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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.


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.

– 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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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.



Youth and Community Action Club – NGO


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

Training Course. People beyond borders. Serbia

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Training Course: people beyONd borders – tools for fighting discrimination and building more inclusive society

Dates: 17-26 February 2018

Venue: Serbia

Eligible are 22 participants coming from: Italy, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia

Application deadline: 27th November 2017

Erasmus+ project “people beyONd borders” is a TC to be held in Serbia, in February 2018. The main objective of the TC is providing participants theoretical and practical knowledge about current refugee’s situation in Serbia, Europe and tools to work with around the topic.


This TC is designed to introduce participants to the topic of migrations and current situation in Europe regarding migrants and refugees, and to share with them tools for fighting discrimination and building more inclusive society.

„people beyONd borders“ is a 10 days TC with the objective of providing participants with theoretical and practical knowledge about current migrant and refugee situation in Europe, and providing them with tools for understanding this problem, for fighting discrimination and building their community into more understanding and inclusive one.

From April 2015 until today, during “European Refugee Crisis”, over two million refugees and migrants have had their desperate journey to Europe, coming mostly from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. These people came running away from unbearable life conditions in their countries, searching for safety and future for themselves and their families.

Their way to Europe is full of obstacles and difficulties and what they encounter once they finally reach Europe is devastating. They become subjects to discrimination, stereotypes, exclusion, and unfortunately even violence.

At the same time, media are either not reporting about this things or they’re sending incorrect, exaggerated and even dangerous information. All this creates atmosphere of not understanding, discrimination and prejudice towards refugees. In order to make first steps towards change of this atmosphere, we would like to provide young people with knowledge and tools they can use to make the change.

Through workshops, lectures, interactive presentations and discussions hosted by experts on the subject, participants will learn and practice different approaches to this situation which will hopefully inspire them to act and to share their knowledge in their own community.

19 participants from 6 countries – Serbia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Italy, Slovenia and Portugal.

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

Being this TC granted by Erasmus+ programme, accommodation, food and participation fee are paid for all the participants, as well as travel expenses (up to a certain limit established by Erasmus+).

These limits are:
– Slovenia, Montenegro and Kosovo*: 180 euros
– Italy: 275 euros
– Portugal: 360 euros
– Serbia: 20 euros



Agoraveiro – NGO

Phone: 00351234482575

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Natasa Golosin

E-Mail: agora.aveiro@gmail.com

Kosovo UN1244 (*not recognized by some countries)

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Training Course: The Rainbow Spectactor

Dates: 14-22 November 2017

Venue: Cyprus

Eligible are 27 participants coming from: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, FYROM, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey

Application deadline: 10th October 2017

Based in the inspirational force of Theatre of the Oppressed and focused in the LGBTIQ worlwide movement, this training will take a look at the quality and innovativeness of international projects from the inclusive practical perspective.


The inspirational force of the Theatre of the Oppressed, August Boal, has termed the new type of spectator that comes out of the Forum process a “spect-actor”, a new type of audience who is not passive but participates actively in the process by going on the stage.

“Rainbow” is related to the rainbow flag, an identification of the LGBTIQ movement worldwide. The scope of the colours is telling of the scope of sexuality and sexual preference, and how as a flag, it has been come a symbol of acceptance and social cohesion.

In the Theatre of the Oppressed, the audience becomes active, such that as “spect-actors” they explore, show, analyse and transform the reality in which they are living. Through Theatre of the Oppressed we can liberate and better understand ourselves, our communities and our world.

The Aim of this training is to raise awareness of 27 youth workers from 12 countries about social inclusion, develop variety of non-formal skills, knowledge and attitudes regarding theoretical and practical frames for inclusion, and wider implementation in practical youth work.

