This is a reference for Vitalii Volodchenko

Volunteering Beyond Borders

The training activity took place
in Prague, Czech Republic
organised by Beyond Borders - a partnership of the National Agencies for Erasmus+, youth field, and the European Solidarity Corps of the Czech Republic, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovenia and the 3 regional SALTO Resource Centres (SALTO
25-29 June 2023
Reference person

Henk Persyn

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Aims & objectives

in cooperation with the partners of the Strategic Cooperation of National Agencies and SALTOs “Beyond Borders”, the Czech National Agency is organising a Partnership-building activity (PBA) to foster volunteering projects and partnerships between Programme countries and neighbouring partner countries within the European Solidarity Corps.

The PBA aims to:
● foster cooperation between organisations from Programme countries and neighbouring
partner countries in the European Solidarity Corps;
● offer the space to create new contacts and networks between organisations and to develop
new partnerships and volunteering projects;
● support quality in the partnerships, with a focus on equal partnerships, cultural sensitivity and
awareness of specific needs or challenges.

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

70 participants, in particular:
● From Programme countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey) representatives of organisations that have a QL as lead organisation and that are interested and ready to work with partner countries and are looking for new partners.
● From neighbouring partner countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Kosovo, Jordan, Georgia, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, and Tunisia) representatives of organisations looking for new partners, including organisations that are new to ESC, which already have QL or are in the process of getting it.

Training methods used & main activities

We used various methods based on non-formal learning approaches (getting to know each other, interactive presentation, group work, plenary, etc.)

Outcomes of the activity

The space to develop new contacts and networks between organisations
Discussed possible obstacles and ways to overcome them in ESC activities
Shared ESC practices from each participating region
Participants developed recommendations to other organisations, NAs, European Commission
Foster cooperation between organisations from Programme countries and neighbouring partner countries in the European Solidarity Corps
Numerous partnerships developed in ESC and other activities.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My tasks included the following:
-Development, preparation, implementation and evaluation of the activity together with the other facilitators
-Participation in the online preparatory meeting
-Contribution to the final report of the PBA
-Facilitation of an online follow-up activity

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

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