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Partnership building Activity. Inclusive Volunteering in Social Economy. Turkey

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PBA: Inclusive Volunteering in Social Economy

Dates: 30 April – 4 May 2019

Venue: Ankara, Turkey

Eligible are max 25 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

Application deadline: 10th January 2019

SALTO I&D and the Turkish National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth programme would like to see more young people with fewer opportunities taking part in volunteering projects.

General Description

Do you have experience working with individuals with special needs such as disability, social issues, mental challenges or an organisational environment that would welcome young people with such needs? Perhaps you’re experienced with volunteering but need more partners who can host these young people? Or maybe you just want to make a difference to young people’s lives…

Then this partnership building activity is for you! We would like to see more young people with fewer opportunities taking part in volunteering projects, but many hosting projects are not adapted or do not provide the needed extra support for young people (18-30 years) with special needs.

We believe that social economy organisations, with the necessary structures in place to support volunteers from disavantaged background in their activities, could become the perfect hosting place for these young people.

Hosting European volunteers gives not only the opportunity to change lives but the chance to add an international dimension and increase organisational capacity. We therefore want to bring ‘social economy’ organisations together with inclusion, youth and volunteering fields to explore the possibilities, advantages and concerns of having an European Volunteer.

Following a 2017 Inclusion & Diversity Strategy Steering Group meeting with representatives of social economy and the Youth and Vocational Education Forum 2018 (hosted in UK as part of the long term Toward’s Collaborative Practice), social economy organisations have been identified as often having projects or activities that are particularly directed towards people in underprivileged situations.

Despite frequently seeking committed volunteers to support their work, many organisations remain unaware of European volunteering funding opportunities, requirements and structures – such as the European Solidarity Corps. This partnership-building activity is a follow-up of the training course under the same topic taking place in Glasgow 10-14 December 2018.

This 3-day activity will take place in Ankara from 30th April (arrival day) to 4th May (departure) 2019 and it will be a unique opportunity to find partners to create inclusive volunteering projects in the framework of ESC. Although the programme also covers jobs and traineeships opportunities, this activity will only focus on quality volunteering projects.

General aim:

To introduce European volunteering projects to social economy organisations and encourage partnerships with inclusion, youth and volunteering organisations for quality, sustainable volunteering projects for young people with fewer opportunities.

Objectives:

– To get acquainted with the existing opportunities for youth volunteers’ placement, under European Solidarity Corps
– To share different practices on how to involve volunteers with fewer opportunities
– To motivate social economy organisations to host and send volunteers with fewer opportunities
– To develop skills in Erasmus+/ESC project management, specifically on volunteering initiatives
– To foster partnership building of potential hosting/supporting organisations equipped to support young people with fewer opportunities

Profile of participants at the course:

– Staff members/volunteers of social economy and volunteering organisations able to work on inclusion or directly with young people with fewer opportunities
– Youth workers (grassroots – involved in outreach youth work and directly working with young people with fewer opportunities)
– Staff members/volunteers involved in inclusion organisations
– Able to work in (international) English
– From ESC programme countries
– Former participants of the TC held in Glasgow (December 2018) are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

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

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

Application

 

Organiser:

SALTO Inclusion & Diversity Resource Centre – SALTO RC

Co-organiser:

Turkish National Agency for Erasmus+

Phone: +3222 09 07 20

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Andreia Henriques

E-Mail: andreia@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.

Helsinki

Nordic Thematic Seminar: Health and Well-Being of Young People

Dates: 25-27 February 2019

Venue: Helsinki, Finland

Eligible are 60 participants coming from: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Application deadline: 7th January 2019

The Nordic Thematic Seminar is organised for representatives from ongoing Erasmus+ projects. It aims to focus on how the EU priority of health and well-being is relevant in European youth projects and youth work in general.

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 we work with. The Nordic Seminar highlights research results and general understanding about the well-being of Nordic 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.

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?

Objectives of the seminar

  • to have a better understanding of the well-being of the Nordic youth
  • to learn ways to support young people’s mental health in European youth projects
  • to share good practices on how to support young people’s well-being or how to tackle the
  • topic in European youth projects
  • to diminish the stigma around mental health issues in youth work
  • The programme consists of inputs of external experts, workshops on relevant topics,
  • project presentations and sharing of practical tools. Workshops are interactive and many
  • tools can be transferred into own work.

