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Training Course: Intercultural Playback Theatre

Dates: 26 April – 3 May 2020

Venue: Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy

Eligible are 26 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 13rd March 2020

Training course for youth workers on increasing soft skills for social change.

General Description

Intercultural Playback Theatre is a training course for youth workers, educators, NGO representatives who work with young people who would like to increase their competences to create social change for their youth groups.

The youth workers involved will specifically gain knowledge, skills and attitudes towards intercultural learning, active listening, recognition of various sides of one story, and exploration on how expressed emotions and feelings help us to create meaningful conversations around cultures and identity.

Throughout the course we will explore how playback theatre can help to facilitate cross-cultural communication of youth in their organisations and communities. With these skills, the participants will be able to learn creative and participative methods to facilitate meaningful cultural exchange in their own organisations.

The project will include the following 4 phases in 2020:

1 Online preparation (March/April)

2 Training program (26.04 – 03.05.2020)

3 Implementation of the lessons learned (June-September): conduct at least one local activity and disseminate the lessons learnt

4 Online evaluation seminar (0.5 day in early October)

The objectives of Intercultural playback theatre are for you to:

  • Understand and apply communication, expression of one’s feelings and active listening skills;
  • Gain experience in non-formal education and playback theatre as an inspiration to facilitate a cross-cultural dialogue;
  • Develop and implement after the training course (phase 3) an action plan: facilitate cross-cultural communication through playback theatre in your organisation’s activities;
  • Virtually share and evaluate the activities organised back home (phase 4).

The course is based on non-formal education methodology and will have a form of practical exercises and simulations. The programme will be built on actual knowledge and experiences of the participants. It will also allow for strong intercultural aspects. Detailed programme will be sent in March to the selected participants. It will be adjusted to the needs and expectations of participants.

Playback theatre is an improv based theatre format in which members of the audience tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot by a group of actors. Specific formats are used to give back the story to the teller in a respectful way.

Playback theatre can be used to express one’s feelings, address social matters and to share one’s own personal situation with a bigger audience. In this TC it will be used to facilitate a cross-cultural dialogue.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Accomodation and food is covered.

You will be accommodated in dormitory rooms, in mixed country groups with persons of same gender, 2 to 3 persons per room.

Travel reimbursement

Reimbursement will be done according to the Erasmus+ rules and will be based on real costs proved by tickets.

Maximum reimbursement for participants from:

  • Italy- 20 EUR.
  • Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom- 275 EUR;

Participation fee

30 EUR paid by cash at the venue.

Application

Organiser:

KLARIS – Youth NGO

Phone: +48508312555

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Marzena Ples

E-Mail: mples@strim.org.pl

Training Course. Creativity & Innovation. Greece

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Training Course: Creativity & Innovation

Dates: 9-14 March 2020

Venue: Athens, Greece

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 27th January 2020

This training course aiming to give creative and innovative tools to youth workers in order to increase the quality in their Erasmus+ projects and offer answers to the above issues.

General Description

The idea of this training is to turn things upside down. And inside out. To take old ideas out of the box, and re-construct them in a different shape…

We want to use the fact that a new, different programme is starting, to help future beneficiaries to re-think their practices, to invent new ones, to experiment and to find new solutions to old problems.

All of this based on Non-formal learning principles including experiential and self-directed learning.

Objectives:

  • To support youth workers, youth leaders and other educators to think in innovative ways when approaching youth-related topics and develop creative models of intervention
  • To increase the impact and efficiency of their activities – and even considering cooperating in wider fields and creating synergies outside youth;
  • To analyze each step of a project (preparation, implementation, evaluation and follow up) and develop creative solutions to improve these steps in terms of process and quality results.
  • To develop innovative methodologies that increase effective participation of all project actors involved in youth projects: partners, youngsters, local communities, and policymakers.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO Resource Centre involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

Your sending National Agency or Regional SALTO Resource Centre will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA/SALTO RC to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

Youth and LifeLong Learning Foundation – Hellenic National Agency

Phone: +302131314435

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Panagiota Karametou

E-Mail: karametou.p@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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Seminar Overwork the process: A seminar for an experienced trainer

Dates: 12 January 2020

Venue: Wrocław, Poland

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden

Application deadline: 20th December 2019

In the training work we experience a situations when the group process leads us into unknown regions. We invite you to meet and discuss possible strategy to take care for a group and also for you in a difficult group process.

