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ETS training course COMETS: Designing Educational Programmes

Dates: 16-22 February 2020

Venue: Dunboyne, Ireland

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 18th October 2019

COMETS is a one-week course that supports advanced trainers to explore a certain competence area defined by the ETS Competence Model for Trainers. This edition focuses on ‘Designing Educational Programmes’.

General Description

Aim:

To explore and reflect on one’s practice when designing educational programmes.

Intentions:

  • To raise awareness on your personal and professional patterns when designing educational programme.
  • To reflect educational programmes design concepts from different perspectives

  • To understanding the complexities of designing educational programmes
  • To explore ways to stimulate, support and empower groups through inspiring educational programmes
  • To explore the roles and responsibilities of trainers regarding the impact of educational programme.
  • To explore how the design of educational programmes is influenced by the principles and values of Non Formal Learning.

The competences that this COMETS tackles are:

  • Choose and designing appropriate methods for collection, interpreting and disseminating information
  • Developing an educational approach based on the principles and values of non-formal learning
  • Designing an evaluation process and impact assessment
  • Integrating ICT, e-learning and other tools and methods into the educational activity
  • Transferring knowledge or values related to the activity to learners
  • Integration learners’ socio-political backgrounds into the education programme

Target Group:

COMETS is a training for trainers format which provides trainers, advanced in the implementation of international trainings for youth workers, with opportunities to come together to reflect upon, discuss and develop further on different competence areas of the ETS competence model.

In the context of COMETS, ‘advanced’ means that trainers-learners have the capacity to direct their own learning and in particular, the ability to self-assess their own competences and review their own training practice.

About COMETS:

COMETS is part of the NA Strategic Partnership supporting competence development of trainers and herewith the quality of the training courses for youth workers implemented by these trainers.

Further reading is available about

Arrivals and departures:

Please note that arrivals are foreseen by the 16th evening (by dinner time which is at 19:30) and departures are foreseen on the 22nd morning.

Costs

 

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

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO Resource Centre involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

Your sending National Agency or Regional SALTO Resource Centre will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA/SALTO RC to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

Leargas – National Agency

Co-organiser:

  • SALTO Training and Cooperation Resource Centre

Phone: +35318771202

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack COMETS.pdf

Contact for questions:

Carmel Walsh

E-Mail: cwalsh@leargas.ie

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 TICTAC: Multilateral Training Course to support quality in youth worker mobility activities under Erasmus+ Youth Programme

Dates: 17-23 February 2020

Venue: Italy

Eligible are max. 30 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 1st December 2019

TICTAC is targeted at voluntary and professional youth workers and youth leaders interested in using international cooperation to enhance their local development strategies, it supports designing quality Erasmus+ Youth Programme projects.

General Description

TICTAC is a training course targeted at voluntary and professional youth workers and youth leaders interested in using international cooperation to enhance their local development strategies in line with the goals of their organizations.

The TICTAC training aims to support participants in designing qualitative projects and becoming the pioneers of the Erasmus+ Youth Programme. The overall aim of the TICTAC TC is to develop participants’ competences for implementing projects within the Erasmus+ Youth Programme, as support measures in an organization’s long term strategy.

The specific objectives of the course are:

  • to promote the Erasmus+ Youth Programme as an educational tool;
  • to explore the Erasmus+ Youth Programme with a special focus on quality international cooperation;
  • to understand the role of the Erasmus+ Youth Programme within a long term local strategy;
  • to simulate the first steps of organizing a project in the youth field within an international team
  • to develop participant’s competences in planning Non Formal Education and Intercultural Learning processes;
  • to promote Youth Participation and Active Citizenship as key elements when designing a European project.

Target Group

The training course is designed for youth workers and youth leaders, who

  •  have experienced an international event/activity before (not necessarily a project under the Youth programme);
  • are motivated to learn about and make use of the Erasmus+ Youth Programme for creating or strengthening international partnerships;
  • are willing to work on the quality of their international projects;

  •  have the support of an organisation to attend the TICTAC course and are in the position to implement European youth projects in their organisation,
  • are minimum 18 years old,
  • are able to use English as a working language in order to establish effective communication during group-work and sessions. A low level of English will limit your learning opportunities.

