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TC - Enjoy in the EVS Challenge

The training activity took place
in Bitola
organised by NGO Sfera and Tmelnik
23 - 29 October 2014

Aims & objectives

With this project we wanted to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes concerning volunteers’ hosting, other hand concerning the volunteers’ and the mentors’ formal, informal and non-formal learning process during their EVS projects. To understand how they can develop the identity, social sensitivity and professions. We would like to understand the importance of the Youthpass certificate in this processes, and to recognize how the volunteers can use their competences in their daily life. We would like to clarify the formal and content wise criteria to send and host EVS volunteers among EU and different regions as EECA.

The objective of the project are:

• To clarify the challenges of European Voluntary Service among EU and EECA countries regarding to content and methodology, non-formal and informal learning process, inter cultural learning and impact on local community
• To raise knowledge and gain new experiences on Youthpass as tool of recognition of non-formal learning; • To raise awareness on key competences and develop different methods for using them in practice within EVS projects.
• To experience being in position of volunteers and raise awareness on personal, social and professional development during EVS activity.
• To prepare quality EVS project among EU and EECA
countries, matching new requirements of Erasmus+ program with their organization
• To offer the opportunity to meet possible partner groups among EU and EECA countries.

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

We gathered 30 youth workers, former EVS volunteers, project coordinators from Czech republic, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Palestine, Spain, Serbia,Turkey, FYROM and they had intensive 7 days course.

Training methods used & main activities

Silicon Nanophotonics

The training was based on Non-formal and informal learning methods, “learning by doing”. The course concept had been created in a way that allowed for active participation and exchange of good practices between participants.

We established a theoretical framework and common reference points for learning and communication in this course. Moreover we used methods as a debate, case scenarios, forum theater and simulation were participants were able to experience how is to be EVS volunteer. The course methodology foresees direct involvement of the accredited EVS organization and organization that are on on-going proces obtaining accreditation.

Outcomes of the activity

• To improve their project management and project proposal writing
• The ability to work volunteers
• They learnt the process from Idea to project
• The learnt what is missing in everyday life of the EVS volunteer and how to give them more space for development
• They learnt the history of EVS and facts about it.
• An attitude of active citizenship and active participation in the local community
• Erasmus + program and opportunities which gives to young people
• They met the Youthpass and Europass and they will learn how to use it
• An attitude of tolerance and understanding towards new cultures

Moreover at the participants with a help from the trainers prepared a manual for the next EVS menthors but also for the next EVS volunteers.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Full - time trainer involved in the creation of the program of the TC, preparation, implementation and evaluation.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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