General Description

The goal of the seminar is to share methods, techniques, and tools which can be used to help rebuild groups that experienced a crisis.

We would like to discuss the following topics: case studies on various group dynamics, cognitive models of dealing with crisis, a role of a trainer in a group process, various approaches to dealing with crisis and trauma in a group, how to create a clear algorithm, tools for young trainers and instructors, helping them to feel safe when leading a group process. We are going to work in an experimental education framework.

We have also planned some city-exploring activities in the multicultural Wrocław.

Participant profile:

  • Experienced trainers, more than 2-3 years of experience. Preferably having finished a train-the-trainers training / have a fundamental knowledge in training designing.
  • It is a technical reference within the organization or team. His knowledge allows him to work or collaborate on more challenging projects.
  • It helps to define processes, methodologies and standards that will take place in the development of projects.
  • It is good to communicate and listening.
  • It can participate in high-level decisions and collaborate if necessary in more operational activities.
  • Communicative level of English language is mandatory.

Case study

  • Have at least one (two) case or challenging situation, when there is a serious crash or hard moment in a group process.
  • Reflect, write, eventually record, and send a case study before the seminar start.
  • Desire to improve coaching and group facilitation techniques.
  • Open to discuss in supervision, yours and others case study.

Practical issues

  • Open to discuss, analyze, and develop some methods, scenarios, algorithm.
  • Open to try plenty of methods, from different backgrounds, that could be applied.
  • Desire to create a space of cordiality, collaboration and be supervised from a professional and youth workers feedback.

Networking

  • Participate in formal and non-formal networking activities.
  • Start to develop strong connections and exchange.
  • Open to diversity, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue.
  • Promoting European values, such as tolerance and respect.
  • Able to establish intercultural relationships with other participants.

Responsibilities

  • To lead or collaborate in one or more specific part of the program, such on-line meetings, promoting and dissemination, Dropbox, Whatsapp, YouTube, drawings and algorithms, Facebook, etc.
  • To give evaluation and feedback.
  • To share in your organization the outcomes from the seminar.
  • We can invite participants from Poland, Latvia, Sweden, The Netherlands and Italy.

Costs

 

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

Accommodation and food

All the cost is covered from Erasmus+ program.

Travel reimbursement

  • Poland: 180 €
  • Latvia, Italy, Sweden, Romania, Netherlands: 275  €

Participation fee

The participation to the seminar foresees:

  • a non refundable PARTICIPATION FEE of 20€,
  • a VOLUNTARY FEE to be paid in cash (in Polish Zlotys) during project on a sliding scale from 20 PLN (5€) up to choice and possibilities of participant.

Participants will be free to choose their contribution according to their own personal financial possibilities and the value they see in this program. This fee will help in dissemination of the project.

Application

 

Organiser:

Manufacture of Science and Adventure – Youth NGO

Phone: +48725526426

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack Overwork the process.pdf

Contact for questions:

Justyna Schimanda

E-Mail: justyna.schimanda@naukaprzygoda.edu.pl

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Conference with CSOs Active in the Field of Youth: Life beyond EU Funding. Imagining a Different Role for Youth Organisations in Europe

Dates: 7-9 December 2019

Venue: Athens, Greece

Eligible are 50 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 2nd November 2019

CSOs Active in the Field of Youth: Life beyond EU Funding. Imagining a Different Role for Youth Organisations in Europe. 
This forum aspires to foster civil society action and alliances that can challenge centralised EU policies and assert a different agenda for youth and a different role for youth organisations.

