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La France cofinance un projet dans le domaine de la formation au Vanuatu

English version below

La cérémonie a eu lieu en présence du Président de l’Université Nationale de Vanuatu, M. Jean-Pierre Nirua, du conseiller de coopération et d’action culturelle de l’Ambassade de France au Vanuatu, M. Guillaume Josso, du délégué de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, M. Gaston Wadrawane, de la Directrice de l’Ecole Supérieure du Professorat et de l’Education (ESPE), Mme Joy Botleng, du Principal de l’Institut de Technologie du Vanuatu (ITV), M. Wade Evans et de la Chargée de Programme Volontariat Océanien pour France Volontaires, Mme Lucie Vigier.

L’accessibilité à la formation universitaire et l’enrichissement du niveau de qualification des jeunes vanuatais représentent un enjeu majeur pour le développement du pays. La création de l’UNV répond aux objectifs de créer une formation locale, de reconnaitre le plurilinguisme du Vanuatu, de lutter contre les barrières financières et géographiques pour optimiser l’accès aux études supérieures au plus grand nombre et de renforcer l’intégration du Vanuatu dans son espace régional.

Pour contribuer à l’atteinte de ces objectifs, deux volontaires de France Volontaires seront déployés sur le terrain

Les partenaires s’unissent pour la mise en œuvre d’un projet d’appui aux institutions de formations techniques dans la perspective de leur intégration à l’UNV. Le projet permettra de contribuer au renforcement des capacités des formateurs, développer du nouveau matériel pédagogique et proposer les formations installation et maintenance électrique et soins et éducation de la petite enfance en anglais et en français. Le projet vise à accroitre le niveau de qualification des instituts et à répondre aux enjeux de bilinguisme prévu par la Constitution de l’UNV. Pour contribuer à l’atteinte de ces objectifs, deux volontaires de France Volontaires seront déployés sur le terrain.

Le projet répond aux objectifs prioritaires du Plan du Peuple 2016-2030, qui exprime la vision nationale et indique le cadre d’action des priorités du Vanuatu. Il s’inscrit ainsi pleinement dans les priorités du Vanuatu par l’appui à l’offre de formations techniques bilingues de qualité ayant un fort potentiel d’emploi.

La première phase du projet, d’une durée de douze mois, bénéficie d’un co-financement du Fonds Pacifique. Le Fonds Pacifique est le principal instrument de coopération régionale de la France dans le Pacifique. En effet, la formation de techniciens qualifiés bilingues dans les secteurs techniques représente un élément essentiel au développement de coopérations futures entre la Nouvelle-Calédonie et le Vanuatu. Il s’agit du premier financement accordé à l’UNV et France Volontaires via cet appel à projets.

France Volontaires, plateforme française des volontariats internationaux d’échange et de solidarité, présente au Vanuatu depuis 2012, est partenaire de ce projet par le déploiement de deux volontaires qui seront en appui aux filières électriques et de soins et éducation de la petite enfance des instituts de formations.

Une seconde convention a été signée entre France Volontaires et l’UNV pour répondre au besoin de développer les outils numériques de l’UNV tels que la plateforme d’e-learning.

Le déploiement des volontaires sera réalisé en fonction des conditions sanitaires et administratives du Vanuatu et en accord avec le ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Étrangères.

Pour aller plus loin

France Volontaires au Vanuatu

 

In English

The ceremony took place in the presence of Mr. Jean-Pierre Nirua, the President of the National University of Vanuatu, Mr. Guillaume Josso, Counsellor for Cooperation, Culture and Development of the French Embassy in Vanuatu, Mr. Gaston Wadrawane, the delegate of New Caledonia, Dr Joy Botleng, Officer in Charge of the School of Education, Mr Wade Ewans, Principal of The Vanuatu Institute of Technology and Ms. Lucie Vigier, the Oceanian Volunteering Program Manager of France Volontaires.

