The Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action (IECAH) has successfully completed six editions of the face-to-face training course for candidates to volunteer in humanitarian aid of the European Solidarity Corps.
This is the last face-to-face edition of the course before the summer holidays, with the last two editions of 2023 being resumed next October. To date, the IECAH has trained more than 120 volunteer candidates.
As usual, the training took place at the Sagrados Corazones residence, located in San Lorenzo del Escorial, and was given by a team of trainers made up of IECAH staff and external consultants specialised in intercultural, security and gender issues. Participants were also able to enjoy some extra-training activities such as a visit to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial.
“I think it is a very complete training considering that it is for volunteers. Personally, I already have training and I already knew a lot of things, but I enjoyed going over them”. – Participant MA05.
“Overall, I am very satisfied with the course. I found both the theoretical and practical content very useful, entertaining, and appropriate. In addition, the location (rooms, dining room, classroom, etc.) was excellent. I would prioritize all the more practical activities and try to reduce the theoretical content, which at times was a bit boring. Even so, very satisfied, and happy to have done the training”. – Participant MA04.
This training course is implemented by a consortium made up of Lattanzio Kibs, Punto Sud, Bioforce and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) in collaboration with the European Agency for Education and Culture (EACEA), which plans to train several thousand volunteers to apply for volunteer positions in different parts of the world. Some of the participants of the first editions have already been deployed to their destinations by their sending organisations.