1 Solidarity Tracks Cultural NGO for Youth tel/fax "Empowering youth, through EVS" EuroMed Training Course Date: From 11 to 21 of December 2014 (9 activity days) Venue: Greece, Lefkas 32 Youth workers, mentors, supervisors & EVS project managers from different countries from Europe en Meda countries Arrival day: 11 of December 2014 Departure day: 21 of December Working language: English Summary and objectives: The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an opportunity for young people between 18 & 30 to offer a voluntary service all over the world, within one non-profit organisation or institute. In the course of every voluntary service, the young people learn and become richer in many regards (communication, self-determination, citizenship, culture). At the end of their European voluntary service, the young volunteers are awarded with a certificate named Youth pass. This certificate attests to each volunteer s participation in the respective EVS and illustrates the various learning / experiences of the volunteer developed during his / her service. On the other hand, it is a common knowledge that nowadays landing a job doesn t merely require having the right degrees and nothing else. The employers are out for detecting which employees have skills & competences acquired within the frame of informal learning contexts, such as volunteering. In fact, 75% of young people who took part in a program of EVS affirmed that they have better career outlook thanks to this experience. Considering the value of EVS, we set out to create with our partners an EVS diary titled EVS log book in July 2012:
2 KgbFCkAIBw This tool is already being used by many European young volunteers, it allows every volunteer to monitor (or: keep a track of) his/her personal learning advance, from the moment he / she made the decision to engage in volunteering until the end of his/her service. It is an attractive tool which is able to help the volunteer to register and follow all stages of the particular project he/she is involved in, the supporting methods which he/she had recourse to, his/her personal evaluations, as well as learning and experience acquired in the process. In this context, we wish to launch a training course (project) which will involve 30 youth workers (EVS project managers, mentors, supervisor of volunteers, coordinators of volunteering projects, educators and ex-volunteers) who will come from different organizations dealing with the youth from all Europe for a period of 9 days in December 2014 on the island of Lefkas. In the training course referred to, we plan to exchange our experiences and develop our competences about volunteering project management. We will also develop common methods with a view to facilitate and improve the quality of the preparation of the volunteer, the quality of his/her carrying out the particular project, including implementation of his/her tasks, the quality of the assistance measures and the self-evaluation of the volunteer. This way, his/her awareness about the advance of his/her project and his/her own personal evolution will be raised. The methods which we are going to elaborate by this training course will allow us both to make easier and more efficient the monitoring/following and the support of the volunteers and to optimize the results of their volunteering projects. These methods to be applied will be aimed by creating an enhanced advanced version of EVS Log-book. This tool will be an On-line version, it will be diffused and used by a more consistent number of European volunteers with a view to enhance the quality of monitoring & personal exploitation of their own European volunteering service. For more info about previous TC: please check this link: uced.pdf Aims of our Training Course: During our course, We expect to achieve five main objectives: 1- To exchange experiences and best practices between experts and people actives in European Voluntary Service on preparation, implementation and assessment of EVS projects, & mentoring of EVS volunteers).
3 2- To develop the competences of stakeholders of European Voluntary Service in the frame of Erasmus+,programme, in order to improve their working methods and their competences for monitoring and support of their EVS volunteers. 3- To allow youth workers active in European Voluntary Service, participants to this training to acquire additional skills in order to improve the quality of support systems for volunteers and obviously to improve the outcomes of their EVS projects. 4 - To create an on line diary for EVS volunteers, which will help the volunteers to follow, to assess, to improve and to share their activities and their competences during their EVS projects, and which will facilitate the role of mentors, supervisors and promoters of European voluntary service in order to ensure optimum results of their EVS projects. 5- To develop a strategy of cooperation between partners from Europe and Meda countries in order to improve the volunteering in the Euro Med area, for local development, taking into account the specificities, needs and priorities of youngsters, citizens and communities of each country. Partners / participants/ and maximum amount covered for the travel cost for each participant : Participants: Youth workers, youth leaders, EVS project manager, mentor, supervisor of EVS volunteers, Ex-volunteer, EVS project coordinator (There is no age limit for participants). Partners: NGO, institutions, youth centres.., actives in EVS from Euro Med Area. Country Organisation/ institution/ NFG Number of participants Amount covered for the travel cost for each participant Spain Grupo de Desarrollo Rural Valle del Guadalhorce Romania Asociatia de Tineri din Ardeal Bulgaria Institute for Creative Civil Strategies Bulgaria Focus European center for development Italy Work in Progress Croatia Udruga Zmergo 2 275
4 Poland Fundacja Wiatrak Tunisia CLUB CULTUREL ALI BELHOUANE TUNIS Palestine Loesje Palestine Tunisia AJMEC Egypt Development NO Borders Jordan SEEDS Jordan Land and Human to Advocate Progress Turkey Teknik Egitim Grubu Greece Solidarity Tracks Venue: Our training course will take place in Lefkada island. The island of Lefkada, also called Lefkas, is the fourth largest island of the Ionian Islands, after Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Corfu. It has an area of 303 square kilometres, a coastline of 117 kilometres and a population of about inhabitants. Lefkada is an island with a wide spiritual tradition and it s situated 378 km from Athens. Discover the emerald island at:
5 Accommodation and food: You will be hosted in ΝIRIKOS Hotel which is in the centre of the city at the seaside very close to cafes, bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, internet café etc. You will sleep in rooms of 2 or 3 beds with bathroom, television, fridge in each bedroom. (The Internet connection is only in the lobby and in the bar. In the same hotel you will take you meals. You will taste typical Greek and Lefkadian plates. If you have some special needs for food (vegetarian etc.), please, inform us about it beforehand. We can provide you with just with/without meat vegetarian food. Our working place will be in the cultural Centre of the Municipality of Lefkas. 5 minutes walking from the hotel.
