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Venture Training For Development Autumn 2018

Venture Training For Development 

Module Dates
Global Awareness, Health 22-23 September 2018
Community Development and Leadership 13-14 October 2018
Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation 10-11 November 2018 
Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies (New module) Please note some modules including Research Methodologies have an online component using Moodle. 8/9 December 2018

Please register for the course here

About

VC offers an excellent training programme called Venture, delivered twice a year which aims to prepare prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers for working and living in a developing country.

The programme is conducted over four intensive weekends between February and May and September and December each year. While providing a grounding in practical overseas development it will help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them.  It is vitally important that development workers, missionaries or volunteers are well prepared; this helps ensure that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas.

The programme is delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

“What I am very favourably impressed by is not only the specific training programme but the general atmosphere created by the VC staff and volunteers during the various occasions when I have been there; this atmosphere is probably even more important as a ‘training’ than the elements in the formal training programme.”  Donal Dorr –  Venture programme facilitator

Who can join

The VC Venture training programme is open to everyone, not just those wishing to be considered for a VC placement.  It is however, a prerequisite for our vacancies unless the volunteer has considerable previous overseas experience.  It offers people an opportunity to make an informed decision on whether overseas volunteering is for them.

Applicants from England and Wales are very welcome as part of  VCs commitment to its membership of the Catholic Missionary Union.

Content and delivery

Our course is entirely participatory – the idea is that all have something to bring to the table.

As well as good basic grounding on the development sector it also offers participants an insight into working with and within the faith-based sector. VC also strongly encourages participants to become involved in voluntary work at home as a practical learning addition to this course.

Fee

A course fee of €400 for the training is payable in advance. Meals and refreshments are included, accommodation is not included.

Click here to register

Retreat & Gathering for VC Members & Friends 2018

Viatores Christi would like to invite you to a

Retreat & Gathering
Led by Fr. Brendan Carr CSSp 

from Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th May

In An Tobar, Ardbraccan, Navan, Co Meath

Arrival on Saturday 19th May at 1pm for lunch (attendees may also arrive earlier)
Closing on Sunday 20th May at 4pm approx (after 3pm Eucharie breaks)

The weekend will give time for reflection and prayer but also for tapping into or re-kindling the enthusiasm and spirit of our VC experience as well as re-connecting with our VC family.  There will also be time to make new friends or renew old friendships, tell stories and generally be together!

Cost €65  (includes B&B (en suite) Sat night and all meals and tea/coffe

B&B can also be booked directly with An Tobar needed on Friday night at an additional cost of €30

To register:

Click here to download event booking form, complete and return by email to info@viatoreschristi.com or by post with €30 deposit by Monday 30th April 2018

Payment Options:
Cash or cheque made payable to Viatores Christi
Electronic transfer to our bank: Bank of Ireland, College Green, D2,  BIC: BOFIIE2D, Account No. 38239797, Sort Code 90-00-17, IBAN: IE34 BOFI 9000 1738 2397 97 – (remember to mention Retreat)
Make a quick, secure online credit/debit card payment through our website below: 

Pay €30 deposit for VC Retreat
Pay Full Cost (€65) for VC Retreat  

 Getting there:

An Tobar is located near Navan, Co. Meath and may be accessed via R157 and M3 or via M4 and R158
Please click here for more information
Let us know if you would like a lift (we will try to facilitate this as far as possible) or if you can provide a lift to somebody else.

For further information please email Nora Casey noracasey45@gmail.com

Venture – Training for Development (Spring 2018)

 

Introduction

Venture Spring 2018 is an excellent, comprehensive programme delivered over four weekends between February and May 2018.

The course also has online modules (using Moodle) in

Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection

Research Methodologies

*New* Technical Writing

Course / Module  
Global Awareness, Health 10-11 February 2018
Community Development and Leadership 10-11 March 2018
Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation 7-8 April 2018 Date change
Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies (New module) Please note some modules including Research Methodologies have an online component using Moodle. 12-13 May 2018
 

Who is this for?
Prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers who intend to work and live in a developing country.

