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Training Course: Powering Entrepreneurship Education For Disadvantaged Youth

Dates: 1-11 November 2018

Venue: Antalya, Turkey

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Bulgaria, FYROM, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Turkey

Application deadline: 14th October 2018

To equip the youth workers working directly with young unemployed people and disadvantaged youth from refugee/asylum seeking and migrant background with essential entrepreneurial and business tools, methods and skills to tackle the problem of unemployment

General Description

The international training course “Powering Entrepreneurship Education For Disadvantaged Youth” aims to train and equip youth workers and youth leaders working directly with young unemployed people and disadvantaged youth from refugees/asylum seekers and migrants with essential entrepreneurial and business tools, methods and skills to enable them to contribute to tackling of the problem of unemployment among youth through quality youth work that promotes self-employment and entrepreneurial culture.

The training course will be based on non formal learning methods and principles, intercultural dialogue and communication including group discussions, interactive presentations, participant’s lead workshops, team work,etc.

The methodology of the project will stimulate active participation, sense of initiative and involvement of the learners. It aims to create a learning space with better self-awareness and awareness of the needs and goals of the groups of young people they work with to enhance the results of the learning process and give birth to high quality projects led by the participants in the future.

The project aims to reveal the value of the Erasmus+ Programme as a tool for youth empowerment and raise awareness about Youthpass tool for supporting young people harness skills and personal growth through self-reflection and learning documentation.

Objectives of the training course:

– Introduce youth entrepreneurship as a tool of fighting youth unemployment;

– Support youth workers in developing and sharing effective methods in reaching out to marginalized young people, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and in preventing racism and intolerance among youth;

– Learn to use youth work to empower youngsters to start their creative search for entrepreneurial opportunities;

– Learn to use non-formal education to support current and future job-seekers to be pro-active and able to apply entrepreneurial approach into career development;

– Explore ways for using youth work to bring alienated and marginalized youth back into the economic mainstream and giving them a sense of meaning and belonging; Helping address some of the socio-psychological problems and delinquency that arises from joblessness;

– Learn to use Youthpass and the Key Competences to support young people through creative process of skill harnessing, self-reflection and documentation of the personal learning process;

– Develop quality youth mobility projects to be applied under Erasmus+ Programme;

– Develop and publish online the “Handbook: Entrepreneurship Education for Marginalized Young People, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants”

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This project is financed by the Erasmus Youth.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) will be provided. Accommodation will be provided in double rooms.

Accommodation and food

All costs are covered by the project

Travel reimbursement

There are different limits for travel costs for each country:

– Germany: 360 Euro

– Turkey: 0 Euro

– FYROM: 275 Euro

– Hungary: 275 Euro

– Bulgaria: 275 Euro

– Italy: 275 Euro




Lucky Punch Jugendhilfe gGmbH – Youth NGO

Phone: +38971307381

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Powering Entrepreneurship Education.pdf

Contact for questions:


E-Mail: vlade-tearce@hotmail.com


Training Course: Inclusion of Refugees in Non-Formal Education Context in Youth Work

Dates: 7-15 November 2018

Venue: Eskisehir, Turkey

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: FYROM, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 7th October 2018

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We would like to carry out project to address the problem of inclusion of refugees in non-formal education context in youth work while create synergies among the participating organizations to future cooperation for the inclusive education methods.

General Description

The refugee population is, mainly, made by young people aged between 13-30; in Turkey the percentage is more then 75%. Most of those young people have to be educated to prevent marginalization; in parallel to this issue there are no opportunities for those young refugees to participate to education processes in the Youth Works.

In additional, youth workers/leaders are not competent enough to provide educational opportunities in EU and neighboring countries, especially in places like Turkey and Greece.

The methods used during the TC:

The methodology of the training will be based on the non-formal education methods such as:

  • role-plays,
  • case studies and group work;

there will be a space for participants’ to try out their own methods.

The participants will become aware about the refugee situation in their countries and in EU general therefore they will be able to take initiative towards those issues in their local communities.

