Do It Right EVS
Start date: Aug 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
The idea of “Do it right - EVS” - a mobility of youth workers, was born as a result of consultations and informal chats carried out with EVS sending, host and coordinating organisations as well as ex and current EVS volunteers. The picture that emerges from the inputs given, indicates a number of issues that need addressing so as to improve the overall quality of EVS placements.
On this project we will gather representatives of 11 EVS SO-HO-CO organisations and ex-EVS volunteers still active in the field of youth from following countries: Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, Armenia, Estonia, Spain, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and UK.
Partner organisations are involved in EVS projects with different experiences. Few of partners are less experienced in the field, but some are having very rich experience working with volunteers. This difference will support sharing practicies and experiences between participants and within this partner organisataions.
The following project will gather 37 active practitioners in EVS as well as ex-volunteers who lived through their EVS experience. Training will be held in Rustavi, Georgia on 11-18th of January. As such, the mobility will provide opportunity for reflecting upon EVS placements in general, detecting issues of concern and proposing effective solutions in addressing these. Training will be based on non-formal education methods and will include individual and group works, case studies, sharing best practices along with theoretical input from trainers.
With this mobility we aim to create a common understanding on what makes EVS placements successful with the view to increasing the overall quality of experience for volunteers and SO-HO-CO organisations. Fulfilling following objectives will bring us to our aim:
Raising awareness of the potential challenges within EVS; Exchanging ideas as well as developing new ways of preventing and/or overcoming issues within EVS placement; Sharing best practices in the field from the organisational (S-H-C) and personal (ex-EVSs) point of view; Working on the creation of the common dissemination output (manual) for the sake of increasing quality of EVS experience; Exploring different tools and methods necessary in developing and building upon the EVS experience; Raising awareness about what truly EVS is both for the host organizations/mentors as well to the volunteers itself; Having more awareness on what rights do the volunteers have to demand for and what are the rights that the host organizations keep in collaboration with volunteers; Giving awareness both to host organizations and volunteers about: how to keep the volunteers engaged to the task by giving them the clear understanding of their work. In case of the volunteers, having clear image of what they truly want from this specific organizations, what are their expectations, what input would the have in the host organizations work.
As a result we wish to create an E-manual that will gather some tips and tricks, ideas, methods, tools for the benefit of EVS volunteers and SO-HO-CO organisations. These will then be turned into an e-manual available through open access platforms to anyone already working with EVS volunteers or interested in starting their adventure with the programme, including those who are willing to be the volunteer in future.
We are putting effort in this training as we believe in EVS being a life-changing opportunity for thousands of young people and we realize the responsibility, that each organisation takes while working on EVS. This mobility will be a contribution for the further development of the program and will serve as a guidebook for everybody interested or directly involved in EVS activities.
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