This is a reference for Ádám Rikter

ESC On Arrival Meeting

The training activity took place
in online
organised by Tempus Fundation Hungary
Reference person

Bruno Pizzini

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Aims & objectives

Aim and objectives of the meeting
The aim of the meeting was to give a non-formal learning experience by which participants can discover how they will get the most out of their ESC project.
To reach the above mentioned aim the following objectives were set:
they discovered their strengths of their skills and competences
they identified the skills and competencies which they needed to develop
they had a deeper understanding how to communicate with people in a foreign environment
they gained skills upon how to act in different conflict situations
they had the opportunity to discuss the challenges they faced, face or will face during the period of ESC

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

ESC volunteers from Europe from the following countries:
- Tunisia
- Turkey
- Spain
- Poland
- Portugal
- France
- Russia
- Hungary

Training methods used & main activities

For the main platform online we used:

Sketch your neighbour
First activity using the platform MURAL, we divide them in couple ant they have 15 minutes to interview each other and in the meanwhile drawing the other person. They could use the private conversation mode in gather town to talk privately each other.
After each participants introduce their draw and their mate what they have learned.
The good point of this activity is to learn more eachother and the platform MURAL (online whiteboard).

Learning Journey
Participants were invited to reflect on the one week long On-Arrival meeting from their aspects. There were five different questions during the session. The focus was on the On-Arrival meeting and the aim was to raise their thoughts and feelings on to a conscious level.
The five questions were:
What did you leave at home? (ex.: laziness, negative feelings, other behaviour etc.)
What did you bring? (special skills to help others, openness, curiosity etc.)
What are your motivations? (ex.: exchange experience with other volunteers, opportunity to discover their strength or their skills and competences etc.)
What are your barriers/fears? (ex.:language barriers, how to contribute/participate, fears during covid etc.)
What would you like to achieve? (share the challenges what you facing in their project, to be more self-confident, develop their competence with examples etc.)

After the introduction participants worked on their own in Mural in private mode, in that case nobody saw what the others wrote on the virtual sticky notes. After that part the facilitator showed on a shared screen the sticky notes without names and summarized the answers for the questions and highlighted the positive parts and reacted on the negatives as well.


The participants analysed their daily learning process in small multinational groups by the support of a facilitator. The participants answered to the following questions and discussed them within their groups:
what was challenging today?
what did you like the most and why?
what was surprising today?

Evening Session we organized a cineforum, the title was Bad Seeds, a nice french comedy about youth working. After the view we had discussion and asking if there is something in relation with their activity.

For the Evening Session we manage the Hungarian night. We gave to the participants 3 recipes of Lescó: Vegan, Vegetarian and meat.
We add 2 challenges to this workshop:
1 - The recipe was in hungarian easy text with a video connection;
2 - We asked them to buy the ingredients in hungarian.

The meeting point was to come back in front of the camera at 18:00 and start all together to cook. We shared techniques of cutting onions and paprika, we cheers, we made jokes, etc
At 19:00 we had lunch all together like it would be a residential meeting.

At 20:30 we had an hungarian quiz to explore some fun facts of Hungary and hungarian culture.

Closing and evaluation

Blob tree
On this part of the evaluation with a Blob tree participants were invited to reflect on their feelings. With the Blob tree participants reflected how they feel themselves at the end of the program, and where are they now. Every participant has been chosen one blob and shared on plenary which one and why. This method helped them to reflect on this one week long program.

Outcomes of the activity

Information about the aim and objectives of the OA Meeting, also the programme, facilitators and participants of the meeting.

Deeper insight upon the meaning of non-formal education.

The most important facts and information about the ESC programme.

Deeper insight upon the meaning and importance of solidarity.

To be aware of the participant’s role in a voluntary project
They got a common understanding is the process of learning


Dealing with cultural differences - understanding them and having skills to know them deeper.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

- organisation of the meeting (launching an online space which is suitable to organise the meeting)
- delivering the sessions of the meeting
- responsible for the participants’ learning process

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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