East West Dialogues |Partnership-building Activity 9 – 12 January 2020

Country: Netherlands;

Deadline: 14.11.2019

Web-Site: salto-youth.net

 

East-West Dialogues is a partnership building and quality improvement training for organizations that look for sustainable partnerships to set up new projects in the frame of the European Solidarity Corps.

East West Dialogues is a partnership building activity (PBA) and quality improvement training which is supported by a grant from the Dutch Erasmus+ National Agency. The activity will involve participants from 30 different organizations from Western Europe, Eastern Europe and partner countries. The training pays specific attention to developing new partnerships for volunteering projects under the European Solidarity Corps programme. 

All partner and programme countries are eligible. The training programme is specifically geared to organizations that have already obtained an ESC Quality Label and are looking for new, sustainable partnerships. We welcome participants with limited experience in ESC project management and Erasmus+ funded activities, but a solid command of English is a prerequisite. Only participants from organizations with sufficient capacity and expertise to participate in future Erasmus+ funded activities are invited to apply. 

During the training, participants will not only get to know each other, but also receive hands-on advice on improving ESC project management, volunteer recruitment and preparation, expectation management and crisis resolution. The programme is intended for both hosting and sending/coordinating organizations. During the programme, participants will together develop an ESC Quality Improvement Toolkit, consisting of practical tools and templates for drafting partnership agreements, activity agreements, recruitment of volunteers, mediation, mentoring and evaluating mobilities. Experienced application reviewers will give key advice on drafting the best applications with the highest chance of success. Participants will be selected with the aim of enhancing and supporting the cooperation between organisations from Programme Countries and Eastern Partnership countries. 

Objectives

• To provide information about the Erasmus + Programme in the field of youth and especially European volunteering projects under the European Solidarity Corps. 

• To get to know possibilities of cooperation between Programme Countries and Eastern Partnership countries within the Erasmus + Programme and European Solidarity Corps. 

• To better understand volunteering project management.

• To develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to organise a successful volunteering project with a special focus on inclusion of participants with fewer opportunities.

• To bring together people working with youngsters in order to create new project ideas of volunteering mobilities within the Erasmus + Programme.

Applicants should fulfil the following criteria:

• represent an ESC accredited organization or an organization with the ESC Quality Label (no exceptions are possible. Please do not apply if you do not represent such an organization)

• are ready to improve and expand their activities in the frame of European volunteering 

• have good English language communication skills (level B1 or higher)

Programme elements

This 4-day programme consists of the following elements:

• Presentation of the new European Solidarity Corps funding rules. How to write applications. New types of financial support, including inclusion support, complimentary activities and others.

• How to recruit motivated participants. How to make use of the ESC database of volunteers.

• How to involve participants in the shaping of project activities.

• Working with youngsters who are not in employment or education. Giving marginalized groups a chance in ESC, using inclusion support

• ESC Project Management and application writing

• Field visit to Dutch hosting organizations

• Intercultural learning in ESC

• Crisis prevention, risk management and conflict resolution

• Dissemination & project evaluation

• Creating equal and sustainable partnerships

During our PBA, we will use non-formal education methods encouraging participants to active participation and planning future projects.