Participating in the project, it will motivate them, in their work, as they are working in their local communities as youth workers therefore they will be acting as change makers.
In the long run, potential benefits of the project:

– Racism and xenophobia towards refugees and young people with migration background will be decreased.
– Educational services (in youth work) for refugees and young people with migration background will be increased.

Objectives of the training course:
Thus, the project proposal aims to strengthen the competences of youth workers and youth leaders in finding proper approaches for fostering the inclusion of refugees it also marginalized young people with migration background.

More specifically the projects’ objectives are:
– To strengthen the understanding of inclusion and its challenges for young refugees and young people with migration background.
– To create strategies on youth work context, to improve the quality of youth services developed for refugees and young people with migration background.
– To explore the role of youth work in inclusion strategies on educational services.
– To create and implement local activities on inclusion of young refugees and young people with migration background.
– To strengthen ties between people and organizations engaged in the field of youth work.

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

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This Training is financed by Erasmus+ Program

The accommodation and food will be covered by Tepebaşı Social Asistance and Solidarity Foundation in the context of programme rules of Erasmus+

The travel reimbursements will be covered by the maximum limit based on distance calculator of Erasmus+ Programme Guide.






Tepebaşı Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation -NGO

Phone: 0044 (0) 207 386 8865

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:


E-mail: buyilmaz@tepebasisydv.gov.tr


E-Mail: michela.ferrara@nicolaarts.org


Training Course: Mind Full Nest

Dates: 24 November – 3 December 2018

Venue: Cyprus

Eligible are 27 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania

Application deadline: 25th September 2018

“Mind Full Nest” is a training course born to create a nest for every young person coming from refugee background. It aims at inspiring and equipping youth workers to work in a more meaningful way, by introducing the innovative element of mindfulness.

General Description

Description of the project “Mind Full Nest”: Each year millions of people are forced to leave their homes and seek refuge. Many of them arrive in Europe with the hope to live with dignity and freedom. We believe that youth work and non-formal learning activities can significantly contribute to address these needs.

We are confident that youth work can empower refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and can increase awareness about this issue within the local communities. In this context, the project “Mind Full Nest” is born to create a nest for every young person by supporting the professional development of youth workers to improve the level of the key competences on how to work with youth from migrant/refugee background.

Innovative aspect of the project:
The project introduces youth work to the innovative concept of mindfulness. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment without judgment.

Mindfulness is a great way of realizing, exploring and using our inner resources, our talents, passions and potential. By infusing mindfulness into youth work, we can maximize the empowerment of the young people, especially the ones who need it the most, like young people from migrant/refugee background.

We are going to work on mindfulness using the following elements:
• Meditation practices
• Dancing and singing
• Poetry
• Drawing
• Nature
• Storytelling

Aim and objectives:

The aim of the project is to develop the competences and to inspire the youth workers to work in a more meaningful and impactful way with young people coming from migrant and/or refugee background.

The objectives of the project are for youth workers:
1. to gain knowledge on how to use a diverse range of non-formal methods when working with young people, especially the ones coming from challenging backgrounds
2. to develop skills in using holistic education in order to achieve more impactful transformations in the lives of young people for reaching their full potential
3. to be inspired and motivated to improve their work with young people
4. to create sustainable follow-up action plans that will enhance the impact on young people’s lives both on local and international level

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There is an Erasmus+ funding for this training course.

The Erasmus+ funding covers the following:

Country Maximum Travel cost allocated (in euros):

  • Cyprus – 0
  • Bulgaria – 275 Croatia – 275  Greece – 275 Poland – 275  Romania – 275
  • Czech Republic – 360
  • Portugal – 530

We are inviting the E+ participants to contribute with a 30 euros participation fee.

