The main aim of the LEVER-approach is that volunteers become more aware of their competences and committed to apply them in different contexts and to maintain or further develop their competences. Competences focus more than any other descriptor on the ability to apply learning outcomes adequately in a defined context (education, work, personal or professional development). This application is of concern to the individual learner as well as to the qualification body (e.g. a school, institute or university).

The project outlines a first set of significant competences that are concerned in volunteering experiences. It is the outcome of a cross-national survey carried out in the project partner countries.  

For each outlined competence, the LEVER standard provides: 

  • a general description 
  • an insight in the kind of voluntary work-activities in which the competence might be developed
  • a link of the voluntary work perspective to the labour market one, in order to highlight ways of capitalizing own learning outcomes into a better job context or any other social/economic function in society
  • a link to the EU key competences for lifelong learning
  • examples of the documentation for learning outcomes that a volunteer might have acquired and on which basis he/she can claim to possess the specific LEVER-competence. This claim can than be shown in the portfolio.
  • Indicators that are used for a trasparent, objective and shareable assessment 


 Communication Intercultural and diversity management Learning to learn  Teamwork
 Leadership Responsibility Initiative Result-orientation
Problem solving Organisation and planning Innovation and creativity Empathy