Image result for irelandTraining Course: Empowering U

Dates: 3-12 August 2017

Venue: Co. Wexford, Ireland

Eligible are 27 participants coming from: Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, KOSOVO*, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain

Application deadline: 26th May 2017

A Training Course for trainers, youth workers and peer leaders. It is about developing the competences of youth workers in the areas of empowerment, resilience & positive mental health! Held in rural Ireland from the 3rd to the 12th of August 2017.

General Description

An eight day training to be held in Ireland from 4th to 11th of August 2017.
(Travel days 3th and 12th of August 2017)

A Training Course for trainers, youth workers and peer leaders. It is about developing the competences of youth workers in the areas of empowerment, resilience & positive mental health!

Methods

Non-formal interactive methods include workshops on:
• Mindfulness & creativity based on MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction)
• The practice of empowerment –
• Theatre games – using ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ methodologies to explore empowerment
• Art activities for self expression, creativity, empowerment & resilience
• Practical workshop on making your own natural skincream -regaining power over the production of products we use daily
• Nature walk – connected to positive mental health
• Vision Quest – a Native American ritual to connect to the inner you
• Visits to local area
• Discussion, sharing, exchange of experience, movement & reflection.

The objectives of this course are:

1. For the participants to come away with concrete methods and ideas to help develop their own sense of empowerment & resilience and bring this into the work they do with young people.
2. To understand and put into action ideas and methods to increase positive mental health in the young people they work with.

3. To explore the potentials of creative methodologies as a way for self-discovery, creativity, empowerment & resilience.
4. To be part of an intercultural learning experience.
5. To facilitate the exchange of experience from participants regarding their work with their own young people.
6. To encourage European co-operation in the youth field.

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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 project’s co-ordinator.

  • travel expense refund up to a maximum Travel amount, per country:

Spain 275.00 euro
Estonia 360.00 euro
Kosovo* 360.00 euro
Slovenia 275.00 euro

Poland 275.00 euro
Belarus 360.00 euro
Ireland
Romania 360.00 euro
Greece 360.00 euro
Armenia 820.00

Accommodation and vegetarian food included

100 euro participation fee

Application

 

Organizer:

Eolas Soileir – NGO

Phone: 00353879536586

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Deirdre Quinlan

E-Mail: dquinlan6@gmail.com

Kosovo UN1244 (*not recognized by some countries)

Image resultSeminar: Ready for World – Tools to guide young people in their future life

Dates: 12-15 September 2017

Venue: Helsinki, Finland

Eligible are 40 participants coming from: Belgium – FL, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, FYROM, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey

Application deadline: 15th July 2017

Seminar and Tool Fair on Youth information, guidance & counselling: Sharing and shaping the best practices of delivering information, guidance and counselling concerning the future life of young people.

Description

The global and digitalised world is exciting, but it is also difficult to understand for both young people themselves and the people helping them in making the right choices and coping with the future’s uncertainty!

The aim of the seminar is to try to see into the FUTURE OF YOUNG PEOPLE:

  • What are the future mega trends and how the world and our lives are likely to change?
  • What are the challenges young people will meet?

  • How can youth work and youth information work help young people to overcome those challenges?
  • What kind of good practices are already available in Europe?

The seminar includes expert inputs and sessions for sharing good practices. The key note speaker is the Finnish futurist Ilkka Halava. The idea is to go beyond the “traditional” youth information and dig deeper into the questions linked to:

• international mobility / globalisation
• media/multi literacy
• life on the internet (the challenges caused by the “digital lifestyle”)
• employment, careers & economics
• well-being

The seminar will gather together youth (information) workers interested in the above-mentioned topics, give them space to meet, learn from their peers, network, share, get inspired and develop their ideas further with the others. The fair will showcase the best creative tools and practices of delivering information and guidance in Europe. The programme will consist of expert lectures, presentations, participative workshops, open space and, if possible, study visits.

Target group: Experienced and committed youth workers and youth information, guidance and counselling professionals. Participants must be over 18 years old and able to communicate in English.

The seminar takes place in Helsinki. The seminar starts on Tuesday (late afternoon) and end on Friday (departures after breakfast).

Planning and implementation of the tool fair is done in co-operation between the Finnish National Agency for Erasmus+, Eurodesk and Koordinaatti – National Development Centre of Youth Information and Counselling in Finland.

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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 Erasmus+ Youth in Action 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.

Application

 

Organizer:

Finnish National Agency for Education – National Agency

Phone: +358 295338505

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Hilma Ruokolainen

E-Mail: hilma.ruokolainen@oph.fi

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.

