Man develops solidarity as a fundamental human characteristic, the need for solidarity is one of the reasons for the development of volunteering activities in the world as well as in Slovenia. If we look at the “Joint Volunteering Report” in 2015, it is evident in statistics that volunteering activities in Slovenia are growing and there is an intensive interest for the development of volunteering. The effects of voluntary work on young people are enormous, author of the book “Pejmo Drugač” Špela Kapla lists only some of the effects: cultural awareness, changed priorities, career development, friendship, learning and other factors. Awareness of the effects of voluntary work on young people already exists, but what about the effects of voluntary work in organizations and the local environment? How does the local environment see volunteering? Despite the numbers of volunteering growth in Slovenia, it has been established that in the year 2017 most organizations perform voluntary work, but do not record it or do not even register it as voluntary work, thus rendering it meaningless and not detecting its effect on the local environment. So we can say that the number of volunteering in Slovenia is even higher, but there is no awareness of it. (source: http://www.consulta.si/novice/1773). MCT speaks from the long-standing practice of coordinating EVS projects, we consider that international volunteer activities have contributed to raising awareness of the general volunteer work within the various organizations that hosted EVS volunteers. The effects of hosting EVS volunteers in the local environment were then identified by a number of organizations who ended up getting the accreditation for hosting, since 2013, we have contributed to the accreditation of 7 organizations in the region. The effects of a co-ordination EVS and the concern for networking and solidarity between host organizations is greater as organizations express their desire to connect through the implementation of joint EVS or the current European Solidarity Unit program and the dissemination of good practice. With the strategic goal for our volunteer project in 2018, we aim to defend and influence the awareness of volunteering in the local environment, recognizing its values and impact on all involved, and spreading good practices of international volunteering, which indirectly influences the rise of overall volunteering in the local environment. Long-term goals: 1. Raising awareness and recognition of volunteer work in the local environment. Short-term objectives: – volunteers will identify as 5 volunteer activities that are offered to the local environment or host organizations to integrate young people into volunteering. – To enable 6 European volunteers to develop one group project, which will take the form of a festival promoting the component of volunteering and solidarity in the local environment. – To highlight the local environment about the importance of volunteering for the development of the local community through the implementation of the “volunteering fair”. Long-term goal: 2. Visibility and dissemination of effects that international volunteering leaves to all involved, (volunteers, organization, sending organization and local environment) Short-term objectives: – To host 6 European volunteers in 6 different organizations in the local environment for a period of 9 months. – Record and disseminate 6 good international volunteer practices in cooperation with host organizations, – Record the effects of European volunteer work in host organizations through a short documentary film that will be recorded and formulated by volunteers in collaboration with their host organizations and a co-ordination organization. – Maintain regular group meetings of all host organizations in Zasavje, at least 3 meetings per project.