EU Aid Volunteers

The EU Aid Volunteers Training Progamme is a pre-deployment training for candidate volunteers which have been pre-selected for volunteer placements in vulnerable and disaster-affected third countries.

The EUAV training is a two-week training programme which is part of the selection process and at the same time serves as a pre-deployment training for EU Aid Volunteer candidates. The EU Aid Volunteer initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experiences, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects through deployment and online-volunteering. The overall objective of EUAV is to train and deploy approximately 4000 volunteers by 2020.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable and disaster affected communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organisations in third countries.

ASPR is part of a consortium led by ICF which developed and provides the pre-departure training for volunteer candidates pre-selected for EUAV positions published on the EU Aid Volunteers Platform. Humanitarian aid experience is not always needed to apply. Volunteer vacancies range from junior positions for those with fewer than 5 years of work experience and less than 5 years' experience in humanitarian aid; and senior positions for those with more than 5 years of work experience in positions of responsibility or expert positions. As part of the selection process volunteer candidates will have to successfully complete the pre-deployment training which consists of an online and a face-to-face component.

ASPR is one out of four central training venues which organises the face-to-face component. The training curricular is competency based and comprises courses about the EU's crisis response system, an introduction to humanitarian action, managing safety, security and health, project management, intercultural awareness and optional modules on advocacy and communication, psychological first aid, training of multipliers, volunteer management and organisational development. The face-to-face training includes a scenario-based simulation exercise requiring candidate volunteers to demonstrate acquired competences. Each candidate volunteer will be assessed throughout the training and at the end it will be determined if they are fit for deployment.

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