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EVS Partnership Building East West Dialogues

Partnership-building Activity

9-11 December 2016 | Utrecht, Netherlands

East-West Dialogues is a partnership building and EVS quality improvement training which aims at setting up high quality EVS projects in which partners from Western European, Eastern European and partner countries cooperate.
East-West Dialogues is a partnership building and EVS quality improvement training which is supported by a grant from the Dutch Erasmus+ National Agency. The training aims at setting up high quality EVS projects in which partners from Western European, Eastern European and partner countries cooperate. This intensive networking programme will involve participants from 11 different countries. Participants will not only get to know each other, but also receive hands-on advice on improving EVS project management, volunteer recruitment and preparation, expectation management and crisis resolution. The programme is intended for both hosting and sending/coordinating organizations. During the programme, participants will together develop a Quality Assurance Toolbox, consisting of practical tools and templates for drafting partnership agreements, activity agreements, recruitment of volunteers, mediation, mentoring and evaluating EVS projects. Experienced application reviewers will give key advice on drafting the best applications with the highest chance of success. Participants will be selected with the aim of enhancing and supporting the cooperation between organisations from Programme Countries and Eastern Partnership countries. In addition the training wants to stimulate the creation of new project ideas and the development of activities quality. Objectives •To provide information about the Erasmus + Programme in the field of youth and especially Key Action 1- Youth exchanges. •To get to know possibilities of cooperation between Programme Countries and Eastern Partnership countries within the Erasmus + Programme. •To better understand youth exchange project management. •To develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to organise a successful youth exchange with a special focus on youth participation. •To bring together people working with youngsters in order to create new project ideas of youth exchanges within Key Action 1 of the Erasmus + Programme. Participants This training course brings together 28 EVS project managers and/or tutors working for accredited EVS organisations. Participants come from Programme Countries and Eastern Partnership countries. Applicants should fulfill the following criteria: • represent an EVS accredited organization • have some experience with Erasmus+ projects and EVS projects in particular. • have some experience in youth work/local youth projects in their country; • are ready to improve and expand their activities in the frame of EVS. • have good English language communication skills (level B1 or higher) Programme elements 3-days training course: • Erasmus + Programme presentation with special focus on cooperation with EaP countries within Key Action 1 projects; • How to recruit motivated participants • How to involve participants in the shaping of project activities? • Working with youngsters who are not in employment or education. Giving marginalized groups a chance in EVS; • EVS Project Management and application writing; • Intercultural learning in EVS; • Dissemination & project evaluation; • Creating equal and sustainable parterships During our TC we will use non-formal education methods encouraging participants to active participation and planning future projects. 8 December 2016 is arrival day 9 December 2016 - Programme Day 1: introduction, partnership building, volunteer recruitment & preparation, expectation management, application writing, visit to EVS projects in the Utrecht and Amersfoort area 10 December 2016 - Programme Day 2: Quality improvement of EVS, starting to work on the tool box, evening programme in Soest 11 December 2016 - Programme Day 3: Dissemination & evaluation, Finishing the tool box, evaluation of the partnership building training, departure day (after 17.00h).

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Partnership-building Activity is

for 28 participants

from Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Spain

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors

Working language(s):



Stichting UcDean (Youth NGO)

Stichting UcDean is a non-profit foundation which aims at establishing and deepening a sustainable dialogue between the 'old', 'new' and future EU member-states in Central and Eastern Europe, Balkan and Caucasus.
We are involved in EVS, youth exchanges and organize international study trips for high school pupils, students and young professionals from The Netherlands.
Stichting UcDean is an experienced EVS sending and coordinating organization and one of the largest EVS organisations in The Netherlands.

Contact for questions:

Hans Hindriks


Phone: 0031612113571


A small participation fee is asked. Participants from EU15 member-states pay € 75 per participant Participants from other Erasmus+ programme countries pay € 50 per participant. Travel tickets will be booked by the organizer and sent by e-mail or post. Travel costs in the home country (for example for travelling to the airport) are not covered. All meals and accommodation during the training are provided for free. Local travel costs during the training and all activities are also covered.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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