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SOHO European Training Course

The training activity took place
in Sheffield, United Kingdom
organised by UK National Agency of European Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme
16-21 May, 2016

Aims & objectives

The overall aim of the SOHO training course is
to increase the quality of EVS activities through development of competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes) of key actors involved in the support system around the volunteer in the EVS projects developed within the frame of the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme.
The specific objectives of the SOHO course are:
• To get a better understanding of the concept of EVS as “learning service” and related quality aspects in EVS
• To improve the ability for co-operation and working in international partnership
• To reflect on the roles, responsibilities and challenges within the EVS volunteer support system
• To raise awareness of the learning dimension in EVS and provide tools for learning support
• To support the recognition of non-formal learning in EVS through the competent implementation of Youthpass
• To provide up-to-date information about the new European programme for youth

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

The training course is designed for those who are directly involved in the support system around the EVS volunteer (mentors and task-related support persons) on the hosting, sending and coordinating side. The participants come from 4 – 6 European countries, equally from Sending and Hosting Organisations, and they are max. 26 people.

Training methods used & main activities

The course methodology is based on the concept of experiential learning, in an atmosphere where participants can learn a lot from each other and have a lot of fun! The programme of the SOHO TC is built around four quality aspects relevant to the support system implemented in an EVS project. During the course participants and trainers will analyse the identified quality aspects (concept of EVS – international partnership – learning dimension of EVS – support system) thanks to simulation exercises, case studies, and working groups. Besides, the trainers’ team will provide activities to improve the group dynamics and a final evaluation

Outcomes of the activity

According to the evaluation questionnaires, the course in Istanbul was a good opportunity for EVS sending and hosting organizations to reflect on the quality aspects in EVS, to share good practices and look at EVS as a true “learning service”.
In addition to that the course managed to raise awareness of what makes a competent support system around EVS volunteer and inspired thinking about how to create it and improve it in their organizations. Particular emphasis was given to understand the framework of the Erasmus+ programme, including all relevant updates in EVS.
For large majority of participants, the SOHO was an opportunity to get more information. to understand how the programme works in practice and collect valuable good practices to apply back home.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Creation and development of the concept and programme, Implementation and evaluation of programme

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

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