“On-Arrival Training” was organized in Bebrusu Dvaras between 15-18 October 2014 for new participants of the European Voluntary Service in Lithuania. Some 20 people from 7 countries took part in the training session, among them two volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR).
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an international volunteer programme funded by the European Commission. During the project, which has a maximum duration of 12 months, each of the participants can live and work in one of the countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme. The main goal of EVS is to develop the personal and professional skills of the participants.
During the training session the volunteers had an opportunity to get to know the Lithuanian language and culture. The representative of the National Agency informed the participants about their rights and responsibilities. A volunteer from Romania said that the training motivated him and helped him to settle in Lithuania. All of the participants will meet again during the so called “mid-term training” in April 2015.
Not only EFHR volunteers took part in the training. There were also members of such organizations as Panevėžio jaunuolių dienos centras, Socialinis veiksmas, A.Lipniūno kultūros centras and A.C.Patria.
The European Voluntary Service is a part of the Erasmus+ Programme which offers financial support for institutions and organizations working in the field of education and training, youth and sport in Europe. The programme is meant to be a response to the challenges pointed out by some of the strategic documents of European politics (mainly the Europe 2020 strategy). Its goal is to develop certain skills of the participants, to increase their employability, to update the educational systems and to support youths. We have previously written about it here.