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Study visit: Integration of Young Refugees

Dates: 20-24 February 2018

Venue: Arnhem, Netherlands

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

Application deadline: 23rd December 2017

A study visit for empowering youth workers working with young refugees and asylum seekers. Exchange of good practices and development of concrete ideas for implementation on a local level.

Description

Youth work can be one of the important actors on local level that can play an important role in the integration of young refugees. On the one hand by offering opportunities for the young refugee to learn new competences, gaining self-confidence and a feeling of belonging in this new country.

On the other hand by creating awareness about refugees by working on connecting local communities with young refugees and therefor enhancing the acceptance and decreasing xenophobia of the local communities towards ‘the unknown refugees’

Many initiatives have already taken place to integrate young refugees. The challenge for Youth Work is to not re-invent wheels, connecting successful initiatives and sharing and learning from each other.

One of the initiatives for cooperation is ‘Becoming part of Europe’, a strategic programme of 9 Erasmus+ National Agencies, including the Dutch National Agency. It runs between 2016-2019 and is aimed at identifying best practices of Youth Work in the field of integration and social inclusion of young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and will be working towards policy recommendations about integration and social inclusion involving the main actors in the field of youth work.

This study visit is an initiative of the Dutch National Agency, parallel to and in synergy with the strategic programme, providing a concrete space to youth workers for the exchange of good practices on a local level, learning from identified successful projects, each others experiences and bringing back inspiration and new ideas for successful local projects back home that will benefit the integration of refugees.

Study visit Aim and Objectives

This study visit with training elements aims at empowering and inspiring youth workers and others working directly with refugees and/or asylum seekers to get young refugees to integrate in the local communities by sharing good practices and inspiration for new ideas and formulating concrete steps.

The objectives are:
– To reflect on the own local reality of integrating young refugees into local communities and identifying needs, challenges and good practices for working with young refugees.
– To exchange good practices (projects, methods, activities) of youth work in how to integrate young refugees into local communities
– To explore local good practices of Dutch youth organisations in how to integrate young refugees into local communities
– To get inspired and create own ideas for the integration of refugees within the own local youth work context and to formulate concrete next steps.
– To explore how Erasmus+ can be used as a tool for the integration of refugees.

Be aware that this Study visit with training elements is mainly focused on sharing concrete good practices, getting inspiration and creating new ideas on how your youth work can contribute concretely to the development and integration of refugees. It will not be directly focused on writing new project proposals, finding new partners or giving extensive information on the Erasmus+ programme.

Is this study visit for you?

You are…
– A youth worker (professional or volunteer)
– Professional or volunteer working directly with refugees and/or asylum seekers
– Actively connected to a local youth organisation and working with or motivated to work with young refugees.
– Willing to share your challenges and good practices with other organisations.
– Motivated and able to implement new projects in your local organisation for the integration of young refugees

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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 a country other than Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme Countries, please contact the host Erasmus+ Youth in Action NA for further information about the financial details.

Application

 

Organizer:

Dutch NA Erasmus+ Youth – National Agency

Phone: 0031302306471

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Peter Pieters

E-Mail: p.pieters@nji.nl

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 Game of Cultures: Inclusion of young migrants and refugees

Dates: 29 January – 5 February 2018

Venue: Cascais, Portugal

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

Application deadline: 10th December 2017

For all those who work in multicultural environments and face the challenge of newly arrived cultures, wishing to encourage intercultural dialogue in their local communities in order to enhance its openness to the inclusion of Young migrants and refugees

Description

“Winter” is coming.
More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, continuing this trend in 2016 and 2017, sparking a crisis as countries struggle to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling and including people.

This training course will focus on the work with local communities and not specially in working directly with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees themselves. Inclusion of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees is very hard in communities which lack the openness and are not aware of the issues and challenges associated with it.

Working in the intercultural competences of local communities throughout Europe is a key element for a healthier relationship between all parties and a better Europe towards the future. This training course is focused on intercultural learning in the field of youth and alternative approaches towards it.