The Network of Erasmus+ Youth National Agencies organises several TICTAC training courses per year. You’ll find an overview on the upcoming TicTacs

Costs

 

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

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO Resource Centre involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

Your sending National Agency or Regional SALTO Resource Centre will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA/SALTO RC to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

Agenzia Nazionale Per I Giovani – National Agency

Co-organiser:

  • SALTO T&C RC (co-ordinator) – SALTO Reso urce Centre

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack for Participants TICTAC.pdf

Contact for questions:

Blanka Thees

E-Mail: blanka@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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Webinar: Young People & Youth Workers in Online Communities

Dates: 12 November 2019

Venue: Online, Estonia

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom,Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 22nd October 2019

Join our interactive webinar to find out what are online communities, echo chambers, filter bubbles and what could be the cause of radicalisation online. We’ll learn about digital youth work and discuss how could we better reach out to young people!

General Description

When young people are online, where are they really and what are they up to?

Young people are self-organising in communities often out of reach for traditional youth work. Therefore the webinar “Young People and Youth Workers in Online Communities” aims to shed light on how young people interact online and look into pathways to reach them in those online spaces. Furthermore the webinar will explore tools of digital youth work for online community work.

The webinar is using many interactive methods and because of this, we can only accept 25 participants. The webinar participants are expected to contribute to the discussions and engage actively.

The webinar is organised by SALTO Participation and Information Resource Centre (SALTO PI) and is co-funded by the National Agencies from Iceland, Bulgaria, Greece, Estonia, Slovakia, Italy, Lithuania and Poland. The training is part of a TCA (Transnational Cooperation Activities) project “Media and Information Literacy Training Programme” coordinated by SALTO PI.

Date: November 12, 2019
Time: 2:00-4:00PM CET
Where: zoom.us link together with a calendar invite will be shared with the selected attendees on October 25, 2019.

During the webinar we will:

  • explore digital communication and online communities
  • present digital youth work concepts and methods
  • discuss the up- and downsides of digital engagement in youth work
  • showcase arguments and conversation starters for practical youth work
  • lower thresholds to use digital tools in youth work
  • Keywords and topics we also cover: memes, echo-chambers, filter bubbles, online spaces and radicalisation.

The trainers:

Martin Fischer (facilitator, trainer):

Martin Fischer is a media and game educator from Germany. His focus is civic and human rights education in link with the digital environment. He works with many participatory projects in digital communities and creates safe spaces for inclusion online. With a passion for gaming, online communities and youth work he is a strong proponent for digital youth work. He is also a member of Think Tank on Youth Participation for SALTO Participation and Information Resource Centre.

Juha Kiviniemi (guest trainer) is a digital youth work expert from Verke, Finland and an Erasmus+ trainer. In the last couple of years he has especially focused on the topics of technology education and social inclusion in the digital youth work field. When he is not training youth workers in Finland or abroad, he can most likely be found online trying to assimilate all the information on the internet.

Technical requirements and information for participants

Webinar will be recorded and parts of it will presented in Participation Resource Pool (currently in development) that is an online platform that will introduce tools for Youth Participation, Media and Information Literacy and Critical Thinking.

In order to take part of this webinar, participants will have to ensure following technical requirements are guaranteed to have a good webinar experience:

  • Wifi or 3G/4G network (min 600kbps/1.2Mbps (up/down),
  • speakers
  • microphone
  • webcam

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

The event takes place online and there are no related costs to accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

The webinar does not require travelling and no reimbursements are foreseen.

Participation fee

There is no participation fee. Selected participants will have to confirm their participation and be available to attend the webinar. In case of cancellation less than 5 days before the webinar takes place, SALTO PI might take this into account in selection of participants in future events. As there are limited places we request responsibility and keeping agreements.

