Pre-Departure Training for EVS in Greece

EVS Volunteers with GEAI

Good Energies Alliance Ireland is accredited as a sending organisation for young people in County Leitrim who would like to live an international experience through the European Voluntary Service (EVS) programme. This summer, for the first time, four young Irish participants will enjoy Greece for one month!

Pre-Departure Training for EVS in GreeceThey will work with a Greek organisation on a project which involves the care of forest areas in Xylokastro, a seaside town in the Peloponnese. It will be also a good opportunity for them to discover the Greek culture, meet new people from other countries in Europe and enjoy the beach and the sun!

Before their departure, we organised a pre-departure training to talk about the EVS programme and their fears, goals and expectations. We used non-formal learning methodologies, such as the tree of expectations and fears, the cultural iceberg and the curve of adaptation. We also explained the aim of an EVS project and the YouthPass certificate that they will receive at the end of their experience. In addition, we gave them information on cultural challenges, conflict management and practical tips for their stay.

This project will be a great opportunity for them, and hopefully, a stepping stone to further travels around Europe!

 

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