Taking different points of view (arriving and hosting) to the situations and possible conflicts, we will be exploring and using different tools that youth workers can use when organizing activities related to cultural diversity, but also giving space for discussion and theoretical considerations.

This training is not only for Youth Workers who work directly with refugees and migrants, but for all those who work in multicultural environments and work in communities who face the challenge of newly arrived cultures.

Game of Cultures is the 2nd edition of an intensive training course with 6 full training days.

Main aim:
– to support, empower and develop the competences of youth workers so that they can act on their local youth communities in order to create multiplier agents, promoting and encouraging intercultural dialogue in their local communities in order to enhance its openness to the inclusion of migrants and refugees, with a mid and long term perspective.

Objectives:
– Reflect on the current European and National realities concerning the flux of migrants and refugees and their inclusion;
– Learn and develop knowledge, competences and tools to work on diversity, intercultural learning and intercultural dialogue;
– Create awareness of the importance that influence of culture has on person’s behavior and identity;
– Raise awareness on the cultural differences between different European countries and to what extent this impacts the inclusion/exclusion of migrants and refugees in different societies;
– Develop tools, activities and sustainable strategies to promote inclusion of migrants and refugees;
– Explore the potential of young people as actors of inclusion and change on a local level, on a mid and long term perspective;
– Share good practices related to youth work, inclusion and active participation
– Acknowledge the Erasmus+ Programme as a tool for intercultural learning, Youth Work and inclusion;
– Develop an informal network of youth workers and youth leaders tackling the Refugee Crisis and promoting follow up projects and initiatives.

Methodology
The training course will use the principles and methods of Non Formal Learning and will include input sessions, experience-exchange sessions, reflection-groups and discussions. Participants will assume a very active role during the program sharing their knowledge, experience, ideas and questions related to the topic.
The working methods will be varied and interactive in order to ensure a balance between theory and practice, between information and application.

One specific quality of this training course is the focus on projects and concrete use of learning products, therefore participants will be supported and guided on the development, implementation and evaluation of their own tools or projects for intercultural learning and dialogue.
This is an intensive training course with 6 full training days of about 7 hours working time per day. There is one free afternoon, but other than that it is to be expected a demanding schedule.

Target groups
– Youth workers
– Trainers
– Youth leaders
– Youth Policy Makers
– EVS mentors/tutors

Working language: English

Team of trainers: Saro Rossi (Italy) and Rodrigo Vilarinho (Portugal)

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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 a country other than Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme Countries, please contact the host Erasmus+ Youth in Action NA for further information about the financial details.

Info for sending NA´s: TCA 2017 Plan

Application

 

Organizer:

Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus + Youth in Action

Co-organizers:

Bureau International Jeunesse (BELGIUM-FR NA) – National Agency

Spanish National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

SALTO Cultural Diversity

Phone: +351253204260

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Programme Game of Cultures.pdf

Contact for questions:

Carla Marques

E-Mail: carla.marques@juventude.pt

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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EVS: Step up. Build your career II

Dates: 1st April 2018 – 30th September 2018 (6 months)

Venue: Timisoara, Romania

Eligible are 2 participants coming from: Greece

Application deadline: 2nd December 2017

ATTENTION: Last call for volunteers!

European Voluntary Service provides to young volunteers a unique opportunity to live in a foreign country and collaborate with a fair cause, a personal and professional growth experience free of charge.

Description

The participant will spend 6 month in Romania and will work as a volunteer to organise cultural or awareness events for the local people.

Furthermore, the volunteer will be allowed to integrate their own ideas and experience. We’ re completely open to new suggested projects from our international volunteers, knowing that their inputs can be really valuable.

Step up. Build your career ΙΙ is a project-initiative whose main aim is to diminish the unemployment rate among young Europeans especially aged between 17 and 30 and to increase their employability level by investing directly in their capacities, following in the same to accelerate their personal development.

Taking into account this context and the fact that the unemployment problem is one at European level, and also in Romania the youngsters are most affected by this issue, the project comes as an initiative to support also the local beneficiaries by acting on needs such as:

  • the development and validation of life and transversal competences,
  • the need to consolidate linguistic abilities and digital competences,
  • the low involvement of youth in volunteering activities or community actions,
  • low information regarding opportunities for youth at local level, national and European level,
  • the existence of NEET youth (either unemployed or not engaged in any form of studies).

