This is a reference for Bara Stemper-Bauerova


The training activity took place
in Bonn, Germany
organised by National Agency of Erasmus+ in Germany

Aims & objectives

The overall aim of the SOHO TC 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 EVS volunteer.
The specific objectives of the 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 implementation of the Youthpass.

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

The SOHO training course is designed for those who are directly involved in the support system around the EVS volunteer (e.g. mentors and task-related support persons) on the hosting, sending and coordinating side. The support people play a crucial role in providing conditions for a quality voluntary service and creating opportunities for volunteer’s learning in EVS. There were participants from Germany
Belgium-DE, Belgium-FL, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, UK, SALTO SEE, SALTO EECA

Training methods used & main activities

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 do 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 provides activities to improve the group dynamics and a final evaluation.

Outcomes of the activity

SOHO training is an excellent opportunity for EVS support persons to exchange their experiences, share good practices and for informal partnership building.
All previous SOHO participants are most welcome to join the SOHO community at thus continuing networking after the course.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Trainer and in this case also helping with organisation a bit (speaking German).

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

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