Press Room

Media Release

European Year of Volunteering 2011: Competition for cross-border school partnership projects

12. January 2012

One aim of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 is to increase the visibility and value the commitment of people working in their free time without getting paid: Everyone can volunteer, and, apart from personal satisfaction, this also provides important learning opportunities.

Austrian Schools Wanted!

15 countries take part in this contest and schools from all over Austria are welcome to apply. Project proposals can be submitted until April 30, 2011. An international jury selects the best projects. The winners join the aces project cycle 2011/2012 and are awarded with a grant. They receive support during the project and are invited to international meetings. An online partner finder helping schools to search for the “ideal match”, according to common interests and requirements, is available on: Together with the partners, the schools will implement their joint project idea.

 aces – Academy of Central European Schools

The school network aces was founded by ERSTE Foundation in 2006. In cooperation with the non-profit association VČELÍ DOM (Slovak Republic), Interkulturelles Zentrum (Austria) is the initiative’s coordinating unit. aces aims at bringing teachers and students from Central and South Eastern Europe together, thereby overcoming borders. The initiative is supported by the Ministries of Education of all participating countries. Approx. 16.000 pupils and 2000 teachers have participated so far in the aces programme.

Please find more details in the Press Release (PDF) or visit