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EVS in our Hands
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our association is working on the field of non-formal education, supports using of non-formal education in frame of self-development, mostly of youth workers and young people, and promote this topic on local, regional, national and international projects. One of our topic we focuse on is also European voluntary service. The background of this project are outcomes of a research, reflecting needs of EVS coordinators and hosting organisations. Through this training course, we would like to offer a space for self-development of EVS coordinators in those topics: effective communication, motivation in the project environment, leading of EVS volunteer, including educational process in EVS project and conflict management. Our experience with international activities shows similar needs, mailny work with educatinal process, effective communication, also on international level. Related mentioned background, main aim of this training course is to contribute to self-development of EVS coordinators and to share and develop their competencies in working with EVS volunteers. Through this, we would like to influence EVS projects, including increasing of their quality in accredited EVS organisations. Concerning our partners, we plan to involve following countries: Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic. Each country should represent 5 participants. Because the training course is aimed on self-development of competencies of EVS and sharing experience within EVS projects will be important, we would like to involve experienced partner organisations (having experience with minimum 1 EVS volunteer). Also, we would prefer partners who have deeper motivation for developing quility of EVS project in their organisation. By selecting final participants for the training course, gender balance will be taken in consideration. Concerning activities, we would like to use non-formal principles of methodology and technics. Besides teoretical parts leading increasing knowledge about topics (for example teory of stress, educational process of EVS volunteers, motivation, conflict management…) we want to support gaining practical competencies within EVS volunteers work, throuh using various interactive methods and technics (work in groups, simulation, brainstorming, roll-play, World café, buzz groups, using creative theatral and art technics…). By learning process, the group of participants will be important (sharing experience, good/bad practice, tips/ risks in work with EVS volunteers…). Participants should gain experience and competences, how to communicate effectively with EVS volunteers, how to support educational process of EVS volunteers in long-term period. EVS coordinators should aslo be aware of useful tools used in conflict management. We would like to give also space for motivation of EVS coordinators in project environment. According our point of view, the project will have impact on local and regional level, mainly through using knowledge and gained competencies in working with EVS volunteers, mainly in partner organisation, later on it can be inspirative also for other accredited hosting organisations working on local/ regional level. On national level, there will be impact throuh empowering of non-formal education as such. After the training course, we plan to publish a practical brochure for coordinators with tips/ triks for the EVS organisations and examples like inspiration for work with EVS volunteers. This material will contribute to international impact too-we plan to distribute the brochure like example of good practice among project partner organisations, participants and also through our partners, accredited org., national agencies and SALTOs centres to other countries.
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