What is EFPSA Academy?
The EFPSA Academy aims to bring together volunteers of European youth NGOs to develop professionally, establish networks, heighten their motivation and share experiences while equipping them with a variety of skills and knowledge around a changing core topic.
During the Academy, participants receive high-quality training sessions, get the chance to attend training sessions given by trainers and will be able to practice their skills on hands-on examples and real-life challenges. The EFPSA Academy is a training event that develops the skills of participants based on the EFPSA training values.
Since the EFPSA Academy invites students representing different youth NGOs, various fields of studies, and different parts of Europe, the Academy is naturally a diverse place to be. This vibrant mix of people and backgrounds creates an atmosphere that remains lively and highly engaging on both academic and social levels throughout the event.
This year the event will be adjusted to the online platforms.
This year’s topic is Vision: Finding meaning and purpose in work!
Vision focuses on the unknown to determine the future with facts, hopes, strengths and improbable points, dreams, potential challenges, and opportunities (Taiwo et al., 2016). Vision clarifies the direction that individuals or NGOs want to go by helping them reach out their goals, dreams, and hopes.
How can a vision be developed?
Intuition: Vision is perceived as a dream that rarely happens unintentionally, surprisingly, and unexpectedly reaching the visionary.
Team Approach: This happens with a group of people who can propose ideas, insights, and inspirations that will benefit and result in creativity and innovation. It is based on the belief that each individual has talent and an incredibly great mental ability.
Rational Approach: Vision can be developed by thinking rationally and logically. There is reliance on hypothesis and deduction, comparison, and other empirical research techniques in this case.
Adapt another organisation’s vision: An organisation can draw inspiration from or adapt to another organisation’s vision by understanding and absorbing its importance and value. In this case, organisations can even work together to realise the shared vision (Papulova, 2014).
So, are you ready for the challenge?
During the event, you will be called to focus on the importance of having a vision. You will provide the participants with tools, skills, and practices to implement in a real-life setting. Your goal should be to give the volunteers skills and tools to be used back in their NGO and daily life. A link between vision and finding meaning and purpose in work shall be achieved during the event. All theories presented will be evidence-based and practised during the event so that participants can grasp the skills fully.
Responsibilities of the Trainers Team
- Select participants for the event with the help of the EFPSA Training Office.
- Prepare the schedule of the event with the help of the EFPSA Training Office.
- With the help of the EFPSA Training Events Responsible, contact other NGOs, Training Offices, and search for other organisations interested in partnerships.
- Decide on the content and manage the agenda and schedule of the event.
- Available from 25-27.06.2021
- A spoonful of motivation
- Command of the English language
- Having graduated from a Train the Trainers programme
- Experience as a trainer at an international level
- Having communication skills
- Experience with online work
- Relevant experience and knowledge on teamwork
- Being experienced and having knowledge about vision, finding meaning, and/or purpose
How to apply
Please send us your CV, Training Portfolio, motivation letter, and proof that you graduated from a Train the Trainers programme, by 26.05.2021 (23:59 CEST), to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your motivation letter, you will need to cover the following topics:
- What is your motivation to join the event?
- What do you have to offer to the event?
- What are you going to gain from the event?
- Your goals regarding the event?
- Knowledge regarding the topic and how can it be implemented (if any)?
The selection process will be split into two phases:
- Your Motivation letter, CV, and Training Portfolio will be reviewed by the EFPSA Training Office.
- If you pass the initial phase, you will have an online interview shortly after the selection process ends. You will be informed whether you are accepted or not shortly after the last online interview.
Please be noted that by applying, we considered that you read the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2018), which indicates that you agreed and that you give informed consent by completing & submitting the email to allow EFPSA Board of Management and Training Office (mandate 2021-2022) to analyse given information. This data will not be shared with any third party.
For more questions, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
All the best!
Your EFPSA Training Office,
Emre, Kerem, Lara, Sara
For references, see:
Taiwo, A. & Lawal, F. & Agwu, E. (2016). Vision and Mission in Organization: Myth or Heuristic Device?. The International Journal Of Business & Management, 4, 127.
Papulova, Z. (2014). The significance of vision and mission development for enterprises in Slovak Republic. Journal of Economics, Business and management. 2, 1.