How to be a great DofE leader
In December, the National DofE Center hosted the third international exchange of DofE leaders. It was attended by leaders from Bulgaria, Lithuania, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The four-day training was focused on strengthening self-confidence and well-being in the role of a leader.
The whole project is called "Non-formal learning in the Formal Education" and is supported by the Erasmus + programme.
Most DofE leaders are volunteers - they take care of the participants in their free time, so they can get into a situation in which they do not have the strength to lead the DofE participants. How to be a good leader? In December, 14 DofE leaders from 4 different countries tried to answer this question. Over the course of four days, they gradually focused on various aspects of their experiences so that they would become more confident leaders through the training.
The whole exchange began with a common acquaintance. The staff of the Czech National Center presented how the programme works in our country, and then we had the opportunity to compare with others how we are similar and how we differ. In the afternoon, we focused on tools for better stress management. Leaders have learned how to choose priorities and how to calm down in stressful situations.
The next day we went "into action" and spent time at the Jan Kepler Grammar School. First we met the leaders and participants from the grammar school, they introduced us to the school so that we could understand well in what context DofE works for them. Then we had the opportunity to share experiences with similar situations. The second part of the day was devoted to solving specific problems that leaders encounter in running the DofE programme. How to motivate participants to complete the program? Where to find expedition evaluators? How to get parental support? These were the questions we answered together.
On the last day of the exchange, we were preparing for the change we want to make when we return home. Everyone had the space to think about how to deal with new information and tools. The aim was to plan what methods of work we will use as leaders in our work.
In addition to all-day training, participants also had the opportunity to get to know a piece of pre-Christmas Prague. Together we went through a tour of both classic and unusual. One evening, thanks to the organization Pragulic, a homeless guide took us through the center of Prague and showed it to us with his own eyes.
The exchange was an inspiration for all of how DofE works in other cities and countries. At the same time, thanks to her, we learned how to deal with stress, how to properly reflect on ourselves and our work, and how to be healthy motivated. You can look forward to the experience of individual leaders in the video created during the exchange.