The learning objectives of the training course are the following:

• Gaining more knowledge and developing new skills regarding discrimination, prejudice, stereotypes recognition
• Empathizing with the position of the oppressed, and her/his personal, social and professional development during different youth work activities;
• Promoting an anti-discrimination, inclusive speech and approach on every level, particularly on the basis of sensitive social groups identity, as the only acceptable method of communication and of resolving conflict;
• Developing skills on creating stories, theatre plays, workshops, and informational campaign for promoting tolerance, politically sensitive and non hate speech and action;
• Encouraging young people’s active participation in society, and especially to empower youth to take an active role in their communities in fighting discrimination;
• Gaining knowledge and developing new skills on Youthpass as a recognition tool for non-formal learning;
• To raise awareness of the key competences and develop different methods that can be used in practice within sensitive group activities;

Which kind of learning activities are you going to find in this training?:

– Group dynamics, confidence games, groupal games.
– Stereotypes: what are them? Should we embrace or condemn them?
– Discrimination and Prejuice: Visual Workshop

– Opression: Practical presentation.
– Theatre of the Oppressed: Techniques and methodology
– Using theatre as a tool.
– Workshop design
– Video tools production
– Learn more about the Erasmus+ Programme and the possibilities that it offers.
– Youth pass certificate.

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

Being selected for the project, food and accommodation will be covered for the entire project 100%.

Travel costs will be reimbursed 100% within the maximum amount covered by Cypriot National Agency, namely up to

360 € to participants from Denmark. Up

275 € to participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Italia, FYROM, Greece, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey

No fee is requested.




Rooftop Theatre Ltd. – NGO

Phone: +35796850457

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Javier Esteban

E-Mail: juventa.sl@gmail.com

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Training Course: EVS Mentor Seminar/Formation Tuteurs

Dates: 21-24 November 2017

Venue: Sommières (Gard), France

Eligible are 18 youth participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline: 2nd October 2017

Attention: French speaking seminar on EVS mentoring!

French language speaking training course on EVS mentoring (sending, hosting and/or coordinating). This TC is designed for mentors or other staff of EVS hosting, sending or coordinating accredited organisations, or in the process of accreditation.

General Description

Training session for EVS mentors / Formation de tuteurs/tutrices impliqué-e-s dans des projets de « Service Volontaire Européen »

Mentoring is a key element of success of EVS projects. For this reason, we decided to organise a training course adapted to the reality and needs of mentors and tutors. The aim is to increase the quality of sending and hosting EVS projects.

Training “The major functions of tutoring in international mobility”
– Learn to better understand the role of the mentor (who is the mentor? What has to be done and how?)
– Learn about Erasmus + and especially about EVS
– Get answers to technical / practical issues
– Exchange experiences, questions
– Develop Tools and methods for his/her role as mentor
– Get to know the different projects
– Build a local dynamic partnership around EVS

The training will include working in workshops on preparing for sending, on support to facilitate the integration and the monitoring of volunteers in the hosting project, on conflict management, and various practical aspects related to mentoring.

At the endings of this post you will find the detailed programme of the course.


Le tutorat est un élément clé pour la réussite des projets de « Service Volontaire Européen » (SVE). Pour cette raison, l’agence Erasmus+ Jeunesse a décidé de mettre en place une formation adaptée à la réalité et aux besoins des mentors et des tuteurs/tutrices. L’objectif est d’améliorer la qualité de l’envoi et l’accueil dans le cadre des projets SVE.

Formation « Les grandes fonctions de tutorat dans le cadre de la mobilité internationale »
– Mieux comprendre le rôle du tuteur (qui est le tuteur ? Ce qui doit être fait et comment ?)
– Découvrir Erasmus + et surtout le « Service Volontaire Européen »
– Aborder une série de questions pratiques /techniques

– Echanger expériences et pratiques
– Développer des outils et méthodes dans son rôle de mentor ou tuteur
– Connaître les différents projets
– Construire un partenariat local dynamique autour du projet SVE

La formation prévoit des ateliers concernant la préparation à l’envoi, comment faciliter l’intégration et le suivi des volontaires dans le cadre de son projet d’accueil, la gestion de conflit ainsi que d’autres aspects pratiques liés au tutorat. Vous trouverez ci-joint le programme détaillé de la session

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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 host NA and the sending NAs involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your 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.

