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Learn to F.L.Y. in EVS: Learn to Facilitate the Learning process for Young people in European Voluntary Service

The training activity took place
in Antalya, Turkey
organised by Turkish National Agency in collaboration with SALTO-Youth EECA Resource Centre and Latvian National Agency
24 – 29 May 2016

Aims & objectives

The aim of the training course is to improve the quality of EVS projects through empowering EVS actors to provide meaningful learning opportunities.

Main objectives are:
- to raise awareness of the importance of learning in EVS;
- to understand the roles of EVS actors and their involvement and impact to the learning process;
- to explore and develop common learning tools in order to apply them in EVS projects.

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

21 participants from EVS-related organizations from Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Latvia, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Estonia.
Team: 2 trainers from Moldova, 1 from Turkey and 1 from Latvia.

Training methods used & main activities

The training provided holistic approach to EVS learning experience where all actors are playing important role in the learning process. The non-formal education methods were used, emphasizing experiential learning cycle and learners-centred approach. The methods were:
group work on learning from different perspectives in EVS; group work and discussions on the philosophy, actors and the role of learning in EVS; practical learning stations and reflections to understand deeper the learning process; space for sharing the realities with best practices and challenges connected to learning process during EVS; simulation - an opportunity to step in the shoes of volunteer in new intercultural environment in order to better understand their learning needs; common mapping and analyzing of the existing learning tools and creation of new ones - group discussions, group work on tools' development and group presentations; space for reflecting on learning tools and how they can be applied in different EVS realities.

Outcomes of the activity

The training focused on learning process as one of the most important key element in quality of EVS projects – how to create a space for it, how to respond to the needs of learner and how to involve different EVS actors ensuring this learning process.
The participants had an opportunity to develop their skills on how to use different learning tools, knowledge about EVS philosophy and its rules & responsibility and the attitude of learning centred EVS projects.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

To work on topic of the training and create an environment where the trainers and participants are in the best possible mindset to learn from the trainers and other participants, to create a framework where participants will learn and share about their particular knowledge and experience, and be creative and innovative in developing solutions to the issues presented during the project. To explore together with participants topics as motivation and facilitation of learning activities in EVS projects.

I worked on this training for 4 days as a full time trainer.

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