The access to higher education and the enrichment of young ni-Vanuatus’ qualification level represent a major challenge for the development of the country. The creation of UNV fulfils the objectives of establishing a local training offer, recognising the multilingualism of Vanuatu, fighting against financial and geographic barriers to optimise access to higher education for the greatest number of people and strengthening Vanuatu’s integration into its regional space.

To reach these objectives, two volunteers from France Volontaires will be placed onsite

Partners are uniting for implementing the project of supporting vocational training institutes with the purpose of their integration to UNV. The project will contribute to reinforcing the trainers’ abilities, developing new training material and offering the Electrical installation and maintenance and Early childhood care and education training programs in English and French. The project aims at increasing the qualification level of the institutes and addresses the bilingualism-related objectives outlined by the Constitution of UNV. To reach these objectives, two volunteers from France Volontaires will be placed onsite.

The project addresses the main objectives of the People’s Plan 2016-2030 that expresses the national vision and a framework of action of Vanuatu’s priorities. Therefore, it fully responds to the country’s priorities by supporting a quality bilingual vocational training offer with a high potential of employment.

The primary phase of the project will last for twelve months and received a co-funding from the Pacific Funds. The Pacific Funds is France’s main instrument of regional cooperation in the Pacific. Indeed, the training of qualified bilingual technicians in technical sectors represents a key element for the development of future co-operation between New Caledonia and Vanuatu. It constitutes the first funding granted to NUV and France Volontaires through this call for projects.

France Volontaires, the French platform of international volunteering for exchange and solidarity, is present in Vanuatu since 2012 and partners in this project through the deployment of two volunteers which will be supporting the Electrical installation and maintenance and Early childhood care and education programs offered by the training institutes.

A second convention was signed between France Volontaires and UNV to address the need for developing UNV’s digital tools such as the e-learning platform.

The deployment of volunteers will be organised in accordance with the health and administrative conditions of Vanuatu and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

More information

France Volontaires in Vanuatu

[VIDÉO] Présentation d’une mission VSI : Chargé·e de projet RSE

En mission à Hô-Chi-Minh Ville, au Vietnam, depuis juillet 2019, Perrine est Chargée de Projet Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises (RSE) en Volontariat de Solidarité Internationale (VSI) au sein de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie France-Vietnam (CCIFV). Sa mission consiste à appuyer et soutenir les entreprises membres de la Chambre à concevoir une stratégie RSE, à les informer des dernières actualités RSE, à former leurs collaborateurs via des ateliers par exemple, à concevoir des outils RSE, à mettre en lien les entreprises et les ONG… 

Mise en place en 2014, elle nous explique et nous raconte en quoi consiste sa mission :

Tout savoir sur la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie France-Vietnam (CCIFV)

Tout savoir sur le Volontariat de Solidarité Internationale (VSI)

Pour consulter les dernières offres de VSI portées par France Volontaires

Pour plus d’informations sur le volontariat au Vietnam : [email protected]

Volunteers for climate action

Strengthening the role of citizen engagement in responding to the climate emergency

Faced with climate change which affects human activities and lives, biodiversity and natural resources, the adaptation of our territory and the planet remains a major challenge that requires national and international mobilization. International volunteering is a powerful lever for empowering citizens in response to climate and sustainable development issues. Numerous actions and diverse collectives already exist, but it is becoming urgent to accelerate and amplify collaboration between actors and to strengthen the links between existing initiatives, by playing on the complementarity of approaches. And we still need to ensure that citizen involvement carries more weight in the response to the climate and health emergency.

France Volontaires is building bridges between climate policies and youth policies in order to amplify the impact of undertaken actions. The local, national and international volunteers mobilized in this way are facilitators of dialogue. They contribute to amplifying and disseminating innovations and local solutions in various fields for the resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems.

In 2019, 126 French international solidarity volunteers were directly involved in environment-related missions, representing 6% of the total number of missions.

