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Training Course EUtopia: Diversity in Changing Europe. Creative youth work lab for rethinking diversity solutions

Dates: 8-14 September 2018

Venue: Kosovo*

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countriesWestern Balkan countries

Application deadline: 24th June 2018

If you are ready to dive deep in the meaning of diversity and use what you find to reshape the practices of youth work – then EUtopia is for you!

General Description

Have you ever heard that diversity is necessary for a peaceful prosperous society? Has somebody said it has gone too far? Or that diversity is impossible and unnecessary? Have you ever wondered if maybe that is true? When everything seems to be changing so fast, and often what feels like for the worse, how do you work with young people to make sense of it all?

Imagine a world where you knew at least some of the answers. Or a world where people would ask those questions. Or a world where you would have time to ask questions and think about answers.

Would you like to go on a six months creative journey with a dynamic community of learners?
Would you like to try your hand at slow youth work in a world that is changing rapidly?
Join us for EUtopia? Diversity in a Changing Europe – a long-term creative lab for rethinking approaches to diversity in youth work.

It is designed for critical thinkers, who work with young people and are not afraid of opening controversial questions and questioning concepts.

It is for the very experienced among us, who sometimes feel tired of thinking, and the very fresh ones, who sometimes feel lost as to where to even begin.

The aim of the lab is to provide youth field professionals with an opportunity

1) to explore the complex and diverse realities of young people in a changing Europe and
2) to prepare to better respond to those realities by applying values-based perspective of diversity and reshaping their youth work practices.

The objectives of the lab are:
• to create a community of learners ready to engage in a challenging, self-reflective, long term, dynamic learning process;
• to identify the relevant socio-political and cultural conditions that influence the lives of young people on local and European level;
• to explore the contexts in which young people grow up today, and critically evaluate the current youth work responses to them;
• to understand reasoning and motivation behind young people’s views and attitudes, discover how opinions are formed and encourage critical thinking;
• to challenge/ radicalize the concept of diversity, exploring it based on a values-based, rather than from a normative policy perspective;
• to develop the most relevant competences for reconsidering and reshaping youth work practices that fit the current challenges;
• to incorporate principles of slow youth work in diversity related practices;
• to discover opportunities to incorporate values- based approach to diversity within Erasmus+ activities and to support international cooperation among participants.

EUtopia? Diversity in a Changing Europe is a creative, analytical and critical experiment which will last six months. It will bring new life to old concepts and will capture it all in a dynamic tool, co-created by all participants. It is comprised of four elements:
• 1st part: Home Lab for Introduction – online learning process consisting of 24 hours of individual guided work from July to August (participants are required to dedicate about 3 hours a week for online learning throughout the summer)
• 2nd part: Lab for Critical Analysis – challenging, exploring and developing concepts in Kosovo, from 8th to 14th of September 2018
• 3rd part: Piloting Lab for Creativity and Experimentation – personal labs of participants in their local communities
• 4th part: Designing Lab – lab for tools and approaches in Latvia, from 9th to 13th of December 2018

The call is open to all people working professionally with young people. Any previous involvement with diversity topics will be an advantage.

The selected participants are requested to take part in all parts of the Lab.
This long-term lab is the 5th international edition of a training concept developed jointly by the Latvian National Agency for the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme and SALTO South East Europe and Cultural Diversity Resource Centres.

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Costs

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

If you come from a country other than Programme Countries, please contact the host NA for further information about the financial details.
TCA 2018

Organizer:

Latvian National Agency

Co-organizer:

SOUTH-EAST EUROPE – SALTO

Phone: +37167358069

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Vladislava Skele

E-Mail: vladislava.skele@jaunatne.gov.lv

Kosovo UN1244 (*not recognized by some countries)

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

Budapest

Training Course: Circus pedagogy for youth workers

Dates: 23-30 June 2018

Venue: Sikonda, Hungary

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain

Application deadline: 3rd June 2018

T.c. for youth workers who want to use circus pedagogy as a tool of their work with youngsters. Participants will learn BASICS of some circus skills such as acrobalance, juggling, balloon modeling… and various methods of preparing a circus workshops.

General Description

Training course is for complete circus beginners.
In a context where it is becoming increasingly hard to reach youngsters, we understand the importance of developing and delivering interesting and stimulating activities to better involve youth worker’s target group aged between 13 and 30.

We want to propose appealing activities to youngsters in the form of circus pedagogy workshops. Apart from being attractive to young people, these activities convey modern values of citizenship, honesty and cooperation and at the same time build personal self-esteem and trust. With that in mind, we want to provide youth workers with an innovative and flexible method of work and educate them to help reach their goals.

