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Training Course Quality Wave: Training for Quality Ambassadors

Dates: 17-21 May 2020

Venue: Ostend, Belgium – FL

Eligible are 45 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, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 9th March 2020

This 3 day training course empowers youth workers, youth leaders and project managers who are eager to discover and utilise the Quality tools developed by the EPLM platform and share the Quality approach with their peers.

General Description

Non-formal education, especially in learning mobility projects, can create life-changing experiences for young people and leave a great impact on the communities involved. If implemented carefully learning mobility projects can even contribute to youth-led social change in Europe and beyond.

Europe invests a lot in their youth by increasing the opportunities and funding for Programmes such as Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and activities of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.

Unfortunately, some of the funded projects are of poor quality and at the same time, the programmes are not being used by many potential beneficiaries because of the existing thresholds and barriers.

Motivated by these insights, The European Platform on Learning Mobility (EPLM) developed useful tools to support Quality in learning mobility projects: the Quality App and the Quality Handbook

With this training, we want to support youth mobility professionals in using and promoting these tools so that the Quality approach can continue to spread and grow throughout Europe.

Do you want to surf with us on the Quality Wave?

The aim of this training course is to provide support for Quality! Learning mobility projects in times of increased focus on quantity (more budget) and empower Quality! Ambassadors throughout Europe to roll out the EPLM Quality Tools in their countries.

We will create space to:

  • Explore and experiment with EPLM Quality Tools: Q! App and Quality handbook
  • Have a critically constructive look at these tools
  • Share experience and stories between experienced Q! ambassadors and new ones
  • Build a vision on “Why Quality learning mobility is important”
  • Prepare international/national/local multiplying activities (training, promotion, support/coaching, E+ or ESC projects,…)

Are you a future Q! Ambassador? This little test might help you to find this out. How many boxes can you tick?

  • You are a youth mobility believer
  • No quantity without Quality is your motto
  • You have experience in excellent, moderate and/or poor quality mobility projects
  • You’re open to share your experiences with your peers

You are motivated to lift up the quality of your own projects and support newcomers in doing so

45 participants can attend this training. The target group is twofold:

  • Participants of the Q! Multipliers meeting in Budapest (July 2019) who want to share their experience as a Quality Ambassador on EU and/or national/regional/local level (max 15)
  • Participants who want to become a Q! Ambassador and are eager to share the Quality approach in their country (min 30)

We aim at reaching participants from a diversity of countries, including partner countries (sent by SALTOs). Preferably 2 or 3 participants per country with a diversity of profiles and experiences with youth mobility projects.

Each NA will be free to nominate the participants they consider most appropriate.

NAs engage themselves to support the future Q! Ambassadors in their local/national activities (Possibly funded by TCA/NET). NAs that already have planned to translate the Q! App or to set up national dissemination activities on Quality get priority in sending (future) Q! ambassadors.

Practical info:

This training course will be hosted by JINT, NA Belgium-Flanders in the city of Ostend (by the sea).

The meeting rooms are located in the Cultural Centre “De Grote Post
Accommodation will be offered in the playful Upstairs hotel (2 p bedrooms)
Arrivals are expected on the 17th may (preferably before 7 pm) and departures are on 21st may after breakfast.

Your Quality trainers’ team: Snezana Baclija Knoch (also Quality handbook editor), Sérgio Gonçalves (also Q! App administrator) and Sofie Van Zeebroeck (also EPLM member)

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:

JINT, National Agency Belgium-Flanders – National Agency

Phone: +32 2 209 07 20

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Sofie Van Zeebroeck

E-Mail: sofie.vanzeebroeck@jint.be

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: The Power of Non Formal Education

Dates: 23-28 June 2020

Venue: TBC, Georgia

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, Turkey, United Kingdom, Eastern Partnership countries, Russian Federation

Application deadline: 20th April 2020

Improving the impact of Non Formal Education (NFE), principles and methods in creating empowerment opportunities for young people as real actors of the society (from local to Europe). This time it will involve countries from EECA and Russia

General Description

Why this Training Course?

