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APV's 2018 - Wella, Sophia and Adela

In May, we had the pleasure of hosting Advance Planning Visits (APV’s) for the volunteers who will participate in the European Voluntary Service project 2018/19.

What is the Advanced Planning Visit?

The APV is a truly valuable opportunity for our blind and partially sighted volunteers to familiarise themselves with their hosting and coordinating associations and to explore the city where they will live for nine months. We feel it is especially important for blind and partially sighted volunteers to have this opportunity, as they might not benefit from visual things like maps and photos.

What did the APV’s involve?

The three girls, Wella from Italy, Sophia from Germany and Adela from Romania, were all accompanied by a representative from their sending associations and spent two days in Liege meeting with their mentors, many VIEWS volunteers and of course their hosting associations where they will be working.

Image of Wella and Ana-rita standing by Meuse river in Liege

Wella, accompanied by Ana-rita from VIEWS Italy arrived Wednesday the 2nd of May and stayed in the EVS apartment during her visit. She met with her hosting associations Coordination Socio-Culturelle de Sainte-Marguerite and La Baraka, where she will be volunteering as a French teacher.

Image of Sophia and Robbie at the train station before departure

Sophia, accompanied by Robbie from DBSV, stayed with us from Thursday the 3rd of May until Saturday 5th.
Sophia spent a lot of time at the VIEWS office as she will be volunteering there, managing the newsletter and online communications. She also met with La Baraka, as Sophia’s project will also include weekly volunteering there coordinating activities for the young people.

Image of Adela and Adrian standing at Place de la Cathedral in Liege

Adela, accompanied by Adrian from Sakura Romania were also able to stay in the EVS apartment between the 28th and 30th of May and visited IRHOV, the school where she will be volunteering for her project.

The APV’s also included meetings with -

  • a French teacher who will provide one-to-one adapted language lessons
  • a volunteer who will provide one-to-one mobility lessons
  • a volunteer who will support them with daily living skills
  • Staff and volunteers from VIEWS International, their coordinating association

This year, the future volunteers also had the added benefit of meeting with the current EVS volunteers, Elin and Corto. This was a great opportunity for the future volunteers to get a first hand insight into what it will be like for them working on their projects and a valuable chance to ask lots of questions.

We were very happy to meet Wella, Sophia and Adela and we look forward to welcoming them back to Liege in October 2018.