We use circus activities as a form of pedagogy in teaching and in non-formal education. Our main idea is that circus activity is appealing and fun for everybody, making it ideal as a tool for educational work with youngsters. The aim is to introduce youth workers and youngsters to positive, healthy activities that encourages co-operation, and strengthen confidence, while developing co-ordination and persistence.

The end result is much more than learning these skills – it also helps to improve self-esteem, build on a social capital and direct people towards positive ways of living. Our project will involve 26 participants from different countries all active in youth work. We want to involve many different countries as we would like to offer participants a chance to broaden their cultural horizon, make new contacts outside their countries and help them kick start their own international projects.

We believe that these projects are a key to more efficient youth work, and therefore a key to improving youngsters’ lifestyle across the European Union.

Helped by a staff of professional circus experts, we rely on this project to reach our main goal of teaching the participants the basics of various circus skills such as acrobalance, juggling, diabolo, balloon modelling etc. and various methods of preparing and implementing circus workshops, which they will be able to use as a tool in their work with youngsters. At the end of our training course all the participants will be equipped with knowledge on how to prepare and implement circus pedagogy workshop on their own.

Working together the 26 participants and our staff of 4 will also interact with the local population offering them a final public circus event consisting from a circus workshop and circus performance, to share a moment of happiness, of intercultural reciprocal exchange and, at the same time, send out a clear message about the potentialities of non-formal education to the young citizens of the hosting town.

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Costs

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Food and accommodation costs will be fully covered by the project. We just ask participants to contribute 20 EUR participation fee. If that is a obstacle we can also discus that as we want our training to be accessible to everyone.

The grants from the Erasmus + program covers the travel costs of the participant like so:

Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, FYROM, Spain – 275 EUR

Czech, Romanian, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia – 180 EUR

Travel costs will be reimburshed after project.

Application

Organizer:

Association for circus, education and culture – CIK NGO

Co-organizer:

Hungarian Juggling Association – NGO

Phone: + 386 68 617 020

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

GOA

Training Course: Lick into Shape

Dates: 12-15 June 2018

Venue: Malta

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline: 28th May 2018

This Training aims to bring together trainers including EVS trainers to exchange ideas and methodologies to further improve the quality of projects within Erasmus+ Youth In Action Programme.

General Description

This training will be an opportunity for trainers to further develop their skills and competences and to get updated with the latest development of Erasmus+ concerning Volunteering Activities and the European Solidarity Corps.

Aims:
• To provide the opportunity for contact making in between trainers from the different pools for trainers active in Erasmus+ Programme;
• To allow the sharing of ideas and good practices regarding the support system for volunteers, mentors and organizations engaged on Volunteering Activities (former EVS);
• Exchange and enhance the training methodologies used by trainers across the network of NAs;
• To reflect and update trainers with trending needs regarding the Volunteering Activities training and support cycle;
• To provide a space for trainers to share and acquire new resources and tools for their work;
• To reflect the European Training Strategy (ETS) competences model and the impact on trainers development;
• To provide updated information and training in relation to the new programme being developed – European Solidarity Corps;
• To contribute to increase the quality projects and training activities across the network of NAs.

Target group: this training course is aimed at Trainers and Trainers who were involved in former EVS training.

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Costs

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your NA or your SALTO RC to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Note for sending NAs: This activity is financed by TCA 2017

Application

Organizer:

European Union Programmes Agency – EUPA – National Agency

Co-organizer:

Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (I.NE.DI.VI.M) – National Agency

Phone: 00356 2558 6118

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

David Pace

E-Mail: david.f.pace@gov.mt

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

Praha

Conference: Bridges for Trainers 2018

Dates: 28-30 November 2018

Venue: Prague, Czech Republic

Eligible are ca. 140  participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 24th September 2018

Bridges for Trainers is a space to debate on trends and issues related to training in the youth field. BfT 2018 will explore the roles tasks of trainers connected with the policy initiatives in the field of youth, including the new EU Youth Strategy.

General Description

Trainers and training providers with existing training strategies for trainers at national or international level are invited to come to Prague and discuss the possible links between the work of trainers and the policy initiatives in the field of youth, including the new EU Youth Strategy.

The idea is to explore trainers’ roles and tasks to better recognise and support policy initiatives in youth work (and vice-versa), what are the possible opportunities, synergies, areas of tensions, what is needed, etc. This will be linked with further reflections on the new ‘being civically engaged’ competence area of the ETS model for trainers, with being pro-activ(ist) in youth work, the further development of quality in youth work, and the digitalisation of youth work, amongst other themes under the scope of current policy initiatives.