The host NA will communicate all practical details to the selected participants.

Ce projet est financé par le programme Erasmus+ Jeunesse.

L’Agence Nationale couvrira les frais de formation, d’hébergement et de transport. D’autres frais liés à la participation a cette formation seront couverts par les AN impliquées dans ce projet – sauf d’éventuels frais de participation qui varient d’un appel à l’autre et d’un pays à l’autre.

Veuillez contacter votre AN afin d’en savoir plus sur les détails financiers, et comment organiser la réservation de vos billets et le remboursement de vos frais de voyage.

L’Agence communiquera les modalités pratiques aux participants sélectionnés.




Agence Française Erasmus + Jeunesse & Sport – National Agency

Phone: 0170989354

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Formation Tuteurs, France.pdf

Contact for questions:

Flavia Giovanelli-Marie

E-Mail: flavia.giovanelli@service-civique.gouv.fr

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: Put on your gender glasses!

Dates: 25 October – 1 November 2017

Venue: Parnu, Estonia

Eligible are 26 participants coming from: Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Romania, Russian Federation, Spain

Application deadline: 28th August 2017

ATTENTION: Additional call for participants!

The Training Course “Put on your gender glasses!” aims at empowering youth workers to question their personal gender assumptions, to apply gender dimension to their youth activities, and to contribute to more inclusive and gender just societies through NFE methods.

General Description

The training course will bring together 26 youth workers and youth leaders from 13 EU and neighbourhood countries: Armenia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, and Ukraine.

This open call is ONLY for participants from Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Romania, Russia and Spain.

Everybody is gendered. Our gendered identities are not static, but change and shift according to our experiences, the context we live in, the power we have and the desires we feel. The freedom we have to control and express this aspect of our identity depends very much on the absence or presence of different expectations, pressures and prejudices existing in our communities and societies.

Gender is also directly linked to power and considering gender means questioning forms of power and privilege that benefit many people, mainly men, in our societies. Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread forms of human rights abuse. It often happens in private and no country is immune to it.

Working with gender is a competence area that can and should be developed. It begins with youth workers and youth activists working with themselves and requires reflecting on attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and behaviour that a person brings to youth work.

The project objectives are:

– To compare how gender norms may differ according to context;
– To encourage reflection on gender assumptions that we may be not aware of;
– To identify challenges young people face in relation to gender equality;
– To examine the roles gender may play in youth work as well as the importance of gender equality and gender mainstreaming in youth work, projects and organizations;
– To share specific tools and insights for a gender-sensitive approach to human rights education and youth work;
– To examine different expressions of gender-based violence in youth contexts;
– To train youth workers on raising awareness on the issue and, as a result, to mobilize and involve more young people in the prevention of gender-based violence;
– To promote the core EU values of respect for human rights, gender equality, non-violence, social cohesion and diversity as well as cooperation under the Erasmus+ programme.

Participant profile:

– Ready to contribute to gender equality and gender mainstreaming in their organisation and community, i.e. serve as multiplies;
– Active learners, available for the whole duration of the course and ready to share their experience and knowledge;
– Age limit: above 20;
– Able to follow a training in English.

We particularly encourage applications from youth workers representing and/or working with disadvantaged youth and youth with fewer opportunities, including youth leaders working with young people who are marginalised because of their gender identity.

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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.

Travel costs can be reimbursed up to the following amount:

Spain – 530 EUR
Georgia – 360 EUR

Germany, Romania, Russia – 275 EUR
Finland – 180 EUR
Estonia – 20 EUR

There is a participation fee of 30 EUR.

Attention: Sending organisations might have an internal participation fee.



MTÜ Kalliralli – NGO

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Anastasia Baskina


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Study Visit: Italy and Finland study visit on inclusion

Dates: 14-17 November 2017

Venue: Rome, Italy

Eligible are 12 participants coming from: Finland, Italy

Application deadline: 11th September 2017

The general aim of the study visits in Italy and in Finland is to share different practices on the theme of the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in the countries involved in terms of methods, beneficiaries, resources and results.

