Yes For Evs | Training Course for development of good quality in EVS projects

In perioada 8-14 august 2016 am participat la cursul de formare „Yes For Evs” in Leszno, un oras din vestul Poloniei. Scopul acestui curs era de a imbunatati calitatea proiectelor realizate de catre partenerii din proiect, de a creste volumul implementerilor la o calitate superioara, stabilirea unor parteneriate, exemplificarea unor idei de bune practici si experiente legate de voluntariat european, generand noi idei de proiecte si dezvoltarea unor solutii comune, precum si punerea in aplicare a proiectelor internationale intr-un mediu intercultural si cresterea nivelului de informare in domeniul educatiei nonformale (ca un instrument de integrare interculturala si ca forma de educatie a tinerilor – supliment al educatiei formale).

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Obiectvele acestui curs au fost : impartasirea unor provocari in activitatea de pregatire si de sprijin  a voluntarilor SEV; impartasiea unor bune practici in formarea si sprijinul voluntarilor SEV; elaborarea unui ghid pentru lucratorii din asociotii de tineret si pentru cei implicati in gaduirea si coordonarea voluntarilor SEV; cunoastera si realizarea unor parteneriate cu organiatiile active in proiectele SEV.

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In prima zi am facut jocuri de cunoastere. Intrucat eram 30 de participanti, a trebuit sa facem mai multe, apoi am prezentat fricile, asteptarile si ce putem oferi in acest proiect.  Oraganizatorii seminarului ne-au provocat sa descoperim orasul prin intermediul unui „treasure hunt”: ne-am impartit in 5 echipe si a trebuit sa gasim niste indicii (cel mai iefin supermarket, posta, cea mai veche cladire etc). Seara s-a organizat activitatea interculturala unde Romania a fost foarte bine reprezentata, alaturi de 2 membri ai Support 4 Youth Development, iar  participantii au apreciat dulciurile cu rom, palinca, branza, toata mancarea, dar si materialele promotionale cu tara noastra.

In zilele urmatoare am lucrat in grupuri mai mici, avand de creat cate o organizatie ce vrea sa gazduiasca voluntari SEV si am simulat interviul unui voluntar ce isi doreste sa vina, dupa care s-a discutat despre obstacolele intampinate, dar si despre punctele pozitive si negative. Aceasta activitate a fost urmata de o conferinta de presa cu volutarii SEV ai organizatiei CAT (organizatia ce ne-a gazduit in Polonia) si o vizita la scoala unde se desfasoara treaba voluntarilor  acestei organizatii pe perioada verii, unde toti participantii s-au jucat cu cei mici si au facut baloane de sapun.

Vineri, 12 august, a avut loc un fel de targ al ONG-urilor participante: fiecare trebuia sa isi prezinte asociatia de la care venea si, unde a fost cazul, s-au realizat contracte de parteneriat ce urmeaza a fi concretizate in proiecte. Acesta zi a fost incheiata cu o reprezentatie publica (flashmob) in care fiecare grup trebuia sa prezinte ceva; majoritatea a decis sa demonstreze cate un dans in care sa ii includa si pe localnicii orasului Leszno.

Experienta in aceasta tara nu s-a incheiat inainte de a lua parte la o nunta poloneza, organiata de CAT, special pentru cei prezenti. Astfel, am luat parte la foarte multe obiceiuri si traditii ale acestei tari, ceea ce mi s-a parut foarte interesant.

In concluzie, m-am bucurat ca am participat la acest curs de formare. Mi-a placut foarte mult ce am facut in prima zi (treasure hunt), apreciez foarte mult efortul de a organiza seara poloneza (nunta poloneza) si, de asemenea, mi-a facut placere sa vad unde isi desfasoara voluntarii SEV activitatile. In acelasi timp, apreciez si faptul ca am cunoscut oameni de la diferite organizatii din Europa si am aflat ca sunt doritori de SEV in organizatia noastra.


Between 8th  to 14th of August 2016  I attended the training course “Yes For Evs ” in Leszno, a city in Western Poland. The aim of this training course was to improve the quality of the projects that’s been realized by the project partners, increasing the amount of high-quality execution, increasing the amount and establishing partnerships, exchange of good practices and experiences related to European volunteering, generating new project ideas and developping joint solutions and share the problems and doubts in the implementation of international projects intranscultural environment and increase the level of information in methods of non-formal education (as a tool to build intercultural integration, intercultural dialogue and as a form of education of youth that supplements formal education).

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The objectives of this course were: to share common challenges within EVS volunteers preparation and support; to share best practices in EVS volunteers’s training and support; to develop a set of guidelines for youth workers involved in EVS volunteers hosting and coordination; to meet partners and potential partners active in EVS projects and build future partnerships.
On the first day we did some name games and because we were 30 participants,  we had to do more , then we presented the fears , expectations and what we can offer to this project. The organizers of the seminar have challenged us to discover the city through a ” treasure hunt ”  so we divided into 5 teams and we had to find some clues (the cheapest supermarket, post office, the oldest building etc ). In the evening we organized the intercultural evening, where Romania was well represented , alongside members of Support 4 Youth Development. The participants appreciated the sweets with rum , palinca , cheese, the entire food  and promotional materials of our country.

In the coming days we worked in small groups , having created an organization that wants to host EVS volunteers and we simulated interviewing a volunteer who wants to come , then discussed the obstacles encountered and about the positive points and negative . This activity was followed by a press conference with EVS volunteers of the  CAT Organization ( the organization that we hosted in Poland ) and a visit to the school where volunteers do their work during the summer, where all participants have played with the children and made bubbles.

On Friday, 12th of August , there was a kind of NGO fair : each participant had to present their association and , where it was the case, there were made some partnerships  that will be materialized in future projects. The day was concluded with a public representation ( flashmob ) and each group had to submit something ; the majority decided to demonstrate a dance that includes also Leszno’s city residents .

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The experience in this country was not completed before taking part in a Polish wedding, organized by CAT, especially for those present. So, I took part in many customs and traditions of this country, which I thought was very interesting. In conclusion, I was glad that I participated in this training. I liked very much what I did on the first day ( Treasure Hunt ), I really appreciate the effort to organize the Polish evening  (Polish Wedding ) and also gave me pleasure to see where EVS volunteers do their activities . At the same time, I appreciate the fact that I met people from different organizations in Europe and found that they are willing to do EVS in our organization.

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