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PBA+SV "Between Ladoga and Onega"

The training activity took place
in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk, Northwest Russia
organised by French National Agency of Youth in Action Programme and SALTO Eastern Europe & Caucasus Resource Centre
23-29 September 2012
Reference person

Tomasz Szopa

(Organizer - SALTO EECA)
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Aims & objectives

- to get to know each other personally and professionally;
- to build trust and partnership among participating EVS organisations;
- to deepen knowledge of Youth in Action - Programme, in particular action 2, EVS;
- to learn about reality of EVS organisations and volunteers in north-west Russia;
- to foster networking among participants and create space for project building;

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

Participants
PBA+SV "Between Ladoga and Onega" brought together 23 EVS coordinators representing accredited EVS organisations from EECA and Programme Countries.

Facilitators team was composed by 2 persons, experienced in EVS and cooperation between Programme Countries and Eastern Europe and Caucasus region (especially with Russian Federation):
- Natalia Chardymova
- Juan Ratto-Nielsen
Additionally, Fouad Achiba from French NA as well as Tomasz Szopa from SALTO EECA joined the team and supported the activity.

Training methods used & main activities

Non-formal, experiential and participatory learning methods: team-building activities, getting to know, discovery activities, peer learning, open space, study visits, cultural visits, world café, Study Visit Journal, etc.

Outcomes of the activity

Participants learnt about the realities of EVS organisations and volunteers in North-West Russia. They had the opportunity to observe different working methods from different sectors and organisations (preparation of the volunteer, on-arrival training, crisis management, mentoring, follow-up, etc.). Different practices in EVS were analysed and compared, while sharing experiences and knowledge about EVS specificities. The main learning outcome was to identify main challenges and opportunities for organisations and EVS volunteers in this area. There is also a positive impact on future projects or activities as a resulting spill over effect from the SV elements into the PBA part.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Facilitator

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

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