FOCSIV this year celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the International Volunteering Award, promoted since 1994 in connection with the International Volunteer Day, mandated by the United Nations and held each year on 5 December. The Award is the recognition that FOCSIV dedicates to those who distinguish themselves in their commitment to eradicate every form of poverty and exclusion and to the promotion of the dignity and the rights of every woman and man, thus demonstrating a constant commitment to the People of the South of the world.

FOCSIV, through the Award, which is the most important institutional event of the Federation, aims to promote the culture of international volunteering as a specific source of development, as civil action in humanitarian aid, cooperation and international and Italian solidarity, focusing on the ethical reasons that lead to a professional commitment in international cooperation activities.

In occasion of the 25th Anniversary, it will be celebrated the “INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERING”, retracing the list of all the winners since 1994, reminding and telling their stories and experiences, in person or through videos, also with a book on FOCSIV International Volunteers, edited in collaboration with Avvenire.

The contest this year confirms the two categories of Young European Volunteer and Local Volunteer from the Global South. In particular, the first, devoted to the various European programs, aims at highlighting the youth dimension of Volunteering, as well as giving visibility to Europe and European bodies that can submit their candidates. The Local Volunteer from the Global South category, introduced two years ago, aims to recognize the important contribution that citizens from southern countries make to the processes of growth of civil society in their country (or others).

Specifically in the Young European Volunteer Category, this year the Award will host the conclusive international seminar of the project “EaSY – Evaluate Soft skills in international Youth volunteering” financed by the Youth National Agency under the Erasmus plus Programme – KA 2 and coordinated by FOCSIV in partnership with La Guilde (France), ELIDEA (Italy) and FEC (Portugal). The project aims to promote the recognition of soft skills developed by young international volunteers thanks to their international volunteering experience, raise awareness among volunteers and support their entry in the labour market.

Candidates for the two categories will be selected through a dual mechanism: online voting and Jury rating. The winner for each category will be the one who has reached the highest number of votes from the net audience, plus the votes received by the Jury members.

The preferential criterion for selection in all categories, in continuity with recent editions, will be the commitment in the promotion of Integral Human Development according to the spirit traced 50 years ago by Popolorum Progressio, reconfirmed and expanded by the Laudato Si encyclical.

To know how apply, download the Terms and Conditions 2018.

The final Awards Ceremony and the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary will be held in Rome on thursday 29th ofNovember 2018.

In this occasion, it will also be awarded the winner of IGERSVOLUNTEERING IBO Italia Instagram Contest 2018, a photographic contest at his 10th edition promoted by IBO Italia – a FOCSIV member – open until 30 September to all the FOCSIV volunteers.

Read the Terms and Conditions