Application

 

Organiser:

SALTO Participation and Information Resource Centre

Phone: +372 697 9232

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Meelika Hirmo

E-Mail: participation@salto-youth.net

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Training Course: The Importance of Play

Dates: 18-25 November 2019

Venue: New Lanark, Scotland, United Kingdom

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Croatia, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 15th December 2019

We invite you to let go of your restricted self and embrace ‘child like’ behaviour and go on an adventure of make believe and imagination! Anything is possible!

General Description

In modern times young people are exposed to an unprecedented amount of negative information. Through their short life’s they have seen constant war while living under the threat of an environmental disaster. We know this has undoubtedly affected young people’s mental health.

We know young people also face a wide range of personal challenges in their lives from family breakdown to bullying. We know resilience has dropped in young people in the last 10 years. It is no surprise that mental health affects 1 in 10 young people.

This includes depression and anxiety. Alarmingly, however, 70% of young people who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at the time of crisis and haven’t developed the coping mechanisms to deal with these crisis’s.

The emotional wellbeing of young people is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows young people to cope with whatever life throws at them and to grow into active and motivated adults.

Young people are going to find themselves in a difficult situation in their life, we know this. But what this project aims to deliver is coping mechanisms in the form of play to support young people through their development and utilise their imagination for later in life.

Scientists have established resounding evidence that playful behaviour has very powerful and positive effects on the brain. So powerful, indeed, that the amount of play a young person does influences the young person’s ability to learn. Play is essential to development it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of young people.

Building play into young people as an everyday activity can support better outcomes for young people and ultimately create a better and more inclusive society. Young people become more creative and understanding to others when they play. In humans, playfulness is associated with positive behaviours that enhance quality of life, including: Creativity, productivity, flexibility, optimism, empathy, social altruism, cooperation, problem solving, an increased ability to manage stress, and decreased mental illness.

Building play into young peoples life is a dynamic learning process that combines several emotional and inelegant responses that young people will utilise when faced with challenges or adversity. Our approach will help youth practitioners/volunteers learn skills that develop these components of play. The main objectives of the project are

•To Empower youth practitioners/volunteers to explore and integrate different innovative and creative approaches, tools, methods and resources in their work with young people, in relation to building playful young people.
•To inform youth practitioners/volunteers about mental wellbeing and the impact building play in young can have.
•Empower practitioners to create impactful play sessions with young people to build confidence, belief and optimism for the young person’s future.
•Empower youth practitioners/volunteers with ability to understand young people emotions and connections.
•To explore the youth mental health and well-being landscape that exists in Europe with a focus on Scotland and the partner countries.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Food and accomondation will be provided and covered by the eramus+ grant.

Travel reimbursement

  • UK: 70 Euro
  • Croatia, Spain, Italy: 275 Euro

Participation fee

30 Euro

Application

 

Organiser:

Polbeth Community HUB

Phone: +441506536123

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack The Importance of Play.pdf

Contact for questions:

Polbeth Community HUB

E-Mail: hub@polbeth.org

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E-learning: Ready, Set, Make the change! European Solidarity Corps Online Course

Dates: 3 October – 31 December 2019

Venue: Online, United Kingdom

Eligible are 500 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU, Other countries in the world

Application deadline: 15th December 2019

A free online course which allows people interested in the European Solidarity Corps to learn about the programme opportunities in a flexible way. A perfect opportunity for learning in between work or travels, enrol now (no application required)!

General Description

Ready, Set, Make the change! Open Online Course launch for European Solidarity Course

We are super excited to announce that we have launched the first Open Online Course for the European Solidarity Corps in Europe.

More than just an online tutorial, the European Solidarity Corps Open Online Course allowed learners to interact through discussion forums where questions and good practice ideas can be shared.

Following the completion of each course unit, there are activities for learners to complete in order to test knowledge of the topics covered. Upon successful completion of the course, learners will be awarded a Youthpass certificate.

The first phase of the course will feature 3 units:

  • Essentials of European Solidarity Corps
  • How to prepare for a project (as an organisation or group)
  • How to apply for the Quality Label.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the European Solidarity Corps Programme.

