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”Mentoring for change” - Coaching as an approach and tool for supporting voluntees during their EVS

The training activity took place
in onstancin-Jeziorna (near Warsaw), Poland
organised by Polish National Agency

Aims & objectives

The training course is aiming at supporting personal and professional development of mentors and motivating them for long-term involvement in their organisations. We would like to create a learning space that allows:
- to understand better personal change (in general as well as during EVS),
- to get to know coaching approach, its philosophy and tools,
- to try out and experience coaching tools and techniques,
- to explore ways, how coaching philosophy and tools could be applied to the work of mentors supporting volunteers during EVS.

Besides this we believe, that the training course is a great opportunity to exchange experience on different mentoring practices on an international level, as well as creating a support-network among mentors.

(Call for participants)

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

Participants: EVS mentors who:
- have experience of being a mentor in at least one long-term EVS project,
- value the subject of personal change and are curious to explore more of it,
- are interested and motivated to develop their personal and professional competences,
- would like to commit themselves for a long-term involvement in their organisation.
- are at least 18 years old residents of the Youth in Action Programme Countries, SEE and EECA regions.

Training methods used & main activities

The training was based on the principles and practice of non-formal education, taking into account participants’ needs, motivations and experiences. We used a broad variety of methods which allow active involvement and try to ensure a balance between theory and practice.

Outcomes of the activity

As outcomes we achieved...
- developing awareness and skills of EVS mentors,
- raising knowledge about coaching and mentoring,
- broadening skills on and tools for mentoring based coaching approaches,
- knowledge about mentoring in other European countries.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Preparing, carrying out and evaluating the training course

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

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