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Supported by Erasmus + Programme

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Open Digital Europe

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Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

Social Businesses

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Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

Solidarity Europe

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Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

European Project

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Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

I’m quite certain that many of us have thought about volunteering at one point in our lives. Nearly a billion people volunteer around the world on a yearly basis. If this number was actually representing citizens of a country, it would become the 2º largest country in the world after China (Salamon, Sokolowski, and Haddock, 2011). However, motivation can differ from one person to another. From being inspired by renowned people to the wish to meet new ones, travel or just because of the feeling of contributing altruistically to our communities.

I know for a fact how hard it can be to find time to volunteer and balance the chores of our ordinary lives. Nevertheless, volunteering seems to report enormous benefits: for the quality of our communities and those in need, for participants, for the organisations in which volunteers are deployed, but even greater to you, a potential volunteer. The correct choice could trigger connections within the community, meeting lifelong friends, acquiring new skills and even kicking off your career.

But what would you say if I told you that generally there is no way to measure in a systematic form any of all these breath-taking benefits and impacts of volunteering? Letting alone few industrialised countries, volunteering has not been tracked in official statistics and information is poor and scattered. Consequently, even the most basic pieces of information, such as the predominant age of volunteers, is unknown in most places.

Therefore, the Erasmus+ Project V-CALC’s main objective is to create a user-friendly digital tool for volunteer coordinators and people who supervise volunteers. This tool will help them calculate volunteer’s impact, to showcase how they’re making a difference and the benefits of their volunteering time. In addition, volunteer coordinators and supervisors will undergo interesting training on how to use these digital tools effectively. And guess what? This info will be a goldmine for policymakers at all levels, so they’ll know where to invest and support more and better volunteers.

Volunteering represents one of the clearest expressions of democracy, civic engagement, participation and institutional trust in Europe and around the globe. The V-CALC tool will highlight the importance of a sustainable and ethical approach to volunteering rooted in EU values.

Which Europe would you like to shape?

Therefore, jump into V-CALC culture, volunteer and tailor your own reality. We will be pleased to meet you!!


Enrique Martos Sánchez

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.


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