The main intentions for BfT 2018 are:

– To get insights of the new programme and/or policy initiatives that have an impact on the role/tasks/work of trainers;
– To explore the contents of the new EU Youth Strategy (still probably in its drafted version);
– To reflect on possible areas of tensions – thematic or not – with regard to the role and tasks of trainers and policy initiatives;
– To update on and collect feedback to recent and planned developments within the European Training Strategy (ETS); and
– To encourage networking and exchange with other trainers and other training providers.
BfT 2018 is organised and financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action NAs of Czech Republic, Germany, and SALTO Training and Cooperation Resource Centre and will be moderated by Alexandra Beweis (AT) and Bara Rodi (CZ).

The hosting costs will be co-financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action NAs of Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain.

It will take place from 28 -30 November (travel on the 27th evening and departure 30th afternoon) in Prague, Czech Republic and will gather ca. 140 participants with the following profiles or roles:
– Trainers experienced in youth workers and youth leaders training (national and international level – attention: no trainers training only young people!);
– Training course providers implementing training strategies for trainers (organisations/institutions); and
– Erasmus+ Youth in Action/SALTO RC staff cooperating with trainers and trainer pools.
Bridges for Trainers 2018 will still be articulated around the ‘ETS Competence model for trainers working at international level’ developed in 2013 under the European Training Strategy (ETS) of the Youth in Action Programme and composed of currently 7 competence areas (‘being civically engaged’ being now formally included in the model).

BfT serves as a platform to contribute to exploring the next steps to be undertaken in the ETS development and to reflect on what role Erasmus+ Youth in Action could play in this.

BfT takes place every two years and is a conference concept bringing together experienced trainers, other training providers and Erasmus+ Youth in Action NA/SALTO RC staff working with trainers / trainer pools to reflect on trends and core issues in the youth field and effects on the work of trainers.

More information on additional planned offers for trainers can be found at , the long-term cooperation project of 8 NAs and SALTO T&C RC

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Costs

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

If you come from one of the countries covered by the Neighboring Partner Countries of Erasmus+ Youth in Action strand, please contact your regional SALTO RC before applying:
SALTO EuroMed -> euromed@salto-youth.net
SALTO Eastern Europe Caucasus -> eeca@salto-youth.net
SALTO South East Europe -> see@salto-youth.net

Application

Organizer:

SALTO Training and Cooperation RC

Co-organizer:

NAs of Czech Republic, Germany, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain – National Agency

Contact for questions:

Gisele Evrard Markovic

Phone: Ν/Α

For additional information please: Download the Application form

E-Mail: gisele@salto-youth.net

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

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Training Course: Nonviolent communication. A Language of life

Dates: 1-7 July 2018

Venue: Banská Štiavnica, Slovak Republic

Eligible are 22 participants coming from: Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Netherlands, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain

Application deadline: 25th May 2018

We invite you to join us this summer to co-create a community of learning to explore the idea and uses of nonviolent communication (NVC) within education and personal development in colorful and diverse society of today.

General Description

There are 2 training courses you can join, taking place in these dates:

1st July to 7th July 2018 in Slovakia
18th August to 24th August in Netherlands

The first training, called “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life”, will take place in Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia from 1st July to 7th July 2018. This will be a basic training, where participants will be introduced to the concept of NVC, in order to understand and especially to practice given principles of communication.

The second training, called “Nonviolent Communication: Deepening”, will take place in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands from 18th August to 24th August 2018 . This will be an advanced training, where participants will go deeper into the understanding of NVC, apply skills of NVC in different contexts and meet several trainers and professionals with extensive experience in the field.

What could you gain from this experience?

  • Understanding of the basic principles of nonviolent communication
  • Ability to distinguish between perception and interpretation
  • Getting in touch with your feelings
  • Reclaiming responsibility for your own feelings through understanding your underlying needs
  • Insight in difference between a request and an order
  • Ability to recognize a need for empathy and the skill of providing it
  • Introduction to the concept of „Life enriching education“
  • The chance to help create an international and diverse network of enquiry.
  • Knowledge and new ideas through sharing of our educational practice.
  • Reflecting on applying what we learn into the service for our communities, our professional and our personal life.

Target group
Youth workers, trainers, guides and teachers from formal and non-formal fields of education. Diversity of practitioners can only strengthen our learning on this course.

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Costs

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Accommodation, food, travel costs up to certain limit and other training costs are covered by Erasmus+ program of European union.

Maximum travel reimbursement per participant:
Slovakia, Czech republic, Hungary – 180€
Romania,Greece, Netherlands – 275€
Spain, Israel – 360€

We ask for participation fee from 60€ to 100€ per one training depending on your possibilities.