General Description

The two latest 7-year budgets of the European Union (2014-2020, 2021-2027) have seen a significant increase to the available funding for youth projects. The difficulties of youngsters to enter “adult life” due to structural obstructions and/or crises is a main reason behind this increase. While this relatively generous funding indicates a concern of ruling elites about the future of youngsters, it is questionable that it is just the quantity of available resources that defines the successes and failures of Brussels’ planning.

Youth projects, can indeed contribute to the approximation of youngsters from different countries, form a European identity, culture and “way of life”. The abundance of youth organisations that have sprung out of mobility projects and the culture of joyful learning, intercultural exchange and connectedness they have created, serves as proof. However, they cannot make up for decaying social policies of European states or the inability of the EU to pursue its social agenda.

These policies would need to target the least empowered and most vulnerable youngsters first; those individuals and groups are in most need of emancipation and agency. But for anyone who works in the field of youth and is grounded to social realities, it is obvious that this is rarely the case.

The contribution of EU-funded projects to the well-being of European societies is confined by harsh realities of cash-flow, resource management, constant need for visibility and new audiences, deadlines and reporting guidelines. These are all managerial concerns, largely disconnected from social challenges and their impact on youth. Still, it is against these indicators that the impact of youth organisations is measured.

This is expected. The ability to evaluate the effect of an organisation requires constant monitoring and deep knowledge of the community where they operate. But this is beyond the capacities, priorities and competences of the EC and its executive agencies.

The idea that properly fulfilling managerial duties can co-exist with significant results in youngsters’ lives, disregards the fact that we all have finite time and energy as well as that we need to balance work with our personal life and development.

In the best case, this line of thought leads to burn out of workers who try to balance quality and resource constraints. In the worst, it leads to the normalisation of the notion that (economic) survival should be the primary concern of youth organisations.

Organisations compete instead of making collective claims, network instead of pursuing alliances, write projects instead of listening to and working with youngsters, search for indicators of success that would make donors feel safe with their choices instead of asserting that risk-taking and uncertainty lays in the heart of any social initiative with a prospect of a real impact.

The second yearly meeting of Inter Alia’s network in the field of youth, sets off from these thoughts and aspires to foster alliances that can challenge ill-targeted, top-down policies and assert a different paradigm and agenda for youth organisations. Representatives will contribute their organisations’ experiences and practices in building ideas for action and intervention in all stages of policy making – conceptualisation, consultation, formulation, implementation and evaluation. Setting out from youngsters’ needs, the sessions will result in draft policy recommendations for forward-looking, sustainable allocation of EU resources in view of the new EU-budget ratification.

We invite all European organisations active in the field of youth who share our concerns and feel the need for reappraisal of the role of youth organisations and the empowerment of their social imprint to join!

Partner organisations will be financially supported for covering accommodation and travel expenses. The exact amount of the support will be announced soon and will depend on the number of participating members of the network.

Five sponsored positions for organisations outside the network are available. To apply, please fill in the following form

For more information and updates please visit the network’s website

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

The organisers will provide accommodation in double rooms (breakfast included) and offer two dinners.

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs of up to 150 euro per participant will be covered by the organisers

Participation fee

Non – Applicable

Application

 

Organiser:

Inter Alia – Youth NGO

Phone: +30 2155451174

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Nikos Papakostas

E-Mail: papakostas@interaliaproject.com

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Training Course: Ready to mediate? Direction- Youth!

Dates: 23 November – 1 December 2019

Venue: Rustavi, Georgia

Eligible are 35 participants coming from: Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine

Application deadline: 1st November 2019

Ready to mediate? Direction- Youth! – is a project for youth workers, educators, trainers, NGO representatives who work with young people and would like to develop skills connected with mediation as a method of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

General Description

The training course with elements of PBA is targeted at people actively involved in youth work and who already have some experience in non-formal education and experiential learning and willing to know more about mediation and implement its techniques in their daily work.