Participants from ongoing projects

The participants for the seminar come from Erasmus+ Youth projects that are currently ongoing or starting very soon. If the project period of your project is ongoing or you have been approved in the October application round in 2018, you are an eligible participant. All project types and key actions are welcome to join.

The short term activities of youth exchanges, youth worker mobility projects or meetings of young people and decision makers may already have happened or are happening later. Long term activities like volunteering projects, transnational youth initiatives or strategic partnerships can be ongoing.

Profile

  • over 18
  • has a relevant role in relation to the project
  • is interested in developing the competences in supporting young people’s well-being
  • comes from an ongoing project
  • is willing to work in English

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the participating NAs of the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Being selected for this course, accommodation and lodging (breakfast-lunch and dinner) will be 100% covered by the host organisation.

Your travel costs are reimbursed against relevant travel documents/receipts after your trip. You will get more detailed information on reimbursement procedures of travel costs after your selection has been approved.

Participation fee

The organisers have to cover 5% of the project costs in co-funding. The countries use different strategies in covering the co-funding needs. Some countries charge a participation fee, some do not.

  • Finland: no participation fee
  • Norway: 500 NOK deduction of travel reimbursement
  • Iceland: 10% of the travel costs
  • Denmark: no participation fee, travel costs reimbursed up to 500€
  • Sweden: 1250 SEK

Application

 

Organiser:

Finnish National Agency of Education EDUFI

Co-organisers:

National Agencies of Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden

Phone: +358 400 247 774

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Paavo Pyykkönen

E-Mail: paavo.pyykkonen@oph.fi

Asenovgrad

Training Course C.O.A.C.H: Creative Opportunities, Attitudes, Cooperation and Holistic method

Dates: 3-9 June 2019

Venue: Bulgaria

Eligible are 35 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, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 5th April 2019

Coaching is the process of helping another person to perform at the peak of his or her abilities. Coaching emphasizes generative change, concentrating on defining and achieving specific goals. R. Dilts

General Description

C.O.A.C.H. is a 5-day long training course for youth workers to learn about, practice and develop own methods of coaching. Coaching is a tool for empowerment and clear and effective communication. It takes integrity, leadership and creativity to be a good facilitator and trainer and coaching is the must-have method and tool for every youth worker, trainers, leader and activist.

What is C.O.A.C.H.?

C.O.A.C.H. is an abbreviation for Creative Opportunities, Attitudes, Cooperation and Holistic method, where we train, develop and master our own communication and coaching style.

The contemporary trends of training and development, youth work and working with those facing a situation of NEETs, or fewer opportunities, requires new standards and approaches. What was working 5-10-15 years ago in the field of outreach and grass-root youth work is now new and different. Competences like inclusion, participation and entrepreneurship are important, yet some attitudes are missing to make them work. What prevails is contextual design of experience where knowledge and skill are trainable, competences attainable, yet attitudes are what makes the difference.

In this training course we will work on:

1. Establishing understanding of what is communication
2. Defining where and how coaching happens
3. Practicing and training basic coaching skills
4. Further development of personal coaching method
5. Putting it all together in a holistic way
6. Steps to put in order all our competences
7. Mastering personal coaching method

This training is practical and effective. It only happens by doing it. And now we invite you to challenge your own competences and to allow yourself to learn and expand. The training is designed as a whole 6-day coaching session. There will be real case studies and practice in different groups. The method is tested and it works with youth workers, leaders, trainers, coaches and learning facilitators because of it’s practical utilization.

Last, but not least, it is based on the work and experience of leading business coaches and the methods of: ontological coaching, non-violent communication, NLP, embodiment, feedback (giving and receiving), questioning, heuristic solutions, distinctions, active listening.

The program is well-designed and balanced based on the Kolb’s learning cycle. Hand-outs, input and bibliographical references will be provided.