The training course is also welcoming other friends from EU countries who do not require visa and who are willing to cover their own expenses. In this case, we would be happy if you could communicate with us in order to take care of it as soon as possible, using the email:





Phone: +357 99 988 486

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Mindfulness.pdf

Contact for questions:

Eleni Michail

E-Mail: allazoyme.group@gmail.com

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Forum The Value Fair 2018: How non formal education can contribute to a better living together

Dates: 14-18 December 2018

Venue: Cascais (European Youth Capital 2018), Portugal

Eligible are 120 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline: 30th September 2018

The Value Fair supports actors in the youth field to share, understand and identify the Values on which we base our youth work and how it can contribute to a better living together.

General Description

In our societies, we are facing mistrust among citizens, resulting in discrimination and rejection of “the others”. This harms our living together.

This first edition of Value Fair aims to support actors of youth field in sharing, understanding and identifying the social changes our Non-Formal Education (NFE) work intends to reach.

It focuses on how the values dignity, respect, empathy, solidary and integrity are approached, translated, promoted and transmitted through Non Formal Education.

The Value Fair will not focus on ‘tools’ and ‘methods’, but will have focus on the “why” and “what for” of our work.

• To give values a central place in our agenda and daily life;
• To understand the positive supportive role of Non-Formal Education (NFE) in the current reality marked by growing rejection phenomena and hate behaviors;
• To question and reflect how Non-Formal Education (NFE) can increase tolerance and a better living together;
• To highlight the current challenges related to refugees / migration and inclusion;
• To exchange understandings and practices of values;
• To explore how to maximize the impact of Non-Formal Education (NFE) on individual/organizational/community level
• To stimulate concrete networking in order to create qualitative future international projects, also within the Erasmus+ / Youth Programme

Principles & Focus
• Visibility of Non-Formal Education (NFE): strong involvement of local, regional and national media in order to increase the visibility of the event.
• Local impact and involvement: several events during the Value Fair are open to/involve the local community, this to enhance mutual learning (based upon the current good practice in the rural villages Vila da Marmeleira and Arrouquelas) and to enlarge the impact as such.

Profile of participants to be selected: have concrete practical experience with NFE and a genuine interest for networking.

Participants should be at least 18 years old and be able to work and communicate in English.
This event will take place in the city Cascais and combined with the European Youth Capital 2018.

Considered ‘the’ place in Portugal where contrasts meet so clearly: ‘(very) rich and (very) poor’, ‘past and future’, ‘history and dreams’, ‘tourism and immigration’, different local stakeholders of Cascais are involved in the organisation of this Value Fair.

For this event, we have an international team of experienced trainers/facilitators and representatives from National Agencies of Erasmus+.

We have chosen 2 examples of good practices in rural areas, based upon their experience in the field. The association H2O from Arrouquelas has proven over the past 20 years to be a high qualitative and active promoter of the Youth in Action Programme, and this in several aspects (Youth Exchanges, European Voluntary Service, Mobility of Youth Workers), while ‘The Rural Centre of Non Formal Education’ in Vila da Marmeleira that started in 2013, has gained international recognition and awards throughout their insistent use of Non-Formal Education (NFE) for community building, using Erasmus+ as one of their major tools.

Local involvement and impact has been a priority in each of their actions. They have transformed NFE in a local stimulator for inclusion and employability.

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This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth 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 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 Programme Countries, please contact the host Erasmus+ Youth NA for further information about the financial details.



Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus + Youth


Belgium – FR and Spanish National Agencies for Erasmus+ Youth (National Agency)

Greek, Finish and Italian National Agencies for Erasmus+ Youth (National Agency)

Dutch and Norwegian National Agencies for Erasmus+ Youth (National Agency)

Phone: +351 253204260

For additional information please: Download the Application form

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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Training Course: Education and mentoring for social entrepreneurship with/for immigrants and asylum seekers

Dates: 3-11 November 2018

Venue: Ferrara, Italy

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYROM, Germany, Italy, Serbia

Application deadline: 24th September 2018

Project “Education and youth work for social entrepreneurship with and for immigrants and asylum seekers” aims to build capacity of youth workers and youth organisations in social entrepreneurship with/for young immigrants and asylum seekers.

General Description

The project consists of several activities, and one of those is this training course “Education and mentoring for social entrepreneurship with/for immigrants and asylum seekers”. The training course will be organised in Ferrara, Italy from 3rd till 11th November 2018.