The project “Step up. Build your career” addresses in this way themes and subjects such as youth information, youth employability, lifelong learning, sustainable development, community engagement, international relations and cooperation for development.

The objectives of the project are:

A. Creating a learning context of key-competences (socio-civic, communication and entrepreneurship) for 12 young volunteers in a period of 6 months (each)
B. Implementing alternative socio-educational activities for 180 youth and children from the local environment in the social-communication fields, ecology/environmental protection, sport & health, personal development in 20 months
C. Raising the information grade of 200 local youngsters towards alternative opport. of self and professional development, and voluntary options during the project
D. Promoting active citizenship, non-formal education, tolerance and solidarity among local and European youth during the project

For achieving these objectives, the promoters plan the following activities:

– organization of linguistic and cultural workshops of the native countries of the EVS volunteers
– development of workshops and non-formal educational activities with the following topics: communication, creativity sustainable development and environmental protection, healthy lifestyle
– implementing information sessions regarding self and professional development at European level

For the implementation of these activities there will be used non-formal methods such as: workshops, presentations, role plays, puzzle, group work , Q&A sessions and games, interactive talks and practical exercises, graphic facilitation, audio-video materials, non-formal discussions/facilitation, drawing, self reflection/evaluation, instruments of personal development (tests, plans), brainstorming etc.

Working language: English (basic knowledge)

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Costs

 

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

– Being selected for this course, accommodation and lodging (breakfast-lunch and dinner) will be 100% covered by the host organisation. 100% for travel cost (maximum amount see down).

–  Provided health insurance.

  • Food and accommodation is FREE
  • Everything is FREE OF CHARGE for the volunteer!

Transport: 100% covered by the Erasmus+ program, within following limits:

Greece: 275 Euro/participant. Participants who will exceed this travel cost, will be charged the additional cost

  • Monthly allowance: 160 euro for the volunteer (pocket money+food allowance)

Application

 

Organizer:

YiA 18, in partnership with Zury Association – NGO

www.YiA18.org

Youth in Advance 18

Phone:+30 693

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

YiA 18

E-Mail: yia18plus@gmail.com

Working language: English (basic knowledge)

Profile of participants: Motivated young people (17-30), residents of Greece.

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Training Course: WeMen

Dates: 30 April – 14 May 2018

Venue: Homade, Brivezac, France

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Bulgaria, France, Poland, Portugal, Turkey

Application deadline: 20th December 2017

With our training course “WeMen” we want to invite activists, educators, youth workers, writers and visual artists to lend their support to involve youth for gender equity.

Description

Gender equality has a universally recognized benefit for people. However, our visual references (media, advertisements, movies and more), are still full of sexist stereotypes and vividly illustrate the depth of stereotypes permeating our contemporary civilization. Yet everyone have much to gain equality of all people, genders and sexes.

Our workshop in Brivezac, France, April 30 – May 14 2018, will invite youth workers and artists to lend their support to involve youth for gender equity.

We have chosen to address this topic through the use of creative digital tools because images are a powerful tool for reflection and call to action, and digital media has the widest impact reach.

t is well-known fact that teenagers and youngsters often take as role models the images, that are created by the Media. At this sensible age, youngsters often don’t want to think critically and adapt the role models for different genders without questioning them.

We are sure that youth workers or even educated youth are able to change the situation. We want to act and bring positive changes in our societies taking a special focus on media.

We intend to bring everyone messages for gender equity and equality through digital images. We intend to invite youth workers and educators to use these tools in their future work.

WeMen will bring together 24 men and women in equal proportions of youth workers, visual artists, gender activists and theoricians from different parts of Europe: 8 French, 4 Polish, 4 Bulgarian, 4 Portuguese and 4 Turkish.

The main aim of this Training Course in France is to increase awareness and provide youth workers with proper knowledge about gender issues and perspectives of European and project countries media.

