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SOHO training course in Luxembourg

The training activity took place
in La Rochette, Luxembourg
organised by National Agency of Luxembourg

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 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 from Sending and Hosting organisations should already have some experience in EVS (minimum of being in the process of sending or hosting a volunteer, better having been already sending or receiving the first volunteer).
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 programme of the SOHO TC is built around 4 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 provide activities to improve the group dynamics and a final evaluation.

Outcomes of the activity

On an annual basis, the SALTO Training and Co-operation RC co-ordinates and monitors several SOHO training courses for ca. 250 mentors from all over Europe. The training courses are hosted by the NAs and are implemented by a trainers pool consisting of 7 European trainers: Monika Kezaite, Luisa Pagano, Gabriella Nagy, Barbora Stemper-Bauerova, Darko Markovic, and Tomasz Lubotzki.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Team member and facilitator.

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

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