 

An international meeting combining volunteerism and climate issues

The Forum’s annual conference, IVCO 2020, which takes place from 26 to 28 October online, aims, for this edition, to question and improve the action of volunteers around the world to respond to the challenges of climate change. At the end of this meeting, the network plans to produce guidelines and criteria to improve the efficiency of actions carried out by organizations and volunteers.

If you wish to register, here is the link. NB: Participation in the conference is not free of charge.

 

Volunteers for climate – some emblematic projects:

Projects coordinated by France Volontaires :

 EU Aid Volunteers Forests is a project managed by France Volontaires, in collaboration with ESI LABS (Latvia), SRD (Vietnam) and the national offices of France Volontaires in Congo, Guinea, Ghana, Cameroon and Vietnam. It aims to preserve forest ecosystems and reduce the vulnerability of local populations in these five countries. Launched in December 2019, the project will be implemented until December 2021.

Another project coordinated by France Volontaires: TERO (in French : Territoires engagés pour la résilience des oasis) aimed to strengthen the resilience of oasis communities in Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia, in the face of climate change-related risks and through the involvement of young local volunteers. Ended at the beginning of 2020, the project enabled environmental organizations highly committed in three oasis territories to strengthen their capacity to mobilize and support a greater number of local, national and international young volunteers. The partnership – composed of France Volontaires, 3 oasis associations, AOFEP (Morocco), Tenmyia (Mauritania) and ASOC (Tunisia), as well as CARI (France) and FOCSIV (Italy) – conducted training actions, campaigns and a transnational campus for 2 years, mobilizing volunteers from all the countries concerned, in order to provide communities with tools to prevent climate risks. 

International Stories in the Centre-Val de Loire Region :

As part of its policy of international cooperation, the Centre-Val de Loire Region, in partnership with the Ligue de l’Enseignement and Centraider and with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has launched an experimental project for the exchange of volunteers in international civic service. Among the 17 missions proposed, several were aimed at setting up environmental education or eco-gestures for young and not so young citizens of the Centre-Val de Loire Region:

  • Within the framework of the cooperation between Bourges and Diourbel (Senegal), two volunteers were welcomed in the Bourges town hall departments: Moussa in the water department to assist private individuals in consuming water resources more sparingly and Fatou to work with the inhabitants on the preservation of the Bourges marshes. This exchange is also part of a broader project between Bourges and Diourbel on the joint development of their marshlands in an environmentally friendly approach, also supported by the Centre-Val de Loire Region;
  • Aya, originally from Fez-Meknes (Morocco), a partner region of the Centre-Val de Loire Region, carried out her mission at the AAA La Ressourcerie, a resource center in Orléans. She participated in the collection, sorting and reuse of waste into objects that can be reused on a daily basis. Aya was also an ambassador for the energy mission, in order to sensitize schoolchildren to energy savings.

Read more

Climate Generation – Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme

The objectives of the Climate Generation program are to make young people aware of the challenges of climate change and resulting inequalities, to encourage them to become actors of solidarity and to support them in defining and implementing projects in France and abroad. Conceived by the Foundation for Nature and Mankind (created by Nicolas Hulot) and the FORIM (in French Forum des Organisations de Solidarité Internationale Issues des Migrations), and with the support of France Volontaires and IFAC, “Génération Climat” is aimed at young people aged 15-35, particularly those from migrant backgrounds.

On the web and in the field, many tools and various activities are offered to them. From reflection to action, every effort is made to create the desire to act and to promote the implementation of initiatives against climate change.

Read more

 

Volunteer testimonials

With YMCA Togo, a participatory vegetable garden for the African youth of Sokodé

Louise Eline is a committed volunteer with YMCA Togo. Her mission is to sensitize youth to eco-citizenship and the environment. She has set up a project to create an eco-friendly vegetable garden in order to introduce young people to bio-agriculture and food self-sufficiency. Food shortages are striking in this country and yet there is no shortage of food. She therefore asked the National Alliance to help her finance her project which aims to empower young people, raise their awareness and train them.

