Vaev

Who are we?

Vienna Association of Education Volunteers (VAEV) is a non-governmental organization, based in Vienna, Austria, formed by a community of passionate advocates committed to developing sustainable solutions to improve education and learning processes by conducting research, participating in projects, and promoting innovation. Through continuous interaction of cross-border collaboration, VAEV develops and delivers programmes in the form of community-based activities to empower people, advocate for policy change, and advance and strengthen access to quality education and learning opportunities for the most vulnerable groups.

Our members are changemakers that strive to create lasting solutions that improve education and learning by promoting collaborative partnerships to share their expertise, insight, resources, and best practices, undertake a number of activities and projects that contribute to the development of inclusive, equitable, and quality education and stimulate lifelong learning opportunities, especially for youth, seniors, people with disabilities, minority groups, and those living in areas of high social deprivation. These mutual- learning activities involve a wide range of issues and vary from different physical and digital activities, group work, volunteering opportunities, as well as capacity building activities related to diverse areas of education, employability skills, and personal development that build a foundation for the future and bridge the gender and generational gaps.

Our main goal is to promote and facilitate the exchange of ideas and create environments that enable open discussions and stimulate new thinking, as well as to improve physical, mental health, and the general well-being of different social groups by building confidence and self-esteem. Our focus is directed to assist in self-development and personal responsibility with the aim of increasing employability/ educational opportunities by engaging in structured, positive activities.

Main aims:
– Promote, through volunteering and coaching, personal development, health & well-being, and employment prospects of disengaged and vulnerable young people.
– Provide or assist in the provision of services for young people in their personal development, to enhance their cognitive and practical skills so that they may increase their level of activity and, or become active members of their local community.
– Focus the attention of the community at large on social issues with the aim of creating a sense of individual and community responsibility, and promote participation in the remedying of these challenges.
– Contribute to youth social integration issues.
РPromote young people’s personal development and self-improvement.
– Contribute to active involvement in local and international initiatives
– Promote intercultural dialogue, international cooperation and a culture of peace.

Management Board
President: Dogan KARAYAGIZ
Vice President: Yolanda OYUELA
Secretary: Taeun GIL
Treasurer: Yakup SAHIN

Consultative Body
Prof. Koray TUNCALP
David MENHAM
Michale ROACHGLU
Jarkko KARI

Trainers/Facilitators
Matthias PENKIN
Sara GUDALOVIC
Elizabeth BIRLEY
Yakup SAHIN