SOHO - European Training Course for support people in E+: Youth in Action Volunteering Activities

The SOHO international training course aims at enhancing quality of Volunteering Activities (formlery called EVS) through development of essential competences of support persons. It also provides up-to-date information on the new EU initiative European Solidarity Corps to support volunteering for young people. It supports the development of essential competences among support persons from hosting, sending and coordinating organisations.

The SOHO training course is designed for those who are directly involved in the Volunteering Activities 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 Volunteering Activities.

The overall aim of the SOHO training course is to increase the quality of Volunteering 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 Volunteering Activities 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 Volunteering Activities support system
  • raise awareness with regards to the learning dimension within Volunteering Activities and provide tools for learning support
  • support the recognition of non-formal learning in Volunteering 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 Volunteering Activities 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. 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.

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