ME+ntor_ESC The Training Course

Between 26.003-2.04.2022 A.C.T.O.R. succeed finally to host the Traininng Course, that was the last learning event of the ME+ntor_ESC project. For the pandemic context’s reasons this training was postponned many times.

20 participants 5 from every country learned about the intercultural volunteering from the mentoring perspective. We started with a large analyse of the new European Solidarity Corps opportunities, clarifying concepts as: solidarity, mentoring, beneficiaries, communities and few opportunity. It was necesary to explore these concepts just to create the base for the mentoring roles and responsabilities understanding.

We have explored to inspire the development of the essential qualities for a mentor such as empathy, the ability to listen, to have compassion and understanding, but also the assistance of the learning process by planning of the processualization of the experience as the essence of the learning outcomes.

Another important aspect put on the spot in this TC was the importance of the interculturality in this specific kind of volunteering, because the cultural shock created by the cultural values crush has to be very clear repear for the mentoring interventions.

Metodoteca and the Training Course designs created in the online cooperation periode of the ME+ntor_ESC project were used as the main repers for the final part of the training.

The participants ‘s enthusiastic participation was carefully managed by the trainer (Eugenia BARBU), that propose very dynamic methodologic aproach alternating conceptual sessions with many exercises and practical activities.

Bucharest parks is spring have created a great chance to have funny but intenssive learning outdoor experiences.

Some participants taughts:

“As my level starting the training course was low, I didn’t expect to make a great progress. But during the program, I felt even more enlightened about it. I learned how to ask the right questions and how to plan (and re-plan in a case needed) a program. I learned to guide someone through a situation and how important it is to be there for them and understand their needs, fears and interests. I loved the experience of bond making between two people from the perspective of a mentor and I had a 20 minute session where I was able to present an exercise while on the role of a mentor trying to bring together a team. At the end of the program, I felt I had to have.”

“I learned how to help myself and guide (me or) someone else through a situation and focus on problem solving. Also, I had the chance to explore my limitations as a person while I understood that I really love being a part on this kind of programs as much as I loved being a mentor for someone. I am looking forward to do something new on Erasmus+ or ESC.”

“I learned that even if I’m not in my comfort zone I try to participate and I don’t give up. I realized that I’m more comfortable small groups when I work in English. I realized that I’m a transparent person which is not afraid to show his emotions. I realized that I would like to try to work as a mentor for ESC volunteers in my sending organization.”

“I recognized that I love to share information and my knowledge with other people. That I can be empathetic with other people. That I love being in multicultural environments.”

“I was very happy the last day of the program because I realized that I learned which was the role of a mentor of an ESC volunteer and mostly because I learned mentoring strategies and how to create a mentoring plan.”

About ME+ntorESC:

It is a project financial supported by Erasmus Plus (KA2) 2019-2-RO01-KA205-064134 .

4 organizations from Romania, France, Greece and Spain l cooperate with the main GOAL to increase the quality of European volunteer activities (ESC) and to improve the learning process, by developing a mentoring focused on the needs of young beneficiaries and strategically correlated with the realities socio-cultural aspects of the communities involved. Along with these organizations other organizations involved / interested in ESC are assimilated to build a consortium co-working to improve and multiply the METODOTECA -

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