Right before the Easter holiday the international group of 30 youth workers from all-over the Europe came to CGE office for a study visit in the frame of project “Volu.M.E”. The visit had an aim to present the experience of local German NGO in dealing with volunteering work, to exchange best practices and go deeper into the topic of volunteering on European scale.
Training course Volu.M.E. – VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT ENHANCED, organized by the EJBW, consists of two parts – a training course in Germany and a seminar in Cyprus. The recent visit to the CGE was a part of the working program of the training course. The working background of participants is diverse: European Voluntering Service/European Solidarity Corps coordinators and mentors, ex-volunteers, persons who are involved in EVS/ESC projects. Participants from 12 countries had already experienced 6 days of the training in Weimar, discussed the mission of EVS program, technical process of creating the application forms, recruiting people for the volunteer positions, analysing the management of volunteering projects, dealing with motivation, personal issues and strategic questions behind the EVS/ESC.
Considering the fact, that core part of the “Culture goes Europe” Team had an EVS-past and now actively involved in organizing and managing this type of Erasmus+ mobility, the meeting was full of discussions, discovers and sharing moments. How to find young people to be EVS-er? How to organize working process: not to overload person with daily routines from one side and not to lose his/her motivation because of luck of interesting tasks? What is the secret of a pleasant EVS-atmosphere in the office? Which “level of independence” an organization can allow itself and its volunteers? Supporting, mentoring, individual reflection – when and what is needed. All of that was on the agenda of the two-hours meeting on Thursday. Through the sharing and FAQ-round youth workers got to know different experiences and practices, learnt possible ways to solve present issues/question in their organizations. Hopefully, after the study visit to the CGE, the participant got needed inspiration and answers, and their job will be from now on easier and more productive.
We are grateful for amazing youth workers, who visited us, coming from:
🇦🇹️ – Austria, Plattform Generation Europa
🇨🇾️ – Cyprus, POLITISTIKO ERGASTIRI AYION OMOLOYITON
🇩🇪️ – Germany, Stiftung Europäische Jugendbildungs- und Jugendbegegnungsstätte Weimar
🇬🇷 – ️Greece, SOCIAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CIVIL NONPROFIT SOCIETY
🇭🇺 – Hungary, Compass Európai Ifjúsági Közösségért Egyesület
🇮🇹️ – Italy, JUMP – GIOVENTU’ IN RISALTO
🇱🇺️ – Netherlands, Stichting Internationale Werkkampen
🇵🇱️ – Poland, POLSKA FUNDACJA IM. ROBERTA SCHUMANA
🇵🇹️ – Portugal, Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa, Delegação de Braga
🇷🇴️ – Romania, Team for Youth Association
🇪🇸️ – Spain, XERACION VALENCIA
🇸🇪️ – Sweden, Örebro Kommun Gymnasieförvaltningen, Kommunala aktivitetsansvaret
We wish our friends and colleagues good luck and great experience with the European Voluntary Service and European Solidarity Corps!
To learn more about volunteering and listen to the personal stories of people, who are doing their EVS in the CGE – you are welcome to read their EVS BLOG.