Our teaching approach
Many people believe that the only good intention is enough to go on the field and succeed in a volunteer project.
The volunteering experience is a rewarding collective and individual experience, but it also means leaving familiar landmarks, family members and taking the risk of opening up to the unknown. To leave in international volunteering, it is also to confront unforeseen situations (sometimes difficult) before, during, but also at the return of the project, from where the importance of an adequate follow-up and a preparation carried out with the Generation Active Help.
For the association, international volunteering, monitoring of young people and the others complementary activities are our tools to raise awareness to achieve our associative goals. We believe that international volunteering is a great lever for non-formal education. The projects allow adaptation to another culture, to another language, which can also facilitate the entry into the future professional life of the volunteer. Volunteering is above all an educational process of collective preparation, project ownership and evaluation that will enable young people to develop useful learning together mainly in the field of lifelong learning and supporting collective action and Citizenship:
-Develop a spirit of openness.
-Establish relationships of trust, equality and respect for differences.
-Learn how to manage an associative project.
-Discover yourself in your relationship with others.
-Approach different cultures.
Practice other languages.
Learn to cope in an unfamiliar context.
-Being confronted with a particular form of work organization.
Although we are convinced that willpower and motivation are key characters to possess to go on a project of volunteering, in the same time they are not enough in themselves. If volunteering experience is a rewarding collective and individual experience, it also means leaving familiar landmarks, relatives and taking the risk of opening up to the unknown. To leave in international voluntary service is to confront unforeseen situations sometimes difficult, before, during, but also to the return of your voluntary service, from where the importance of an adequate follow-up and a preparation carried out with the help of our members, including coordinators of your projects.
To carry out your experience, we will support you in your project. However, this experience remains yours, which is why we ask our volunteers to be proactive, mature and independent.
Volunteers who return prematurely are often people who have botched their preparation by preferring to dream about their project, the association and the host country. Once there, it is disappointment and early return. For that, it is very important to notice the realities that affect the project, the country and its culture so as not to idealize an experiment; which would prove then disappointing compared to your estimations.