And fresh news has recently arrived: “With the youth of the center, we decorated the fence of the garden and made a sign with paint, to signal the creation of the garden project to the surrounding inhabitants. Now that the vegetable seedlings have started to grow, the young people have put natural fertilizer (chicken and goat manure) at the feet of the plants so that they can develop better! Here, the children have become aware that unlike the chemical fertilizer they are used to using, natural fertilizer such as manure has the same effect and is much less harmful to the environment“. See more

Sustainable fishing in Congo, Morgane’s solidarity project (DCC)

Arriving in the Republic of Congo with the NGO Renatura, Morgane, a volunteer of international solidarity with the DCC, is involved as “Coordinator of the Sustainable Fisheries Program”. As part of her mission, she supports a team of 5 people, fighting through surveillance patrols against illegal industrial fishing. The NGO is a Congolese law NGO aiming in particular to protect marine turtles and their habitat as well as the fishing resources of the region.

The situation is worrying and fishermen testify to the growing scarcity of the resource.  The children and adults of these villages are aware of the threats to marine turtles and the ocean, but also of the role they can play in their protection. This is why the association has an Education and Awareness component that allows us to perpetuate our actions over time by stimulating reflection and a change in the behavior of Congolese citizens. When we see the consequences of the uncontrolled exploitation of these resources, we can only understand the fragility of the ecosystem to which we belong and the interdependence of its elements. The challenges continue to increase tenfold and this encourages me to continue fighting for the most fundamental rights of communities. Read more

From Reunion to the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) in Mauritius

Annaëlle, a volunteer for international solidarity, was in charge of the environment and climate change mission at the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) in Mauritius from 2016 to 2019. Annaëlle has notably worked on the IOC’s accreditation to the Green Climate Fund (GCCF). She explained: “My objective is to accredit the Indian Ocean Commission to the Green Climate Fund so that the region can benefit from a new source of funding for its projects to combat the effects of climate change. At present, the first big step has been taken: IOC has accessed the Readiness programme, which allows it to benefit from the Green Climate Fund financial support as part of its accreditation process and I am in charge of the activities of this programme. I am also involved in the development of a regional portal on climate change in the region, which will soon be online.” Since then, this goal has been achieved and accreditation obtained. And Annaëlle is now employed by the IOC.

Read her testimonial on « Réunionnais du Monde » (January 2019)

In Nicaragua, Alexis (The Guild) is involved in a climate change adaptation project.

The blueEnergy association works for the resilience of communities on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua: access to water and hygiene, access to clean energy and food security must be improved through agroecology and the implementation of comprehensive climate change adaptation projects. Two international solidarity volunteers from The Guild, Alexis and Helena, contributed to this project in 2019 and 2020. Alexis testifies: “I am in charge of relaunching the “Renewable Energies” program. I am dimensioning, designing, building and maintaining solar installations, whether planned or already installed. Another important focus is the creation of a training program to enable local employees to take over, so that the program will depend less on foreign volunteers.Read more

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About France Volontaires :

France Volontaires is the French platform for international volunteer exchange and solidarity. As an operator of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, it brings together the State, local authorities and associations around a mission of general interest: the development and promotion of voluntary and solidarity engagements at the international level. France Volontaires is  in 23 countries with its network of volunteering centers, in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Contact : [email protected]

 

Health Crisis: France Volontaires and its fully mobilized international network

Managing the emergency: France Volontaires is working closely with volunteers, its member associations, and the authorities

Working jointly with the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and its member associations,  France Volontaires has been committed from the start of this health crisis to ensuring the safety of the volunteers, as well as its teams, and to keeping the international volunteerism stakeholders well-informed.

