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Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. organised an event about volunteering, traineeship and internship opportunities for young people in the format of an International Fair under the title „NEXT STEP“. The event took place on the 9th of May 2015 in Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden within the framework of the Europe for Citizens project “DOCPIE – Democratic Ownership and Civic Participation in Europe”.


Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. as a youth and culture organisation considers the information of young people regarding civic engagement and participation at local, national and European level very important and for this reason, the association invited young people from Dresden and the wider region of Saxony to meet several volunteering and youth organizations and institutions from Dresden, the free state of Saxony and other federal states of Germany as well as from the countries involved in the DOCPIE project (Slovenia, Hungary, Greece, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Italy, Serbia, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia and Romania). These organisations offer opportunities to young people to participate actively in a variety of voluntary activities, fostering their civic engagement and supporting their personal and professional development. The main information provided was about the following topics:


1) Volunteering such as EVS, International Volunteering Opportunities, International Workcamps, German Voluntary Service

2) Community-service

3) Internships & traineeships in civil society, youth, cultural organisations

4) International training courses, seminars and youth exchanges based on non-formal education

5) Structured dialogue meetings with policy makers




The youth organizations and institutions from Germany that participated in the International Fair „NEXT STEP“, were the following:

– Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger – Young Volunteers Association

– Europa Direkt e.V. – Europe Direct Association

– Leonardo-Büro Sachsen – Leonardo Office, Saxony

– Bundesamt für Familie und zivilgesellschaftliche Aufgaben – Federal Office for Family and Civic Duties

– PARITÄTISCHE Freiwilligendienste Sachsen gGmbH – JOINT Volunteering Saxony

– AWO Social Services in Saxony

– Kulturbüro Dresden – Office for Culture, Dresden

– Kultur Aktiv e.V. – Culture active association

– Initiative Christen für Europa e.V. – Christians Initiative for Europe association

– Landesverband sächsicher Jugendbildungswerke e.V. – National Association for Youth Education in Saxony

Deutsch-Polnisches Jugendwerk (DPJW) – German-Polish Youth Office

– Jugend- und Kulturprojekt e.V. – Youth and Culture Project association



International partners within the framework of the European project “DOCPIE” that participated in the event:

Association for rural development LAZ – SLOVENIA

– Municipality of Kistarcsa – HUNGARY

– Municipality Breznicki Hum – CROATIA

– Municipality of Bačka Topola – SERBIA

– Unesco Club Serres – GREECE

– Municipality of Serres – GREECE

– Veliko Turnovo Municipality – BULGARIA

– Municipality of Brescia – ITALY

– Association Civil Centre for Sustainable Development EGRI – FYROM

– Budapest University of Technology and Economics – HUNGARY


– Polish Robert Schuman Foundation – POLAND

– Sport and Tourism Association – ROMANIA

– Institution of regional activities Novohradu – SLOVAKIA


The project is co-financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme



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