  •  To stimulate the participants to feel and reflect about the power of non-formal education (NFE) by experimenting different kind of non-formal educational methods.
  •  To analyze the role and reception of NFE in our different countries within a common Europe.

  •  To discover and debate the European strategy of NFE.
  •  To fight against the growing consuming approaches towards young people in the non-formal education field.
  •  To explore meanings, roles and complementarities of different educational approaches and methods (formal, non-formal, informal).
  •  To reconsider daily youth work practices.
  •  To understand the principles of program building and NFE within Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

How it will be done?

In order to have real impacts, the participants experience an innovative approach, using a full immersion in the experiential learning cycle: doing/ feeling, reflecting, transferring…

To have profound impact, we need to go further than classical running of training courses. The participants are encouraged to really build their own training and learning process, supported by a fine tuned pedagogical programme. We consider that this is the condition to understand the real power of NFE.

The pedagogical process

A fundamental flow during the training is based upon:

  • Experiencing: different educational settings, different non formal education methods (role play, simulation exercise…)
  • Reflecting: on the methods and its impacts, on the power and limits of NFE, on building a pedagogical process…
  • Transferring: to the own reality of participants, in order to improve ways of working with young people

  • Sharing: different perceptions, current situations and experiences.
  • Developing: the building capacity of the participants, by including them in the decision process of the project designing (participants will decide some sessions they feel they need to have) but also in the implementation of the program (‘Power to the People’ moments).

Participants should be at least 18 years old and should have a good level of English.

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:

Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ) – National Agency

Co-organiser:

  • SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus – SALTO Resource Centre

Phone: +48 22 46 31 461

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack the Power of NFE Georgia.pdf

Contact for questions:

Marina Makarenko

E-Mail: eeca@salto-youth.net

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: The Game is ON!

Dates: 2-13 June 2020

Venue: Halle (Saale), Germany

Eligible are 26 participants coming from: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain

Application deadline: 29th February 2020

As a group we will explore the power of games and their use in various settings. Do they build trust? Solve conflicts? Question ones self? Create a group? Entertain? Connect? Be a tool for sharing? Transforming? Growth? Working through difficult topics?

General Description

The Game is On! A 10-day training & reasearch on physical games and when, where and how to play them.

Jonglirium e.V. is a german nonprofit applying creative methods such as circus, theater and music to work with disadvantaged youth and promoting workshops and trainings for adults. This time we teamed up with game master & mistress Richard Kimberley (From the Playns) and Anne Merlin (Nomadways).

The project is aimed at people who work with games in some form (in social, cultural and artistic settings) and wish to explore and develop more.

What will happen in this training?

As a group we will explore the power of games and their use in various settings. How do they build trust? Solve conflicts? Question ones self? Create a group? Entertain? Connect? Be a tool for sharing? Transforming? Growth? Working through difficult topics? Or simply for fun?

  • We will play a lot!
  • We will share a lot. Our knowledge and our thoughts…
  • We will explore, deconstruct and analyse games of various types: Whats behind the games?
  • What is the structure of a game? What is play?
  • We will learn and practice leading games.
  • We will eventually create and customise our own games for various situations.

The training sessions will be lead by the two trainers. Find out more about the trainers here! There will be also free time to do whatever together (there a 3 kajaks, lots of bikes and a beautifull surrounding with hills, lakes and cliffs to climb).

We have space for guests, sleeping in tents on GutAlaune – the space where we will live and work together. To share the workload, like cleaning and helping the cook and we will divide these tasks among ouselves.

