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Training Course: Out with the burn out!

Dates: 23-31 May 2020

Venue: Sofia, Bulgaria

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Slovak Republic

Application deadline: 24th April 2020

You will learn how to recognize, prevent and remedy stress and the phenomenon of professional exhaustion known as ‘burn out’, so that you can improve the quality of your youth work and enhance your professional performance and competences.

General Description

The main aim of this training course is to identify challenges youth workers and educators face in daily life and to support them in developing the ability for early recognition of signs of heightened stress and burn out. Building your capacity to identify and prevent burn out, as well as to remedy it, will enhance your emotional resilience, as well as your motivation to perform better within your role.

This training course will focus on some of the main tenets of Emotional Intelligence, i.e. that of self-awareness and self-management. These lie on the foundation of self-observation, which we will have the opportunity to apply in real time, so as to learn how to extract knowledge that helps us become more aware of ourselves and more capable of managing our emotions, so that they serve us and not sabotage us in our roles.

Living in a ‘VUCA’ (vulnerable, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world means that our roles as youth workers and educators have also become more demanding and pressurizing, often leaving us feeling overwhelmed and incapable of effectively managing ourselves, not only in our roles, but also in our relationships. We will learn the value of self-reflection and, in learning how to empathize with others but also with ourselves, through a range of practical tools we will learn how to make our lives easier and more enjoyable!

The methodology of the training course is based on the principles of non-formal education and strongly supports self-reflection, learning through experience and self-directed learning. The programme will include a variety of activities, discussions, workshop sessions, etc. to encourage critical thinking and self-awareness. A strong focus will be put on Coaching as tried-and-tested method for creatively addressing pressing problems; a range of practical, hands-on, easy-to-use tools will be shared and applied in real time. English will be the working language of the training course.

We acknowledge and applaud the fact that young people’s health and well-being is a priority in Erasmus+ Youth Programme and it is also highlighted in the European Youth Strategy.

Specific objectives

  • To identify and acknowledge challenges we face when working with youth
  • To thoroughly learn and experience the value of self-reflection
  • To learn how to empathize with others but also with themselves
  • To improve their Emotional Intelligence through improving their self-awareness and emotional self-management
  • To apply practical tools for recognizing and managing stress, as well as for recognizing, preventing and managing burn out, which can be used for life
  • To enjoy a space for peer learning and support: exchanging relevant experiences and good practices
  • To prioritize self-care and emotional wellness and apply these in holistic, creative ways
  • To understand and appreciate the value of failures and mistakes, rather than be ‘burdened’ by them; to be able to convey this to their youth groups, as positive role models
  • To recognize the educational value of non-formal learning activities in empowering others

Who can apply?

  1. Youth workers, youth leaders, teachers, people who are directly working with youth and/or youth educational organizations
  2. Youth trainers and educators
  3. Youth team leaders
  4. Working staff of youth organizations
  5. Youth professionals who are motivated to share their work experience and challenges so as to collectively LEARN
  6. Youth professionals who are actively seeking to improve their toolbox and enrich it with new, effective approaches
  7. Youth professionals who are available and willing to take an active part in the FULL duration of the training course
  8. Youth professionals who are over 18 years old and are comfortable in communicating in English

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation and food during the activity will be arranged for you by ProBudnik Association for the duration of the activity.

Travel reimbursement

You will be required to book your travel to and from the activity. Travel costs to attend the activity will be reimbursed following full attendance at the activity and should be up to 250 Euro per participant (from Slovakia & Cyprus). Bulgarian participants should travel on their own cost.

Participation fee

Non – Applicable

Application

 

Organiser:

ProBudnik Association – Youth NGO

Phone: +359885905938

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Draft program Out with the Burn out.pdf

Contact for questions:

Niya Petrova

E-Mail: probudnik@gmail.com

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Training Course: Be active! Make a change in 2020!

Dates: 1-8 May 2020

Venue: St Albans, United Kingdom

Eligible are 34 participants coming from: Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 27th March 2020

“Be active! Make a change in 2020!”, a 7-day-lasting international seminar with different 8 countries involved: Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, Latvia, Italy, Turkey and United Kingdom, designed for youth worker to improve communication and social skills

General Description

“Be active! Make a change in 2020!”, a 7-day-lasting international seminar with different 8 countries involved: Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, Latvia, Italy, Turkey and United Kingdom, 34 participants, designed for youth workers/educators/ youth leaders/facilitators to improve communication and social skills of the youths. The topics addressed are wellbeing, inclusion and social dialogue.