Objectives:

· Learn and Practice coaching
· Define where, how and what works for you in coaching
· Develop your own method
· Understand basics about human brain and neurology
· Learn 7 techniques to boost your communication and cooperation skills
· Stronger conversation, questioning and observation skills
· Work with and Discover how body relates to experience
· Detect and handle resistance
· Identify own limitations and transform them into advantages
· Benefit from the opportunity to coach and be coached
· Make a quality jump in the competences of communication and cooperation
· Explore, Learn and Practice inclusion, participation and creativity in a new holistic way

Profile of Participants

Youth workers with proven track record of involvement in an NGO as well as:

– Interested in communication, cooperation, creativity and leadership
– Working with NEETs and fewer opportunity youth
– Working on youth participation

– Willing to expand their professional competences of inclusion, participation, cooperation,
creativity, entrepreneurship and initiative, involvement and participation of youth,
including those with fewer opportunities; leadership, communication, teamwork, design thinking, problem solving
– 22 years old and older
– Able to use English as a working language

Trainers:

Anna Sipos

Tihomir Georgiev

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the participating NAs of the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

The hosting National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

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

Application

Organiser:

Human Resource Development Centre – Bulgarian National Agency

Phone: +359 2 9155026

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack C.O.A.C.H.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.

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Training Course: Film the Change

Dates: 2-10 December 2018

Venue: Nea Makri, Attiki, Greece

Eligible are 31 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 12th November 2018

Take part in the 2 phases project Film the Change and learn how to build a social promotional video of your organization and/or initiative with low-cost equipment! The training takes place in Greece in December 2018.

General Description

For all of us who are part of the not-for profit and social initiatives, it is always tricky to spread our message compared to for-profit initiatives.

We are aware or we should become aware that branding and namely the video presence of our initiative is the second thing we have to build (after our website). Nowadays technology allows us to create video productions without expensive equipment.

Smartphones, laptops and other low-cost gadgets can offer high quality video productions.

For this reason, Solidarity Mission is inviting you to Film The Change project. It is a 2 phase project where you will have the chance to learn how to build a social promotional video of your organization and/or initiative with low-cost equipment as well as to learn and experiment together with 31 more people, how to use video by creating yourselves a video for an Athens based non-profit initiative or social enterprise.

The project is for people above 18+ years old, who are youth workers and/or staff members of non-profit initiatives or social enterprises, interested on how to incorporate new technologies and namely video production in their work.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food are covered 100% and all costs relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the project coordinator

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs are covered 100% up to the maximum reimbursement

  • 275 € (Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania),
  • 360 € (NL, UK, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia),
  • 20 € (Greece)

Participation fee

There is a participation fee of 50€.

Application

 

Organiser:

Solidarity Mission – NGO

Phone: +30 6977669679

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack Film the Change.pdf

Contact for questions:

Cathy Manousaki

E-Mail: training@solidaritymission.org

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Training Course: Developing Soft Skills

Dates: 7-14 December 2018

Venue: Fethiye, Turkey

Eligible are 28 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 30th October 2018

The aim is to support youth workers to their mission of a better integration of young migrants through developing skills of youth workers by using innovative and creative artistic tools.

General Description

The aim is to support youth workers to their mission of a better integration of young migrants through developing skills of youth workers by using innovative and creative artistic tools.

As a result, initiative, creativity and motivation will be enhanced both in the direct target – youth workers – and in their final target – migrants – for an Europe more inclusive and cohesive.

The project will be implemented in Fethiye between 7 – 14 December 2018 with 33 people coming from 8 different Program countries: U.K, Sweden, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, Estonia, Portugal

The training will acquire and improve a number of skills and abilities from five groups of soft skills:

1)Personal/intrapersonal skills.
2) Communication skills.
3) Creative thinking.
4) Presentation skills.
5) Leadership skills.

The main results of the project will be:

1) developed certain soft skills at the participants;
2) improved the quality and efficiency of participants’ work for the benefit of the participants themselves, their organisations and the target groups of young people;
3) Improved soft skills at young people;
4)Promotion of soft skills development among other colleagues and NGOs

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Food and accommodation is fully covered by the organizers.

You are free to arrive to Turkey some days earlier or stay some days longer, as long as the total amount of your extra days outside of the programme activities is not more than three days.

Here is an overview of travel grant per country:

  • Turkey EUR 20,
  • Bulgaria, Italy, Czech Republic 275
  • Sweden, United Kingdom, Estonia EUR 360
  • Portugal EUR 530

A participation fee of EUR 30 is to be paid in cash in Turkey.

Application

 

Organiser:

Youth Alliance for Sustainability – NGO

Phone: +34692415557

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack Developing Soft Skills.pdf

Contact for questions:

Zek Dundar

E-Mail: info@zekdundar.com

Piece of Peace in Finland

Seminar: Green Care for NEETs and Youth Workers

Dates: 13-19 January 2019

Venue: Kannonkoski, Finland

Eligible are 33 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 29th November 2018

This is a 5-day seminar for Youth Workers working with NEETs. The seminar will teach participants new skills, help create networks and find empowerment from nature and animals. The themes of the seminar are Holistic Wellbeing, NEET, Nature and Animals.

