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Objectives

OBJECTIVES
• To understand the diversity of local context; expectations of the host organization and EVS volunteer; 
• To train the ability to see the development of EVS volunteer in perspective and to show him possible input to local community
• To discuss the Roles and tasks of EVS mentors in different countries and contexts
• To share about youth participation realities and to brainstorm on the role of EVS volunteer and mentor in social change and in supporting young people from rural areas and from disadvantage background
• To develop mentor’s competencies needed to provide learning support to EVS volunteers;
• To deepen understating of the key competencies and Youthpass process;
• To understand what is learning process and how to reflect on personal learning
• To identify potentials and dangers in EVS mentoring process;
• To share possible tools and methods for EVS mentoring;
• To find out creative approaches to mentoring
• To discuss the motivation aspects: what motivates us as mentors and how we can encourage volunteer
• To reflect on mentoring styles and approaches
• To discuss different levels of support for volunteers (before. during and after the project) 
• To reflect on Intercultural competencies

The main stress will be done to develop personal creative approach which mentors can and should use in their work that will allow mentors not only to act according to written documents and concepts, but to investigate their own ways to work taking into consideration local circumstances, project realities and volunteers’ personalities. Participants will be also provided with skills and instruments to pass gained knowledge and skills as well as their experiences to other present mentors or new generation of mentors in their regions/countries.

We will invite 25 participants from 14 countries of European Union and EECA. The methodology will be based on non-formal education approaches and will allow to go deeper and deeper to the learning objectives, as well as we will facilitate process from general to peculiar. The methodology will require high commitment and high level of participation and involvement to the learning process from each member of the group. In terms of the methods we will have variety of the techniques such as experiential exercises, simulations, role-plays, work in small and big groups, self-assessments etc. We will explain the methodology in the programme and will explain how it leads to the learning objectives.
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