Training Course: How to plan a Youth Exchange with the new Program Erasmus+ Youth

Dates: 29 November – 2 December 2017

Venue: Beaufort, Luxembourg

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

Application deadline: 1st October 2017

ATTENTION: German speaking seminar!

This training course offers a learning experience for participants in the youth field, enabling them to set up a quality Youth Exchange. It answers the question how to plan a youth exchange and how to find partners.

Description

AIMS and OBJECTIVES: Youth Exchanges under Erasmus+ Youth in action are more than just a gathering of young people for a given period. They allow international experience and in depth intercultural exchange.

How can you design a Youth Exchange? How to start the project? Where can you find the suitable partners? These are the questions we would like to answer. The training shows how to set up your project step by step.

Furthermore the youth workers will have the opportunity to meet and get in contact with actors from other countries. The participants get an overview about Youth exchanges in Erasmus+. They discover the philosophy, aims and expectations of the Program.

It will be the opportunity to get practical information and hints and to discuss project ideas.
The training is practically oriented and is based upon non-formal learning methods. The trainers will take into account the needs, motivation, interests and experiences of the participants.

TARGET GROUP: The training is organised by the National Agencies from Belgium, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg and will take place in Luxembourg.

The invitation goes to applicants for Youth Exchanges within the framework of Erasmus+ as well as to youth workers and all (young) people involved in the design of Youth Exchanges

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Costs

 

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

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 country to country.

Please contact your Erasmus+ Youth in Action 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.

Application

 

Organizer:

Service National de la Jeunesse of Luxembourg – National Agency 

Co-organizer:

Anefore – National Agency

Phone: 00 352 2478 6477

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Myriam

E-Mail: myriam.putzeys@snj.lu

Related imageConference: Speak UP, Step UP! European youth work empowering young people’s democratic values & active citizenship

Dates: 16-18 October 2017

Venue: Berlin, Germany

Eligible are 100 participant coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan Countries

Application deadline: 27th August 2017

Speak UP, Step UP! A European conference to consider the practice, impact and future role of Erasmus+ Youth in Action in promoting democratic values and attitudes and active citizenship among young people in Europe.

General Description

Over the last decade Europe has experienced unprecedented political challenges: an economic and financial crisis that has disproportionately negatively impacted on Europe’s young people, the threat of violent extremism, terrorist attacks, growing intolerance, racism and xenophobia, the proliferation of on- and offline hate speech, and backtracking on democratic values.

Whether as victims, perpetrators, bystanders or activists, young people all over Europe are concerned about, but also directly affected by, these phenomena. Politicians, researchers and educators all over Europe are asking questions about why and how young Europeans are becoming radicalized and engaging in violent extremism, why the majority of millenials claim to be interested in politics and socially engaged, but do not go to vote and why in some parts of Europe populists are more convincing to youth than mainstream parties.

For more than 30 years, the European youth and mobility programmes have promoted European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union, and especially participation in democratic life, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, social inclusion and solidarity among young people around Europe and beyond. Since their very beginnings, these programmes have provided young people with opportunities to work on issues of political and social importance, in an effort to engage them as makers of the changes they want to see in their local communities, national societies and Europe.

However, and although the civic and political engagement of young people has always been a priority for Erasmus+ Youth in Action, and there is much to be proud of in regard of the role of Erasmus+ Youth in Action for young people’s active citizenship, the idea that European and international youth work could and should have explicitly political aims is not universally accepted. Members of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action community of practice daily grapple with the challenge of implementing a coherent and effective political dimension in their projects with and by young people.

Statements such as the Paris Declaration show the extent to which there is growing concern among political decision makers at the highest level regarding the direction of democratic development in both the European Union and individual societies in Europe, and regarding the role young people have in those developments. As a statement of the Ministers of Education of all EU Member States, the Paris Declaration emphasizes concrete political aims and objectives for Erasmus+ and Youth in Action, such as:

_ Ensuring young people acquire social, civic and intercultural competences, by promoting democratic values and fundamental rights, social inclusion and non-discrimination, as well as active citizenship;
_ Enhancing critical thinking and media literacy, particularly in the use of the Internet and social media, so as to develop resistance to discrimination and indoctrination;
_ Fostering the education of disadvantaged children and young people, by ensuring that our education and training systems address their needs;
_ Promoting intercultural dialogue through all forms of learning in cooperation with other relevant policies and stakeholders.
The time seems ripe to dive deeper into the role and impact of European and international youth work and to try to understand how (specifically through which practices and with which results) Erasmus+ Youth in Action is contributing to the formation of young people’s democratic values, active citizenship, political literacy and social agency. Does it really deliver on the expectations of European political decision makers in relation to political objectives, as enshrined in the Paris Declaration among other key documents? If so, what kind of educational work with young people is proving most effective for such objectives? Which are the policy and quality development processes that are addressing this theme? Do they need to be linked up? And what would be needed to ensure that the political dimension of European and international youth work is able to flourish within Erasmus+ Youth in Action and other programmes that are offering support?

