After our coordination meeting in Marsciano, Italy, at the end of January, we entered our first phase of local activities (LA1), which consisted on creating the contents of our training manual and presenting the project to the local population of each partner country.
For the first part of the LA1, each partner country had to develop the contents of the modules of the “Training Programme Proposal” validated the year before during Vol4Life (a prequel project with the same partners) according to their local realities and needs.
To do this, the coordinating organisation of the project created and shared a tool with the proposal validated in each country the year, for each partner country to fill in with contents based from local experience, the research carried out during Vol4life, the tools and methods they already use to train your volunteers, etc.
For the second part of LA1, the COVID-19 pandemic had already started to spread, which meant that local presentations of the project and meetings with stakeholders became more difficult. However, this did not stop us from moving forward with the project activities; it simply meant we had to re-invent our approach and adapt! Some of us carried out these meetings and presentations on an online format via different digital tools for communication, and others waited for lockdown to be over and still carried out in person activities with all the safety requirements by our national health departments (reduced amounts of people, use of masks and hand sanitazers, outdor activities, etc.).
We will continue updating you on our next activities shortly!
After we were finished with our Local Activities I phase, we were originally supposed to carry out an international seminar in Poland. However, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it was impossible for us to travel and gather in large groups of people.
Therefore, in order to continue advancing with the project, we created an online Training Course for Trainers (OTC) of volunteers in the field of sports that started yesterday (6th July 2020) with the participation of 15 sports volunteering trainers (3 participants from each aprtner countries, thoroughly selected by each apartner organisation) and will continue until the en of the month, with the same learning objectives as the original International Seminar.
The main purpose of this OTC is to develop key competences of volunteering trainers/supervisors and anyone who wishes to train, prepare and manage sports volunteering actions in the field of sports, by giving them the necessary knowledge and pedagogical tools to carry out an efficient training for volunteers in the field of sports.
-Reflect about the knowledge in the field of volunteering (definition, legislation, actors, obligations and rights, etc.) at local level and in the 5 other partners countries.
-Learn to develop an environment where volunteers can carry out their activities in a responsible, committed, efficient and safe way.
-Provide participants with pedagogical tools in the framework of non-formal education, in order to organize their own training for sports volunteers.
-Strengthen networks between organizations in the 5 partner countries through the exchange of methodologies and tools used by four different countries to train volunteers in the field of sports.
Stay tuned to read more about the final evaluation of the OTC when it is finished!