On March 7, as a result of a first meeting with MEAE’s Task Force, and in accordance with its safety procedures, France Volontaires decided to activate its crisis unit and to prohibit international travel by its staff members and volunteers. France Volontaires also quickly adapted its operational plans to include regular distribution of health recommendations, the closing of Volunteering Centers to the public, and placement of all staff members on teleworking status. (Read the March 19, 2020 press release.)

Internationally, as well as in France, France Volontaires has focused on facilitating the implementation of MEAE decisions and a fruitful dialogue between stakeholders:

  • France Volontaires’ Volunteering Centers and branches, in support of the embassies, were therefore mobilized to survey the volunteers and ensure their safety. Through its international network, FV is expediting the flow of information among volunteers, partner organizations, embassies, and the national authorities, as well as assisting with the volunteers’ repatriation process when needed. Volunteers—whether they have returned to France or have remained in the country to which they were assigned—will continue to benefit from France Volontaires’ full support. By working in tandem with the embassies’ crisis units, Volunteering Centers provide invaluable monitoring of the way health conditions are evolving in each country.

At the same time, France Volontaires has endeavored to foster accurate information and the coordination of international volunteer organization stakeholders in France. For example, as of March 11, in cooperation with the MEAE, France Volontaires organized a health crisis briefing for volunteering stakeholders and, in particular, those of Volontariat de solidarité internationale (VSI) [Volunteers for International Solidarity (VIS)]. This first exchange was extended by organizing seven geographic meetings which, with the participation of  the managers of the Volunteering Center and other volunteer organizations, made it possible to review a detailed update of each country’s situation. Also noteworthy is the special meeting devoted to international civic service co-organized by France Volontaires and Agence du Service Civique on April 30, attended by 80 participants.

Volunteering Centers are fully involved in 25 countries

Repatriations and other urgent matters

To cope with this urgent situation, Volunteering Centers have been fully mobilized to repatriate French volunteers, whether they are at the end of their mission, in a vulnerable situation, or on a volunteer mission not covered by the volunteering services of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (trainees, unpaid staff members, etc). As a result of the backing and support of France Volontaires’ field teams, 548 volunteers have been able to return to their homes in France.

In addition to their close cooperation with  embassies and consulates and their administrative procedures, some Volunteering Centers have also offered to assist volunteers with housing and transportation. In Peru, France Volontaires’ team offers a database listing the housing available in the capital that can accommodate volunteers passing through prior to taking their return flight. In the Philippines, the Volunteering Center can also provide accommodations in urgent cases, and accompanies volunteers to the Manila airport because the use of public transportation is prohibited. In Senegal, volunteers have been relocated to Dakar, and have benefited from emergency homestay accommodations.

France Volontaires’ priority: to provide support to volunteers and organizations

Providing support and maintaining close relations with organizations are the watchwords behind our Volunteering Centers’ initiatives. To date, no fewer than 1,426 volunteers have been supported, and 1,374 requests from volunteers, hosting and sending organizations (some of whom are members of France Volontaires’ platform), expatriates, and embassies, have been processed to date. Our key concerns have been amission adaptation, or simply support requests.

All available digital communication tools are deployed to assist volunteers remaining in the field, as well as hosting and sending organizations. In addition to personalized and individual support, Volunteering Centers offer volunteers a way to contact each other via remote access, providing regular opportunities for discussion and information-sharing. This is especially true in Ecuador, which organizes information sharing sessions among volunteers and among hosting organizations, as well as in Tunisia, with its “volunteer forums” that enable volunteers to communicate three times a week with the Volunteering Center’s team, or in Madagascar, where support groups meet once or twice a week. The goal is to give volunteers a chance to share their opinions about the current situation, and exchange their experiences, concerns, thoughts, and desires for commitment, etc. This is a good way for France Volontaires’ teams to better understand the impact that this crisis is having on the volunteers’ daily lives and activities. In  Morocco and Ecuador, more formal discussion groups have also been formed, with thematic workshops (an on-line cooking course in Morocco, for example) and some creative or literary suggestions likely to strengthen relationships between the volunteers!