‘Be active! Make a change in 2020!’ project aims to promote quality in youth work projects and their impact through creating a groundwork to build enhanced compassionate, thoughtful and healthy communities where participants can be confident with their emotions, share experiences, develop positive mind-sets and develop tools and strategies designed to address their social issues efficiently and develop their capacity.

Objectives:

  • To explore the concept of wellbeing, how to improve and maintain wellbeing;
  • To familiarise with and better understand how to create healthy, compassionate and supportive communities;
  • To promote values such as social inclusion, tolerance and empathy;
  • To raise attention about non-formal education as a tool to promote integration and fight against racism and xenophobia;
  • To explore concepts as compassion, empathy and mindfulness;
  • To develop youth workers’ skills, competences and knowledge in positive physiology, teamwork, leadership and coaching;
  • To develop their capacity to communicate in compassionate and nonviolent manner;
  • To create space for supporting process and development in order to build up competences of the participants on how be a good learner and how to be creative;
  • To assess and exchange good practices and common pitfalls;
  • To create space for creating new networks and for the fostering of new partnerships in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme.

Participants

The seminar is designed for leaders working directly with and for young people on a daily basis like youth workers, trainers, teachers, facilitators and community leaders. Participants need to be willing and committed to fully participated during all sessions of the seminar and should furthermore commit to carry out agreed preparatory tasks and be willing to follow-up on the seminar outcomes via active youth work, ideally in co-operation with their partner organisation.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Travel costs, food and accommodation will be covered by the organisers.

Travel reimbursement

Following the rules of Erasmus+, the costs of your international travel are covered up to the following total amounts (if you prove that your travel falls into the corresponding distance band).

We will cover your travel costs according to the European Commission travel reimbursement to a maximum amount per country acording to the Erasmus +  distance calculator. Travel for Activity  will be reimbursed up to the following amounts per person:

  • UK – €20 -180 (depending on distance)
  • Latvia and Italy – €275
  • Greece, Romania, Malta and Turkey – €360
  • Cyprus – €530

UK visa fees will also be reimbursed (only if the visa is issued).

Participation fee

Non – Applicable

Application

 

Organiser:

Tree of Colours CIC – Youth NGO

Phone: 07845066110

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Make a change – Be active.pdf

Contact for questions:

Madalina Gheorghe

E-Mail: treeofcolours2020@gmail.com

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Training Course Let me In: Youth workers for inclusive Europe

Dates: 22-31 May 2020

Venue: Poland

Eligible are 26 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia

Application deadline: 13rd March 2020

Youth workers for inclusive Europe. The methods of participatory photography and digital storytelling will be used.

General Description

In societies that are getting more and more divided, there is a constant need to find new solutions to enhance inclusion of groups at risk. We as youth workers often lack capacities to reach out to vulnerable people and even if we do approach them, we do not possess proper methodologies to address their specific needs effectively.

Let Me In is an Erasmus+ training course for youth workers (KA1) that aims at raising the awareness on the specifics of working with different groups at risk, with the main focus being on how to identify their needs and create a safe space for them to express themselves more freely.

By combining theory and practice we strive to give participants an in-depth overview on the topic of enhancing social inclusion and prepare them to organize their own projects in a more efficient way that puts the needs of young people in the center.

The methods
The methods of participatory photography and digital storytelling are based on assumption that everyone`s voice matters, people are experts on their own lives and that by using simple photography and video techniques they can raise issues that are important for their communities and act to make a real change. Participatory art methods is empowering young people and giving them voice that can help them undertake action. The concrete digital skills related to digital storytelling and participatory photography will be introduced to a comprehensive methodology on the use of these tools in the context of youth work.

For this project we are looking for youth workers fulfilling the following criteria:

  • actively involved in the work of an NGO (preferably as staff members)
  • experienced in working with youth with a proven track record of successful
    projects for youngsters at risk
  • able to communicate freely in English
  • committed to organize dissemination events and provide quality project visibility

  • being a legal resident in one of the participating countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain)
  • Being in contact with our partners’ sending organizations.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation and food is covered.

Travel reimbursement

Based on Erasmus+ lump sum for travel badget:

  • Lithuania, Hungary: up to 180 EUR
  • Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece: up to 275 EUR
  • Spain: up to 360 EUR

Participation fee

Non – Applicable

Application

 

Organiser:

Fundacja Autokreacja – Youth NGO

Phone: +48502096593

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Autokreacja

E-Mail: autokreacja@autokreacja.org

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Conference: Gender Equality & You Forum 2020

Dates: 27-29 May 2020

Venue: Brussels, Belgium – FL

Eligible are 60 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

Application deadline: 15th March 2020

We invite youth leaders from all over Europe to an open dialogue with their peers and European decision makers on the upcoming EU Gender Equality Strategy. The forum will highlight the importance of young voices in the gender equality discourse.

