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Training Course Active Nonviolence: peace begins with you(th)

Dates: 17-23 September 2018

Venue: Keeken, Germany

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey

Application deadline: 1st August 2018

This is a project that includes a training, but also webinars and an follow-up implementation phase. Youth workers will gain knowledge, insights and skills in Conflict Transformation, Social Change, and Peacebuilding.

General Description

“Active Nonviolence: peace begins with you(th)” has the aims to: empower youth workers by knowledge, insights and skills to prevent violent escalation of conflicts, transform conflicts and engage in (inter-cultural) peaceful interactions and relations, increase the capacity and collaboration of Peace Builders in Europe, and impact society and support one another to sustain the motivation to be a Peace Builder.

The project has three phases. Online Learning, Training Course and Follow-up.

After a few webinars we will host youth workers from 5 different countries, to improve their skills in conflict transformation and nonviolent activism.

We will do different exercises and role plays and develop projects to address a social issue (something participants choose). You will implement it after the training and the trainers will support you with advice.

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

All accomodation and meals are covered. Travel costs (of any means of transportation) to and from your home to the venue (and no additional detours!) are covered up to the following maxima:

– Turkey: €360 (incl. visa costs)
– Norway: for > 2000km (e.g. Tromso) €360, and for less (e.g. Oslo) €275.
– Poland: €360 (same as above)
– Romania: €275
– Spain: €275
– Netherlands: for >100km €180, less €20

Participation fee: 60 euro* (scholarships available).




Stichting voor Actieve Geweldloosheid / Towards a Nonviolent World – NGO

Phone: +31619810891

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

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Training Course: Art of Changing

Dates: 20-30 September 2018

Venue: Avrig, Sibiu, Romania

Eligible are 18 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic

Application deadline: 15th August 2018

In this training course you will acquire skills to use Coaching and Neuro Linguistic Programming approach to work with young people, young adults on personal performance, goals, overcoming inner obstacles. Boosting your understanding of the mind works.

General Description

The main aim is to equip youth workers with coaching and NLP methods and techniques, increasing their ability of supporting the youth in their communities. This ability is improved as NLP offers flexibility, creativity and proven results in empowerment, higher self-esteem, motivation, selfawareness, and clarity of purpose among the youth.

We will measure the results of the project with different instruments, the most important are the coaching logs that you will use to note key aspects of the BLP coaching sessions and workshops you undertake between the TCs.

The two mobilities are delivering two linked courses: in the first one (20-30 Sept) you are developing your knowledge and skill in the application of NLP and coaching methods. These will be practiced in between the two TCs with specific tasks.

The second mobility (19-29 Nov) will bring a deeper understanding on how these methods can be of further help into creating activities, and working more effectively with youth groups within the community.

The Methods

Art of Changing will involve 18 youth workers in workshops, activities, reflections and evaluations held with non-formal, learning by doing and direct experience methods.

The majority of tools and techniques can be used within one-to-one, group and organizational setting, and at the end of each activity, in the debriefing sessions, the group together with the trainer/facilitator will clarify how, what and where these methods can be deployed.

The Objectives:

1. Developing practical knowledge, competences and abilities of 24 youth workers of the participating NGOs on acquiring the foundation principles of coaching & NLP in order to act and overcome any issue caused by an internal pressing inner states.

2. Exchanging good practices and insights acquired in TC1 and through the own experience of youth workers to gain further depth of their learning when working disadvantaged and fewer opportunities youth towards gaining self-control, developing life skills, emotional development, awareness and clarity.

3. Improving the youth worker’s skills for developing the organisational capacity of the partner NGOs by deploying the techniques and methods acquired for better supporting the purpose, mission, activity and impact of the organisations.

