Education and trainings

Education and Trainings

Voluntariat also offers a wide variety of education and trainings. Every year, we organize a free seminar for volunteers, camp organisers and camp leaders. At the same time, we also organize educational workshops on topics like human rights, global learning and cooperation, peace studies, ecology etc. Oftentimes you can find posts about international trainings in our Newsletter.

PREPARATORY SEMINAR FOR VOLUNTEERS

Preparatory seminars are meant to prepare volunteers for camps, and the attendance is mandatory for those volunteers who are attending camps for the first time. They are divided into seminars for those who are attending the camps for the first time, and for those who already have some experience with camps. For those going on a camp for the first time, the purpose is to introduce the volunteers to the camps’ mission, prepare them for socializing in intercultural community, and familiarize them with the bad and the good that comes from such international environment. At the seminars for the more experienced volunteers, we devote more time to discussing current issues, which are selected on an annual level.

The seminars for volunteers that are going to summer camps take place on dates defined in advance, in June and at the start of July. Out of the main camp season, the seminars take place in a form of individual interviews. A day seminars can be organised in the case of a small group even outside the estimated dates.

SEMINAR FOR CAMP ORGANISERS

Seminar for camp organisers is intended for every individual and non-governmental organisation that is thinking about organising an international volunteer camp. A free seminar is usually carried out in the spring, and its main purpose is to present to the potential organiser how specifically an idea needs to be defined, thematic work category, assurance of safety, thinking about the accommodation, food, leisure time, study theme, and how to provide funds for covering the expenses. Unfortunately, Voluntariat cannot provide funds, but it can offer advice on how to get the funds in the most efficient and quickest way.

So, if you have a great idea in mind, feel the spirit of volunteering and love to organise projects, but do not know what the procedure of organising and running a camp is like, you can contact us for a presentation of the procedures of applying, organising and for helping with carrying out the camp. For all information on applying to the seminar, please contact us at tabori.sci@gmail.com.

SEMINAR FOR CAMP LEADERS

Seminar for camp leaders is intended for everyone who would like to lead a camp in Slovenia or abroad, and have no experience and for those who are interested in this topic. Its purpose is to inform future camp leaders about the international volunteer camp’s mission, SCI network, Voluntariat’s activities, and about the role of a camp leader at camps, the meaning of group dynamics and conflict solving. The free of charge seminar runs in spring time. For any additional information, please contacts us at tabori.sci@gmail.com.

WORKSHOPS ON DISCRIMINATION BASED ON EPTO METHOD

We live in a world full of prejudice, stereotypes and several forms of discrimination. Even though, we oftentimes believe that we do not judge and we accept differences, non-acceptance of diversity and prejudice is probably still present somewhere in our subconscious, and can come to light in different circumstances. The purpose of Voluntariat’s workshops on discrimination based on the EPTO method is to become aware of these prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination and to face them at the young age.

Secondary school students who are volunteers in different youth organizations together with Voluntariat’s peer trainers try to understand the concepts of prejudice and discrimination through interactive games and work on oneself, through discovering one’s own cultural identity, and face them both and become more critical and sensitive toward one’s surroundings.

The peer trainer method has been tested many times and it is proven that the knowledge can be more easily transferred from young people to their peers, and accepted as credible and with less effort, than if the message was transferred by authoritative figures.

Activities that we carry out are interactive, experimental and anchored in the principles of intercultural learning. The participants are asked to share their experience and opinions, train their skills of active listening with others and learn emotionally and as well intellectually. It is also expected of them to develop an action plan, which proves personal responsibility towards facing prejudice and discrimination in today’s society.

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