FCV have a solid experience in coordinating and organizing non-formal educational activities focusing on topics like volunteering, intercultural learning and culture of peace.
Besides evaluating the degree of satisfaction with the main elements of the seminar and achievement of objectives, FCV also tries to assess some specific competences linked to the general learning objectives of participants.
FCV was recently the organiser of the seminar “Volunteering for Change”, which took place in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona, Spain) from 3 to 10 November 2017. At the end of the seminar, it collected evaluation forms from the participants, who were asked whether the seminar activities have been useful/appropriate for practicing the following 7 competences: communication skills, intercultural skills, self-confidence, sense of initiative, learning to learn, language skills and teamwork.
From the 19 evaluation forms collected, overall the participants exercised the 7 competences mentioned to a large extent, with an average of 4.21 out 5, with 5 signifying the usefulness of the activities to practice their competences and with 1 meaning the lack there of. The responses stated the seminar helped them to practice their interpersonal and social competences, especially such skills as interpersonal communication (4.42), self-confidence and teamwork (4.26 each) and their sense of initiative (4.32) and ownership over their learning process.
The other 3 competences that received slightly lower values were in terms of understanding of and interacting with people from other cultures (4.21), learning to learn (4.05) and language skills (4). These results might be due to the fact that most of the participants in the seminar are in volunteer management and mentoring positions, had good English skills and a significant track record of participation in international non-formal learning activities.
As organizers, in one hand, we are satisfied and, in the other hand, we are aware that the seminar could have offered more space for the participants to take ownership of the group learning process by being more engaged in shaping the program, deciding contents and facilitating the process. It would offered them all a learning experience more closely related to their specific learning needs and their background/experience.