In order to optimize each volunteer’s departure, specific two days pre-departure training were conducted. The first pre-departure training IVO4ALL took place on the 18th-20th October and the second session on the 8th-10th November. 27 volunteers attended the two sessions; it was a real success.
Sending organizations designed and delivered the training collaboratively to share good practice. During the sessions, volunteers had team building exercices and shared their expectations and worries, including, some role playing game and brainstorming. In general, all young volunteers were convinced by the quality of the training as well as the listening skills of the trainers.
Before the pre-departure training I had a lot of questions
“Before the pre-departure training I had a lot of questions, and many domains that were not discussed thoroughly enough. The most important for me is to be able to leave and know how to reassure my family because when you leave for such an adventure, you are not alone; you have a family, friends, and sometimes a partner going through it as well. Although this is our choice, our family also lives it. It is important to be able to find the words, reassure them and tell them that we’ll be in good hands, that it will result in something good for us. We were a large group, which was great because we were able to share with everybody and with people going to other countries. It was just amazing, really! I really recommend for everyone to go and live an adventure, whether it is good or bad, one has to know that this is once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience. Sometimes you can get good out of the bad, you grow, and you know where you are going now and where you won’t be going later on.”
Author: Marion Bidet, French Civic Service Agency