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Training Course

24-31 July 2015 | Sluňákov, Czech Republic

We invite everybody who works with EVS volunteers: coordinators, mentors, trainers and ex volunteers to come for a big RE-process: Review your motivation, Rethink your work, Restart your learning process and Recharge your batteries!
Nature of EVS is a training course which aims to explore the potential and depth of European Voluntary Service (EVS) as a journey for personal transformation and complex growth of all the actors involved, with a focus on sustainability and service to ourselves, communities and environment. FOR WHOM? Nature of EVS is a training course for 24 ex-volunteers, youth workers, trainers, project coordinators, mentors and National Agencies staff, who: - are involved in work with EVS volunteers, - want to deepen their understanding of the nature of EVS as a life journey and a service, - want to reflect on the impact EVS can have on their life, and on how they can capitalize it, - are ready to explore and reflect on these topic in an experiential training course, in a community setting and in closer contact with nature - are able and ready to work in English, - feel the call to work on the objectives mentioned below. OBJECTIVES: ● To understand how complex the story of EVS can be, making connections with human life, natural cycles and traditional mythology. ● To explore how community life and the spirit of service can be beneficial tools for all actors involved in EVS. ● To create space for networking and sharing positive stories about EVS and their meanings for different participants. ● To experience personal strengths and shadows as EVS actors, to learn from them and get inspiration for future work. ● To collect useful tools and motivation for developing EVS into a meaningful and sustainable experience in participant's realities and their communities KEY PROGRAMME ELEMENTS: We will have a fresh look at the EVS cycle, drawing inspiration from elements such as the archetypal Hero’s Journey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth), The Way of Council (http://www.heartsource. com/council/way_of_council.html), community building and living in community, learning from challenges, nature-based education, communication and partnership, storytelling, the role of spirituality and the presence of personal ceremonies and rites in education (and life). We will create a space to reflect on how to use all this back in our communities and work practices. The training course is based on non-formal education and experiential learning. We invite participants with different levels of experience (from EVS veterans to newcomers and ex volunteers), and a substantial part of the programme will be based on sharing experience and exchange of good practice and inspiration. We want to create a positive and pleasant moment for sharing, evaluating and reflecting in the busy life of EVS project coordinators, trainers, mentors and volunteers.

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This Training Course is

for 24 participants

from Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Türkiye, United Kingdom

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors

Working language(s):



Act in Ostrava (Youth NGO)

Act In Ostrava (CZ) is an informal group of facilitators, trainers, youth leaders and young people from different parts of Czechia. Its main aim is to promote non-formal education by providing possibilities for young people and youth leaders to be socially active, take part in different events and support them in their personal development and further education.

Contact for questions:

Honza Látal


Phone: +420 608 039 629


Programme, accommodation and food will be financed by Erasmus+ grant. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to following amounts:Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia: 180€ Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey, UK: 275€ Portugal: 360€ Participation fee will be based on a sliding scale (according to your financial situation) from 30 to 100€. Payment of a non-refundable participation fee of 30 € serves as a booking of your place.

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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