Last week Alliance gave us the opportunity to take part in SALTO training: 3 days of workshops about EVS. The workshop was held in a school in Donetsk, not far from our office.
Since it was held during the weekend none of us (the “old” volunteers) were excited to attend the event, thinking we already knew everything about EVS. But, despite our mood, it was a real unexpected success and it was a good occasion to get to know the new volunteers who joined our project. Let’s also add that the good weather helped us to be motivated..at least for the first day. We were ready to welcome the spring.. but we would have discovered soon that the weather had cheated us!
Also our expectations about a merely theoretical event soon proved not to be true. We mainly played some team building games and we were given more notions about the EVS projects, with the help of concrete experiences from the trainers’ life and experiences. By the way, let’s spend a few words about the trainers. Olga and Oksana did a real good job, they were not only able to handle a rowdy, hyperactive, noisy, easily bored group of 24 people from all over Europe (half of them spending the very first days in Ukraine), but they were also very friendly, easy going, creative and at the same time, they always kept their professionalism. They gave us very useful hints about our projects and motivation never to give up even when we feel like going nowhere, and they pushed us never to relax and rely too much on the others, but to be active and self-confident and not to fear any ideas or projects, no matter how challenging they may seems.