What will you learn?

While providing a some keys skills and knowledge in practical overseas development it will also help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them.  It is crucial that development workers, missionaries or volunteers are well prepared; this helps ensure that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas.

Programme

Module 1 Introduction and Logistics sessions.
Module 2 Global Awareness.
Module 3 Mission and Development –This is aimed at those working in the faith-based sector and is held after the returned volunteer speaker each Sunday morning.
Module 4 Returned Volunteer Speakers. Four speakers will input, one on each weekend
Module 5 Health
Module 6 Community Development and Leadership
Module 7 Cultural Adaptation
Module 8 Challenge and Conflict
Module 9 Research Methodologies
Module 10 Project Cycle Management and Monitoring & Evaluation
Module 11 Online Security Course mandatory for all trainees (UNDSS)
Module 12 Comhlámh Volunteer Charter
Online The course also has online modules (using Moodle) in Child & Vulnerable Adult ProtectionResearch Methodologies*New* Technical Writing

 

The programme is delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

Course fee €400 (less 20% for unwaged)

Register and pay online here.

Venture – Training for Development (Autumn 2017)

Introduction

Venture Autumn 2017 is an excellent, comprehensive programme delivered over four weekends between September and December 2017.

The course also has online modules (using Moodle) in

Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection

Research Methodologies

*New* Technical Writing

Course / Module
Global Awareness, Health 16-17 Sept 2017
Community Development and Leadership 14-15 Oct 2017
Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation 11-12 Nov 2017
Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies (New module) Please note some modules including Research Methodologies have an online component using Moodle. 9-10 Dec 2017

Who is this for?
Prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers who intend to work and live in a developing country.

What will you learn?

While providing a some keys skills and knowledge in practical overseas development it will also help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them.  It is crucial that development workers, missionaries or volunteers are well prepared; this helps ensure that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas.

Programme

Module 1 Introduction and Logistics sessions.
Module 2 Global Awareness.
Module 3 Mission and Development –This is aimed at those working in the faith-based sector and is held after the returned volunteer speaker each Sunday morning.
Module 4 Returned Volunteer Speakers. Four speakers will input, one on each weekend
Module 5 Health
Module 6 Community Development and Leadership
Module 7 Cultural Adaptation
Module 8 Challenge and Conflict
Module 9 Research Methodologies
Module 10 Project Cycle Management and Monitoring & Evaluation
Module 11 Online Security Course mandatory for all trainees (UNDSS)
Module 12 Comhlámh Volunteer Charter
Online The course also has online modules (using Moodle) in

Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection

Research Methodologies

*New* Technical Writing

 

The programme is delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

Course fee €400 (less 20% for unwaged)

Register and pay online here.

Overseas Volunteering Info & Recruitment Session

Thinking of volunteering this year?

VC has been recruiting, training and placing skilled people on projects overseas for over 56 years and we have learned a few things…

Guarantee that your time volunteering will make the best impact – prepare, prepare and prepare!
Get to know the issues and the root causes of global injustice
Get to know yourself!
Go only where you are needed

Come and meet us!

Come and meet us in BELFAST on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 7.30pm in St John’s Parochial House, Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6EN 

to learn more about our current vacancies overseas as well as our part-time overseas development training programme Venture 2017 (one weekend per month over 4 months at VC HQ) which is aimed at prospective Development Workers and Volunteers and offers an experience that will give the volunteer or development worker the confidence that he/she is fully prepared to work overseas.  

Call 01-8689986 or email us for further information!

 

Final Talk in “He Has Spoken Through the Prophets”

He Has Spoken Through the Prophets…

VC Invites You to a Our Final Seminar in this Series on Renewal

After a very successful series of talks so far we really look forward to the final talk in this series on Wednesday 7th June!

