What is a dissemination project?
When participating in an ESC-programme, you are required to make a dissemination project which showcases your stay in Denmark and the voluntary work you have done as a part of Erasmus+.
A dissemination project can be a lot of things! It can take the form of a video, a blog, an article, or a presentation for Danish students or the local community. This way, you can show how great of an experience you have with the ESC-programme!
When your dissemination project is done, you need to figure out a way to show it to your surroundings. If you create a video, you can upload it on YouTube and share it. If you write an article, you can send it to a local paper. There are a lot of opportunities, so feel free to be creative.
When you share your project with us, we are able to upload it to this website for the reporting to the EU and for inspiration to the next ESC volunteers. We may also share it on our other platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram.
Here you will find guides on how to make different dissemination material, such as a presentation, a video, a blog, or an article. You will also find the requirements for the logos, which need to be visible in your dissemination projects.
Do not forget to check out the former volunteers’ dissemination projects on this website to get inspired on how to create your own project! The projects do not have to take the same format as one of the four mentioned guides. Former ESC volunteers have also drawn a cartoon or recorded a song, so there are no limits on how to create a dissemination project.
Erasmus+ is funding your programme with Dansk ICYE. Therefore, it is a requirement that you include the Erasmus+ logo and the funding logo in your dissemination project. Furthermore, Dansk ICYE would like you to include their logo as well. Please copy the logos directly from below to ensure a good quality of the logos.
Logo 1: ESC
This logo is an essential graphic element that should appear in any material. The logo must appear eye-catching and clear – the bigger the better. The logo should be placed at the beginning of the material.
Logo 2: Funding
The European Solidarity Corps is a programme that is funded by the European Union. This logo states this and is therefore also an essential graphic element that should appear in any material. This logo must be the same size as it is now, and it should be placed at the end of the material.
Logo 3: Dansk ICYE
The last logo that should appear in your material is the logo of Dansk ICYE. It is up to you where you locate the logo.
If it is possible, it will be really good to have a contact statement about Dansk ICYE. A contact statement could look like this:
“If you want to read more about volunteering in Denmark or read more about Dansk ICYE and their exchange program, please visit www.icye.dk/volunteer-dk/”.
If you would like your dissemination project to be a presentation it should be done for a group of Danish students in “gymnasium” (high school) or “efterskole” (borading school). The presentation should be about what ESC is, what you do at your ESC project, how you experience Denmark, and what your thoughts are on volunteering abroad.
By doing a presentation you will meet a bunch of young, Danish people and talk to them about your stay in Denmark. You have the chance of making an impression on them and inform them about what ESC is, so they might be inspired to do their own ESC.
A video is a way to showcase thoughts and topics in a more creative way. By doing a video for a dissemination project, you can show a typical day in your life as an ESC volunteer, or you can share your thoughts on how and why you chose to apply for an ESC-programme.
The advantage of creating a video is that YouTube and other video media is good ways to spread the word about your stay in Denmark with the surroundings. Be aware that uploading your video to e.g. YouTube is only your first step! Remember to share the video with others to spread it.
An article is a written work published in a print or electronic medium. If you choose an article as your dissemination project, you shall, therefore, find a way to publish it. For example, you can contact a local paper or you can ask if your article can be published it on their website.
The article can be a story about your ESC programme or your thoughts about living in another country with different norms and culture. There are no limits, so use your imagination and be creative.
The advantage of writing an article as your dissemination project is that you can challenge yourself in writing Danish (the article can of course also be in English).
A blog is an ongoing online diary where you to write about different topics you find interesting. Regarding the blog as a dissemination project, topics can concern your project, your everyday life in Denmark, your thoughts about Danish culture and the people, and your thoughts about volunteering abroad.
The advantage of choosing a blog as your dissemination projects is that a blog is a good way for your family and friends to follow your journey in Denmark. Remember to upload pictures to make the reading experience more interesting. People love looking at pictures of your journey!
Want extra assistance making sure your dissemination project does not contain typos, spelling mistakes, or grammar mistakes when writing in English?
We highly recommend Grammarly, which can be used online, as an add-on/extension in your browser, or directly in Microsoft Word.
When you run your text through Grammarly it checks both your spelling and your commas.
When you make a video or create a blog, you also need to be aware of copyright items. You are not allowed to use copyrighted footage, pictures, sounds, or music. This may result in a fine.
Items that are marked CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) or Public Domain are free to use, though some may require attribution. Read more here: creativecommons.org.
If you need music you can find various databases for CC0-music on this sub-section of the Creative Commons website. Here, you may need to credit the artist and song at the end of your video.
Facebook also has a catalogue of sounds and music that is free to use. Find the Facebook Sound Collection here.
If you want to use clips of other videos or other footage in your video, it may be useful to read this article from YouTube on “Fair use”.
When you make a video, create a blog or write an article and use pictures that include other people, you need to make sure that you have consent to use these pictures.
If you use pictures of people involved in your project, you can ask your mentor at the project, how to get consent to share these pictures. You need to have a permission from either your project or the person itself to use pictures of other people in the video/blog/article.
Disseminate your project!
Once you are ready to share your dissemination project, please send it to the Dansk ICYE office.
If you are doing a blog, feel free to send it to the office early on, so we can follow your journey throughout the year.