The training course will gather 24 participants from 6 organisations and countries (Serbia, Italy, FYROM, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Germany).

Specific objectives of the training course are:
• To share realities and experiences with discrimination, exclusion and marginalization of different groups (including migrants and refugees) in different European countries
• To increase participants’ knowledge and understanding about asylum seekers and other socially excluded and marginalised groups in our communities
• To increase participants’ understanding and knowledge of different aspects, concepts, stakeholders and supporters of social entrepreneurship; and their competences for social entrepreneurship / Competences as social entrepreneurs
• To further develop competences for Needs analysis and survey of socially excluded groups (including immigrants and asylum seekers) in our communities; as well as competences in defining, planning and coordinating quality youth work projects which contribute to social entrepreneurship with/for immigrants, refugees and other marginalised groups
• To increase participants’ knowledge about other EU/European and national (funding) possibilities related to youth social entrepreneurship
• To provide interaction of our youth workers with asylum seekers and thus to get our youth workers motivated for more consistent engagement on youth work for inclusion and acceptance

The training course will be hosted in the hostel in Ferrara (IT) which is social enterprise and employs and gathers asylum seekers to offer them opportunity to be employed while waiting for their asylums to be resolved.

Thus, in the programme of that training course we have planned and arranged the whole morning of Living Library with the asylum seekers. Thanks to that element, our participants will be able to see specific NFE method (Living library) adapted for the specific circumstances and target groups and will be inspired and motivated to work on issues of inclusion and acceptance of diversity deeply.

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:
• Active youth workers willing to apply and multiply the knowledge received on the training course
• Willing to take action in the field of employability, social entrepreneurship, inclusion and acceptance of diversity of immigrants, refugees and other youth with fewer opportunities, setting up the international, local and online NFE projects
• They are age above 18 and able to attend the entire duration of the course and are able to follow the programme in English language.

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This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The organisers cover accommodation, three meals and two coffee breaks per day.

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:

1. Serbia – 275 eur
2. Italy – 20 eur
3. Croatia – 180 eur
4. FYROM – 275 eur
5. Bosnia and Hercegovina – 275 eur
6. Germany – 275 eur

There is no participation fee




Association “Centre for modern living competences” – NGO


Ferfilo Associazione Sportiva Dilletantistica, Italy – NGO

Phone: 0039 327 0467200

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Education & Mentoring for Social entrpreneurs.pdf

Contact for questions:

Enrico Taddia

E-Mail: projects@ferfilo.com

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Youth Exchange: Instruments for Social Inclusion

Dates: 5 – 11 November 2018

Venue: Cagliari, Italy

Eligible are 6+1 participants coming from: Greece

and Involves 42 participants coming from: Italy, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Greece, Croatia

Application deadline: 28th September 2018

The project “Instruments for Social Inclusion” is a youth exchange that will involve 42 youngsters from Italy, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Romania.


The project will take place in Cagliari, Italy, from 5 to 11 November 2018 and the main topics are exclusion, immigration and the role of the music as a tool to encourage the social inclusion process.

The increase of immigrant flows at European level, is causing the spread of xenophobia and racism, and is causing the success of extremist political factions, which undermines the European Union stability and impede the social inclusion process.

We strongly believe that the music, thanks to its nature of universal language is a perfect tool to combat these prejudices and stereotypes, which come from a lack of dialogue and cultural awareness and from communication difficulties.

The biggest aim of “Instruments for Social Inclusion” is to enhance the social inclusion process through the music and has these specific objectives:

– explore the topic of social inclusion and share good practices developed at European level in this field;
– analyse the European situation about migratory flows;
– create 5 musical tracks about social inclusion;
– use music to promote social inclusion;
– boost the mobility opportunities of the Erasmus plus programme as tool for the social inclusion and personal development.

