A Certificate of Competences Acquired Through Volunteering – WHAT'S THIS?

A Certificate of Competences Acquired Through Volunteering is a document that helps to define the level of acquired knowledge and skills during voluntary service. Its intention is to provide support to volunteers in recognition of their competences acquired through voluntary experience (including knowledge and skills and the associated autonomy and responsibility), for a full presentation to any third party. The certificate is based on the European framework of key competences for lifelong learning and therefore it breaks them down as follows:

  • Communication in the mother tongue,
  • Communication in foreign languages,
  • Mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology,
  • Digital competence,
  • Learning to learn,
  • Social and civic competences,
  • Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship,
  • Cultural awareness and expression,
  • Other.

How to use Certificate of Competences Acquired Through Volunteering?

You can use the Certificate as a useful tool in different situations and is suitable for many different purposes:

  • For the purpose of personal development – helps you define personal interests, talents, connect with life goals.
  • For professional development – makes it easier to apply the knowledge and skills acquired through volunteering in the labour market, and also helps in changing professions.
  • In order to obtain a diploma supplement (Diploma supplement) – a document that describes the knowledge and skills they acquired by people with higher education, which complements the information contained in the official certificates and diplomas, making them understandable, especially to employers and institutions outside the country in which they were issued.
  • For further education – can be particularly interesting for high school students who volunteer during high school, and plan to continue their education. Although the Croatian higher education system currently under-values volunteering, most foreign universities seek volunteer experience in assessing candidates.
  • In order to continue the voluntary service – competency assessment helps you in choosing the future of voluntary engagement in which they may well come to the fore.

Volunteering brings good to each individual, the community in which he/she lives, and thus society as a whole. Although in our society, volunteering is often associated only with aiding and humanitarian action, by bringing mutual benefits it has a much wider meaning. The famous proverb says that a hungry man should not only be given fish, but also taught to fish. Everyone involved in volunteering learns to fish – it teaches us how to become drivers and agents of positive change and builders of strong, responsible and humane community.

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