The End?

The evaluation workshop in Croatia comes to its end

All VinCaB volunteers at the evaluation meeting in Croatia. (Picture: A. Kunštek)

All VinCaB volunteers at the evaluation meeting in Croatia. (Picture: A. Kunštek)

The last four days have been very interesting and in the end we came up with some impressive results and policy recommendations for the EU. In this regard, the workshop was very successful, as, in the end, the main aim of the project was to derive ideas for the future EU Aid Volunteers. The whole VinCaB project has yielded some valuable lessons for the Consortium as well as for all team members. We made new experiences, gained new insights, and further developed our professional knowledge. Most importantly, on the individual level, we made new friends.

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The Dutch Guys

Chris and Raman from The Netherlands Red Cross

Editor’s note: I haven’t forgotten our two Dutch team members, but life was getting in the way of writing the profile for this blog. Whilst Raman can’t be with us this weekend in Zagreb, I figured that this was an excellent opportunity to finally ad a profile of them both on this blog.

Raman (left) and Chris (in the mountains around Peja. (Picture: R. Matosic)

Raman (left) and Chris (in the mountains around Peja. (Picture: R. Matosic)

Chris van Duuren, 41 years old and from Leiderdorp, works for the government of the Netherlands in the area of disaster management. Besides this background, he has been a Red Cross volunteer for 22 years. While he has done a lot in this time, most recently he has volunteered as a trainer for International Humanitarian Law (IHL). In the VinCaB team he was not only responsible for the evaluation of the Standard Operating Procedures of the RCK, but also Taru’s deputy as a team leader. His primary motivation to go abroad with the VinCaB project was to help the people of Kosovo, but also to gain new experiences and offer added value to the overall goal the project had. Apart from that, he thought it was a great project in general.

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Back to the Balkans

Evaluation workshop in Zagreb

Raimund and Timo working on the timeline for our first presentation. (Picture: C. Hoffmann)

Raimund and Timo working on the timeline for our first presentation. (Picture: C. Hoffmann)

The VinCaB Kosovo team is back to the Balkans! Not in Kosovo, though, this time were in Zagreb, Croatia, where we and the team members of the other VinCaB sub-projects are meeting for an evaluation workshop. The aim of the workshop is to distill lessons learned from the individual sub-projects in Costa Rica, Paraguay, Colombia, and Kosovo.

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Coming home

Saying goodbye to our hosts at the Peja Fire Station. Amongst them: John Doe, the Search and Rescue training dummy aptly constructed by the Dirk and Edgars. (Picture: T. Heger)

Saying goodbye to our hosts at the Peja Fire Station. Amongst them: John Doe, the Search and Rescue training dummy aptly constructed by the Dirk and Edgars. (Picture: T. Heger)

On the way to Pristina – and, eventually, home

When we left for Pristina on the 28th, we bade farewell to the place that has accommodated us well for roughly the last two weeks and the new friends we made. In Pristina we had some downtime before in the evening there was another official dinner. It was nice to just relax and take up some capital flair before we could indulge for the last time in Kosovarian specialities.

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Wrapping it up

The last day in Peja is reserved for a project evaluation and saying goodbye to our new friends

Socializing at the beginning of the party. (Picture: T. Heger)

Socializing at the beginning of the party. (Picture: T. Heger)

Tuesday 27th was our last full day in Peja. It was largely reserved for our internal evaluation of the overall project. This step is important not only for us and the Consortium, but in the grander scheme of things it is a vital step for the future EU Aid Volunteers. We tested things and approaches and our experiences, like this of the other VInCaB sub-projects, will influence the final design of this new EU organization. We feel honored to be part of this process.

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The Northerner

Edgars of the Latvian Red Cross

Edgars Simanis of the Latvian Red Cross. (Picture: T. Heger)

Edgars Simanis of the Latvian Red Cross. (Picture: T. Heger)

Edgars Simanis is a 29-year old Latvian and lives near Riga. He has been a volunteer with the Latvian Red Cross since 2007 and works as a paramedic in the Riga ambulance service. Fittingly, in the project he assists in the first aid and transportation workshops and is furthermore always happy to assist with all the tasks at hand. Edgars also makes an excellent casualty actor in the workshops.

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The Professionals

Luka and Robert (from left to right) of the Croatian DUZS. (Picture: T. Heger)

Luka and Robert (from left to right) of the Croatian DUZS. (Picture: T. Heger)

Robert and Luka of the Croatian DUZS

There are of course more members to the VinCaB Kosovo team. Amongst them are Robert Vatta, 45, and Luka Bukvic, 31, from the DUZS – the Croatian National Protection and Rescue Directorate.

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