : Networking lunch

14h30 : Conference : A cross-sectorial approach to remove barriers to international volunteering to improve youth social inclusion

Opening by :

  • Pavel TRANTINA, President of the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship at the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Silvia COSTA, Member of European Parliament
  • Luigi BOBBA, Under-Secretary, Italy
  • Floor VANHOUDT, Head of youth policies Unit at the DGEAC, European Commission

14h40 : Impact of EVS on the employability of young people, by Ozgehan SENYUVA, Ray research

14h50 : Learning from IVO4all project, by Marie BRUNAGEL, EY

15h05 : Conclusions from morning workshops, by a rapporteur

15h15 : Round table : A cross-sectorial approach for youth policy to improve access to international volunteering for all

  • Jean-Benoit DUJOL, Interministerial Delegate for Youth, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, France
  • Andrea CASAMENTI, Board Member at the European Youth Forum, Belgium
  • Laura DE BONFILS, European Policy and Advocacy Manager, Volunteering Matters, Belgium
  • Rémy HALLEGOUET, Regional Representative in Asia, at France Volontaires, Asia
  • Victoire DOGBÉ, Minister of Developement, handkraft, youth and youth employment,Togo

16h30 : Closing conference with the testimony of three IVO volunteers

  • Ellie CRAWSHAW, UK Volunteer
  • Mayssam ABIHANNA, French IVO4all Volunteer

17h00 : Cocktail

Limited number of spaces, registration is required before 23 May : here


The IVO4all conference was organised by France Volontaires with the support of the IVO4all partners, in the European Economic and Social Committee premises, in Brussels. The event was chaired by Pavel Trantina, President of the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship at the European Economic and Social Committee, and Sophia Hocini, journalist and partnership coordinator at the association la ZEP.

A range of key stakeholders from an array of organisations attended the day. Attending organisations reflected groups of young people that are underrepresented within international volunteering opportunities. The seminar brought together key stakeholders to hear the findings of the IVO4all project. Experts from the voluntary sector and civic services have had the opportunity to join discussions on how to make international volunteering opportunities more accessible to all young people.

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Read more about IVO4ALL

IVO4ALL website