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Seminario a Bruxelles: Voluntary Service Toolbox Seminar

16/03/2011

Cerchiamo partecipamti per un seminario organizzato da AVSO che si terrà a Bruxelles, tra il 25 e il  29 Aprile,  rivolto ad associazioni che promuovono il volontariato e la cittadinanza attiva.  I partecipanti avranno la chance di incontrare altre organizzazioni europee e conoscere tecniche formative innovative. Per maggiori info…
AVSO Voluntary Service Toolbox Seminar
Brussels

26-29 April 2011
www.avso.org

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About AVSO
AVSO is a European platform for national and international non-profit organisations active in the field of longer term voluntary service. Many of AVSO’s member organizations are international networks and local associations. Including their members, AVSO represents more than 110 national organisations across Europe.
AVSO promotes voluntary service as a tool for social change and non-formal learning opportunities. To achieve this goal, we are actively engaged in lobbying for a legal status of volunteers and enhanced mobility within Europe towards the European Institutions and through our members at national levels. We also aim to broaden participation in voluntary service among new organisations in the non-profit sector and AVSO places special emphasis on providing international volunteering opportunities for those who may traditionally have fewer opportunities (disabled, socially/ economically disadvantaged and ethnic minorities).
AVSO organises regular study visits, partnership building seminars and other activities to bring together stakeholders who are active, or who would like to get involved in volunteering.

This Seminar
AVSO is organizing a pilot seminar for voluntary service organisations, who wish to deepen their knowledge about different topics of the management of voluntary service programmes and projects, and also have a training tool package for their organisation and their staff.
AVSO is planning to introduce a training package comprising of 4 modules related to different aspects of voluntary service, that were developed as a result of previous successful capacity building seminars. The Voluntary Service Toolbox seminar will be a final evaluation and feedback session, before AVSO will launch the four training modules in the following areas: The voluntary service project cycle; Health and safety in voluntary service projects; Reinforced mentorship in voluntary service projects; Intercultural dialogue, learning and competence in voluntary service projects;
The seminar will provide an opportunity for the participants to try out the 4 training tools, get a concentrated training from each of them, and at the same time provide feedback to AVSO for the finalization of the manuals.

Context and Goal
The seminar will focus on the following issues: Receive feedback and input about the content and the user friendliness of the four handbooks; Test the efficiency and competency of the training tools and; Provide learning opportunities for the participants on the training themes.
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The seminar will take place in Brussels over four days. The participants will come from different EU countries and from different types of organisations in order to have a large range of experience and practice.

Where?
The seminar will take place in Brussels. The participants will be hosted at the training centre “Maison Notre-Dame du Chant d’Oiseau”. The Seminar will be held in the same place.
Please note that the participants will have to share the toilets and the showers. If this could be a problem, please, contact us as soon as possible and we will try to arrange another accommodation. In this case, the participant will have to pay a supplement.
http://www.chant-oiseau.be/
Twin room accommodation will be included in the participation fee and arranged for all participants. Participants who want to have a single room should indicate it in the Registration form and pay a supplement according to the hotel tariffs.

AVSO will also reimburse 70% of the travel costs on the basis of the original plane/train/bus tickets as proof after the seminar. Participants shall use the most economic fares available i.e. the most economic plane tickets, train 2nd class, bus. Please make sure you keep your boarding passes and all travel documents – we will reimburse you after the seminar via bank-transfer.Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.
When?
The seminar will take place from the 26th April at 15.30 until the 29th April at 16.00 approximately. Participants will leave in the afternoon of the 29th.
If due to the travel arrangements you require accommodation on the 25th of April and/or on the 29th of April, please let us know as soon as possible!

