EVS Diary

On arrival 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. It allows volunteers to get to know each other and to build a network.

On arrival trainings address a lot of topics : right and responsabilities of the volunteer, team building, communications, surviving your host country, conflict prevention and crisis management, intercultural learning, Erasmus + program,…

My training gathered a group of 19 volunteers from 12 different nationalities during 4 days. It was led by two awesome trainers. It was intense, it was fun and I learnt a lot. I always enjoy this kind of trainings, gathering people from different backgrounds and countries. Group dynamic is always a miracle. In Donovaly it was not so easy as the entire group did not share a common language. Some people did not speak english but we always managed to understand each other. It’s all about your will to share and to be part of a group. I like non formal education. I like to learn and doing it in a fun way is better. Trainings can be intense, because I’m not used to live in a community but it’s so enriching. And what happens outside of the program is as important as what is in the schedule. You have fun with your new friends, enjoying parties and at the end, you’re sad to leave them all. But don’t worry, you’ll visit each other. Now, you’re part of a community.

I have my little community of EVSers in Bratislava. I can’t really explain it but I feel like I connect more with EVS volunteers than with other people. It makes sense, even if our projects are totally different, we go through the same experience. We are European volunteers. And it feels good to be part of this community.


Claire Billon-Grand

Photo : Sabrina Chantreau

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