Promoting solidarity and participating in local initiatives

Volunteering Centers, which are firmly established in the partnering countries’ community and institutional organizations, are helping to promote local solidarity.

In Côte d’Ivoire, at the initiative of the Cercle français des affaires, France Volontaires has contributed to a donation of soap and hand sanitizers to two partner associations: Eau et Vie, which is at work in the Yopougon commune of northern Abidjan, and Imagine le monde in Gonzagueville, further to the south.

In Mauritania, the Volunteering Center is taking part in the initiative of Mauritania’s Ministry of Youth and Sport concerning the mobilization of young volunteers for the purpose of raising awareness about Covid-19 and assisting with food kit distributions. As an example, the Volunteering Center notably participated in the awareness and training session for unpaid staff prior to their deployment.

In Peru, the Volunteering Center is actively involved in the Soy Voluntario [I’m a Volunteer] platform and the #JuntosNosHacemosCargo [“We will beat this together”] campaign to help over 20,000 families in disadvantaged areas receive food aid (particularly those families benefiting from the assistance of French organizations, or those hosting international exchange and solidarity volunteers).

Volunteers who are committed

Worldwide, volunteers are keeping their commitments by adapting their initial mission as much as possible or to facilitate the fight against the pandemic.

Volunteers whose mission involves the health field and food security are obviously on the front line.

In the Congo, Guillaume, an international solidarity volunteer, is in charge of the Order of Malta’s clinic in Enyelle, in the northern part of the country. In particular, he takes in a broad awareness campaign in the various villages in that area. > Watch his video testimonial (in French)

In Guinea, Seny, a volunteer with the European initiative program, EU Aid Volunteers, is responsible for the safety and coordination of the World Food Program’s local representatives. The fight against Covid-19 is an integral part of his daily work: coordinating arrangements for the distribution of masks, gels, sanitary kits, thermometers, etc., as well as managing the vehicle fleet, access to the premises, quarantine of infected personnel, etc.

Other volunteers are also accounting for the dimension of the crisis in their commitments. Following are a few examples:

  • In Mali, within the framework of the decentralized cooperation between Angers and Bamako, one volunteer delivered sanitary kits to six of the capital’s community health centers.
  • In Madagascar, unpaid staff and volunteers of the association Grandir Dignement [Growing with Dignity] distributed emergency food and hygiene kits to 120 children under probationary supervision, or who had been released from prison, and to their families.
  • In Tunisia, ten civic service volunteers (from Club Culturel Ali Belhouane, sent by Cieux de Mahdia, and from the Commissariat régional de la jeunesse de Mahdia, sent by the French department of Loire-Atlantique) mobilized for the regional campaign to collect donations in Tunis and Mahdia, as part of the fight against the spread of Covid-19, and also got involved in matters related to raising general public awareness of sanitary, health and social distancing measures.
  • In Vietnam, two international solidarity volunteers, trained psychologists from Ecole des psychologues praticiens, are hosting an on-line psychological support unit for other volunteers based in Asia during this period. > More informations

See also: Video “Health Crisis: international volunteers remain mobilized worldwide”

In this video, volunteers from Cameroon, Congo, Ecuador, France, Tonga, Togo, and Vietnam tell us about their daily lives, explain how they adapted their mission to the Covid-19 situation, and share their vision of commitment. 