Who can apply?
The seminar is targeted at all Youth organisations from Youth in Action programme countries. It is especially targeted to managers of youth organizations, especially managing voluntary service programmes, sending and coordinating young volunteers and responsible of the
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implementation of projects in the frame of the Youth in Action programme. Both organisations with experience and those with no experience are welcome.
The maximum number of participants is 16, and the targeted countries are EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey. Organisations willing to send more than 1 participant have to contact us to check the availability of places.
PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIERED:
– TO SPEAK ENGLISH
– TO ACT AS MULTIPLIERS FOR AVSO AND THE 4 MANUALS
How much does it cost?
All participants are requested to pay a participation fee. The fee includes accommodation, full board and all programme-related costs. € 120 for participants from the EU; € 90 reduced fee for AVSO members; € 60 reduced fee for participants from Turkey.
The participation fee shall be paid preferably before the seminar by bank transfer to the AVSO bank account: IBAN: BE32 0012 7218 4302, BIC: GEBABEBB
How to apply?
Interested participants are requested to fill in and sign the enclosed Registration Form and to send it to AVSO before 15th March 2011 to agnes@avso.org or to fax: 00 32 2 245 62 97.
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Provisional Programme
Please note that some changes might happen to the programme due to:
– the availability of the speakers,
– the result of the Survey filled in by the participants (you will receive it soon),
– the preparatory meetings where the exact content of the workshops will be defined.
DAY I – 26th April 2011 TUESDAY
PARTICIPANTS ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION AT MAISON NOTRE-DAME DU CHANT D’OISEAU
15.30 – 19.00
PLENARY SESSION
– OFFICIAL WELCOME
– PRACTICAL INFORMATION
– PRESENTATION OF AVSO AND INTRODUCTION TO THE SEMINAR
– PRESENTATION OF THE PARTICIPANTS
– DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE EXPECTED OUTCOMES OF THE SEMINAR
19:00 – 20:00 DINNER AT THE SEMINAR CENTRE
20:30
PARTNERSHIP BUILDING FAIR
DAY II . 27th April 2011, WEDNESDAY 8:00 – 8:45 BREAKFAST
9:00 – 10:30
SESSION 1- INTRODUCTION OF VOLUNTARY TOOLBOXES
– BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON AVSO, OUR EXPERIENCE AND HOW THE MANUALS CAME ABOUT
– GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE AVSO MODEL OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 10:30 – 10:45 COFFEE BREAK
10:30 – 12:30
HANDBOOK 1: THE VOLUNTARY SERVICE PROJECT CYCLE
INTRODUCTION 12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 16:00
INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP ON THE PROJECT CYCLE
HANDBOOK
EVALUATION 16:00 – 16:30 COFFEE BREAK
16.30 – 18.00
STRUCTURED WORK ON THE MANUAL ON THE PROJECT CYCLE
INPUT FROM THE PARTICIPANTS
19:00 – 20:00 DINNER AT THE SEMINAR CENTRE
20:00
INTERCULTURAL EVENING
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DAY III . 28TH APRIL, THURSDAY 8:00 – 8:45 BREAKFAST
9:00 – 10:00
HANDBOOK 2: HEALTH AND SAFETY IN INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE 10:00 – 10:30 COFFEE BREAK
10:30 – 12:30
INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP – HEALTH AND SAFETY
HANDBOOK EVALUATION 12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 16:00
HANDBOOK 3 : INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE, LEARNING, COMPETENCE
16:00 – 16:30 COFFEE BREAK
16:30 – 18:30
INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP ABOUT THE INTERCULTURAL LEARNING, COMPETENCE AND DIALOGUE
HANDBOOK EVALUATION 19:00 – BELGIAN EVENING, DINNER IN THE CITY CENTRE
DAY IV . 29TH APRIL, FRIDAY 8:00 – 8:45 BREAKFAST
9:00 – 10:00
HANDBOOK 4: REINFORCED MENTORSHIP IN VOLUNTARY SERVICE PROJECTS 10:00 – 10:30 COFFEE BREAK
10:30 – 12:30
INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP – REINFORCED MENTORSHIP 12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 – 15:00
OVERALL EVALUATION OF THE TRAINING MANUALS AND METHODOLOGIES
WHAT NEXT – DISCUSSION ABOUT FOLLOW-UP
15:00 – 16:00
CLOSING SESSION
– EVALUATION OF THE SEMINAR
– COLLECTIVE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
DEPARTURES

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