The Training is for you if:
– You are a registered resident of Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Romania
– You are a volunteer, youth worker (young activist, peer educator, mentor, coach, trainer..), NGO staff (NGO manager or colleague, leader, office staff.) or representative of formal education
– You want to improve your personal and professional competences and work on your coaching and NLP skills
– You are willing to live, learn, play, inquire, reflect, experiment and explore in a multicultural group
– You are ready to take part in two intensive Training programmes
– You are able to work in English (medium to advanced)
– You are highly motivated and willing to actively participate during the both two training courses.

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

What is covered:
– accommodation and meals
– travel costs up to the limit

Travel costs are going to be reimbursed with the following limits:
– 275 € for Italy, Poland and Slovakia
– 180 € for Bulgaria and Hungary
– 20 € for Romania

What you cover:
participants’ contribution: 250€
– travel costs above the limit




Friends of Romanian Children – NGO

Phone: +40740072417

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Vlad Grigoras

E-Mail: vl.grigoras@gmail.com

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Training Course COMETS: Cooperating successfully in teams

Dates: 13-19 March 2019

Venue: Greece

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countriesPartner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 5th November 2018

Training for Trainers on ‘Cooperating successfully in teams’ based on the ETS competence model for trainers working at international level.

General Description

In the context of the European Training Strategy (ETS) the SALTO Training & Cooperation Resource Centre (SALTO T&C RC) developed the Competence Model for Trainers Working at International Level.

The ‘COMETS training courses’ are developed as a support for trainers in their competence development, each course focusing on one competence area of the above-mentioned model.

Hence, with this call, Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (I.NE.DI.VI.M), the Greek National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action together with SALTO T&C RC invite trainers to take part in this fifth edition of COMETS: ‘Cooperating successfully in teams’.

This particular competence from the model encompasses the following competences:
– Contributing actively to team tasks
– Being willing to take on responsibility
– Encouraging and involving other team members
– Learning with and from others
– Being aware of the team processes and how they affect the team’s effectiveness
– Managing disagreements effectively

Taking the above into account, the INTENTIONS of the course are, amongst others:
– To reflect on the concept of team work from different perspectives;
– To explore dimensions such as empathy, respect, honesty and integrity in a team context and process;
– To reflect on and explore the attitudes of teams (as a system) and team members;
– To explore ways to stimulate, support, and empower teams and team colleagues;
– To explore working with emotions in a team context;
– To raise awareness about own challenges and strengths in teamwork.

COMETS training courses intend principally to offer trainers a space to reflect, exchange and contrast their practice and understanding with regard to a certain ETS competence area.

The main purpose is to enable participants to take further steps in their professional practice. In that sense, COMETS is more a ‘learning experience’ than a training course stricto sensu.

No matter the focus on each edition, the COMETS are all based on a series of PRINCIPLES, which are:
– Awareness: me – the group – the field – the context;
– Readiness to question and to review practice;
– Readiness to stretch boundaries;
– Being explicit about choices as trainers;
– Integrity: Walk the talk!
– Giving space to the whole person: body – mind – soul – heart;
– Awareness: Being here as learner in a community of learners;
– Giving to Caesar what’s Caesars’: acknowledging [re]sources of practice.

The team of trainers for this COMETS edition are Nik Paddison and Peter Hofmann.

Following the selection process, the training team will contact participants with specific information and tasks regarding the further development of the programme. This is to ensure that the needs of the participants are taken into account in order to maximise the potential that the course offers.

Participants’ Profile
COMETS is a training for trainers format which provides trainers, being 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 the trainer-learner has the capacity to direct his/her own learning and in particular, the ability to self-assess his/her own competences.

– To contribute to quality development of youth work and of training practise in the field;
– To put the ETS competence model into practice;
– To support National Agencies and other youth sector organizations in working with trainers on competence development;
– To contribute to the professional development of trainers in the field.

Please find attached the guiding principles developed for the COMETS. For further information around the series of COMETS.

