Zartonk-89 NGO in partnership with IDA (International Development Alliance) and Erasmus+ conducted the “Volunteer Theorems” project in 2 communities of 2 marzes of the republic of Armenia.
According to the conducted surveys in the remote marzes of the republic of Armenia, theyouth have less opportunity of getting involved in such projects and appearing in the non-formal educational environment. That was the main and essential factor for choosing this topic. As a target group, 40 young people /20 boys and 20 girls/ from 16 to 25 years old have been selected showing great interest in getting involved in volunteer work both with local and global levels. 2-days training modules will be conducted with non-formal educational methodology, through intensive games, discussions, arguments.
The course started with an introduction game which allowed the participants to get to know each other and of course, they could get involved in teamwork. Then our trainers introduced what is volunteerism, the advantages, and opportunities of getting involved in volunteer work. The youth shared their ideas and suggestions such as in which field they would like to do volunteer work and also which is important, they introduced those skills and abilities they are ready to invest in order to support the development and empowerment.
In order to make the training more interesting and interactive, the participants divided into groups and created small posters with the following theme “My notion of volunteerism”.This was the best way of building teamwork and increase the self-worth, self-efficacy in the volunteers. At the end of the course, in M&E section they had an opportunity to estimate and come up with new suggestions. The implementation of the project had an essential impact on the process of the exploration of the youth’s abilities and the exploration of the self-expression.