ON-ARRIVAL TRAINING // ŠKOLENIE PO PRÍCHODE NA PROJEKT EDS

Homemade Mandala
Homemade Mandala

After just two weeks of our first encounter with little and lovely Banská Bystrica, Miriam and I had the chance to go on our On-arrival training. Even if before getting to this meeting, set in the hotel Villa Siesta in the Vysoké Tatry, we had heard a lot about on-arrival trainings, we didn’t had the slightest idea of how we will feel afterwards.

To be absolutely fair, after half and hour of running our hearts out under the rain (keeping the Spanish tradition of being always late), a three hours journey on a bus and a ‘how in the name of god should I know which one is my bus stop’ experience, we didn’t feel like going to anywhere anymore. Fortunately, after checking out a table full of tea, coffee and snacks in the seminar room, we started feeling a bit more receptive.

Geoffrey, Miriam, our official pet and I

Geoffrey, Miriam, our official pet and I

Our first evening consisted of a few first impressions, a filling dinner and a bit of Tatransky čaj, which is definitely not a čaj (tea) and which I strongly recommend only in small amounts (I’m talking from my experience).

In the second day, we could get on with the activities the trainers had prepared for us. In relation to this, I should point out that anything that happened in the On-arrival training wasn’t too formal nor strict: we could propose changes, decide for ourselves which schedule we preferred and even create our own activities. This, in my opinion, helped to develop our cooperation, as well as the confidence we felt towards the other EVS participants and our trainers (as we were kind of the same level).

During the whole training, we could participate in several tasks, games or energizers that were set in between the sessions about the EVS in general and our projects in particular. These activities, even if at first felt created only for our entertainment and not very related to something we could learn of, turned out to be the most profitable ones for us. Maybe because a simple game, rather than a speech about it, is the best one of making you aware that you are not alone in this activity, that your little contribution is as helpful as the aid you get from others and that a group of small ideas and characters could make a big, useful task.

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And after all these experiences, once in the train back home, you really realize what is behind the sentences you heard about on-arrival trainings, you completely understand the real meaning of ‘it’s gonna be great’. Because you On-arrival training is not only socializing, it’s not only intercultural learning. It’s about you, feeling more than ever, that this could be an important year of your life, that this could actually mean something and, especially, that all depends on you.

Irene.
Everyone after a hard day's night

Everyone after a hard day´s night

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Dva týždne po našom prvom kontakte s malou pôvabnou Banskou Bystricou sme mali s Miriam možnosť zúčastniť sa Školenia po príchode na projekt EDS. Hoci sme ešte pred príchodom do hotela Villa Siesta vo Vysokých Tatrách o tomto školení veľa počuli, nemali sme potuchy, ako sa budeme cítiť, keď skončí.

Polhodinový beh v daždi (verné španielskej tradícii nikdy neprísť načas), zúfalstvo pri hľadaní správnej zastávky a trojhodinová cesta autobusom – taký bol začiatok našej výpravy. Ak mám byť úprimná, po tomto zážitku sa nám už nikde nechcelo ísť. Keď sme však v prednáškovej miestnosti zbadali kávu, čaj a keksíky, znova sme sa rozhodli dať šancu tomu, čo bolo ešte pred nami.

Prvý večer sme sa oťukávali, dali si sýtu večeru a trochu Tatranského čaju, ktorý teda vôbec nie je čajom. Odporúčam ho piť len v malom množstve (hovorím z vlastnej skúsenosti).

Druhý deň sme začali s programom, ktorý si pre nás pripravili školitelia. Chcela by som zdôrazniť, že nič z toho, čo sme na školení robili, nebolo príliš formálne ani striktné – ako účastníci sme mohli navrhnúť zmeny, rozhodnúť sa, čo z programu uprednostníme, a dokonca i vymyslieť vlastné aktivity. To nám, podľa mňa, pomohlo nájsť k sebe cestu. Vďaka tomu sme začali spolupracovať a vybudovali si dôveru k školiteľom a ostatným účastníkom EDS (keďže sme boli približne na rovnakej úrovni).

Jednotlivé bloky školenia boli všeobecne zamerané na EDS a  konkrétne na naše projekty. V prestávkach sme sa mohli zapojiť do rôznych aktivít, hier a zahrievačiek. I keď sa nám spočiatku tento čas zdal byť určený len pre zábavu a nie ako prostriedok na získanie nových poznatkov, nakoniec sme vyťažili najviac práve z neho. Pri jednoduchej hre, možno ešte viac ako na nejakej prednáške, si človek uvedomí, že nie je všetko len na ňom. To, čím prispeje, je rovnako dôležité ako to, čo sa mu dostane od ostatných. S hŕstkou myšlienok a hláv sa dajú robiť veľké a užitočné veci.

Po všetkých týchto zážitkoch si vo vlaku na ceste domov uvedomíte, čo všetko sa skrýva za Školením po príchode na projekt EDS. Úplne pochopíte význam vety „Bude to paráda!“. Pretože školenie nie je len o začlenení sa do skupiny a spoznávaní nových kultúr. Je o vás. Zrazu viac ako inokedy predtým pocítite, že nasledujúci rok môže pre váš život znamenať veľa a hlavne, že všetko závisí od vás.

Irene

Preklad: Jana Jašková, Stanislava Dengová

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Our on arrival training

EVS is an amazing opportunity for many reasons, but one of the greatest is getting to know nice people not only from your hosting country, but also from many other countries. This is one of the main aims of the EVS trainings.

During our on arrival training which took place from November 18 to 22 in Terchová, we met many EVS volunteers involved in projects taking place in Slovakia coming from Germany, France, Denmark, Georgia, Austria, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Russia and Slovenia.

In the four fantastic days we spent together, we exchanged our experiences about our projects and about Slovakia, we learnt more about our rights and responsabilities as EVS volunteers, we developped new ideas for our projects and we created a network of new friends.

My favourite activity was acting: every group was asked by the facilitators to prepare a short show in Slovak of a given genre and set in a given situation. As volunteers don’t lack creativity, initiative and sense of humor, the result was really a lot of fun 🙂

During the training we also had the opportunity to know more about our wonderful hosting country, to explore the beauties of Terchová and of the surrounding area and to interact with the locals.

Of course, we also enjoyed the non official part of the training 🙂 We danced, sung, played games shared the best and the worst of our countries and laughed a lot.

Now we are back to our projects: more motivated than ever and looking forward to preparing new activities!

Emanuela