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Mentoring and Pre-Departure Training in European Voluntary Service (EVS). Ideas, tools and suggestions for practice

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Tools and ideas concerning mentoring and Pre-Departure Training in European Voluntary Service (EVS)

Aims of the tool

The manual explores the following issues:
1. The EVS cycle
2. Why and when you need a Sending Organization
3. Pre-departure phase: contents, competences, structure and tools.
4. Mentoring phase: role and recruitment, tasks and main issues (problem solving and learning aspects), competences and mentor-mentee relation, tools, case studies and suggestions.

Description of the tool

This booklet introduces measures to support EVS volunteers before, during and after their service.
In particular, it presents the pre-departure phase and the role of the mentor.

In addition to that, the manual contains a collection of tools and inspiring suggestions coming from the experience of youth workers.

More publications related to youth work issues realized by the same author and Vicolocorto NGO are available on
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Tool overview

Mentoring and Pre-Departure Training in European Voluntary Service (EVS). Ideas, tools and suggestions for practice

This tool is for

Anyone is involved in EVS project as a mentor, organizer or trainer.

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Voluntary Service, Intercultural Learning

It is recommended for use in:

European Voluntary Service

Materials needed:

Time to read it!


There is no need to read it all but you can also pick and choose only the parts that are relevant for you.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Laura Pierfelici

in the context of

This booklet was written to spread the result of two international meetings organized by the Italian National Agency in May 2016. It contains tools and suggestions used by the participants in their work within EVS projeects.

The tool has been experimented in

Collect tools and best practices of EVS youth workers in their EVS projects.

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Laura Pierfelici (on 10 August 2018)

and last modified

17 January 2018

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