European Voluntary Society
Start date: Feb 1, 2015,
End date: Oct 31, 2015
The Contact Making Event "European Voluntary Society" took place in Rezekne, Latvia. The aim of the CME "EVS" was to enhance the cooperation between organizations from Programme countries within Key Action 1 of the Erasmus + Programme Mobility projects for young people and youth workers for more active and successful work in EVS programme. The objectives were to build new qualitative partnerships between organizations from Programme countries, to increase the capacity of youth organizations in managing EVS projects, in work with young European volunteers, to foster long term collaboration between EU organizations in the framework of EVS, to promote EVS, to develop intercultural education and lifelong learning for young people, to develop structures and instruments for quality and sustainability in the EVS projects. The project lased 6 days from 12th till 18th April 2015. EA "World - Our Home" hosted participants from 11 Programme countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Turkey and Latvia - totally 35 participants. Participants were youth workers, youth leaders, directors of organisations and young people working on matters related to voluntary work. The project goal was to empower youth organizations for running EVS projects as a tool for facilitating and promoting a broad-based and successful partnership and to promote holistic approaches to development processes through hosting and sending European volunteers as carriers of innovation, interculturalism and diversity. Through this project the participants had the opportunity to share their experience, to arrange new contacts, to strengthen and structure the cooperation among the partners on transnational voluntary projects, as well as to increase understanding of European citizenship and democracy, to share the values of the European Union, in such way bringing Europe closer to its citizens and especially EVS volunteers by understanding and appreciating its values, advantages, key policies and priorities. EA "World - Our Home" organized workshops, discussions and debates on EVS issues, presentation of EVS projects, the visits in current EVS host organizations, other local NGOs and public entities. The methodology of the project was based on the fundamental principles of non-formal education. The provided methods enabled participants to fully take part in the learning process. Learning from experience was a fundamental pillar in the way the project was facilitated. The following working methods were used: presentations, debates, workshops, discussions, energizers, teamwork. The result of the project was a setting up of a thematic international network on European Voluntary Service on the base of a long-term cooperation between European partner-organizations for strengthening of civil society, active citizenship and democracy through EVS projects.
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