SOHO - European Training Course for EVS Support People

The SOHO international training course aims at enhancing the quality of European Voluntary Service (EVS) projects. It supports the development of essential competences among support persons from hosting, sending and coordinating organisations. SOHO also provides up-to-date information for its participants regarding the opportunities within the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme.

The SOHO training course is designed for those who are directly involved in the EVS support system on the hosting, sending and coordinating side (e.g. mentors and task-related support persons). They play a crucial role in establishing the conditions that are required for quality voluntary service and creating opportunities for the volunteers' learning throug the EVS.

The overall aim of the SOHO training course is to increase the quality of EVS activities through development of competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) of these key actors. The specific objectives of the SOHO course are to:

  • get a better understanding of the EVS as a “learning service” and the quality aspects related to it
  • improve the ability for cooperation and working in international partnerships
  • reflect upon the roles, responsibilities and challenges within the EVS volunteer support system
  • raise awareness with regards to the learning dimension within EVS activities and provide tools for learning support
  • support the recognition of non-formal learning in EVS activities through the competent implementation of Youthpass
  • provide up-to-date information about the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme

In addition, SOHO training courses are an excellent opportunity for EVS support persons to exchange their experiences, share good practices and build informal partnerships.

The SALTO T&C RC coordinates and monitors several SOHO training courses for participants from all over Europe on an annual basis. The training courses are hosted by the Erasmus+: Youth in Action National Agencies and implemented by two trainers from a trainers pool consisting of Barbora Stemper-Bauerova, Monika Kezaite and Tomasz Lubotzki. On the right hand you can find a summary of the evaluation results from previous SOHOs.

The SOHO training courses listed below are tailored for participants from several countries. If a course has been launched already, a link will lead you to the application page. After the deadline, the respective Erasmus+: Youth in Action National Agencies assess the applications and inform all applicants about their selection results..

Please check further details in the calls opened for applications.

  • SOHO in UK, 21-25 February 2018 for participants from United Kingdom, Belgium-FL, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, Russian Federation and the Eastern Partnership countries
  • SOHO in Poland, 6-10 June 2018 for participants from Austria, Belgium-FR, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries and Western Balkan countries
back to top