The location

The project will happen from 2nd (arrival) to 13th of june (departure) at GutAlaune just outside of Halle (Saale) Germany next to the river Saale. It’s a project and living space just outside the city that we’re setting up since the beginning of 2016 – so some stuff is a little improvised. Check out the video of a 2017 circus training at the venue

Sleeping will be in your own tents so please bring tents, sleeping bags, isolation mats and whatever you need to feel comfy outdoors. If you have trouble arranging this or you can’t fit it in your luggage contact us ahead of time. We have a hang out space in case of bad weather, but we hope to be mostly outside.

There is an outside kitchen and lounge area, outside showers and toilets and there is a river right infront the space as well to cool down from the heat of the training. We will have a cook preparing delicious vegetarian meals for us and will divide tasks to help with cutting, cleaning, the dishes and such.

Important note: We don’t have enough WIFI here for big groups – so make sure you have roaming or get a german Sim Card with internet if you want to stay connected.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

We will organise and provide accommodation and food. The participants don’t pay anything other than the participation fee.

Travel reimbursement

We can cover your travel expenses:

  • up to 180€ for participants traveling from Germany;
  • for France, Italy, Spain, Poland and Slovenia up to 275€

Participation fee

Money shouldn’t be an obstacle for your participation – therefore there will be a self evaluated participation fee from 40-80€ for people with low income (below 1000 € / month) & 75-140€ for others. We want to give you the possibility to self-evaluate how much you can contribute financially, and how much you consider a fair fee for 10 days training programme.

The fee will be substracted from your travel expenses (e.g. if you spend 180€ on transport we will tranfer 180€ minus your contribution to you after the training). Food, trainers and accommodation are free.

Application

 

Organiser:

Jonglirum e.V. – Youth NGO

Phone: +4917685633269

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Marta Witecka

E-Mail: marta@jonglirium.com

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Study Visit: Sharing is Caring

Dates: 12-19 April 2020

Venue: Ape, Latvia

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Croatia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Turkey

Application deadline: 29th January 2020

Gathering 24 experienced youth workers in order to share innovative practices of youth work from their youth work reality or country and explore more in detail the innovative approaches of youth work in different Latvian organisations/institutions.

General Description

As the social reality where young people are growing up is all the time changing and people working with youth need to constantly look for new approaches and solutions for effective youth work, it is highly crucial to stay up to date and explore new ideas for reaching young people.

With this study visit we want to gather 24 experienced youth workers – from municipalities, schools, youth centres, social services, youth organizations – who work with young people on daily (or at least every-week) basis in order to share innovative practices of youth work from their youth work reality or country and explore more in detail the innovative approaches of youth work in different Latvian organisations/institutions.

During the Study visit we will meet at least 10 different NGOs and institutions that are working with young people both in rural areas (Ape, Alūksne, Gulbene) and cities (Rēzekne). Youth club, student council, youth centres, hobby education providers ( like Latvian 4-H organisation).

Exploring, talking about and seeing:

  • International Volunteering and  Mobile Youth work in Gulbene;
  • Student Council and Youth Activities in Ape ;
  • Various support for Youth initiatives and Business ideas in Aluksne;
  • From Folk dancing to Robotics in Rezekne;
  • Media Education with NEET Youth;
  • Latvian Sauna.

The objectives of this study visit are:

  • Sharing the existing ”state” of  Youth work and challenges related to it, in participants’ communities.
  • Discussing the needs and interests of Young people and identifying what innovations are needed in.
  • Oorder to involve and empower Young people.
  • Sharing good practices in Youth work of the last years from each participating Community/ Country.
  • Exploring at least 12 traditions based and Innovative ideas of Youth work in Latvia, by visiting organisations and meeting with youth workers and hearing about their experiences.
  • Compiling a publication with short descriptions of all innovative practices explored during the project.
  • Sharing the experiences from the Study Visit through DEOR activities and introducing innovations in own youth work.

