KA1 Training course for EVS Mentors

Origin of Emotion

During past ten years, wide array of trainings where organized for and with youth in Europe. The trainings covered such as intercultural learning, democratic values, youth participation and activism and parallel with that process the process of training of trainers (TOT) and development of new training materials and curricula took place.

In our opinion in majority of TOT and developed curricula one component was missing and that are skills that will help them to deal with some topics that are equally important for training impact. It is not unusual that dealing with some difficult social issues (like violence, discrimination...) some participant express anger, fear, and sadness.

Sometimes, trainer are not prepared to have creative response on that, and don’t know how to handle intensive feelings in the group of participants, but also how to handle their oven emotional reactions. Not being able to cope with that can and is influencing the overall result of training itself.

In non-formal education, participant is perceived as the whole (totality) that has different needs for development – intellectual, but also social and emotional. So, it is our opinion that trainers need to have more skills and knowledge how to give support to participants, and how to support them in a context of emotional management and stress relief. This training will be chance to develop their competence, especially in context of - learning to learn – philosophy that will enable them to deliver trainings of better quality within the Youth in Action Programme in the future.


This project arises in the context of several meetings organized by the Spanish NA about the current situation faced by many mentors of EVS when having to deal with emotionally complex situations that the volunteers bring to the tutoring sessions was analyzed and that without adequate preparation can make quite difficult the work of the mentor, the support it can provide to the volunteers and the general climate in the work environment where the EVS project develops. This lsituation can be extrapolated to the European level where dozens of tutors SVE face identical situations in working with volunteers , hence with our partners we have raised the need to conduct a training that results in an improvement of the skills of EVS mentors and hence their employability and better opportunities for a job as youth workers or EVS mentors.


n this course, 20 participants with a professional profile (volunteer or paid ) in the field of Youth, performing duties as mentors of SVE or at least planning to do so in the near future . For this reason some of our partners are already accredited as a host, sending and / or coordinating organization and others are waiting for it to be approved. We speak of people aged between 25 and 40 years old , male and female

Methodology in Emotion (general terms)

Our approach in Emotion is based on the principles of Non Formal Education and in some methodological principles coming from Gestalt Therapy (Fritz Perls), Psychoanalisys, Bioenergy (Alexander Lowen), Transpersonal Psychology (Stanislav Grof) and other body based disciplines, like performance, social theatre or some dynamic meditation techniques.

Participants are confronted, in a progressive way, with their emotional dimension as well as their inner aspects related to the way the deal with delicate or difficult emotional situations in their daily training or youth work related practices.

Promoting self auto-observation as a way for self-awareness is one of the main pillars across the program of activities in the course. The awareness about who we are, how we function and what fears we have is a first step into the integration of aspects that the person for some reason leave aside, hide or simply is not aware of them.

Becoming aware of the way we function in our daily work as youth workers or trainers as well as from which position we offer our support to other people in need can be very revealing for participants as they learn and discover what their real needs are as a person and as a professional.

Knowing yourself more, be in a closer contact with yourself results very often in a major clarity to understand the process that people we work with go through. We become more familiar with our own needs and thus can differentiate ours from the other's we work and with whom we have a helping relationship.

In Emotion many activities focus very often on the capacity that participants have to support other people which implies normally a previous exploration of the own capacity for self care and self support. Realizing about what needs we have and how do we cover and satisfy them is one possible path towards the "noscete ipsum" ("get to know yourself")

Through experiential learning activities, guided fantasies, art-music herapy exercises, theorethical introductions every day, different meditation techniques, drama based activities, group work, debates and reflection participants have the chance to explore different emotions, how they can deal with them and how they can transfer that learning into their professional practice.

Empathy, assertiveness, listening, non verbal communication skills, and other skills are very present in the development of the emotional competence in Emotion training course.

During the course several features like the steaming out groups, individual consultations with trainers, plenary discussions, sand play (group process mirroring) contribute to keep a healthy, inspiring and safe learning environment in Emotion.

Learning & Competences

The expected results of the project are the improvement of professional skills and employability of participants through the development of skills in the following participants:

1) First, the EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE : This competence involves improving self-esteem and motivation to work in supporting young European volunteers and to learn to recognize your own emotions and be able to capture the mood of the volunteer / s they work helping the positive management of these emotions and do the job more stable tutor from an emotional point of view and more effective.

2) LANGUAGE COMPETENCE : Participants will improve and strengthen their language skills through the development and practice of English . The course is taught in English and all the more technical sessions will give participants a glossary of those terms you must know English .

3) SOCIAL AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE : The group of participants is itself a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities that we will use is to deepen aspects of intercultural learning. The dynamics and methodology of the course will involve carrying out a range of activities that facilitate interaction and exchange of experiences among participants , promoting touchdown between them and the implicit cultural diversity in the group.

4) LEARNING TO LEARN COMPETECE : Participants will learn to intervene with European volunteers from a standpoint of facilitating learning , identifying learning style volunteer / a , devising itineraries for self-directed learning where they can accompany the volunteer in their own learning process .

5 ) AND COMPETENCE TO COOPERATE AND MAKE INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS : learn about the new Erasmus + Program on Youthpass and aspects of quality of youth projects at international level, so that they are capable and competent to develop new projects from their home institutions , supporting and strengthening the capacity of their organizations to get involved in European projects. The impact on participants will be very noticeable because they will be strengthened in the way they face emotional situations volunteers , being able to discern between them own emotional responses as mentors and what actually happens to the volunteer. Participants will acquire the ability to respond empathically to the needs of their volunteers, a healthy , consistent and bias -free manner.

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Arrival day: 9th of February 2015

Departure day: 17th of February 2015

Countries participating in the course

Spain, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenja

Project organized by:

ASOCIACION CULTURAL EUROACCION with the support of the Erasmus + Programme of the European Commission
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Testimonies from participants and photos from this edition