General Description

Piispala Youth Center will organize a 5-day seminar for Youth Workers and Youth Leaders working with NEETs, that will enable them to learn new skills, create new networks, and find empowerment from nature and animals.

The themes of the seminar are based on Holistic Wellbeing, NEET, Nature and Animals and the program is built around Green Care methods and activities. Seminar will include practical, hands-on and non-formal learning, in addition there will be several workshops and exchange of good practices. The seminar will also include expert lecturers from partners and non-formal educators from Piispala and partners.

Participants will be able to learn and hear the latest research information related to effects that nature and animals have on human wellbeing. Green Care (or Care Farming) methodology exists in many countries, however is not widely known yet. Piispala wants to share its experience in order to increase the interest of the concept and raise awareness of it nationally and internationally.

In short, Green Care means wellbeing from nature and animals. Green Care methods help to sustain and increase human wellbeing. The 3 key elements of Green Care are responsibility, professionalism and goal orientation.

This seminar wants to provide the participants ways and tools to quiet down in one’s self, empowering one’s self and finding strength in one’s self for work. Piispala is located in the rural part of Central Finland by the Lake Kivijärvi. The surrounding nature and the quietness offer and amazing place to calm down, and to find peace from the darkness that embraces Finland many months every year.

Themes of the seminar:
Holistic Wellbeing, Youth, NEET, Nature and Animals.

Specific objectives of the seminar:
Green Care Methods and Knowledge in Youth Sector & Facts and Figures
How to sustain and increase holistic wellbeing?
How to help a young person in a NEET situation?

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Costs

This project is financed by Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and meals are covered by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme funding. So, meals and accommodation will not cost anything to the participants.

Travel will be reimbursed according to the distance band calculator from the European Commission:

  • Finland up to 180€
  • Lithuania and Latvia up to 275€.
  • UK, Italy, Bulgaria and Greece up to 360€.

There is no participation fee

Application

Organiser:

Piispala Youth Center – NGO

Phone: +358407681290

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Mari Puranen

E-Mail: mari.puranen@piispala.fi

Tallinn

Training Course: The Power of Non Formal Education TC in Estonia

Dates: 11-17 February 2019

Venue: Tallinn, Estonia

Eligible are 22 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, FYROM, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 11th November 2018

Improving the impact of Non Formal Education (NFE), principles and methods in empowering young people as real actors of the society (from local to Europe) and building bridges between different educational methods, approaches or reflections.

 

General Description

Practical note: Please consider that one more the Power of NFE TC will take place in Estonia 11-17 February 2019. Please consider the reality of your time frame and logistics, so you can make a reasonable choice regarding which TC to apply for.

What for and why this Training Course?

– To stimulate the participants to feel and reflect about the power of non-formal education (NFE) by experimenting with 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 Youth in Action.

How will it 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.

1. Pre-Training Immersion (6 weeks before the TC): Participants receive weekly newsletters in order to start the training process before the residential training course:

– Introduce some key elements and concepts (formal, non-formal, informal…)

– Make participants reflect about their daily practices.

– Discover through short presentations the team members and participants. Creation of a Facebook group as additional tool.

2. The Training Course (4 days and a half): A fundamental flow during the training is based upon:

Experiencing: different educational settings, different non formal education methods (role play, simulation game, 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).

3. The After-Training Consolidation (8 WEEKS): Trainers will be available for participants for a supportive and consulting approach, mainly in the implementation of their action plan.

The team consists of three complementary trainers, coming from different parts of Europe (Jo Claeys – Portugal, Simona Molari – Italy, Denis Morel – France) with different background, working style, experiences but with common values towards Non Formal Education.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

All costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your Erasmus+ Youth NA to learn more about the financial details & please check if it is involved in this project!

If you come from a country other than Erasmus+ Youth Programme Countries, please contact the host Erasmus+ Youth NA for further information about the financial details.

Application

 

Organiser:

Archimedes Foundation Youth Agency – National Agency

Phone: +372 69 79 217

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack Power of NFE.pdf

Contact for questions:

Anna Kuzina

E-Mail: anna.kuzina@archimedes.ee

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.