Participant profile:

  • Working with Young people on regular basis (Youth Workers, Peer-to-Peer Educators, Youth leaders, Young activists, Teachers, etc.) – Not just Young person, but someone who already works with Youth
  • Interested in good Youth work practices in Latvia and ready to chase them by traveling around the country
  • Ready to organise some Follow-up activities using the experience from this Study visit (individually or together with another person from the same country) within 2 months after the project
  • 18+ years old
  • Fluent in Communication in English

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

During the project accommodation and food will be provided by the hosting organisation.

Travel reimbursement

Number of participatns/travel costs

  • Latvia 3 / 20 EUR
  • Croatia 2 / 275 EUR
  • Poland, Serbia 3 / 275 EUR
  • Greece, Italy, Turkey 3 / 360 EUR
  • Spain   4 / 530 EUR

Every participant or patner organisation should buy tickets and according to real ticket price we will reimburse travel costs, but no more than mentioned above.

Participation fee

In order to keep up the work we invite participants to contribute to “Aluksne and Ape Community Foundation” by 20 EUR participation fee. In no way it should be an obstacle for your participation, nevertheless, contact us if it is.

Application

 

Organiser:

Aluksnes and Apes Community Fondation

Phone: +371 29397174

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack – Sharing is Caring.pdf

Contact for questions:

Lelde Gusta

E-Mail: lelde.gusta@gmail.com

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Youth Exchange: YOUth Health Matters

Dates: 5 – 14 March 2020

Venue: Burhave, Nordsee, Germany

Eligible are 2 participants (17 – 29 years old) + 1 group leader 18+ coming from: Greece

and Involves 49 participants coming from: Georgia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Croatia, Germany

Application deadline: 30th January 2020

Research shows that creativity in young people results in mental well being and achievement in life. We are looking for 6 young people 17 to 30 years old, plus one group leader. Shortlisted participants will be young people who will be better described, as coming from disadvantaged background (social, economic or geographic obstacles).

ATTENTION: Last call for applicants!

General Description

Highlighting an important priority

Young people’s health and well-being is a permanent priority in Erasmus+ Youth programme and it is also highlighted in the European Youth Strategy. Many promoters have chosen it as a theme in their projects, but it is also a theme that comes up universally in all our work with young people.

As educators we have the duty to support the mental, physical and social well-being of the young people we work with. The YOUth Health Matters seminar highlights research results and general understanding about the well-being of European young people.

It offers tools and good practices for supporting young people’s well-being in Erasmus+ projects and youth work in general. Practicioners outside the Erasmus+ projects will share their expertise, whereas project promoters present their working ways too.

Overall objectives are following:

1. Increase levels of motivation, confidence and aspirations of young people up to 30 years old from disadvantaged backgrounds
2. Increase the chances of obtaining employment and maintaining it by offering essential knowledge in personal development, self care, self improvement and communication through creating vision boards using arts and crafts
3. Raise awareness on the importance of volunteering and lifelong learning and aimed at improving long term career prospects of the participants
4. Promote healthy and sustainable behaviours among the participants through specific workshops on the subjects of environment, food and personal self care.

Health and well-being is a wide topic

Health and well-being are a wide topic to look at. The seminar will concentrate on four strands of well-being:

  • Mental health
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Empowerment
  • Belonging

Young people’s mental health is the overriding topic that comes up on many levels: statistics and research, general understanding of mental health, practical tools for supporting mental health and project examples of good practices. The programme starts with a more general look and dives deeper into understanding during the days.

Healthy lifestyle can include many aspects relevant for your project and youth work. Topics that can be tackled include e.g. outdoor activities, sports, healthy body images, drugs and alcohol, sexual health and healthy food.

Empowerment links to the support that some young people need in order to take part in activities or in life as general. Good ways of empowering young people with fewer opportunities exist in projects and organisations.

Belonging is a basic human need. We have the need to have social contacts and friendships. We suffer, when we are excluded. How can we fight back loneliness?

