On-arrival training for Volunteers Pia Locher and Ana Rekhviashvili

1_minOn-arrival training for Volunteers Pia Locher and Ana Rekhviashvili

EVS on-arrival training took place from 22th to 26th of November 2013 near Kegums, in Umuri house.

10On-arrival training is a training every volunteer and their mentors have to attend during EVS period. The general aim of the training course was to prepare the EVS volunteers for their volunteering period, to inform them about their rights and responsibilities, and to introduce them to the social and cultural realities of the country
they would be living in.

The training was attended by ten volunteers from different countries and their Latvian mentors mentors.Volunteers were from Germany,Georgia,Armenia, Portugal, Slovakia, France, Moldova and Spain. It was lead by two Latvian trainers. During that period of time the participants took part in lots of activities and learnt more about the aim of the European voluntary service. The activities focused on different methods using non‐formal education, and working with key
concepts by means of energizers, group dynamic activities, discussions, giving information, excursions, and
evaluation.

Every day started at 9 o’clock after breakfast with energizer games. The trainers started the first day with the ice breaker game where volunteers got to know each other better. The first day ended with the Latvian evening orginised by mentors and trainers. and international evening organized by the volunteers.

The main objective of the on-arrival training is to introduce the volunteers to the host
country, preparing them for the service period and the EVS experience. On-arrival
training helps the volunteers adapt to cultural and personal challenges. It allows
volunteers to get to know each other and to build a network. Volunteers should also
receive guidance on conflict prevention and crisis management.
At the same time, this training equips the volunteers with communication skills, including
aspects of intercultural learning. It helps them become aware that cultural differences
require different models of behaviour. The training is also a time for the volunteers to
plan the coming months and to develop their own personal goals for their period of
service, in line with the non-formal learning philosophy of EVS.

The participants from Erfolg were mentors Inese Abolina and Natalia Polovaja and Volunteers Pia Locher and Ana Rekhviashvili.

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