This is a reference for Alexander “Sania” Oleinikov

Prep for SPb

The training activity took place
in Rīga, Latvia
organised by NGO "JASMA"
2014-02-07 to 2014-02-09
Reference person

Renata Kalivod

(organiser, consultant)
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Aims & objectives

Promote volunteer entrepreneurship and initiatives to execute during a trip to Saints Petersburg using available resources and tools
• Create plans for realization of volunteer initiatives in Russia, Saints Petersburg
• Strengthen volunteer communication
• Develop and research available options for initiative funding
• Motivate volunteers to try and fail, gaining precious experience
• Promote creative thinking to approach situations and challenges

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

Team: 2 trainers from Latvia
Group: 13 volunteers from Germany, Spain, Romania, France, Georgia, Russia.

Training methods used & main activities

Getting to know each other:
• Chaotically moving in the space, shaking hands and answering preset questions
• Personal coat-of-arms creation w/ values, motto etc.
• a bus of expectations connected to going to Russia (reflection + open discussion)
Idea generation:
• Individual - pair – setting goals and choosing topics
• Groupwork – choosing target audience, defining activities
Resource research:
• Guided groupwork – assessing needed resources, creating a draft of the initiative
• Guided groupwork – creating a budget
Finance options:
• Input – cross-border initiative budgeting options
• Group work – fundraising steps
Risk assessment:
• Guided groupwork – plan and steps and B plans for realization of initiatives
• Body-representation of different aspects of the activity
• Questionaires

Outcomes of the activity

4 great ideas for initiatives with redundancy options, realistic budgets and divided responsibilities.
Deepened communication among international volunteers in Latvia.
Developed skills: creativity, needs assesment, budgeting and planning, risk assessment.

P.S. a shame the activity was followed by Russia's involvement in the events in Ukraine in 2014. The initiatives were scrapped due to participants' attitude towards the crysis.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Designing the program, realization and evaluation of the activity, as well as follow-up support to the group.

I worked on this training for 3 days as a full time trainer.

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