Aim of the conference
To reinforce the role and impact of Erasmus+ Youth in Action in the promotion of active citizenship and common European values including pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality, in view of the aims of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme and those expressed in the Paris Declaration.

Objectives of the conference
_ to explore, document and celebrate the diversity of practices of political education and critical pedagogy that can be found in the Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme, and which provide young people with the opportunity to work on values (e.g. freedom, tolerance and anti-discrimination) and on social/political change-making;
_ to gather evidence for how youth work practice in the programme is responding to the political and social challenges of European societies that young people themselves consider

important;
_ to problematize and debate the challenges and dilemmas that arise in implementing the value-oriented objectives of the programme and in the practice of value-based European and international youth work;
_ to consider the relevance of the history of the European youth programmes and of the educational traditions out of which they developed for the future practice of international youth work, critical pedagogy and intercultural political education in Erasmus+ Youth in Action;
_ to identify gaps that could be filled, measures to meet needs, opportunities for cooperation and recommendations for future action, that could support and further effective engagement of Erasmus+ Youth in Action with the political and social challenges of European societies;
_ to link the different policy and practice processes where these issues are being addressed, debated, developed and decided upon so as to ensure effective integration of initiatives concerned with similar aims.

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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 Erasmus+ Youth in Action 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 the Western Balkans please contact SALTO SEE under see@salto-youth.net to learn about further information about the financial details.

Application

Organizer:

JUGEND für Europa – National Agency

Co-organizer:

SALTO SEE

Phone: + 49 228 9506269

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Program Speak Up.pdf

Contact for questions:

Inge Linne

E-Mail: linne@jfemail.de

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.

Image result for faro portugalTraining Course: EVS Turn On

Dates: 19 June – 13 October 2017

Venue: Faro, Portugal

Eligible are 25 participant coming from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain

Application deadline: 28th May 2017

EVS related double event, addressing quality management of EVS projects. The aim is to create a space where EVS support staff can explore, share, reflect, practice and learn how to implement quality EVS projects, using full potential of opportunities.

General Description

The particular project consists of two activities (training course and seminar) complementing each other, addressing quality management of EVS projects with a focus on the support system towards the EVS volunteers.

Training Course – 19th to 26th June 2017, Faro, Portugal

The aim of the training is to develop the competences of the coordinators, supervisors and mentors (EVS support staff) on how they can enhance the learning and developing experience throughout the different stages of EVS projects’ cycle on personal, organizational and community levels.

The objectives of the training course are:

– increase knowledge on the principles of non-formal and informal learning, adult learning, accelerated learning, self-directed learning;
– better understand the learning dimensions in EVS projects and the impact they have on its stakeholders;
– develop the necessary skills to support individual learning processes;
– equip with tools to supporting learning on different levels;
– enhance a holistic view over learning styles and their significance in the development of learning plans;
– increase the quality use of Youthpass as a tool to support learning taking place within EVS.

Seminar – 5th to 12th October 2017, Silves, Portugal

The seminar will provide space to exchange good practices, success stories, learning experiences of the organizations that have been working with EVS volunteers. With gathering the success stories and showing the impact the projects have achieved, the aim is to inspire the actors of the EVS projects as well as at improving the learning quality of the future EVS projects.

The objectives of the seminar are:
– creation of space for the exchange of practices, ideas, procedures, stories related to EVS;
– creation of an electronic booklet with success stories promoting EVS but also inspiring future quality projects;
– peer and group learning of the participants;
– space for the creation of partnerships within EVS;
– empowering through analysis of the opportunities given by EVS in the frame of learning and service.

The target group of participants are people that professionally or voluntarily have or will soon have a supporting role within EVS projects including Coordinators (Responsible of Projects), Mentors, Supervisors (Tutors/Task related support person).

Participants need to have at least a basic knowledge about EVS, its philosophy and rules and motivation to become and stay involved with EVS.

Willing and committed to participate in 100% of the programme of activities (both the TC and the seminar) and committed to be active in activities before (contact and online get to know) and after the events (long term evaluation and feedback).

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Costs

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

Accommodation and food is provided by organizers and free of charge for the participants.

Participants shall be reimbursed for their travel expenses up to the amount available for their countries and no more than their real costs.

The amounts have been calculated using the distance calculator of the European Commission from the location of each sending organization to the venue.

Should the travel expenses exceed the contribution available, participants shall cover the extra costs from own resources.

