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“Older people will be ready to offer their time, experience, knowledge and culture to others, only if they feel their endeavours are being accepted and valued.”
Why voluntary work and why education of volunteers?
“I wish the students of your University would keep deepening their knowledge and apply it as usefully as possible”, wrote Danilo Türk, former President of Slovenia in a letter to Slovenian Third Age University. Indeed, knowledge does grow best when one knows where and when it will be used, when one realizes that one’s knowledge and skills are or will be needed. Being aware of that, Slovenian Third Age University has introduced several models for simultaneous provision of education and voluntary work in public organisations.
More: Personal Experience of Education for Formally Organised Older Volunteering
More: Koraki v prostovoljstvo, naredimo jih skupaj na Univerzi za tretje življenjsko obdobje v Ljubljani. Theory and Practice of Volunteering. Summary in English.
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Each-one-teach-one: ICT skills to be gained in peer mentoring pairs
The extensive job of making each individual an e-competent citizen, with access to e-communication, e-health, e-education, e-economy etc. cannot be let entirely to public authorities. At Slovenian Third Age University the movement “Each–one-teach-one” promoting acquisition of ICT skills in peer mentoring pairs has been started. The idea is to spread and improve ICT skills among people in later life by making them pass on the knowledge they gain or possess.
Cultural Mediators in Museums and Galleries
The programme is intended primarily for Slovenian Third Age University members involved in study circles on history,history of art, anthropology, archeology, architecture and related humanities and social sciences. The tasks of cultural mediators are surveillance of exhibition venues, on request, provision of information on and guidance through exhibitions. A cultural mediator may liaise between the museum and NGOs, assist in education of young and adult visitors of the museum, gallery or library. The network of cultural mediators first developed through cooperation between Slovenian Third Age University and the National Museum of Slovenia, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, The Museum of Natural History of Slovenia, the Museum of Architecture and Design, and the Technical Museum of Slovenia. The conception of the programme was partly financed by the European Commission (LACE) and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.
Voluntary Cultural Mediators in the University Clinical Centre Ljubljana
Voluntary cultural mediators bring art closer to those who wish to experience it in hospital settings. They do it in various ways, through storytelling, reading at bed side, conversations, art exhibitions, etc. Their special concern are those who have been deprived of access to culture – for social, economic, cultural, health or indeed any other reasons.
Slovenian Third Age University Students as Garden Volunteers in the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana
Slovenian Third Age University began developing a programme joining voluntary work, training and education. It had been inspired by the EMIL network (A European Map of Intergenerational Learning) and the Lisbon Calouste Gulbenkian Fund’s gardens. Our students attend both educational programmes and activities of Slovenian Third Age University and those delivered by the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana: they do gardening jobs, they keep studying and they pass on their knowledge to visitors, spread knowledge on the importance of botanical gardens for maintaining of biotic diversity, they contribute ideas for popularization of botanical gardens, and liaise between the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana and various civil organisations, social groups and generations.
More: VIR Project – Cultural Mediators- Garden Volunteers Reshaping The Educational Role of a Botanical Garden
“A Rag Doll” to improve manual and communication skills
A Rag Doll is a UNICEF project aimed at raising funds for vaccination of children in the developing countries against six children’s diseases. The doll represents a child in need of the vaccine. These hand-made dolls can be “adopted” at auctions for a fixed sum in accordance with the project’s slogan: “Adopt a doll and save a life”.
Rainbow or Mavrica Volunteers
Our students teach English and other skills young adults united in Mavrica Association for depriviliged young people.