A learner-centred approach to increase creative problem solving skills in International Voluntary Service (IVS)
Why should you accept this challenge?
- Understand and analyse what is missing or not working in IVS activities
- Learn to collaborate, support each other, think out of the box, test and make mistakes, and stay engaged when you face challenges
- Discover opportunities available in IVS and develop solutions through creative ways
- Get to know (more confidence in) your strengths, values and talents
- Be empowered in taking small everyday steps to implement solutions in your IVS practice with the aim to make more and better impact in society
International volunteering offers youth all over Europe – and beyond – the opportunity to meet, work and live together. To create, to explore and to be challenged. To discover similarities, contrasts and to be surprised. International volunteering is all about dealing with the unexpected – and actively pursuing it for the exciting opportunities it holds. Anyone that volunteers or works in IVS faces a diversity of challenges that they have to respond to. The project ‘Challenge Accepted’ therefore aims to increase creative problem solving skills in IVS.
When and where?
‘Challenge Accepted’ is a training programme that is composed of the following phases (dates mentioned include travel days):
- February 2022: online preparation for the participants
- 26 February – 5 March 2023: training course in the northern mountain range of Madrid, Spain, hosted by De Amicitia
- March – June 2023: implementation of the lessons learnt
- 3 – 8 July 2023: evaluation seminar in Lage Vuursche, the Netherlands, hosted by SIW
Expected ‘Challenge Accepted’ participants consists of anyone involved in organising international volunteering or working (voluntarily) in an IVS organisation. We are looking forward to receive your application if you are:
- Based in an EU programme country.
- Interested in gaining creative problem solving skills.
- Committed to actively participate in all phases of the project.
- Excited about the idea of spending two weeks in Spain and the Netherlands with an international group from all over Europe.
- Minimally 18 years old by February 2023.
- Able to speak sufficient English to be able to express yourself during the training as well asthe (online) evaluation afterwards.
- Participants with fewer opportunities are highly encouraged to apply.
- Accommodation and meals during the training course and evaluation seminar are provided
- Travel compensation: actual bus/train/flight costs with a maximum (distance calculated from the place of residence to Madrid (Spain) for the training and Lage Vuursche (the Netherlands) for the evaluation seminar on Distance Calculator | Erasmus+).
About DeAmicitia and SIW
De Amicitia (Spain) and SIW Internationale Vrijwilligersprojecten (SIW International Volunteer Projects, the Netherlands) are non-governmental, non- profit voluntary service organisations and members of the Alliance. Both organisations aim for (young) people to discover their impact abroad. This is achieved by bringing volunteers into contact with different cultures, in the Netherlands, Spain and all over the world with partner organisations that are part of Alliance, CCIVS and/or SCI.