17.04.2020. The Iberian Centre for Research and Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) will be part of the Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) programme, which offers young volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 the opportunity to serve as volunteers in cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects.
IVY is part of the European Solidarity Corps Initiative launched by the European Commission and is a programme that allows internships within an approved Interreg project partnership. In this line, the Iberian Centre for Research and Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) is financed in 75% by the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Interreg VA Spain – Portugal – POCTEP (2014-2020). CILIFO’s dimension with the training of young people is of high social importance for a challenge: labour integration.
In this sense, the Finnova Foundation, beneficiary of the CILIFO Project, presented the application to host a volunteer that has been approved by the body that manages the Interreg Volunteer Youth programme. Therefore, the offer of the Iberian Centre for Research and the Fight against Forest Fires as a project to host a volunteer will be published on the programme’s website.
“The volunteer programme serves to promote cooperation and related values across European borders; while helping their host organisations, volunteers gain a unique experience of personal growth and acquire skills that they can use in their future experiences”, this is what is reported on the Interreg Volunteer Youth website. Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY), was created on 1 March 2017 and is run by the European Association of Border Regions (AEBR).
The Finnova Foundation works closely with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDAs) and this initiative fits in with SDA 8, which relates to work and the economy, reducing the unemployment rate, especially for unskilled young and old people, and improving access to financial services and benefits.
*It should be noted that given the situation of the COVID-19 international internship programs are paralyzed and all processes will be reactivated after the exit of the health crisis.