Accommodation and food

Non-Applicable

Travel reimbursement

N/A

Participation fee

No cost – simply enrol on the course link here and start your journey of learning with us today!

Application

 

Organiser:

UK National Agency – National Agency

Co-organiser:

  • European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

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Training Course: Reconciliation youth work in post-conflict areas

Dates: 22 November – 1 December 2019

Venue: Novi Sad, Serbia

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Kosovo*, Serbia

Application deadline: 21st October 2019

Project “Creativity in youth sport work for reconciliation and acceptance of diversity” consists of several activities, and one of those is this TC “Reconciliation youth work in post-conflict areas”, that will be organised in Novi Sad in November 2019.

General Description

Project “Creativity in youth sport work for reconciliation and acceptance of diversity” aims to build capacity of youth (work) organisations, their youth workers in NFE for youth Sport work for reconciliation and accepting diversity among youngsters in our communities and encouraging creative usage of sport and outdoor activities in youth work for reconciliation.

The project consists of several activities, and one of those is this training course “Reconciliation youth work in post-conflict areas”.

We are hereby recruiting participants that will be able to participate at the training course, give back (to their sending organisations) their knowledge and skills in the topics of the training course and contribute to the follow-up activities within the overall project.

The training course will take place in Serbia (Novi Sad) from 22nd November (arrival in the afternoon) to 1st December (departure in the morning after the breakfast) 2019.

Specific objectives of the training course are:

  •  To learn more about realities and different practices in other European countries when it comes to reconciliation through youth (sport) work
  •  To explore the complexity of “I” and “WE” identities, the layers of identity, the process of identity development and the influence on our intercultural learning, dialogue and acceptance
  •  To explore personal styles of communication and conflict transformation and to reach common understanding on quality non-violent communication and effective approaches of conflict resolution within small intercultural groups
  • To discuss the social and political context we live in, in terms of youth work for reconciliation
  • To discuss and reach common understanding of a constructive process of dealing with the past, of peacebuilding and the deconstruction of “enemy” images
  • To develop recommendations to youth workers for quality reconciliation in our communities
  • To develop specific practical workshops of youth work for reconciliation to be implemented in our communities as a follow-up of this training course

Training course is based on the approach, principles and methods of non-formal education. The language of the training course will be English.

The participants should fulfil the following criteria:

  • To be active youth workers already educated in basic NFE principles and methodology, (willing to get) involved in “sport for all” activities for reconciliation; and empowering other youth workers and mainstream and marginalised youth through sport and outdoor activities
  • Willing to apply & multiply the knowledge received

  • Willing to organise/lead local/national workshops for youth workers on the topic of the project after the participation at the training course
  • Willing to enter into partnerships with participants from different organisations/countries
  • Able to attend and be active during the entire duration of the training course
  • Age above 18 and able to follow the programme in English language.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

The organisers cover accommodation, three meals and two coffee breaks per day.

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs will be reimbursed only for the cheapest way of transport and preferably for the return tickets. Travel expenses are covered by the organisers up to the maximum allowance per distance calculator and means of travel (for all the original tickets and ways of travel that are plane, bus, train or ferry, NOT taxi and NOT car).

Maximum travel expense reimbursement per participant per country, including all incurred costs and bank fees:

  • Serbia – 20 eur
  • Kosovo*, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia  – 180 eur
  • Germany – 275 eur

Participation fee

Non-Applicable

Application

 

Organiser:

Active Youth in Happy Europe (AMUSE) – Youth NGO

Co-organiser:

  • Building The Balkans – Youth NGO

Phone: +381649604358

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack Reconciliation Youth work.pdf

Contact for questions:

Danijela Matorčević

E-Mail: amuse.pancevo@gmail.com

Working language: English

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Training Course: The Inclusionist

Dates: 2-9 November 2019

Venue: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Albania, Italy, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia

Application deadline: 21st October 2019

Aim of the project is to create a partnership between organizations, experienced in working with youth with disabilities and fewer opportunities, so that partners can carry out activities of inclusive education adapted to these categories of youngsters.

