All the volunteers of the European Solidarity Corps must do an Initial Training when they arrive to their destination. This training is a very good activity to get to know what the purpose of your volunteering are, to create a network of volunteers all around the country where you are and to introduce yourself in the international community of European volunteers. Through training and volunteering experiences, young people were encouraged to embrace cultural diversity and make a positive impact on their local communities.

Exploring Warsaw

From 19th to 23rd of June, our new volunteer Romane and me, Rafael, went to Warsaw to do our training. It usually takes place in the capital. Warsaw, a city rich in history and culture, provided the perfect backdrop for it. Participants immersed themselves in the city’s vibrant atmosphere while exploring iconic landmarks like the Royal Castle and Wilanów Palace. Engaging with the local community, they gained a deeper understanding of Poland’s heritage and embraced cultural diversity.

The training program in Warsaw comprised a comprehensive range of modules designed to equip participants with the skills necessary for their future projects. They received training in project management, intercultural communication, leadership, conflict resolution, and teamwork. Expert trainers and facilitators delivered engaging sessions, encouraging critical thinking, challenging perspectives, and fostering collaboration.

Networking and Collaboration

One of the key highlights of the initial training in Warsaw was the emphasis on networking and collaboration. Participants were able to connect with like-minded individuals from different countries, fostering a sense of community and unity. Through interactive workshops, and team-building exercises, participants had the opportunity to share experiences, exchange ideas, and forge lasting friendships. These connections serve as a valuable support network throughout their involvement in the European Solidarity Corps.

The initial training in Warsaw marked a crucial step in the journey of European Solidarity Corps participants. Armed with new skills, inspiration, and a network, these youngsters are ready to make a significant difference in society, fulfilling the ESC’s vision of unity and solidarity.

Written by Rafael