ECSTRA – bringing future creators together!
Our aim is to help students to acquire crucial competencies (entrepreneurship, collaboration, complex problem solving, sustainability and social innovation) through volunteering activities, which would involve solving real-life problems through social innovations.
Do you want to make a change in your community and strengthen your competencies? Explore our how the project could help you to make your idea come true!
Where to start? Organise a social initiative canvassing event
Invite your community to contribute to solving real-life problems by organising social initiative canvassing event that enables communities to take the initiative and tackle challenges themselves through social innovations.
Engaging and empowering the community in such a way so they would stay in the driver’s seat requires experience and preparation. Thus, to guide you throughout this process we share with you:
- How to organise a social initiative canvassing event (both offline and online) and;
- How to create community-led initiatives with sustainable long-term impact.
Community canvas is a template created to guide community members through further developing their chosen idea or challenge they aim to tackle.
- What kind of roles will be in your team?
- What is your SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and anchored within a Time Frame) goal?
- What will be main your activities?
These and many more questions will help to concretise a vison and plan how to achieve it.
Community canvas – develop your initiative
Implementation of the activities
Further guidance is provided to appointed initiative coordinators and volunteers throughout implementation of the selected initiatives by trained community managers.
Want to become a community manager?
Take part in the training course on community management to gain more practical knowledge on how to work with community and mentor student-led initiatives. More information will be posted soon!
Do you want to acquire key competencies through professional volunteering? Join the implementation of the initiative at any point. You can explore the current initiatives here (link)
Want to become a community manager?
If you want to learn more about how to successfully manage your team and to encourage volunteering among young people? Check the volunteer management guidebook in which we share our know-how with you.
What is coming? Crash courses for initiative’s volunteers will be published soon!
Want to become a volunteer?
Recognition of competencies
Students participating in the initiatives will have opportunity to formally recognise their acquired competencies through flexible non-formal competencies recognition pathways, established in partner universities.
To achieve this, we:
- Developing an international competence evaluation task bank, which will allow more efficient and flexible ways to recognise competencies.
- Providing standards for organisations, which after implementation will lead to auto-approval of recognition.
Suitable for new projects/programmes/clubs that need to clarify who they are and why they do what they do. Would also be a very good tool for those who are heavily boxed in and need find new ideas
– VU Career days
Very suitable for new initiatives, start-ups
– EFECTO app’s team
News: check out what’s happening
In the midst of the pandemic – 3 forward-looking universities – Vilnius University (VU), Jean Monnet University (UJM) and University of Granada (UGR), together with two youth organisations – LieU’topie and Vilnius University Students’ Representation, began a journey of ECSTRA. After two years of thought-provoking discussions, inspiring activities and empowering people, our goals are finally …
On the 20th of October, Vilnius University Students’ Representation (VU SR) hosted the ECSTRA Initiative Success Symposium. The organisers gathered active volunteers from more than fifteen various youth organisations to share the lessons learned throughout the ECSTRA project on community empowerment. In the first part of the event, members of VU SR introduced the main …
“Volunteering remains a hidden pathway, yet it is important to our society because it melds individuals and groups, personal action and organized action, work and hobbies, activism and citizenship” (Peter, 2009) Curious about becoming a volunteer? Or perhaps you are looking for reasons to encourage others to join? In this article, we share our ideas …
On the 27th of September, LieU’topie hosted the ECSTRA Student Volunteering Recognition and Valorization Success Symposium in its community café. Organized by UJM (Université Jean Monnet) with support from LieU’topie, the event gathered personnel and representatives from UJM, UCA (Université Clermont Auvergne) and LieU’topie. All attendees were part of departments concerned with skill valorization be …
On the 20th of September, during University of Granada Reception Days for new students, students of superior university years, professors, researchers, companies and organizations, among others, had the opportunity to hold an interesting symposium on all the activities developed within the framework of our Erasmus + ECSTRA project. We reserved a space on the stage …
For the third time, at the beginning of the new academic year, Vilnius University Students’ Representation invites University’s community to a discussion festival – “Ad Astra”. Inspired by ECSTRA project, one of the discussion – “What competencies a young person needs today?” – was dedicated to the importance of students’ self-expression at university. During the …
Universities are institutions that have existed for the oldest since the Middle Ages. The University of Bologna has been a center of learning for over 800 years. If their core purpose has remained unchanged over centuries, universities have been through a many evolutions and revolutions. As of now in France for instance, public universities must …
In the spring, from the 16th to the 20th of May, a training course on social community management took place in Granada within the framework of the European project ECSTRA: Employability Competencies for Students Through Implementation and Recognition of Activities. The course, whose participants came from the universities of Vilnius (Lithuania), Jean Monnet (France) and …
On the 10th of February 2022, the University of Granada hosted a student hackathon to promote innovative ways of fostering student engagement as part of the university community.
In the 19th of November, Vilnius University hosted the first ECSTRA event dedicated to creating new initiatives - HackVU.
More innovative, real-life challenges-based solutions, incorporating knowledge, methods and new ways of thinking are needed to enable young people to adapt to a rapidly changing world - ECSTRA project provides exactly that!
Outputs, Outcomes and Impacts of the ECSTRA project
See what we have produced for the higher education community!