General Description

Every study visits will be held in each of the countries involved with 6 participants, accompanied by the inclusion officer of the NAs involved.

Specific aim of the activity will be: to create quality projects on inclusion in the Erasmus+ programme and contribute to increase the knowledge and competencies of participants and organisations involved.

The study visit will consist in a practical part – visit the organisation/project, meet youth workers and beneficiaries – and in a activities focused on evaluation and analysis also through theoretical input.

This is the call for the first study visit in Italy, Rome, on the topic of the inclusion of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

Expected outcomes

By giving an overview about the situation of the migration in Italy through the activities of organisations, public bodies, projects, the aim is to offer to the participants’ new information, knowledge, practices, on this reality, in order to enrich the capacity of the participants to understand the complexity of the migrations phenomenon and to be able to work in the inclusion of young people with migration background in Erasmus+.


– 4 working days of activities in a group with two facilitators. We will use field visit of projects and organizations, reflection/debriefing activities, projects idea in group and in general non formal methods will be preferred.

Participant Profile:

The target group for the study visit in Rome are youth workers willing to enhance their competences. Other characteristics are:
– to have competencies and knowledge on the topic of the inclusion of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

– to have competencies on inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities
– to have experience in the youth work sector
– to be interested in develop new projects on inclusion in the framework of Erasmus+
– be able to communicate and work in English (which will be the working language for the whole training course).
– Be able to attend the full training course.
– wish to learn from each other’s during debate and evaluation.

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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 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.



Agenzia Nazionale per i Giovani – National Agency


Finnish National Agency – National Agency

Phone: 06.3759.1238

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Mirella Olivari

E-mail: m.olivari@agenziagiovani.it

E-Mail: a.cecchini@agenziagiovani.it

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: Everyone Has a Story to Tell. Digital Storytelling for Social Inclusion

Dates: 4-12 September 2017

Venue: Armenia

Eligible are 28 participants coming from: Armenia, Austria, France, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Portugal, Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine

Application deadline: 31st July 2017

Erasmus+ Training Course addressed to youth workers interested in learning how to use the digital storytelling method in work with youth at risk of social exclusion

General Description

Every single human being has a unique personal history based on their experience, thoughts and feelings. To share those stories with others can be a powerful tool, changing the attitudes and inspiring both sides – those who listen to the stories and those who tell them.

The art of storytelling has been an important part of social interactions since the very birth of humanity. However, as nowadays we are being exposed to constant flood of news and data, we tend to forget how important and meaningful is to share our personal experience with others.

The digital storytelling is a concept that combines two crucial aspects – the power of creating personal narratives and our modern need to “go digital”.

The proposed Training Course aims at bringing European youth workers together and teach them what digital storytelling is and how they can use it as a tool for working with young people at risk of social exclusion. During the project the participants will go through an intensive set of workshops giving them a chance to learn how to create their own digitalized stories.

We believe that learning by doing will provide a deeper understanding of the method and therefore serve as an inspiration for creating similar projects in participants own communities.

Developing projects that are based on new methods and approaches seems to be especially important for those youth workers who are dealing with difficult social issues, as they very often lack proper and effective tools to address their beneficiaries.

Digital storytelling is a very inclusive method that can be used in various contexts and therefore we hope the skills and knowledge gained during this Training Course will help our participants to create a new quality in their everyday work with young people.

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

Food and accommodation is covered 100%.

We will be able to reimburse your travel costs up to the following maximum amount:

Armenia – 0 EUR
Georgia – 180 EUR

Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova – 275 EUR
Germany, Austria, Russian Federation – 360 EUR
France – 530 EUR
Portugal – 820 EUR

ICIRLD does not require any participation fee from participants.




International Center for Intercultural Research, Learning and Dialogue – NGO

Phone: +995 555 66 48 14

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Kasia Kowalska

E-Mail: kasia.icirld@gmail.com