Activities

Check out our project activities

Kick off meeting – Skopje, Macedonia

It gave opportunity to project partners to meet each other face to face. During the kick off meeting we presented the project goals and objectives, set up the implementation plan and timing and divided the responsibilities. We also structured risks and issues management by explaining the process for their management, developed communication strategy and described how communications inside/outside project will be handled.

Seminar – Skopje, Macedonia

Gave the opportunity to participants to gain insight into the sustainable development context in Europe and Asia, to exchange expertise between program and partner countries, to learn how partner countries values the human capital volunteers bring and works to engage them in the development; to share best practices of sustainable development, to show partners expertise and leadership in sustainable development.

Training Course – Peniche, Portugal

This training trained 12 youth workers, youth leaders and community workers on topic of EVS and sustainable development. We have presented the values set by EU that are connected with the sustainable development and with the basic necessities in working for awareness rising and community sustainable change; discussed and tackled the topic of sustainable development and youth awareness about it in partner countries. The training has contributed to building the capacities of all partner organizations by ensuring that all of them have at least 3 trained people in working with EVS on sustainable development.

Study visit - Malaysia

This activity aimed to raise awareness of sustainable development in Malaysia. During the study visit participants have improved the knowledge of the participants on tools and methods in working with sustainable development. They have visited different development centers in order to increase the level of knowledge about public institutions that are working with the topic. They have seen the volunteering placement in SOLS 24/7 and met with the EVS volunteers sent within the same project. The study visit also served as a mid term evaluation of the Capacity building project.

EVS in Malaysia

The EVS placement in Kuala Lumpur gave the opportunity to 9 volunteers from Portugal and Spain for 9 months to meet the local culture, to interact with the local young people and the local community and to develop professional skills.

EVS in Macedonia

The EVS in Macedonia gave the opportunity to one volunteer from Malaysia to come for two weeks and meet the local culture, understand sustainability, see different reality and experience the European context of sustainable development.

Local Conferences / Info Workshops in all partner countries

Different activities were organized in all the partner countries during the project duration. Each partner had a day where they introduce the principle of volunteering as a tool for individual and organized commitment working on sustainability. The events also promoted and introduced the participants with the Erasmus+ programme, non-formal learning, sustainable development and volunteering and to initiate discussions on how to collaborate.

Evaluation meeting – Skopje, Macedonia

The evaluation meeting took place at the end of the project, where partners shared the impact, project results, evaluated the project, and finalized the last products of the project.

METHODS USED IN WORKING WITH VOLUNTEERS

The Assembly of the Council of Europe recognizes that formal educational systems alone
cannot respond to the challenges of modern society and therefore welcomes its
reinforcement by non-formal educational practices.
Non-formal education (NFE) is a methodology (set of tools and methods) that is carefully
adjusted to the participants and structured practices (although the activities are seldom
associated to conventional dynamics or curriculum subjects) which foster the personal,
social and professional development of people, on a voluntary basis.
NFE is a unique model of education that supports the development of young people in
diverse groups and through diverse activities. Used well, it creates a learning
environment where young people can take the lead and make choices about what they do.
During the project activities, when proven necessary, we tailored, and slightly adjusted
the working methods according to participants’ needs, attitudes and professional profiles
in order to ensure high productivity, effectiveness and transferability into practice.
Methodology used was highly practical and participative with hands-on approach that
comprised real-job examples and simulations. We embraced collaboratively working
methods that fostered mutual learning and cooperation among participants, especially in
Malaysia where a group of volunteers was present. In order to keep up with the tasks and
obligations, as well as to keep optimal group cohesion, the pedagogical methods we used
were based upon experiential training, group and peer activities, learning-by-doing and
best practices exchange.
Non-formal education working methods and tools were used throughout the volunteering
and all the training and meetings under EVS, creating a productive and inspiring
environment so participants would have the opportunity to experience non-formal
learning.