”This crisis has strengthened my vision of commitment in the humanitarian sector. At first, I was involved in the area of development, and wanted to work in the health field, but in this period of crisis, I realize that isolated populations are even more so now (…). It is in a time such as this that humanitarian action assumes its greatest significance. » Guillaume in the Congo

“I had a choice between staying or returning to France. I preferred to stay because we want to do more, we want to go beyond the demands of our first mission, we want to help the community in other ways (…) » Annabel in Ecuador

See also:

African Volunteers on assignment in France remain mobilized during the health crisis

Read other testimonials

Lucien, a doctor working on assignment with UNICEF in Cameroon, is helping to coordinate the response to Covid-19. He is mainly responsible for ordering incoming supplies, medicines and protective equipment, and community mobilization with Cameroon’s Red Cross

Alice, a volunteer working with the French Red Cross in Réunion and the Comoros, is primarily involved in setting up the ”Croix-Rouge chez vous” phone system that brings psychological support to isolated people, and also offers delivery of basic necessities and medicines

Members of France Volontaires on the front line

DCC Covid-19: update on volunteer management

La Guilde Testimonials: They are committed to fighting the pandemic

Solidarité Laïque: Spotlight on the Coronavirus: young people from 4 continents take action

GRET is adapting its field projects and preparing future initiatives

How France Volontaires is dealing with the Coronavirus

Press Release

March 18, 2020

How France Volontaires is dealing with the Coronavirus

In view of the current global health crisis, France Volontaires – the French platform of volunteer and solidarity commitments around the world—wishes to convey its heartfelt support of the victims of this pandemic and of their loved ones.

Our organization has taken a number of measures that we would like to bring to the attention of our volunteering stakeholders.

France Volontaires has set up a crisis unit that is already cooperating with the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs Taskforce, diplomatic posts, volunteers, as well as its member associations and national representatives in order to effectively manage whatever situations may arise.

Status of volunteers due to leave, or already in the field

The assigning of volunteers (regardless of status), and mission startups has been postponed until further notice.

The volunteer pre-mission preparation phase scheduled for the end of March/early April has therefore been postponed.

The contracts of volunteers already working with our partner organizations remain in effect. Monthly allowances will be fully paid and Social Security and insurance costs will, of course, continue to be covered by France Volontaires. We ask that all volunteers currently on assignment, regardless of their location, rigorously follow protective guidelines and comply with the measures taken by health authorities or recommended by embassies.

Our partners are urged, to whatever extent possible, to offer volunteers accommodations that are compatible with the preventive measures endorsed by their country’s authorities, and to give top priority to teleworking.

Relations with volunteer hosting and sending associations and dialogue with public authorities

A discussion work group for platform members was set up by France Volontaires on March 12, 2020.

France Volontaires has initiated a dialogue with public authorities about the repercussions and potential impact that the Coronavirus crisis may have on the volunteering sector: financial impact, HR, effect on activities, etc.

We are calling upon hosting and sending associations, as well as our international partners, to keep us informed of how these steps are affecting their volunteering activities, and potential solutions that we can explore in order to meet these challenges.

Service continuity/France Volontaires’ executive teams

France Volontaires’ teams in France and abroad will remain mobilized, but will restrict themselves to teleworking until further notice.

Travel and outside meetings are prohibited.

All communicating must be done primarily via email and telephone (France Volontaires’ switchboard is operational, and the Ivry HQ teams’ landline phones, which are being reallocated, will very soon be functional).

France Volontaires’ national representatives in partnering countries can still be reached, but their offices are no longer open to the public. Our country offices known as “Espaces Volontariats” are therefore closed.

International teams have been fully mobilized to work with volunteers and partners while complying with each country’s health guidelines.

All events and face-to-face meetings in France and worldwide have been cancelled until further notice—at least until the end of April.

We will / Let’s continue to uphold the spirit of volunteerism

Our thoughts naturally turn to those volunteers who, far from family and loved ones, may be going through difficult times. We will remain constantly on watch, ready to assist with any situation that our volunteers or partners wish to bring to our attention.

In these moments so conducive to social distancing, it is our responsibility to come up with creative solutions to ensure, as much as possible, service continuity for the international solidarity commitments in which we are engaged in cooperation with our partners and local communities. In so doing, we will continue to uphold the spirit of exchange and solidarity driving all volunteering stakeholders until circumstances improve and public mobility has been restored.

Contact :

[email protected]

Pour lire le communiqué en français, cliquez ici.