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GIVE-Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Empowerment
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Feb 28, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The training course "GIVE-Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Empowerment" addresses the need of promoting and supporting volunteer movement. The aim of our training course is providing the youth workers and active volunteers with tools and skills to work with and for young people. We'd like to review and enhance participants competences in volunteer management. It's important to give the participants ideas and partnerships for new volunteer activities and projects. The objectives of the training course include intercultural learning, development of pro-active approach of life and key competences which will inspire and empower the participants of the project.The training course will take place in the city of Riga in Latvia in August 2016 and will gather 24 participants from 8 Programme countries. The project will consist of 8 days during which the participants will learn how to define and work with the target groups of their organizations, how create and carefully plan their volunteer initiatives and projects. The programme of the training course is based on the non-formal education methods and has a good mixture of various activities which encourage active paticipation and creativity of those who take part in the project. Getting to know each other games, ice-breakers, team-building games, group work, various workshops, forum theatre, study visit, intercultural evening, NGO Fair, a complex of interesting informal activities and more creative excersices are included into the programme of the training course. All of the above will increase the awareness of the participants about the importance of quality in volunteer management and their interest in new projects. The knowledge gained about volunteering and its promotion will be transferred to the partner oganizations, contributing to their sustainable development. More people will gain the information about the possibilities of active participation as well. We're aiming at having impact not only at the local level (by promoting volunteering and creating the positive image of a volunteer in the local communities), but also at the national, European and interantional levels in long-term perspective. This long-term benefits of the training course will become possible on condition that the project will be carefully evaluated by the participants and the trainers and if the results will be used in practice by the partner organizations, with further cooperation between all of the partners.
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