On-arrival training for new EVS volunteers in Slavske, Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine
From the 16th of to the 20th of May took place the On-Arrival Training for the new EVS Volunteers in Ukraine, in the city of Slavske (Славське), which is part of the region of Lviv (or Львов), located in the magnificent, endless 500 km chain of the Carpathian Moutains. The participants were hosted in a place called карпат перлина (the Pearl of the Carpathians) where all activities were also held. So as to enable and help the volunteers in their own local projects, the trainers introduced them to the host countries – Ukraine and Moldova were those that were represented among the participants. They also took the opportunity to explore the wonderful wilderness stretching around the host place.
During these days, team workshops, debates and sharing about each other’s project, role and individual purpose through the EVS experience were focused on in order to prepare and advise the volunteers for the whole project.
The main goals of the training were the following: - Welcome the volunteers and help them to know more about their host country, its historical, cultural and social identity. - Understand the real role of the volunteer, his/her reactions and considerations regarding cultural differences, conflicts and obstacles. - Throw the light on the qualities a volunteer should have to make his/her own experience professionally and humanly more enriching. - Exchange views and projects and enable the volunteers to create connections and networks between themselves. - Develop individual initiatives and sustainable ideas to enhance personal projects for the continuity of the voluntary service. - Share information about other programs and organizations such as Salto, Youth in Action, and useful tools and available resources for the volunteers.
On the last day of the training, volunteers of the On-arrival and Mid-term trainings could also meet, exchange views and experiences to implement the main goals the European Voluntary Service which remain solidarity, communication and open-mindedness.