Social Media Volunteers for Heritage is a participatory programme established in cooperation between European Heritage Volunteers and Europa Nostra to diffuse Europe-wide knowledge and information about issues and activities linked to heritage, especially among the youth.
Within the framework of Social Media Volunteers for Heritage, volunteers work with digital social media platforms to raise awareness for the highly complex nature of European heritage. They write and publish articles, and share photos and videos concerning heritage-related issues in their countries, whilst also following and reporting on the stories shared within the network by their colleagues from around Europe.
The main platform of Social Media Volunteers for Heritage is www.heritagetimes.eu, which is linked to various social media channels and other websites.
In September 2016, the first twelve Social Media Volunteers for Heritage from twelve different European countries, who were selected from a large number of applications, received training at an introductory seminar in Weimar, Germany.
In September 2017, a second group of ten new volunteers had been trained and integrated into the existing network.
The third group will be trained in June 2018.
The Social Media Volunteers for Heritage 2018 cycle is part of European Heritage Volunteers' project "Best practice models of volunteering for European Cultural Heritage" on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
Therefore, all selected volunteers will report during the year 2018 about particular activities linked to this project: Either they will report from the European Heritage Summit in Berlin taking place just after the Social Media Volunteers for Heritage Training Seminar, either they will be invited to visit during July resp. August 2018 one or more European Heritage Volunteers Projects in Germany and report about them.
Find more information about the project "Best practice models of volunteering for European Cultural Heritage" here.