General Description

The overall aim of this forum is to raise awareness for gender equality and to make young people’s voices heard in the European discourse. The starting point will be the results of the Austrian Presidency Conference “Gender Equality & YOU” in 2018, the Youth Goal #2 as well as the European Commission’s upcoming Gender Equality Strategy (expected for March 2020).

The Austrian Presidency Conference “Gender Equality & YOU. Young voices. Joint initiative.” took place on 11/12 October 2018 and inspired an open dialogue on the future priorities for the work on gender equality of the EU. The forum in Brussels on 27-29 May 2020 will continue and build on these results and initiate a dialogue between youth leaders and European stakeholders.

A central part of the forum are interactions with members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) and representatives of the European Commission.

Aims & Objectives

  •  To open a dialogue between young people and European stakeholders on Gender Equality
  •  To raise awareness of the new EU Gender Equality Strategy and collect young people’s perspectives
  •  To create links between the EU Gender Equality Strategy and young people’s realities and explore young people’s possible contributions
  •  To follow up on the outcomes of the 2018 Gender Equality & YOU conference and link them and Youth Goal 2 to the current strategy
  •  To raise awareness of Gender Equality as an important issue for young people and the importance of including young people’s voices in the Gender Equality discourse

Participants

We invite youth leaders from all EU member states under the age of 30. We are aiming to have a diverse group of people regarding gender, age, organisational background and prior experience with the topic. Having participated in the 2018 conference is an advantage but not a prerequisite.

Partners

The Forum will be organized by the Austrian National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps, the German National Agency Youth for Europe, the Belgian National Agency YIA-BEFL – JINT, the Austrian Federal Chancellery – Division for Women and Equality, the Austrian National Youth Council and with the support of the European Youth Forum.

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

Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure 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 National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

Austrian National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps

Co-organisers:

  • JINT – Flemish National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps
  • German National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps

Phone: +43 660 726 60 54

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack on Gender-Equality.pdf

Contact for questions:

Sophie Hammer

E-Mail: sophie.hammer@iz.or.at

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 InnoCamp: Develop your digital youth work services

Dates: 11-15 May 2020

Venue: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Eligible are 43 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, Turkey, United Kingdom, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 4th March 2020

Are you interested in innovation and digitalisation in youth work? Would you like to discover a new tool to innovate your youth workers practices, services and approaches?

General Description

This training course aims to contribute to the development of digital youth work in Europe by encouraging and helping youth organisations innovate their youth work services and add a digital dimension to them. InnoCamp is based on the Innobox toolkit developed by Verke and it provides a structured approach and support for (re)developing operations and creating something new.

The process will enable participants to develop new youth work practices, approaches or services and exploring their potential digital dimension. Innobox can be used alone, in a group or even with the entire working community. The most important thing is the desire to do youth work better. The purpose is to help you analyse and identify the challenge that you want to address, examine it from several perspectives, and come up with an innovative solution.

During the TC participants will:

  • familiarise themselves with & experience the process of innovation in the frame of the Innobox tool
  • learn how to identify and analyse challenges they want to address and connect them to broader societal changes and developments
  • learn how to develop new (digital) methods, approaches or services to address those challenges
  • practice how to present and pitch their ideas
  • link the entire process to their local context
  • share and discuss their existing digital youth work practices
  • discover current trends in digital youth work

Profile of participants

Youth workers and youth work practitioners who are:

  • at least 18 years old
  • interested in digital youth work
  • interested in (re)developing their digital youth work practice
  • experienced in youth work or familiar with the youth work context
  • motivated & able to implement at least parts of the Innobox process in their organisation upon their return

Preparatory work and the programme of activities:

During the training course participants will gain basic understanding on how to use the Innobox tool in their future work with young people, work colleagues or even wider community.

To be able to do that, participants should familiarise themselves with their organisation’s strategy in advance and have support from their organisation to re-create the innovation process within their organisation upon their return and implement the solution.

Team:

The process will be supported by a team of 4 experienced trainers.

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:

Movit, Slovenian NA

  • in cooperation with Austrian NA, Cyprus NA, Finnish NA, Islandic NA

Phone: + 386 (0)1 430 47 47

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Lea Kovič

E-Mail: lea.kovic@movit.si

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: Seeds of Transformation

Dates: 7-15 April 2020

Venue: Apuseni Mountains , Romania

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Spain

Application deadline: 8th February 2020

The purpose of Seeds of Transformation is to meaningfully shape the resources and competences of youth workers in order to contribute to life-enhancing societies through nature-based practices, mindfulness, storytelling, soul poetry, singing & drumming.

