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Self directed Learning in the EVS Cycle

The training activity took place
in Mollina, Spain
organised by INJUVE- Spanish National Agency
14/09/2013 - 22/09/2013

Aims & objectives

1. To understand and strengthen the practical application of SDL concept in EVS.
2. To promote the support of this process from the different actors involved (mentors, sending and hosting organisations, trainers in EVS cycle)
3. To support the quality of Non Formal Education and SDL taking into consideration present challenges and future developments and programs, also as a tool to face the youth unemployment
4. To promote and strengthen an international network of actors involved in EVS, and support for the EVS mentors.
5. To understand how supporting the process of SDL in young people during their EVS period can impact their lives, opportunities, possibilities and perspectives once their time as EVS volunteers is over.

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

The trainers team were from the Netherlands, Brazil and Spain. Participants were from Hungary, Spain, Turkey, Ireland, Italy, and Belgium.

Training methods used & main activities

Since the training focused on self-directed learning in EVS, there were various methods used to also support the process of self-directed learning of the participants themselves, including 24 hours of self directed learning, receiving and independently learning how to play a ukulele, and learning and practicing coaching techniques. It also included input, discussions, debates, reflection and outdoor activities.

Outcomes of the activity

As trainers we were confident that the training had achieved it's goals based on the comments from participants, that they had for the first time associated learning with freedom. One of the participants described the training in the following article:

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

All 3 trainers were fully responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating the training, with the support of the Spanish National Agency.

I worked on this training for 8 days as a full time trainer.

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