6 Insurance: Each participant is responsible about its insurance Transportation: How to arrive to Lefkas: When you arrive to Athens El. Venizelos Airport you have to take the city bus X93 to the bus station Kifissos, it will take about 60 min and the ticket costs about 5. There you have to take the bus to Lefkas which takes 5,5 hours and costs 34. We will pick you from the bus station in Lefkas. Pay attention that there are only 4 buses from Athens to Lefkas (At 7:00, 13:00, 16:30 and 20:30), please organise your flight so as to arrive early in Athens and catch the bus to Lefkas. Very important: Please KEEP ALL THE BILLS, TICKETS AND BOARDING PASSES from your travel, and to send your boarding pass of your return trip, when you will be back home Participation Fee: 100% of accommodation and basic food are covered by the programme 100% of activities fee are covered by the programme, 100% of your visa cost are covered by the programme. (other extra cost are not included) fixed amount of your travel cost (us mentioned above) are covered by the programme Each participant should pay 30 Euros participation fee. Reimbursement: 100% visa fee and 50% of your travel costs will be reimbursed to you in cash during the training. We will refund the remaining amount of the cost of you trip by bank transfer
7 immediately when you send back to us your boarding passes and tickets from your trip. How you prepare yourself for this training: Each partner should prepare and bring: 1- A video that contains testimonies of ex-evs volunteers, showing the methods of their monitoring, and support provided by their hosting organizations during their Volunteering service, the methods that they followed in order to plan and evaluate their activities and to follow their learning outcomes during their voluntary service, and the impact of their service in their personal and professional lives. This video will contain also testimonies of few people from local community beneficiary of EVS activities, in order to show the impact of EVS projects in local level. 2 - A presentation that shows best practices in EVS projects about monitoring methods, involvement of the volunteer, learning assessment and support of the volunteer during the steeps of f the project. 3 - A presentation about the difficulties that your organization faced during the implementation of your EVS project, and the methods followed by you to raise these difficulties. 4- A presentation that shows how to assess your EVS project. 3- To bring National/typical food and drinks for the intercultural evening (songs, dances, national costumes, music etc.) 5- Information about your organisation (books, brochures, posters, postcards, video, PowerPoint presentation, etc.) Outcomes of the training: - Creating an innovative On line EVS tool or diary for volunteers which will allow each volunteer to: follow, to evaluate and to improve better its activities and learning outcomes, and to disseminate the results of its EVS project and to share it with their peers. - Creating the magazine of the training course - Creating the Prezi presentation for the tranining Useful Greek Words:
8 ENGLISH Hello Greek γειά σας! (Yia sas) Welcome! My name is Thank you! I need help. I m sorry, I don t speak Greek Do you speak German/English? Excuse me? Yes No Maybe I don t know I love you! Goodbye! Καλώς ορίσατε! (Kalos Orisate) Ονομάζομαι (Onomazome) ευχαριστώ! (Evkaristo) Χρειάζομαι βοήθεια. (khriazome voïthia). Λυπάμαι, δεν μιλάω ελληνικά (Lipame, then millaw Ellinika) Μιλάτε Γερμανικά / αγγλικά; (Millate yermanika, anglika) Συγνώμη; (Signomi) Ναι (Ne) Όχι (Okhi) Ίσως (Isos) Δεν ξέρω (Then ksero) σ' αγαπώ (Sagappo) Αντίο (Adio) **** If you have more questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to write to: or to call: Mohamed Chaabouni ****