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EVS APV 2017

In September Views International welcomed three new EVS volunteers to attend an advanced preparatory visit (APV) to Liege. The purpose of the APV is to give EVS volunteers an opportunity to experience and explore the city of Liege before they make it their home for the duration of their European Voluntary Service Programmes. The APV is a chance for EVS to meet their fellow volunteers, get to know their hosting association and find out a bit more about what it’s like to live and work in Belgium. Volunteers are also given the opportunity to meet the leaders of their individual projects, so they can get to know more about what their voluntary projects will involve.

The APV’s were very successful, with Elisa (from Italy), Corto (from France) and Elin (from the UK) all very much enjoying their first visit to Liege. It was a valuable opportunity for the three volunteers to get to know their accommodation, to visit the organisations where they’d be volunteering and to meet the Views volunteers that would be helping them adjust to life in Liege with things like Mobility, French lessons and assistance for daily living tasks.

The APV was also a good opportunity for the EVS volunteers to get all the practical information about the programme; meeting their mentors, organising how and when they will receive their pocket money, etc. It was the time for volunteers to get answers to any questions they had about the programme and to get all the information that would enable them to prepare for moving to Belgium. Not forgetting the chance to sample some local delicacies’ like Belgian waffles, beer and chocolate too, of course.