Working Methods
All the Seminar activities will be done through the methods of non-formal education. The activities will be for example brain storming’s, plenary discussions, simulations, role plays, team building, energizers, ice breakers and many others. Non formal education is voluntary, no hierarchical and all its methods are based on the concept of learning by doing

The Participants Profile: 1 group leader + 6 participants = tot 7 people

Leaders Profile: experienced youth workers, activists who are actively engaged in each partner organization. Leaders are trained in intercultural learning, organizational management, conflict management and crises and possibly be a musician.

Young Participants: The ideal participant should be volunteers or active members from Partners’ organisations and they must be highly motivated to contribute to the project success. We will include youngsters with fewer opportunities.

The selection will be based on the following criteria:
EXPERIENCE in projects tackling exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people
MOTIVATION and capacity to develop actions for and with young people on the topic of social inclusion and migrants
INTEREST IN THE TOPIC(s) and possibilities to share about it
OPPORTUNITY to use actively their learning to implement activities
PRO-ACTIVE IDEAS to contribute to the activity, follow-up and dissemination plan.

GENDER BALANCE needs to be followed as much as possible. Participants will be selected through a common application process run by the applicant together with the partners organisations.

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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.

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

Participation fee 40 euro per participant. The fee will be deposited after succesful selection of the candidates (non-refundable in case of cancellation).


Association SarditineraOnlus – NGO


YiA 18 – NGO


Youth in Advance 18

Phone:+30 693

For additional information please: Download the Application form

email: yia18plus@gmail.com

Contact for questions:

YiA 18

Working language: English

Profile of participants: Motivated young people holders of EU passport, residing in Greece.

Age bracket for participants: 18 – 30 years old

Group’s leader: 18+

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Training Course: Human Rights from A to Z

Dates: 1-7 November 2018

Venue: Doni Lozen, Sofia, Bulgaria

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 20th September 2018

The training course “Human Rights from A to Z” goes into the topic of human rights in the context of the phenomenon of forced migration.

General Description

The training will be streaming in two directions – the theoretical introduction of the topic (human rights in the context of forced migration) and building of practical skills in order for the participants to consolidate the knowledge gained and applying it in their daily work with youth.

It will take place in Bulgaria in the period 1st till 7th November 2018 and will gather 34 representatives of organizations from 12 countries – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom.

The training program will be designed following several main topics:
Human rights: Raising awareness about key concepts and terms connected with human rights topic. Understanding human rights’ historical development and evaluating the current situation. Expanding the knowledge about the existing protection mechanisms of human rights.

Forced Migration and Refugees: Expanding the knowledge of the participants on the topic of forced migration in Europe and the world.

The role of the non-governmental organisations: Understanding the importance of nongovernmental organizations and the civil society and their role for protection and respect of human rights, namely of refugees and migrants.

Practical work: Support and guidance in organizing of workshops on the topic of human rights and forced migration. Gaining knowledge about educational tools for effective training of young people on the mentioned topics and prevention of radicalisation.

The participants we are looking for are:
– youth workers, leaders and activists, with interest in and experienced on the topic of Human Rights and Forced Migration
– Age 18+
– Willing to learn and share
– Willing to practise and multiply learning after the training course
– Able to understand and express themselves in English
– Are committed to attend for the full duration of the project

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

Reimburse of the travel tickets will be done according to the rules of the Erasmus+ programme based on distance calculation and at receipt of original documents.

Austria – up to 275 Euro
Belgium – up to 275 Euro
Germany – up to 275 Euro
Greece – up to 275 Euro
Hungary – up to 275 Euro
Italy – up to 275 Euro

Poland – up to 275 Euro
Portugal – up to 360 Euro
Slovenia – up to 275 Euro
Spain – up to 275 Euro
United Kingdom – up to 360 Euro
Bulgaria – 0 Euro

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks from 1st November evening till 7th November lunch will be provided by the organizers.

There is no participation fee.




CVS-Bulgaria – NGO

Phone: + 359 884 766 435

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads; InfoPack Human Rights from A to Z.pdf

Contact for questions:

Shirin Hodzheva

E-Mail: trainings@cvs-bg.org