Max amount of refund (per participant, per each activitiy):
Portugal – 20€
Spain – 275€
Bulgaria, Greece, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland – 360€
Lithuania – 530€

Participation in both activities is free of charge

Application

Organizer:

ECOS – Cooperativa de Educação, Cooperação e Desenvolvimento – NGO

Co-organizer:

Associação Liláz – NGO

Phone: +351 965445854

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Carlos Reis

E-Mail: carlos.reis@ecos.pt

TallinnTraining Course: Wake up. Act. Change

Dates: 26 June – 2 July 2017

Venue: Tõstamaa, Estonia

Eligible are 27 participant coming from: Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation

Application deadline: 24th May 2017

The training course “Wake up. Act. Change” aims at empowering and enabling youth workers and youth leaders to increase the level and quality of youth participation in their local communities.

General Description

Participation in the democratic life of a community is more than just voting or standing for elections. It is about having the right, the means, the space, the opportunity and, if necessary, the support to participate in and influence decisions.

Today young people can contribute to building a better society in many ways. However, the level of involvement of young people in local and regional life varies greatly across the EU and neighbouring countries. How can we boost meaningful youth participation? What forms can it take? What are its principles and preconditions? What are the obstacles and challenges? How can we transfer the benefits of international educational activities to our work on the local level?

The training course “Wake up. Act. Change” will bring together 27 youth workers and youth activists from 9 EU and neighbourhood countries.

The project objectives are

– To understand the preconditions of youth participation: how and why young people get active in their local communities;
– To make distinctions between different forms of youth participation;
– To explore principles and crucial elements of a meaningful youth participation;
– To explore the opportunities and challenges of youth participation and involvement in democratic and civic life;
– To examine youth projects (international, national, regional, local) as a way of enhancing the participation of young people at different levels;
– To share best practices of active youth participation in participants’ countries, regions and communities;
– To inform youth workers about new instruments of participatory democracy and engagement into community life;
– To contribute to recognition of non-formal education methods to boost active participation of youngsters in the civic live and democratic processes.
– To promote the core EU values and cooperation under the Erasmus+ program.

We are looking for youth leaders and youth activists committed to active youth participation in social and political life of their home communities. The project strives to gather a diverse group of youth workers, e.g. professional and volunteers; with various levels of prior international experience; working with different methods and on a wide range of projects (political, cultural, environmental, social).

The programme will be based on non-formal education methodology.

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Costs

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. All costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the organisers.

There is a participation fee of 10 EUR.

Travel costs can be reimbursed up to the following amount:

Armenia – 360 EUR
Belarus, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia – 275 EUR
Finland, Lithuania – 180 EUR
Estonia – 20 EUR

Application

Organizer:

MTÜ Kalliralli – NGO

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Anastasia Baskina

E-Mail: anastasia.baskina@gmail.com

Training Course: Sports for Peacebuilding and Inclusion of minorities

Dates: 17-22 September 2017

Venue: Pamplona (Navarra), Spain

Eligible are 24 participant coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline: 23th July 2017

The world is facing challenges connected with violence, discrimination and xenophobia. Sports as international language can be the link for Peacebuilding and intercultural education. Inclusion of different backgrounds’ people can be achieved using sports.

General Description

Sports for Peacebuilding and Inclusion of minorities is a training about diversity, about inclusion and about intercultural learning. Using sports as a tool and method we can achieve a more inclusive society and more peaceful environment for the future generations.

We are facing many challenges in the world: wars, migration, terror attacks and violence everywhere; but when it comes to sport, we see that people comes together and support teams of players or individual sports idols who show that through personal training and motivation, big goals can be achieved.

This training will be about motivation, about personal development, about conflict management, about empowerment of youth and all about sports.

The methodology used will be (among others)

• Workshops about tools for inclusion through sports
• Learning from each others’ experience and achievements
• Sharing good practises from the local-national work that each organization develops
• Experts inputs about conflics management and peacebuilding
• Case studies about the use of sports a an educational tool

A “ready-to-use” simple guide will be developed for the YOUTH EXCHANGES and also for the EVS PROJECTS. This guide will be addressed to project managers and project officers, leaders, trainers and mentors, in order to suggest new activities to promote PEACEBUILDING THROUGH SPORTS.

This guide will be a digital document that will be distributed through the social networks, through the SALTO Tool-box and through the different NA’s websites.

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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.

Please contact your Erasmus+ Youth in Action 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.

Application

Organizer:

Spanish National Agency

Phone: + 34 91 7827750

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Sports for PeaceBuilding.pdf

Contact for questions:

Ana Isabel Rodríguez

E-mail: tca@injuve.es

E-Mail: rodriguezcai@injuve.es

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.