Please find here further material for reading: The ETS competence model for trainers working at international level

In cooperation with some Erasmus+ Youth in Action National Agencies SALTO T&C RC has developed a strategy to provide opportunities for trainers to develop their competences according to their needs and needs of training providers like National Agencies.

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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.

In case you live in one of the countries of the Western Balkans, SouthMed or Eastern Partnership and the Russian Federation, please contact your corresponding SALTO Resource centre (respectively see@salto-youth.net, euromed@salto-youth.net and eeca@salto-youth.net) for further information.

Info for sending NAs: this activity is financed with TCA 2018




Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation – National Agency


SALTO Training & Cooperation Resource Centre

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack COMET.pdf

Contact for questions:

Vagia Pappa

E-Mail: tcaseminars@inedivim.gr

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: Active Citizenship

Dates: 20-29 August 2018

Venue: Targoviste, Romania

Eligible are 32 participants coming from: Czech Republic, Estonia, FYROM, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic

Application deadline: 18th July 2018

The democratic future of a nation is an invaluable asset, and the involvement of young people in society is essential for the good functioning and continuity of democracy.

General Description

Sociological research demonstrates that the largest segments of society with the greatest capacity for change are the young people. It depends on us, the adults, youth workers and educators the extent to which the young generation will be prepared to assume the responsibility of active participation in society.

Unfortunately, global statistics reveal the low interest of young people in democratic life, in knowledge of state institutions, citizens’ rights and freedoms, active participation and responsibility within the community.

This things happens due to social inequity, poor governance in some, the social and economic crises, the huge differences between social classes, especially in Eastern countries.

Young people have lost confidence and motivation to change something, only few of them believe that the future of society stand in their hands and act to change something.

The purpose of the Active Citizenship training course is to pay attention to this phenomenon, to mobilize youth workers to find solutions to raise awareness about the importance of democratic life for young people, to find methods to stimulate active participation and show the consequences of indifference and non-involvement in civic life.

– To increase the level of knowledge about youth participation, and civic life;
– To increase the level of knowledge about lobbying and advocacy in the topic of active citizenship;
– To strengthen the abilities of youth workers to choose, adapt and implement new non-formal education methods for motivate and encourage youth participation to civic life;
– To create space for youth workers to conceive and develop project drafts on the topic of youth participation and civic life;
– To develop cooperation between participating organizations by sharing experience on local, national and international youth policies;
– To foster professional and personal development of youth workers.

Participant Profile
32 youth leaders and youth workers (4 participants per each partner organization) older than 18 years old belonging to partner organizations, involved, interested and motivated to participate in the project.

Participants are people who develop activities in the area of active citizenship and youth participation to democratic life who want to deepen their knowledge about active citizenship, youth participation, democracy and human rights.

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The project is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ program.

Meals, accommodation and activities are fully covered. The travel costs are reimbursed up to these limits:

Czech Republic – 275 € per participant
Estonia – 275 € per participant
Lithuania – 275 € per participant
FYROM – 180 € per participant

Malta – 275 € per participant
Portugal – 360 € per participant
Slovak Republic – 275 € per participant

The reimbursement of travel costs will be done at the end of the training course, upon we will receive all travel documents in original (tickets, boarding passes, invoices, etc). The reimbursement will be done only by bank transfer to partner organizations.

NOTE: Be You Association does not request participation fees and does not encourage this practice.




Asociatia Be You

Phone: 004 0775 307 439

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Active Citizenship.pdf

Contact for questions:

Ilona Balint

E-Mail: beyouroumania@gmail.com

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International Youth Conference: “European Values for the Future of the Southeastern European Countries”.

Dates: 27th of September– 1st of October 2018

Venue: Krusevo, FYROM

Eligible are 68 participants coming from: Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, FYROM, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey

Application deadline: 15th August 2017

In September 2018, the 16th International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of SEE countries” will take part.


