The European Voluntary Service is one of the most interesting options for young people at the moment. It allows you to live during some months in other country, working for some association and improving your live in many different ways. It can help you to achieve more independence, to learn other languages, to improve some skills and learn others new etc. All that knowledge and experiences will help you in the future.
That’s why there are a lot of things to consider before starting this new challenge, but our experience has shown us that the volunteers don’t use to think about that items and just choose the project in a quite random way. That can make this wonderful experience seems worse than it is and the volunteers can’t enjoy all the process. Sometimes, they don’t find out what they were looking for, they have to do some works they wouldn’t like to do or they feel they are just losing their time. In order to change this situation and make the EVS better than it already is, six ex-volunteers, that have felt sometimes this way during their voluntary service, are going to tell their story. Instead of just assume it, they searched the reasons and discovered that there are different options to avoid this situation. Now they want to develop strategies to improve the way to choose the projects so every volunteer will enjoy 100% this experience that will change their lives.
During the youth exchange you are going to pass through the process of an EVS, representing its steps in several activities.
– Go deeper in all the concept of volunteer and the importance of volunteerism in society building.
– Create a new tool that can help future volunteers to choose one EVS project at the same time that helps associations to improve their pre-departure process.
– Work about the skills, knowledge and attitude that will help future EVS volunteers in the service.
– Work in the process of problem solving and conflict management.
– Learn basics about project management.
– Develop participant’s social skills using non-formal education.
– Encourage intercultural learning.
– Develop the concept of personal leadership.