VSO joins European Youth event to call for more avenues for active youth

VSO joins European Youth event to call for more avenues for active youth

This week, VSO is participating in the first European Youth Event (EYE) 2014 in Strasbourg together with more than 5000 youth from all over Europe who have been invited to have their say about the future of the EU.

Representing VSO in Strasbourg, Nicole Johnson , Head of VSO’s Youth Programmes will be sharing details of the work VSO does to harness the positive energy of youth volunteers to deliver sustainable development outcomes for the communities we work with in Africa and Asia. 

As a panellist on the “Don’t ask what Europe can do for you...Volunteering in Europe” panel today, alongside EU Commissioner for Youth and Education Androulla Vassiliou, Nicole will address what volunteering opportunities young people in Europe have and what they can expect from an experience with VSO.

The EYE takes place from 9 to 11 May 2014 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, bringing together thousands of young Europeans aged between 16 and 30 from 28 Member States and beyond.  As well as debates and workshops, the EYE has scheduled role-play games running under the motto "Ideas for a better Europe". Activities will focus on five main themes: youth unemployment, digital revolution, future of the European Union, sustainability and European values. 

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Panel in Strasbourg on May 9th:  Don’t ask what Europe can do for you...Volunteering in Europe

  • Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
  • Eva Hambach, President of the High Council of Volunteers, Belgium; President of the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) 
  • Denis Masseglia, President of the Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français (CNOSF) 
  • Melih Ozkardes, participated in the European Voluntary Service 
  • Nicole Johnson, Head of Youth Programmes, VSO International Development Charity 
  • Anna Maria Romanczyk, participated in the European Voluntary Service


  • Andris Gobiņš, President of the European Movement– Latvia, Member of the European Economic and 
    Social Committee (EESC)

About VSO

VSO brings people together to fight poverty through the lasting power of volunteering. We work alongside communities worldwide to create positive change. Our programmes are in some of the world’s poorest countries reaching millions of people through improved access to services in education, health, HIV/AIDS, disability, and governance. VSO’s vision is of a world without poverty, but we can only achieve this by working together.