From the 16th to the 20th February, we spent five days in the EVS on-arrival training at Bakuriani. The training, organised by SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus with the support of the trainers Giorgi Kakulia and Anna Yeghoian, gathered 23 EVS volunteers from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The main objective of this training was to introduce the volunteers to the culture and local reality of the host countries and provide them with the support and skills needed for improving their EVS experience in the Caucasus.
Through a lot of different activities (games, discussions, interviews of local people, presentations of cultural differences/EVS aims/non-formal learning etc.), volunteers had the opportunity to work individually and collectively on questions related to their projects, get inspired and exchange ideas.A special focus was given on discussing cultural life differences and personal challenges during the EVS projects. Volunteers also had the opportunity to participate in workshops and therefore improve their communication skills while building a network. Last but not least, the city of Bakuriani, all covered in snow, was not only an opportunity for self- discovery but also a chance to get to know Georgian culture, food and local life!