The VIME project

Volunteers in Migrant Education

Experts in four countries, working within the Erasmus+ project VIME, have developed guidance and practical tools for volunteer organizations to adapt and use with the sole objective of facilitating and strengthening the quality of the language education support provided by language volunteers. 

About the project

The Volunteers In Migrant Education (or VIME) project started in October of 2016 as part of Erasmus+, the EU's programme to support education and promote adult learning. The VIME project focussed on how language volunteers add value to migrant adult language and literacy learning. Volunteers in language teaching and practicing come in different shapes and sizes. Furthermore, they fulfill various roles: they provide support as language buddies or classroom assistants, act as mentors or run conversation clubs.

Co-funded by the EU

Over a period of two years, eight organizations from four European countries combined their expertise and experience in working with language volunteers in migrant education. Their aim: to provide guidance on the possible roles volunteers can play in the process of language learning, integration and participation of migrants in society. And to develop tools and training to improve the necessary competences of these language volunteers. 


By September 2018, the VIME Project resulted in:

  • A model on the roles of volunteers in migrant language education, the associated competencies required for these roles, as well as mechanisms for co-operation between language volunteers and language professionals.
  • Screening procedures for language learning providers to help find suitable volunteers.
  • Training modules that support language volunteers in carrying out their specific roles and acquiring the appropriate skills.
  • A model for creating and developing policy regarding distribution of professional staff and volunteers.
  • A guide for coordinators, language professionals and language volunteers on their respective roles, duties and the reciprocity between professionals and volunteers.

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All of the organizations involved have experience of working within migrant education and the use of language volunteers. They are:

  • Denmark: Slagelse Sprogcenter.
  • Great Britain: ELATT Connected Learning and UCL Institute for education.
  • Netherlands: ITTA (project leader), Het Begint met Taal and ROC West-Brabant.
  • Slovenia: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of arts, Centre for Slovene as a second and foreign language and UPI ljudska univerza Žalec.
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