General Description

The Inclusionist is an Erasmus+ Youth project financed by the European Union. There are 5 countries participating: Albania, Italy, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.

The aim of the project is to create a partnership between public and private organizations, experienced in working with youth with disabilities (YwD) and youth with fewer opportunities (YwFO), so that partners can carry out activities and develop comprehensive methodological tools of inclusive education adapted to these categories. Some of the partners are also experienced in adaptive sport activities that will share their experience with the others.

To achieve its aim, the project will have two main activities: a training course and a youth exchange.

The first main activity, the training course, takes place in Cluj-Napoca and the mountain resort Băișoara (West-Carpathian Mountains), Romania, starting on November 2 and ending on November 9, 2019 (travel days included).

Objectives of the Project:

– Sharing and developing methods to enhance the social inclusion of 10 YwD and 10 YwFO coming from 5 different countries (Romania, Serbia, Italy, Albania, Republic of North Macedonia) through non-formal learning and adaptive sport within a 7 day youth exchange held in Tirana;

– Developing the capacities of 25 youth workers from the 5 different countries to address YwD and YwFO as specific targets within a 7 day training course in the inclusive education field held in Cluj-Napoca and Băișoara, Romania;

– Enhancing the self-esteem, pro-activeness, acquiring soft and transversal skills of 10 YwD, 10 YwFO and 10 non-disabled/non-marginalized youth coming from 5 different countries through non-formal learning and adaptive sport;

– Raising awareness about inclusion of marginalized youth among 25 youth workers;

– Promoting the international mobility of 30 young people, out of which 20 are marginalized youth from 5 different countries inside and outside the Erasmus+ programme.

All project activities are based on non-formal education methods and tools (working groups, debriefings, free discussions, role plays, workshops, teambuilding exercises, games, energizers, reflections, study visits, presentations etc.), which encourage active participation of each participant in the sessions.

The whole learning methodology will be adapted to the needs of all the participants and will be inclusive with regard of the disabled ones. The two trainers will choose those methods and tools, which involve equally and actively each participant.

The first 3 days of the training course will be kept in Cluj-Napoca, a city of lights, a city of the future, always different, always unpredictable, proudly flaunting its cultural and artistic diversity, Hidden in the heart of Transylvania, the city is the kind of place you cannot help falling in love with.

The last 3 days of the training will take place in the West-Carpathian Mountains (Munții Apuseni). Most of the outdoor and trekking activities will take place in Băișoara a mountain resort situated 60 km from Cluj-Napoca. Also there will be an outdoor activity in the Salt Mine Turda.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Food and accommodation, during the training will be provided by the organizers and funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.

Travel reimbursement

According to the rules within the Erasmus+ Programme, financed by the European Union, we will reimburse the travel costs on basis of the cheapest and most effective possibilities, 2nd class railway tickets, APEX-flights etc., accompanied by the receipt of complete and original tickets, invoices, bills, receipts, boarding cards etc.

All the travel tickets have to be bought after receiving confirmation from the Coordinator !!!

Participants are expected to arrive to Cluj-Napoca, Romania on second of November 2019. The departure will be on ninth of November 2019, after breakfast.

We will reimburse travel costs, by bank transfer, within 45 days after receiving all the original travel   documents, after dissemination, including here 2 local workshops, after the training course, and filling out the Mobility Tool questionnaire.

The maximum reimbursement for:

  • Romania – Euro 0;
  • Italy – Euro 275;
  • Albania, Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia we will send a bus to pick them up from Tirana, Skopje and Nis and bring them to Cluj-Napoca and back, free of charge. In case participants start journey from another location in their country, we will reimburse bus/train tickets accordingly.

Participation fee

No participation fee is requested.

Application

 

Organiser:

Asociatia Babilon Travel – Youth NGO

Phone: +40722634027

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack Thinc.pdf

Contact for questions: