Objectives of the training:
The main objective of the on-arrival training is to introduce the volunteers to the host
country, preparing them for the service period and the EVS experience.
On-arrival training helps the volunteers adapt to cultural and personal challenges. It allows
volunteers to get to know each other and to build a network.
Volunteers should also receive guidance on conflict prevention and crisis management.
At the same time, this training equips the volunteers with communication skills, including
aspects of intercultural learning. It helps them become aware that cultural differences
require different models of behaviour.
The training is also a time for the volunteers to plan the coming months and to develop their own personal goals for their period of service, in line with the non-formal learning philosophy of EVS.
If volunteers have already spent time in their Host Organisation, they exchange their first
experiences and clarify questions related to their project.
Framework of the training:
Conditions and training practices will vary from country to country, but the following
indicators describe the most common operational framework for on-arrival training:
Timing: within 4 weeks after the arrival of the volunteer;
Duration: on average 7 working days;
For the training to be of maximum benefit it should take place shortly after the arrival of
Expected achievements of the training:
On-arrival training will vary according to national conditions, realities and training
practices. Nevertheless, it should ensure that each volunteer:
- is aware of and has the chance to discuss questions about visas, residence
permits, her/his legal status as a volunteer, insurance, the EVS Agreement and
'What to expect from EVS';
- knows the insurance and crisis management systems (AXA/EBA documentation
- knows what support is available from the National Agency, SALTO and the Youth
Helpdesk of the Executive Agency;
- has received information on the host country's history, political and social
situation, on key aspects of the host culture and on how to get involved in the
- is aware of how to deal with cultural differences and with conflicts;
- is familiar with the role of each partner (SO, HO, CO, volunteer) in the project and
knows her/his own rights and responsibilities;
- has the chance to meet and network with other EVS volunteers;
- receives basic information about the European Union and its policies and
programmes in the field of youth;
- learns about the objectives and principles of EVS and the Youth in Action
- knows the meaning of being an EVS volunteer;
- has identified clear goals and ideas for his/her voluntary service (and future
achievements which could be included in the Youthpass).