The IVS4Peace Lab II took place from the 17th to the 22nd March in Brussels. The purpose of the Laboratory was to share a working space about social inclusion practices in workcamps from the perspectives and experiences of the different organisations. and to create a toolkit for Social Inclusion in IVS Projects. It was attended by organizations as Compagnons Bâtisseurs, Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations, Solidarités Jeunesses, Youth of European Nationalities (YEN/JEV), Egyesek Youth Organisation and CCIVS. The event was hosted by Compagnons Bâtisseurs and it was framed in the Inclusive Voluntary Service 4 Peace project that we are developing with the support of Erasmus+ KA3.

During the week, the participants were splitted in four groups that corresponded to the four main chronological phases of a workcamp: Outreach, Preparation, During the workcamp and Follow up. Each working group had already existing materials and some tasks to develop. The objective of the Laboratory would be the creation of a toolkit on how to make workcamps more socially inclusive, focusing on a specific target: refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and, minorities even if most of the processes are useful for any specific target within the broader young people with fewer opportunities.

The facilitators of the IVS4Peace Lab II were Clara Giberga, IVS4Peace project facilitator, and Andrés Santiago, Alliance’s Access4All working group coordinator.

Participants from different organisations brought their diverse experience on social inclusion and international volunteering and together with a lot of motivation and commitment; they were working really hard on the elaboration of the basis for what will be one of the main outcomes of the Inclusive Voluntary Service for Peace project. It was really beautiful to see the engagement of the group into looking at the practices, questioning them, finding gaps and thinking of how to improve that, finding links and making them clearer to the process. It was, all in all, a really fruitful and enriching week.

IVS4PEACE Lab II Participants.

Previous work

The first #IVS4Peace Laboratory took place in Greece from the 14th to 19th May 2018. The participants had the objective of identifying and upscaling the practices and approaches that would be used during workcamps by different IVS organisations. The event aimed to identify the best tools and practices of social inclusion and discuss the perception of social inclusion and how the IVS movement can support the social inclusion process, as well as understanding how institutions define the term ‘social inclusion’ and how organisations and individuals can participate in the decision-making process.

Next steps

After this Lab it is time for the project partnership and the project facilitator to continue the work on the Toolkit so to have a version for testing it during the summer workcamps 2019 within the project partnership. After having tested it during the summer, we will collect feedback for improvement and will work on the next version that will be shared with all IVS organisations and Minority organisations for a final testing during the summer workcamps 2020 and final feedback collection. The final result will be presented at the project final conference in November 2020.

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