This talk, featuring broadcaster and journalist Pat Coyle will be from the perspective of a lay woman.

Pat was born in Derry City in 1957 and was ten when the troubles’ started. The Catholic Church and the war on her front street have been two of the most potent patriarchal forces in her life. She is a graduate of Philosophy from the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology. In 2005 she took up the post of Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Ireland where she works today.

 Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Lecture Hall, Belvedere College Dublin 1

Suggested donation €10

To book you place call 01-8689986 or email info@viatoreschristi.com

Retreat & Gathering for VC Members

Viatores Christi would like to invite you to a

Retreat & Gathering
Led by Fr. Donal Dorr SPS

from Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th June.

In Gormanston Park, Co Meath

Arrival on Saturday 10th June at 1pm for lunch (attendees may also arrive earlier)
Closing on Sunday 11th June at 4pm approx (after 3pm Eucharist)

The weekend will give time for reflection and prayer but also for tapping into or re-kindling the enthusiasm and spirit of our VC experience as well as re-connecting with our VC family.  There will also be time to make new friends or renew old friendships, tell stories and generally be together!

Cost €80 to €85
(includes B&B in single or 6-bed dormitory room on Saturday night and all meals and tea/coffee breaks)

To register:
Click here to download event booking form, complete and return by email to info@viatoreschristi.com or by post with €30 deposit by Monday 22ndMay 2017

 
Payment Options:
Cash or cheque made payable to Viatores Christi
Electronic transfer to our bank: Bank of Ireland, College Green, D2,  BIC: BOFIIE2D, Account No. 38239797, Sort Code 90-00-17, IBAN: IE34 BOFI 9000 1738 2397 97 – (remember to mention Retreat)
Make a quick, secure online credit/debit card payment through our website below: 

Pay €30 deposit for VC Retreat
Pay VC Retreat Cost Dorm 

 

Pay VC Retreat Cost Single Room

Getting there:
Gormanston Park is off Exit 6 on the M1 Northbound
Please click here for more information
Let us know if you would like a lift (we will try to facilitate this as far as possible) or if you can provide a lift to somebody else.

For further information please email Nora Casey noracasey45@gm
ail.com  or call the VC office at 01-8689986.

We look forward to seeing you on 10th and 11th June!

He has spoken through the prophets…

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He Has Spoken Through the Prophets…

VC Invites You to a Seminar Series on Renewal

We are delighted to announce that VC will hold a number of seminars on renewal and the future of the Church during April, May and June. This will consist of a series of hard-hitting thought-provoking seminars from different perspectives featuring the following speakers:

Bishop Willie Walsh April 4th 2017

Click to hear his talk

 

Fr Mark Patrick Hederman May 3rd 2017

 

Patricia Coyle June 7th 2017

About our speakers

Bishop Willie Walsh is not afraid to ask the difficult questions – questions that willneed to be faced by the institutional Church if it is to try and regain the credibility lost in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.” Columba Press.
A native of Roscrea Bishop Walsh  was ordained in 1959 in Rome at the ageof 24. He taught for a year at Coláiste Einde, Galway and joined the staff of St Flannan’s College, Ennis in 1963. He became Bishop of Killaloe in 1995 and served until 2010. He was succeeded by Bishop Kieran O’Reilly.

Mark Hederman is Abbot of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick. A former headmaster of Glenstal Abbey School, he is author of a number of number of books, the two most recent being Underground Cathedrals, Columba Press, 2010 and Dancing with Dinosaurs, 2011. With a doctorate in the philosophy of education, Mark Patrick has a reputation for being thought provoking, insightful and wise. He has lectured in philosophy and literature in America and Nigeria as well as Ireland,

Pat Coyle was born in Derry City in 1957 and was ten when the troubles’ started. The Catholic Church and the war on her front street have been two of the most potent patriarchal forces in her life. She is a graduate of Philosophy from the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology. In 2005 she took up the post of Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Ireland where she works today.

 Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Lecture Hall, Belvedere College Dublin 1

Suggested donation €10

To book you place call 01-8689986 or email info@viatoreschristi.com

Project Cycle Management Weekend Workshop

 

Introduction

A weekend workshop (Saturday and Sunday) on Project Cycle Management,  Results Focused Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Date

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th November 2017

Who is this for?

Existing or prospective volunteers, development workers, missionaries who wish to gain greater knowledge of the principles of Project Cycle Management and Results Focused Planning.

 Objectives

· To facilitate participants to understand the principles and stages of Project Cycle Management;

· To facilitate participants to understand the principles and stages of Results Focused Planning;

· To facilitate participants to understand what Monitoring and Evaluation is all about, and how to conduct project monitoring and project evaluations;

· To impart participants with increased confidence in relation to planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a project or programme.

Methodology

An adult learning approach will be used which will be a mixture of didactic instruction, group work, case study, and shared experience.

Outline Content

1 The Project Cycle

1.1 Organisational Strategic Direction and Wider Policy Context

1.2 Problem Identification and Planning

1.3 Proposal Development and Financing

1.4 Implementation

1.5 Monitoring

1.6 Evaluation

2 Results Focused Planning

2.1 Activities Focused Approach vs. Results Focused Approach

2.2 Identification of the Overall Problem

2.3 Context and Organisational Analysis

2.4 Participation and Stakeholder Analysis

2.5 Problem Identification and Analysis, Needs Assessments

2.6 Objective Setting and Analysis

2.7 The Intervention Logic

2.8 Risks Analysis

2.9 Indicators and Means of Verification

3 Monitoring & Evaluation

3.1 Definitions, Types & Purpose of Monitoring

3.2 Monitoring vs Evaluation

3.3 Purpose & Focus of Evaluation

3.4 OECD-DAC Evaluation Criteria

3.5 Monitoring and Evaluation in Practice

 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

• Use a results focused approach to planning interventions

• Use participatory techniques with local communities

• Work with local communities to identify needs within the community

• Plan with local communities and stakeholders in a collaborative manner

• Plan sustainable, viable projects that respond to needs identified by local communities

• Monitor the implementation and outcomes of projects

• Organise an evaluation of the merits of the project

 

This programme will be delivered by Ronan White – experienced practitioner, trainer and lecturer in the field of development. Read more here

Course Fee €100

Pay course fee online

 

Venture – Training for Development (Spring 2017)

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Introduction

Venture Spring 2017 is an excellent, comprehensive programme delivered over four weekends between February and May 2017. Provisional dates below.

Course / Module Date
Global Awareness, Health 11-12 February 2017
Community Development and Leadership 11-12 March 2017
Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies (New module) 8-9 April 2017
Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation 13-14 May 2017

Who is this for?
Prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers who intend to work and live in a developing country.

What will you learn?

While providing a some keys skills and knowledge in practical overseas development it will also help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them.  It is crucial that development workers, missionaries or volunteers are well prepared; this helps ensure that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas.

Programme

Module 1 Introduction and Logistics sessions.
Module 2 Global Awareness.
Module 3 Mission and Development –This is aimed at those working in the faith-based sector and is held after the returned volunteer speaker each Sunday morning.
Module 4 Returned Volunteer Speakers. Four speakers will input, one on each weekend
Module 5 Health
Module 6 Community Development and Leadership
Module 7 Cultural Adaptation
Module 8 Challenge and Conflict
Module 9 Research Methodologies
Module 10 Project Cycle Management and Monitoring & Evaluation
Module 11 Online Security Course mandatory for all trainees (UNDSS)
Module 12 Comhlámh Volunteer Charter
Other Induction Training for Specific Countries once Role has been identified

The programme is delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

Course fee €400 (less 20% for unwaged)

Register and pay online here.