The workshop will end with a local exhibition of comic strips to engage young people in favor of gender equality.

As a follow-up we would like to engage the youth workers and educators to bring the new creations and practices in their work, facilitate workshops and continue to conversation.

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Costs

 

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

Food, travel costs and accommodation are covered.

Travel reimbursement up to the following amounts:

  • travelling from Poland, Bulgaria, Portugal – 275 euro,
  • France – 180 euro,
  • Turkey – 530 euro

* There is a 50 EUR participation fee, taken from the travel reimbursement (which also grants you with a Nomadways annual membership).

Application

 

Organizer:

Nomadways – NGO

Phone: 00 48 574 184 867

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Karolina Ufa

E-Mail: karolina@nomadways.eu

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Training Course: EYE Opener

Dates: 9-14 February 2018

Venue: De Glind, Netherlands

Eligible are 40 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline: 10th December 2017

In this training course you will learn all the basics you need to organise and apply for a grant for youth exchanges in Erasmus+ youth in action. In this activity we focus on youth-adult pairing (1 adult leader + 1 or 2 youth, 15-18 years old).

Description

The aim of the training course is to offer an international learning experience to practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects.

The training relies on setting the basis of quality in youth exchanges. It will also provide the space to develop concrete project ideas among quality partnerships, targeting at submitting application proposals for the coming Erasmus+ Youth in Action deadlines.

Objectives:

– to provide information on Erasmus+ Youth in Action youth exchanges
– to provide a group learning experience in the process of setting up a youth exchange project
– to develop basic skills, knowledge and attitudes to organise a youth exchange
– to understand non-formal learning and young people’s participation in learning
– to explore the role of a group leader in young people’s learning process
– to enhance the active participation of young people in planning of youth exchanges

The fact that young people can take part in the training gives a whole new dynamic to the process. Young people get first hand knowledge on project building and the cooperation between adults and young people gets better.

Some tasks are done in national groups, some in young people / adult groups and results are compared. The training shows evidence on young people’s competences in project planning on their own.

Programme:

This training is a learning-by-doing experience, built on a simulation exercise which is interspersed with workshops, info sessions, activities to improve the group dynamics and ends with an evaluation.

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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 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:

Erasmus+ Youth Netherlands – National Agency

Phone: 0031 30 2306508

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack EYE Opener.pdf

Contact for questions:

Mireille Unger

E-Mail: m.unger@nji.nl

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: In Land We Trust. Youth employability educational course

Dates: 1-9 December 2017

Venue: Gyulagarak, Armenia

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Armenia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Jordan, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Ukraine

Application deadline: 14th November 2017

7-day training course on youth employability focusing on mostly youth from disadvantaged areas like rural communities.

Description

European Ways NGO (Germany) and Youth and Community Action Club NGO (Armenia) together with its partners initiates “In Land We Trust” training course which addresses the Long-term unemployment in rural areas which is one of the main concerns of policymakers.

Apart from its financial and social effects on personal life, it negatively affects social cohesion and, ultimately, may hinder economic growth. Clearly, the lack of availability of jobs in Europe is part of the problem, but it is far from the whole story.

Stepping into the labor market young people are discouraged by the high rate of competition, and they are disadvantaged by their lack of proven working experience. Yet, despite this availability of labor, employers are dissatisfied with applicants’ skills, and often the vacancies stay open as employers cannot find the needed profile.

So why is it that young people are not getting the skills that employers need? One reason is the failure of employers, education providers and young people to understand one another needs.

Through the activities we will follow the Kolb cycle, i.e. experiencing – observing and reflecting – giving theoretical background – linking with reality and develop participants’ skills, attitudes, and knowledge in different areas, connected to the rural development.

The workshops will be tailored to meet participants’ learning needs and will combine theoretical input with interactive exercises and tools for youth empowerment.

“In land we trust” is designed and structured in a way that gives participants the freedom to express themselves, to share their experience and skills, to learn as much as possible in terms of the main topics and to acquire new skills beneficial for their youth work.

