Objectives of the training
The main objective of the on-arrival training is to introduce the European volunteers from abroad to their host country- Luxembourg. It intends preparing them to the challenges of their volunteering service and more specifically to their EVS experience.
The On-arrival training helps the volunteers to face the cultural and personal challenges linked to their experience.
It allows the newly arrived volunteers to get to know to each other and to build up a network.
Volunteers will receive guidance on conflict prevention and crisis management.
The training is also a time for the volunteers to plan the coming months and to develop their own personal goals for their period of service, in line with the nonformal learning philosophy of EVS.
If volunteers have already spent some time in their receiving organisation, they exchange their first experiences and clarify questions related to their project.
Framework of the training
The most common operational framework for on-arrival training:
- Timing: ideally within 4 weeks after the arrival of the volunteer
- Duration: 3.5 working days
In principle the training takes place shortly after the arrival of the volunteer.
For volunteers doing less than 2 months' service, the receiving or the coordinating organisation is supposed to organise such a training in line with these minimum quality standards, although possibly with a shorter duration.
Expected achievements of the training
The on-arrival training should ensure that each volunteer:
- is aware of and has the chance to discuss questions about visas, residence permits, her/his legal status as a volunteer, insurance, the EVS Agreement and 'What to expect from EVS';
- knows the insurance and crisis management systems (insurance documentation and procedures);
- knows what support is available from the different actors involved;
- has received information on the host country's history, political and social situation, on key aspects of the host culture and on how to get involved in the local community;
- is aware of how to deal with cultural differences and with conflicts;
- is familiar with the role of each partner in the project and knows her/his own rights and responsibilities;
- has the chance to meet and network with other EVS volunteers;
- learns about the objectives and principles of EVS and the Erasmus+ Programme;
- knows the meaning of being an EVS volunteer;
- has identified clear goals and ideas for his/her voluntary service (and future achievements which could be included in the Youthpass).
The training also contains a small module for language learning in the host country language.