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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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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Trainings and more

Monday brings new work for the VinCaB team

Raimund demonstrates the basic ABC measures. (Picture: T. Heger)

Raimund demonstrates the basic ABC measures. (Picture: T. Heger)

After a quiet Sunday, Monday was another busy day for the volunteers in Kosovo. Some of us held additional workshops for the firemen here at our temporary home. Christof and Carsten went to the gymnasium and showed to the volunteers, how they could possibly set up an emergency shelter there. Finally, Chris, Luka, and Christof held an after-action review with all the partners involved in the two-day exercise.

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The Big Day: Volume Two

A volunteer of the RCK hands out the humanitarian aid boxes for the recipients. The boxes provide rations for four people for a period of four days. The picture was taken during a flood exercise on May 25th in Peja, Kosovo. The exercise is part of the EU-funded VinCaB project. (Picture: T. Heger)

A volunteer of the RCK hands out the humanitarian aid boxes for the recipients. The boxes provide rations for four people for a period of four days. The picture was taken during a flood exercise on May 25th in Peja, Kosovo. The exercise is part of the EU-funded VinCaB project. (Picture: T. Heger)

The second day of the exercise tests the distribution of humanitarian aid by the RCK volunteers and features a special visitor

The big exercise that started on Friday continued on Saturday, May 25th. That day, the distribution of humanitarian aid was at the center of the exercise, that continued the flood scenario of the first day. Normally, most affected people who need to leave their homes because of rising water levels will find refuge with relatives or friends. A smaller number will have to be accommodated and taken care for by Red Cross volunteers in emergency shelters.

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The Big Day: Volume One

Two volunteers of the Red Cross of Kosovo (RCK) assist a patient on the way to the First Aid post. The picture was taken during a mass casualty exercise on May 24th in Peja, Kosovo. The exercise is part of the EU-funded VinCaB project. (Picture: T. Heger)

Two volunteers of the Red Cross of Kosovo (RCK) assist a patient on the way to the First Aid post. The picture was taken during a mass casualty exercise on May 24th in Peja, Kosovo. The exercise is part of the EU-funded VinCaB project. (Picture: T. Heger)

The first day of the exercise confronts the RCK volunteers with a mass casualty exercise in Peja’s city center

Finally, the big day is here! Friday 24th May was the first day of the big two-day exercise planned by the Red Cross of Kosovo (RCK) with support of the VinCaB team. On this first day the focus was on First Aid, Search and Rescue, and transport of patients. According to the scenario a flood was threatening the inhabitants of Peja and some of them had sought refuge in a municipal building on the central square. Others were still outside and waiting for help.

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