Valentina Ical, mentor al voluntarilor SEV din ACTOR, despre cursul organizat de AN din Romania

Curs mentorat SEV-Predeal 11-15 aprilie 2013 organizat de Agentia Nationala Romana 

         Cand ma gandesc la cele patru zile de la Predeal imi vin in minte doar lucruri pozitive: oras frumos, aer curat, oameni faini si discutii prelungite in noapte, cursuri interesante, relaxare si buna dispozitie, traineri profesionisti si amintiri legate de o vara simpla si boema, vara mea EVS.

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Am urcat in trenul de Predeal cu interes si curiozitate despre cum vor fi cele 4 zile de training despre Mentorat SEV la care urma sa asist. Aveam asteptari nenumarate, sa cunosc oameni, sa invat lucruri, sa impartasim experiente diferite. Au urmat 4 zile pline, alaturi de doi traineri pregatiti temeinic care ne-au ajutat sa intelegem ca mentoratul nu e o activitate banala, e ceva serios si in acelasi timp distractiv. In prima zi am vorbit despre Tineret in Actiune si ierarhizarea programelor, despre cum vine acest program in ajutorarea tinerilor si cum putem deveni parte din acest sistem. Apoi am “analizat” starile pe care le traverseaza un voluntar SEV: vertijul de inceput prin care trece un voluntar ajuns intr-o tara straina, intr-o civilizatie diferita de a lui,  adaptarea superficiala la o lume noua si altfel, dorul lui de casa si dorinta de renuntare, integrarea in comunitate, adaptarea profunda si “drama” finala, cea a despartirii de noua lui lume si intoarcerea acasa, unde totul pare straniu acum. Ne-au fost furnizate ponturi si informatii concrete despre cum putem noi ajuta la procesul voluntarului de invatare, cum putem evita implicarea afectiva in viata voluntarului,  care sunt limitele  si pana unde trebuie sa intervenim. S-a pus accent mult pe managementul conflictului si pe comunicarea eficienta dintre mentor si mentee. Am participat chiar si la o simulare de “sedinta” de mentorat in perechi, unde am avut ocazia sa inventam conflicte sau sa vorbim de conflite reale ce pot aparea ca voluntar, dar si sa incercam sa le gasim o solutie. Au fost cateva exercitii interesante legate de ascultarea activa, concept destul de greu pentru multi dintre participanti si legate de acordarea unui feedback corespunzator. A urmat discutia teoretica despre cum trebuie completat un Youthpass si cat trebuie noi, ca viitori mentori, sa ne implicam in completarea acestuia  si s-a finalizat cu acordarea       feedback-ului obisnuit fiecarui training.

Eu le multumesc trainerilor, Ilenei pentru echilibrul si candoarea cu care a tinut cursul si Mariei pentru entuziasmul, energia si veselia pe care ni le-a trasmis-o tuturor. Multumesc si celor care au facilitat participarea mea la acest training, oferindu-mi ocazia sa vad cum e de partea cealalta a baricadei, a celor care pregatesc venirea voluntarului, care il ghideaza pe parcursul stagiului sau si care ii urmareste evolutia.

 Valentina Ical

  When I think about the 4 days I’ve spent in Predeal, only positive things come in my mind: a beautiful city, fresh air, nice people and long night talks, interesting courses, relaxation and energy, professional trainer and memories of a simple summer, my summer as an EVS.

Got up on the train for Predeal curious about the outcome of the 4 training days for EVS mentorship to which I had to assist. I had endless expectations, to meet people, to learn things, to share different experiences. 4 full days followed, together with two well trained trainers which helped us understand that mentorship is not a mere activity, that it’s a serious thing, and at the same time it’s fun to do. In the first day we talked about Youth in Action and if the importance of the programs, about how this program helps youth and how to be part of this system. Then, we analyzed the stages an EVS volunteer passes through: the beginning phase when the volunteer gets to the foreign country, with another civilization, when he has to adapt to a new world and in this way, his homesickness and the desire to quit, the integration in the community, and the final “drama” when he has to part from this new world and return to his homeland, where everything seems strange now.   

A lot of tips and information were given about how we can help the volunteer’s learning process, about how to avoid getting emotionally involved in the volunteer’s life, about the limits and about  where we should come in. Management of conflict was emphasized as well as the communication between mentor and volunteer. We actually participated to a session of paired mentorship, where we had the chance to create conflicts and to talk about them in order to find a good solution. There were some interesting exercises about active listening, a pretty hard concept for most of the participants to understand, and about giving back a feedback. The following theoretical discussion was about how a Youth Pass should be filled in and how much us as future mentors should get involved in completing it.

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 I want to thank the trainers, Ileana for the balance and warmness with which she held the course and to Maria for the enthusiasm, the energy and the joy she spread among us. Thank you to all that have facilitated my participation to this training, giving me the chance to see the other side of the barricade, of those which prepare the arrival of volunteering, of those which guide them on the course of his stage and who follows their evolution.

Valentina Ical

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