This conference was firstly developed in 2003 and during this period, a significant progress was made over 16 years in the region. With the Western Balkans being the spotlight of the European agenda this year and with the region being a high priority on the agenda of Bulgaria’s EU Council Presidency that promises a favorable context for advancing its EU bids, we will implement 16th edition of the Krusevo conference.

Striving towards answering the questions “Will 2018 be a year of opportunity for the region?”, here in the Balkans, apart from the country-specific issues, experts observing the region have identified a number of trends, such as erosion of democracy, fast-rising nationalist sentiments, and external influences based on the global geopolitical movements, corrupted political elites, difficulties in implementing rule of law, all of which, require a priority action.

The challenge lies, therefore, in speeding up the enlargement process, but without compromising the quality of reforms.  Hereby, young people are important key figures for tise important process in the region.

Each year, the International Youth Conference is providing to the young leaders, an open space for discussing solutions to the region’s most pressing problems, particularly focusing on young people’s problems. The discussion will be focused on the values, and this year we will try to show that both EU countries and Western Balkans do share them, and have them in their common identity and cultural heritage. To do so, we will also make a difference between policy choices and values.

We strongly believe that the 16th edition of Krusevo Conference with great warmth will open its arms to the next generation of young leaders in the region and will invite them to learn lessons and take inspiration for their commitment for supporting the EU enlargement of the region.

The strategy of expanding the EU not only promotes stability, but also is based on regional collaboration, mutual understanding and respect, healthy neighborly relations based on open cooperation, reconciliation and addressing issues of the past with sobriety.

The International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of SEE Countries“ for sixteenth consecutive years lives as a forum where 68 active, successful and able young leaders, youth workers and representatives of prominent NGOs from 16 countries. Those fighters for a better future are sharing their visions, strategies, campaigns and way of thinking during the 5-day forum.

Participants’ profile:

  • Youth workers, youth leaders, active young people, multipliers, as well as representatives of youth networks;
  • Available to actively attend the full duration of the Conference;
  • Able to communicate in English, the working language of the Conference;
  • Above 18 years old.

They are using the Conference as an orientation marker for their future plans in the field of European values because it is well known that the conference is the perfect base for proclaiming new ideas and creating new politics.

The International Youth Conference is a unique place, a cultural crossroad where discussions for: rule of law, democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, free-market economy, political inclusiveness and right of free sexual orientation, are mixing while we are putting together the mosaic of the future.

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This is not an Erasmus+ project.

Costs for accommodation and food will be fully covered by the organizers.

*For 55 participants costs for accommodation and food will be fully covered by the organizers.

80% of the travel costs will be covered by the organizers.




Youth Alliance – Krusevo – NGO


Foundation Friedrich Ebert – NGO

Phone: +389 2 3120214

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:


Phone: +389 78 305 252

Website: http://krusevoconference.org.mk



Skype: krusevoyouth

E-Mail: krusevoyouth@on.net.mk


Training Course USEE+: Using Social Entrepreneurship in Erasmus+

Dates: 4-10 November 2018

Venue: Cyprus

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

Application deadline: 29th August 2018 

The aim of this tc is to create awareness about social economy & social enterprises, appreciate the role of social entrepreneurship and inspire participants to create a vision where their passion and desire for change meets self-employability.

General Description

What does Gandhi have to do with social entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is gaining increasing attention, driven by the desire for change and to see the world as it can be, not as it is. The global economy and national GDPs rely more each time on social economy and the proposal of ethical business based on transparency, sustainability, and tangible and intangible profits and benefits for all stakeholders.

The aim of the course is to create awareness about social economy and social enterprises, appreciate the role of social entrepreneurship that creates social change, deepen participants understanding of the world around them, and to inspire them to create a vision where their passion and desire for change meets self-employability.

As Gandhi said: “be the change you want to see in the world”.