The whole project is mainly practice oriented and is a platform for generating and developing new ideas for rural development. On the one hand, the course workshops will equip participants with some practical skills, for example, the workshop on best practices and failures.

“In land we trust” will be based on non-formal education methodology and techniques. To our main methods belong: open space, experiential learning, practical workshops, working in small groups and in plenary, open discussions, debates, simulations, role plays, etc.

Particular attention will be paid to such elements as interaction, cooperation rather than competition, holistic approach, intercultural learning, using participants’ experiences and taking in account the group dynamics and group needs.

Objectives:
– To find out the possible solutions of unemployment problem at personal, organisational and community levels by monitoring the real situations in different countries
– To improve abilities of youth workers, activists and young people from rural areas to increase their chances to get employed or make their own projects
– To give the tools and techniques on how to reach a low unemployment rates in rural areas
– To challenge young people to face unemployment reasons and related problems for understanding the lack of knowledge or experience and start to develop them

– To empower young people with the means of non-formal education
– To identify the real needs of youth workers working with rural youth and to assess their capacities.
– To understand the real needs of the rural job market and to discover the way to meet those needs
– To motivate youth workers to take part in social changes aiming at increasing youth employability by exploring their leadership potential
– To create new projects designed to lower the unemployment rates and keep youth to develop their rural homeland.
– To write a handbook with best practices and failures about rural developments.

The training is open for youth workers and youth leaders. There is no age limit, but we expect to have a group of 18-30y.o.

The training will take place in Gyulagarak, Armenia on December 1-9th (travel days included)

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Costs

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

Accommodation and food are covered 100% for all the participants.

As for the travel costs, they will be reimbursed according to the distance calculator:

– 20€ per participant from Armenia
– 275€ per participant from Greece, Jordan, Slovakia, Russian Federation, and Ukraine
– 360€ per participant from Germany, Hungary, and Poland

Please also check out the info pack for the information about this.

Participants have to cover only their health insurance.

Application

Organizer:

Youth and Community Action Club – NGO

Co-organizer:

European Ways E.v – NGO

Phone: +37493988133

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack In Land We Trust.pdf

Contact for questions:

Karen Ayvazyan

E-Mail: erasmuswithycac@gmail.com

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Training Course: Power to You(th)

Dates: 28 January – 2 February 2018

Venue: Beaufort, Luxembourg

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

Application deadline: 30th November 2017

A training course for youth workers and youth leaders on how to support young people to become and feel empowered to positively contribute to society. We will explore how the Erasmus+ programme can help to do this.

Description

“Knowing who you are and who you want to be helps you to make your own decisions and take the responsibility to shape your own life”.

Empowerment is the learning process in which a person becomes aware of their own strengths and abilities, passions and learning needs and is capable of choosing how and when to use these and/or develop them more. It is about developing self-awareness and confidence, and from this being able to self-guide what you want to do and take responsibility for one’s own life.

It is important that young people have the capacity to focus on their own learning process so that they can identify their strengths and abilities that in turn empower them to act in a positive way in society.

Youth work and Non-formal education can positively influence youth empowerment. It can provide an encouraging and safe space in which young people can become more self-aware of skills, and focus on the development of confidence, new skills and learn how to take responsibility.

The youth worker / youth leader plays an important role in guiding and mentoring the young people in this process of learning.

This training course will use a variety of interactive non-formal learning methods and is focused on:

1. Exploring the important elements of empowerment as a learning process,
2. How youth work can provide a valuable space for these empowering learning processes, and
3. How youth workers and youth leaders can create and facilitate this process to maximize empowerment of young people.

We will be exploring how non-formal learning activities can be used to this end. Furthermore, we explore how the Erasmus+ Youth programme can be used to inspire and empower young people to actively participate in society.

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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 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.

This training course is financed through TCA 2018/2019!

Application

Organizer:

National Agency LU – National Agency

Co-organizers:

NA Portugal and NA The Netherlands – National Agency

Phone: 00352 2478 6477

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Myriam Putzeys

E-Mail: myriam.putzeys@snj.lu

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.