Empowering young people means that:

  • More young people have the support, opportunities, skills and resilience they need for the future.
  • Young people have better relationships with their support networks and communities
  • Young people have improved health and wellbeing

We would ensure that young people are heavily involved in the design and delivery of the project as taking ownership means that they will value the project and be keener to make a success of it.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation, food and materials – 100% funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. This includes everything, except for travel costs. It’s highly recommended to start buying travelling tickets early. It’s recommended to have a disposal for drinks, small shopping, etc. We are counting less travelling expenses as your contribution to the project.

Travel reimbursement

Transport: 100% covered by the Erasmus+ program, within following limits:

Greece: 360 Euro/participant. If your travel costs exceed the official limits, the reimbursement will be limited to the maximum amount of travel costs allocated for each country. If you fail to provide all the necessary travel documents, we will be unable to reimburse you.

For plane travel, the original documents that we need are:

1. E-ticket; 2. Invoice; 3. Proof of payment or receipt; 4. Boarding passes.

Participation fee

There’s a participation fee of 40 euros per participant. The fee will be deposited after successful selection of the candidates (non-refundable in case of cancellation).

Application

 

Organizer:

AWO SANO Nordsee gGmbH, Germany – Social Entreprise

Co-organizer:

YiA 18 – NGO

www.YiA18.org

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 – 30 years old

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Training Course: Drop-In

Dates: 11-16 May 2020

Venue: Sofia, Bulgaria

Eligible are 24 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

Application deadline: 20th January 2020

The TC is designed to discover various reasons why youngsters disconnect from school, to experience different ways of learning, to reinforce synergies between formal and non-formal education and to share and learn tools, methods and best practices.

General Description

Drop-In is a training (TC) of youth workers and teachers who want to improve and support the learning process of potential school drop-outs. The TC is designed to discover various reasons why youngsters disconnect from school, to experience different ways of learning, to reinforce synergies between formal and non-formal education and to share and learn tools, methods and best practices from different international perspectives.

There are many reasons why some young people give up education and training prematurely. This might lead to several negative side-effects such as frustration, mistrust in themselves and in institutions, social exclusion, unemployment, poverty and poor health and in extreme cases criminality and radicalization.

To support the learning process of these youngsters efficiently and stimulate their motivation in education, both teachers and youth workers need new educational methods, strategies and approaches: more comprehensive and learner centred. These should help to create the right environment, in order to stimulate and facilitate young people in articulating their own hopes, goals, dreams and ways of learning which may help them to find their way in today’s society by means of education.

Non-formal methods, which are normally used in youth field but are still rare in schools, may provide this kind of educational environment. Furthermore, they may help young people to develop and acquire soft-skills and competences, useful to cope with the fast changes of the real world and to empower themselves.

General objective of this TC:

  • enhance the capacity of youth workers and teachers in their support of the learning process, social inclusion, empowerment and motivation of potential school drop-outs.

Specific objectives:

  •  to gain new perspectives, understand and learn from the intercultural and European differences in relation to potential school drop-outs;
  •  to ensure a better recognition of the role of the main actors involved in the youngsters’ learning process (i.e. teachers, youth worker, educators, family etc.);
  •  to identify and share educational methods to prevent school drop-out and to raise young people’s motivation in education.

During this TC participants will be able to:

  •  increase knowledge on the reasons/consequences for dropping-out school and for lack of motivation in education;
  • understand better the role of youth worker, teachers, educators and other stakeholders in young people’s learning process;
  • develop sensitiveness and skills in identifying and paying attention to different ways of learning;
  • increase capacity in identifying and understanding learners’ needs;
  • understand and facilitate youngsters’ learning process;
  • identify efficient educational methods/strategy to increase young people’s motivation in education.

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:

Human Resource Development Centre – National Agency

Phone: +35929155026

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack School Drop-Out Sofia.pdf

Contact for questions:

Milen Petkov

E-Mail: tcabulgaria@hrdc.bg

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.