****Because of the pandemic, this year POT finally goes online. More information in the coming days****
Placement officers of the world, unite! In this annual training (Placement Officer Training = POT), volunteers or staff in SCI who place (other) volunteers in volunteering camps have the opportunity to get to know all the practical procedures, tips, tricks, possible challenges and good practices around that – as well as to get a better understanding of SCI as a movement and the possibilities of getting active in it and making it more inclusive.
Online course to prepare you in advance. As part of this training, the trainers are developing an online course around placement rules and the Online Placement System of SCI. You will be able to do this course at your own pace in January 2021.
Volunteering despite COVID-19. With this training, we want to make sure that the placement of volunteers goes smoothly in 2022 and that all placement officers feel well prepared for the many situations coming ahead. This is especially important with the many challenges that lie ahead in a year that the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting the volunteering world.
SCI is about connections. At the same time, the training is a way to get to know each other better – the people participating here will be people you will stay in contact with via e-mail all year and it is a great opportunity to get to know the faces and the personalities behind the names.
The participants will be staff, activists and volunteers from volunteerig organisations that are part of the SCI network (no matter if they are branches, groups or partner organisations of SCI).
All participants selected for this project must meet the following criteria:
• be 18 years old or older
• most likely need to be fully protected against COVID-19 (vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by Switzerland or recently recovered) in order to enter Switzerland and to participate in the project
• work with placement of volunteers in their sending organization
• be able to work in English
• commit to actively participate from the beginning to the end of the training
We explicitly encourage participants of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities and ethnic backgrounds to apply. Unfortunately, the venue is not wheelchair-accessible.
This training is financed by the Swiss government through the program “movetia”. It doesn’t matter if placement officers are ESC volunteers – they can participate fully here anyways, because this training is not funded by the European Commission.
Logistics, financial conditions and sustainability
- Simple life: The training will take place in a scouts center with simple living conditions. You will share a room with quite a big group of people.
- Money, money, money: For most participants coming from Europe, all essential costs of the program (including food, most travel costs, visa costs, accommodation and training) will be covered by SCI Switzerland through our funding. For participants not covered through this grant, we would come up with a participation fee (or other sponsorship possibilities) as soon as we know who would be interested.
- COVID-19: The pandemic is not over yet and this might influence your participation. Please only book refundable travel tickets, as we cannot reimburse your travels in case we need to cancel the project (e.g. because of another lockdown in Switzerland).
- Sustainable food: The food we provide will be vegan with vegetarian options. This is not just a practical decision, but also an ideological one: SCI believes in the values of sustainability and climate justice – and if we want to contribute to a more peaceful planet, we need to give up on industrial animal agriculture and its destructive effects on our planet.
- Sustainable travels?: This is also why we ask you to come to this training through more sustainable means of transport rather than flying (e.g. by train or bus), if somehow possible. We will give you more guidance on how you can reach the venue, once you are accepted to the training.
How to apply?
Applications should be sent to your sending organization, which will each select their own participant(s) and then forward the application(s) to SCI Switzerland. All those accepted will later receive a detailed infosheet (incl. info on how to get to the venue, how to book your travels, more info about the agenda of the project).
If you have any questions regarding the project and your application, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to your applications 🙂
The coordinating team
Sara, Thomas and the SCI Switzerland team