Organizer:

Preles – NGO

Phone: +421949754146

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Nonviolent Communication.pdf

Contact for questions:

Vladimir Randa

E-Mail: vladimir.randa@gmail.com

Taevaskojas

Training Course: Peace Games

Dates: 26 August – 3 September 2018

Venue: Sluňákov, Horka nad Moravou, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 17th June 2018

Are you curious to explore games as learning tools to develop political participation, inclusion and non violent communication? Would you like to learn how to introduce tips and principles of “gamification” in your educational work? Then, the game is on!

General Description

“Peace Games” is the second edition of a 8-days residential training course on Game-Based Learning promoted by the Czech organisation Dobroti. The course aims to explore games and gaming methodologies of different types and on different platforms (social games, role playing games, boardgames, video and digital games, creativity expression exercises) and their application in educational activities.

The project will take place in the Czech Republic, close to the city of Olomouc, in the beautiful ecological centre Sluňákov, from the 26th of August to the 3rd of September 2018 (travel days included). It will involve 24 participants from 12 different European countries (Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Romania, Turkey, Germany, Greece, UK, Portugal, Ireland, Hungary and Slovenia).

The objectives of the training course are:
• to define a positive approach to leadership and develop related skills;
• to explore games as learning tools to develop political participation, inclusion and non violent communication;
• to introduce tips and principles of “gamification” in education and training, and to discuss potential negative side effects;
• to empower trainers, youth workers and leaders to increase young people’s participation to political life, reduce radicalization and xenophobia, promote a less violent society – and endow them with applicable tools.

The language of the training course will be English.

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Costs

 

The project has been financed by the Erasmus+ programme.

The costs related to accommodation and food will be completely covered by the hosting organisation and the travel costs will be covered according to the Erasmus+ standards up to the following amounts:

Czech Republic – 20€
Hungary, Slovenia, Germany – 180€

Italy, Romania, Turkey, Greece, UK, Ireland – 275€
Spain, Portugal – 530€

The course foresees a participation fee as a contribution to the programme, but money shouldn’t be the only obstacle against your participation.

The amount of the fee will be calculated on a sliding scale from 30€ to 100€, so that every participant will be free to choose how much his/her contribution will be according to their own personal financial possibilities and the value they see in 8 days training programme.

Application

 

Organizer:

Dobroti – NGO

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Peace Games.pdf

Contact for questions:

Dobroti Team

E-Mail: wargames.training@gmail.com

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Training Course: Youth work against violent radicalisation. The role of democratic competences – Part 2

Dates: 26-29 June 2018

Venue: Slovak Republic

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline: 3rd June 2018

The role of democratic competences – part 2 is linked to the training of trainers which took place in Utøya/Sundwollen in April 2018 (Youth work against violent radicalization: The role of democratic competences – part 1).

General Description

The second part will be focused more on the practical tools in everyday youth work in the prevention of raising extremism which might result in violent radicalization on both sides – those who spread the hate and intolerance as well as between those who are targeted by hatred and discrimination.

This training aims to build professional competences of youth workers in the field of non-formal education for democratic culture and prevention of extremism.

Youth workers belong to the “first line” professions who have the opportunity not only to notice the signs of radicalization but also to build resilience of young people towards it.

Although the role of youth work in preventing the radicalization of young people is discussed for a while, youth workers still lack the tools and strategies on how to deal with different aspects of extremism and violent radicalization of youth in their everyday practice.

Many times, the expectations are much higher than the reality allows us.

  • What are the cases youth workers should be able to step in?
  • How to avoid frustration of young people and how to foster mutual understanding?
  • Are the radical thoughts natural for youngsters?
  • How can youth workers support their ideas to change society in a democratic way?

Those are just few questions we will discuss together.

The training will enable participants to:
• Implement available educational resources developed by the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of human rights education and prevention of violent radicalization.

• Understand and consider the specific factors influencing young people to enter radical groups in their region.
• Build the resilience of young people towards violent radicalization;
• Foster democratic competences in individual youth and create a democratic culture in their communities.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Programme. TCA 2018-2019

Being selected for this course, the costs as (accommodation, food etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NA hosting this project.

For this training course is participation fee as contribution needed which varies from country to country.

Therefore please contact your NA (if you are resident in a Programme Country) to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. Thank you.

Application

 

Organizer:

Iuventa, National Agency Erasmus+, Slovakia

Co-organizer:

YiA NA Norway (National Agency

Phone: +421 907 993 233

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Michaela Ujházyová

E-Mail: michaela.ujhazyova@iuventa.sk

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.