General Description

‘Seeds of Transformation’ is an Erasmus+ project coordinated by Actions for Change association which includes a training course that will be held in the mountains of Romania.

The purpose of ‘Seeds of Transformation’ is to meaningfully and impactfully shape and reinvent the resources and competences of youth workers in order to contribute to building healthy human communities and life-enhancing societies.

If what we want is blooming and healthy communities, the most essential aspect is to educate our youth who have the capacity to grow into true, competent and authentic adults.

‘Seeds of Transformation’ will offer the knowledge and skill to foster optimal human development for hard to reach young people, including migrants and refugees.

The eco-soulcentric human development methods and practices which are going to be explored in this training will enable the participants to cultivate their innate human wholeness, meaningly their resources, authenticity and imagination.

Planting the ‘Seeds of Transformation’ through the following practices:

  • Nature-based practices – immersions in nature to reconnect and claim and (re)discover our innate human wholeness;
  • Mindfulness – maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment;
  • Storytelling – exploring inspiring and transformative myths and legends and the art of telling stories;
  • Soul Poetry – exploring the mysteries of what it means to be human through metaphor, the language of Soul;
  • Singing and drumming – Tapping into the natural ability, ancient and primal way of belonging that we humans have been using since our earliest times;

  • Embodiment/Dance – Authentic Movement, Dance of Wholeness, Open Floor Movement;
  • Drawing – diving deep into the source of our own imagination – free and abstract drawing
  • Mind-Body-Heart awakening – meditation practices and guided visualisations;

The methodology will be experienced at a personal level and also finding a translation of applying it in the youth field, especially with hard to reach young people.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Materials, activities, accommodation and food are 100% covered by the Erasmus+ grant.

Travel reimbursement

The travelling costs (plane, train, bus) are also covered and will be reimbursed to the participants after the course up to this limit:

  • Romania 20 Euros/ person
  • Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, 275 Euros/ person
  • Portugal, Spain 360 Euros/ person

We encourage you to use eco-friendly transportation.

Participation fee

We are inviting you to contribute to Actions for Change’s future local projects by making a donation from 40 to 80 Euros based on personal financial possibilities (the donation is optional).

Application

 

Organiser:

Actions for Change – Youth NGO

Phone: +40726504487

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack Seeds of Transformation.pdf

Contact for questions:

Sandra Horea

E-Mail: sandra.horea@gmail.com

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Training Course: Erasmus+ Training course “YOUth SuPpORT”

Dates: 8-15 March 2020

Venue: Larnaca, Cyprus

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Hungary, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden

Application deadline: 7th February 2020

This project will equip youth workers with knowledge and skills how to use sport and physical activity as a tool for increasing the active participation and inclusion of young people in society, with a focus on those with fewer opportunities.

General Description

Participation in sport and active play brings a number of personal, societal and health benefits to young people, especially to those who are marginalized.

Raising levels of activity and participation in sports not only improves health outcomes and reduces costs to health services and the wider economy, but can also contribute to a range of positive social outcomes including crime reduction, improved levels of well-being and mental health, increased educational attainment and more cohesive communities.

The main aim of our project is to equip youth workers with knowledge and skills how to use sport and physical activity as a tool for increasing the active participation and inclusion of young people in society, with a focus on those with fewer opportunities.

We are looking for participants with the following profile:
• youth workers, NGO trainers, facilitators, mentors, coaches, project managers, coordinators and volunteers who are dedicated to working with young people with fewer opportunities in their local reality (working with refugees and migrants young people is desirable, but not necessary);
• have the basic knowledge of facilitation of sport and outdoor based learning processes;

• have a desire to apply their competences in developing new non-formal education tools that would increase the social inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities (orphans, refugees and migrant young people);
• are supported by their respective organisations in applying their competencies and newly developed tools in working with young people with fewer opportunities.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

All costs for accomodation, training materials and food (3 times per day ) are provided

Travel reimbursement

  • Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Republic of North Macedonia  – up to 275 €
  • Sweden, Spain  – up to 360 €

Participation fee

Non – Applicable

Application

 

Organiser:

Youth Educational Sphere Sweden – Youth NGO

Phone: 0038971307381

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack – YOUthSuPpORT.pdf

Contact for questions:

Vladimir

E-Mail: vlade-tearce@hotmail.com