Lifelong Learning Volunteer Project 2011-2013

27 September 2013.

The Museum of Fine Arts and the Latvian National Museum of Art undertook a special exchange of volunteer experiences entitled " Eastern European volunteer ambassadors – transferring best practices and model solutions of museum volunteer programmes " within the framework of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme between August 2011 and July 2013.

Both institutions are pioneers and leaders in their country in museum volunteering. The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts was the first one in Hungary to organize a volunteer programme and now serves as an example to other museums. During the project The Latvian National Museum of Art, still unique in organizing a volunteer programme in a Latvian museum, developed and transferred this knowledge on national level.

In the course of the two-year cooperation the museums organise 3 three-week exchange trips involving six volunteers over 50 years of age from Budapest and Riga respectively. The Latvian volunteers learned and transferred best practices from Budapest programme from the induction training through the follow – up of the volunteer activities. The Hungarian participants learned about Ambassadors programme in depths.

The role of the project for LNMA volunteer programme was crucial and encouraged LNMA staff members to overtake MFAB well established volunteer management system and released two new volunteer fields (Info Dask and Walkabout guided tours). As a result of the cooperation museums developed their volunteer programme onto the next level – more organized, structured and stable.

As a learning experience the participating volunteers mentioned the improvement of their communications and language skills, collected new knowledges (about ar, IT) Volunteers could get acquainted with foreign culture and found new friends.