● Understand what social entrepreneurship is and its relation to sustainable development.
● Explore different social enterprise approaches and identify different models through showcasing and local study visits.
● Learn about the social impact of social enterprises.
● Create a social enterprise business plan.
● Explore Erasmus+ for entrepreneurial education and source of social enterprises starting point.
● Acquire practical tools for social entrepreneurs (needs analysis using the ‘problem tree method’, business plan development through the ‘business model canvas’, pitching tools.
● Develop competencies, necessary for social entrepreneurs, such as cooperation, risk taking, sense of initiative, leadership, communication, teamwork, creative thinking and innovation for idea generation and problem solving.

The methodology used will be based on principles of non-formal and experiential learning with an emphasis on the experiential learning cycle of Kolb.

Participants will be invited to a safe and comfortable space to express, experiment, interact and participate according to their personality and learning preference. In this way, we seek to maximize the learning outcomes but also the motivation and inspiration to engage with social and solidarity economy.

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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.

Note for sending NAs: This tc is covered from TCA 2018 budget.




Youth Board of Cyprus – National Agency


Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation – National Agency

Phone: +357-22402691

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Programme Using Social Economy for Erasmus.pdf

Contact for questions:

Stella Rousou

E-Mail: srousou@onek.org.cy

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: A school of HANDICAP from discrimination to
inclusion and social participation

Dates: 16 – 24 July 2018

Venue: Paris, France

Eligible are 2 participants coming from: Greece

and Involves 21 participants coming from: France, Italy, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Greece, Slovakia

Application deadline: 10th June 2018

This project will bring together 21 participants mainly youth workers, youth leaders or association leaders. The training will take place from 16 to 24 July 2018 in Paris, France.


“One in seven people have some form of disability”. From the beginning, physical disability has been perceived as an attribute of the person: she is disabled, she has Down syndrome … which defines and outlines the expected behaviours of these people.

These discriminatory practices of people, may attribute some certain particularities especially in those cases that there is insufficient awareness about this social phenomena.

Young people have the opportunity to participate in youth exchanges or to volunteer for a period up to one year in another country. Youth workers can take part in training and networking activities abroad or spend some time in a youth organisation abroad in job shadowing.

In Article 1 of Human Rights, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” we realize that part of the population is in fact substantially discriminated against. Let’s take as an example, the case of people with physical mobilities or a person with mental disability, which is located at our neighbour just around the corner. We realize often that these people are not actively involved into the most ordinary activities of daily life or our modern societies.

This training course aims to:

– Examine barriers to participation and to help groups and young people to feel confident in taking part in Erasmus+ projects.
– Explore the areas of disability both Physical/Sensory and Intellectual in terms of supports for participation in International projects
– Provide the opportunity for partnerships to be created with a view to implementing future projects through Erasmus+

Common people do often attribute some labels to all these vulnerable groups. Some stereotypes or generalizations could be for example, lazy creeps, beggars etc. Normally, we see. Normally, we walk, we hear … But what is this principle which defines, normality into modern societies?

So, we tend to consider that when someone is disabled, we cannot become part of their daily life, because it could be harmful for their health conditions. In our mind, in modern culture, in our social system, there is a a correlation of these following terms: “disabled so fragile”, or “disabled therefore dangerous”; which can easily lead towards marginalisation and exclusion of disabled people, under the pretext of security.

This training project will bring together young leaders, youth workers and educators, who  wish to go deep into this issue. The plenary will try to tackle discriminatory effect, around people with disabilities. This Training Course will gain an informative momentum upon this social issue, for a better understanding of these discriminatory practises against people with mental or physical disabilities. Activities will be designed to be easily transferable to others. We will work to create information tools that can be used by associations and youth workers.

Target Audience: Youth Workers/ Youth work practitioners working directly with young people with disability (physical/sensory/intellectual) and from organisations who are in a position to implement/lead these projects.

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

Participation fee 50 euro per participant. The fee will be deposited after succesful selection of the candidates (non-refundable in case of cancellation).



Association Femmes Debout – 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: 18+ years old