The programme is designed for people who are ready to learn, explore, discover and develop their skills, competences and know-how and will be able to use it later in their jobs and communities and develop further projects on this topic.

The course is based on non-formal education methodology and will have a form of practical exercises and simulations. Participants will have a chance to understand: how active listening works, how to practice the loop of understanding, how to paraphrase, summarise and emphasise, how to be creative in conflict resolution process, what to do in order to find common grounds etc.

The programme will be built on actual knowledge and experiences of the participants. It will also allow for strong intercultural aspect in a form of simulation exercises. Simulations will be especially designed for the course and will allow the participants to experience the conflict “inside-out” both as mediators and the parties to the dispute. Detailed programme will be sent at the end of October. It will be adjusted to the needs and expectations of participants.

Apart from participating in the Training Course in Georgia all participants undertake to conduct local activities (at least one workshop with young people) after the mobility and taking part in dissemination and follow up phases of the project.

Aims and Objectives of the training course

The project is an initiative aimed at raising awareness among youth workers and in the future among youth about mediation and conflict transformation as a constructive and peaceful approach to managing conflicts.

The main objectives are the following:

  • To enhance youth workers competences in conflict management particularly through the development of mediation skills and empower them to engage in constructive conflict resolution
  • To enhance the creation of a network of organisations with expertise in the topics of mediation and/or conflict transformation or willing to gain it to develop future projects related to the topic.
  • To explore the topic of multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue;
  • To learn about the origins of different types of conflicts and possible methods of solving them;

  • To promote and explain Alternative Dispute Resolutions with special emphasis on mediation
  • To teach in practice skills relevant to effective negotiation and mediation;
  • To create a field for further cooperation and development of projects related to conflict transformation;
  • To share the results of First ADR Kit strategic partnership devoted to mediation in youth education

Costs

 

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

Accommodation and food

The accommodation (3-4 participants per room) and food (3 meals per day and 2 coffee breaks) will be covered by the organisers.

Travel reimbursement

  • Armenia, Georgia – 20 EUR
  • Bulgaria, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine –  275 EUR
  • Croatia, Italy – 360 EUR

Participation fee

Non – Applicable

Application

 

Organiser:

Youth Association DRONI – Youth NGO

Phone: +995 574271127

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Giorgi Kikalishvili

E-Mail: giokika@droni.org

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Training Course: Changemaker Course

Dates: 17-25 November 2019

Venue: Żywa Ziemia (close to Gdańsk), Poland

Eligible are 21 participants coming from: Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Spain, Turkey

Application deadline: 27th October 2019

Changemaker Course aims at people who want to change the world. In the training participants develop changemaking skills identified after over 300 interviews with activists from the world over and plan social projects that really impact their communities

General Description

The Changemaker Course is based on the direct experience of the trainers, active in social field for years, as well as the results of over 300 interviews with Changemakers from all over the world carried out in the last 3 years.

Project Goals:

– Developing social skills which were acknowledged as fundamental in changing the world: communication, empathy, team work, leadership, mindfulness, listening, vision-making, understanding change-process dynamics, inclusiveness;

– Disseminating tools for effectively planning social projects and social businesses responding to the real needs of a given community;

– Planning specific social projects that can be carried out within short time after the end of the training;

– Providing materials (descriptions of exercises and scenarios) and enabling people working with youth to empower their target group with ideas and actions for positive impact.

– Motivating to action, showing through examples of real changemakers from around the world that change is possible.

– Networking changemakers, people who implement social projects or run social businesses.

Program

During the 7-day Changemaker Course participants will:

– Discuss the main problems of the world, getting basic knowledge from Global Education

– Sharpen their Changemaking Skills (empathy, communication, awareness, teamwork, building a vision, creativity)

– Meet local changemakers, getting to know their challenges and daily work

– Plan their own social project

– Learn how to speak about their idea in public

– Get to know how to seek resources for implementing social projects

– Meet a group of like-minded, engaged people who really care

We use active methods based on experience. We also include elements of coaching.

Participants Profile

Active youth workers (working with or for youth), who:

– have motivation to develop social initiatives for young people and youth workers and implement them locally after the training,

– are open and willing to actively participate and contribute to the programme,

– are available and motivated to attend the full duration of the international training (7 working days + 2 days of travel).

Costs

 

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

Accommodation and food

Accommodation and meals included in the programme are 100% covered.

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs are 100% covered up to the Erasmus+ distance calculator corresponding amounts, using the cheapest and most convenient transportation methods.

The maximum amounts for involved countries are:

  • Latvia, Romania, Spain, The Republic of North Macedonia, Turkey  – 275 EUR
  • Portugal – 360 EUR

There is no travel budget for Poland.

Participation fee

There is no participation fee.

Application

 

Organiser:

KobieTY – Youth NGO

Phone: +48 503 399 565

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Anna Ksiazek

E-Mail: cmc.kobiety@gmail.com

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E-learning: Intensive Advanced Facilitation Training. Erasmus + Virtual Exchange (English)

Dates: 6 October – 13 December 2019

Venue: Online Course, Belgium – FR

Eligible are 100 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Southern Mediterranean countries

Application deadline: 6th October 2019

This online training was developed with the expert contribution of various conflict resolution, mediation and facilitation practitioners, invested in 21st century education and the use of peacebuilding methodologies in a diverse and global context.

General Description

Facilitators are an important part of Virtual Exchange programmes. They are third parties who help a group have a constructive, respectful and authentic dialogue on various topics of (mutual) interest.

Facilitators are multi-partial and neutral process leaders: they do not participate in the content of the conversation but do their best to ensure all participants feel free to express themselves and are heard by others, respecting certain agreed-upon ground rules and following the indications of programme curriculum as well as the group’s needs and interests.

Facilitators seek to elicit self-group awareness and understanding by providing a safe and effective learning environment where participants learn tools to hold an effective cross-cultural dialogue and are inspired to take the skills and understanding beyond their participation in Virtual Exchange.

Facilitators are trained in utilizing a diverse set of facilitation tools to foster such awareness and learning and address group dynamics. Virtual Exchange facilitators are curious learners, good listeners, multi-taskers and team workers. As a facilitator, you will actively strive to improve your facilitation skills and knowledge with the Erasmus+ facilitator community.

Facilitation Trainings:

• Intensive Facilitation Training: 20 hours with online training group and trainers
• Introduction to Facilitation: 10 hours of asynchronous, paced online course

The Facilitation Training was developed with the expert contribution of various conflict resolution, mediation and facilitation practitioners, invested in 21st century education and in broadening knowledge and use of peacebuilding methodologies in a diverse and global context. Successful completion of training and practicum qualifies trainees to UN endorsed certificates.

Through the Facilitation Training participants will enhance key 21st Century Skills including:

Leadership and initiative: Trainees will lead a Virtual Exchange group through a semester of intercultural dialogue. They will plan weekly sessions and guide participants through a dialogue and learning process.

Critical thinking and problem solving: Trainees will learn how to become more self‐aware of their triggers and biases, discuss assumptions and beliefs, and practice neutrality. Trainees will practice how to bring forth critical thinking in a discussion, and how address challenging group dynamics.

Cross‐cultural collaboration: Trainees will work with international group of peers and learn about culturally sensitive topics from each other; they will discuss how to approach and lead difficult conversations in multicultural settings.

Teamwork: Trainees will work closely with a co‐facilitator and will be part of an international community of professionals and conflict resolution experts.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Non – Applicable

Travel reimbursement

Non – Applicable

Participation fee

Non – Applicable

Application

 

Organiser:

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Phone: 1 718-701-5855

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Katja Riikonen

E-Mail: training@soliya.net