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Seminar Online Masterclass: How can Youth Organisations integrate Virtual Exchange?

Dates: 7 April 2020

Venue: Online, Belgium – FR

Eligible are 200 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Southern Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia)

Application deadline: 5th April 2020

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Initiative has planned this masterclass event to provide information about ways of integrating virtual exchanges into youth activities. You will learn about various types of activities and training.

General Description

Join this Masterclass and explore how your Youth Organisation can integrate Virtual Exchange in its programmes to offer young people a meaningful, safe and rewarding online experience.

When: 7 April. 11:00-12:00 CET

Where: Online

Target audience: National Agencies, Youth Focal Points, Youth Workers, Vocational Training Centres, Non-formal learning institutions

Virtual Exchange is a groundbreaking digital tool enabling deep, interactive intercultural learning through online facilitated discussions. It offers opportunities to try out innovative methods and collaborative programmes.

Due to the limitations imposed by the present COVID-19 outbreak, Youth Organisations in Europe and globally are exploring tools and methods that can guarantee continuous engagement of young people as well as their active participation. One approach that can help deliver online activities is Virtual Exchange.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Online Forum

Travel reimbursement

Online Forum

Participation fee

Non – Applicable

Application

 

Organiser:

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Initiative

Phone: 0034928000000

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Fabio Nascimbeni

E-Mail: unimed@uni-med.net

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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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Seminar GamifyEU: Creativity Lab

Dates: 29 March – 3 April 2020

Venue: Parnu, Estonia

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, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 16th February 2020

The aim of the creativity lab is to bring together young people, gamers, youth workers, educators to work together on understanding how to use gamification as a tool to provide new digital learning content and develop new gamified concepts.

General Description

European elections 2019 are behind us and the young people had their say!

According to Eurobarometer, we saw that the largest increase in participation in the elections was in under 25 and 25-39 age groups. The high turnout in the 2019 European elections was driven by a surge in participation by young people and the fact that more people believe that their vote counts.

However, our work is far from done – we are aiming at engaging European citizens to question themselves about the kind of Europe they want in the near future. In order to do so, young people should be the key actors and the first ones to be addressed, as they can be leaders and multipliers in identifying and fostering concrete innovative ways towards a more democratic, equal and inclusive Union.

Young activists talk about the European Union often. About its rights and wrongs, why it is helpful and how they wish it would be better. It is expected that others also know about the EU, how it works and why it exists, but are people around us really aware of how the EU came to be? What each body does and how they operate? It is important to get to know the EU if we want to advocate for more rights at the European level.

During 2019, we have developed the online platform www.gamifyEU.org in which we are taking you on a journey of discovery through the history, principles, and purpose of the European Union. We will go on a quest to better understand the EU, from its origins all the way into the present and future. Play your way through Europe, learning more and more about the EU. By playing GamifyEU online game, you will learn some fun facts about Europe and test your knowledge about the EU institutions.

Now, we want to challenge both young people and youth workers to discuss, learn about and new forms of engagement of young people online and offline because for young people the digital possibilities are endless and are a natural part of their lives. Many in the youth work sector are starting to recognize this and to respond to this need that young people have. However, despite the steps forward the youth work sector is taking, it is still far behind the formal education and business sectors as a whole and even further behind the ‘needs’ and experiences of the young people we work with.

The digital world has not been so much appealing to youth workers, because it has had elements of individualism and competition which is incompatible with the principles of youth work stands for:

  • equality of opportunity,
  • solidarity,
  • social justice,
  • critical thinking,
  • cooperation and care.

However, having an open mind-set and skills are important and valuable for all youth leaders and youth workers nowadays, to be able to provide holistic support to young people and cope with the online-offline spaces.

The aim of the creativity lab is to bring together young people, gamers, youth workers, educators to work together on understanding how to use gamification as a tool to provide new digital learning content and develop new gamified concepts and content following the Engage, Connect and Empower concept of the EU Youth Strategy.

During the Creativity Lab we will be:

  • Rethinking and creating new gamified content on topics related to the European values, solidarity, social and human rights following the Engage, Connect and Empower concept of the EU Youth Strategy
  • Learning on how to gamify and digitalise different aspects of youth work
  • Developing guidelines on how to use the gamified content online for educational and youth work-related activities
  • Reflecting on the dimensions and values of non-formal education, youth work and human rights education and assess the links with gaming
  • Analysing diverse non-formal education activities and create proposals for their gamification online
  • Sharing examples of good practice that will serve as inspiration for the new gamified content

After the creativity lab, participants are expected to organise workshops/events/gatherings with young people in their local communities and try out the outcomes of the lab.

Programme of the creativity lab will have the following structure:

  • What is gamification and how to use it for learning? How to digitalise different aspects of youth work and non-formal education – concepts and practices
  • What is out there – examples of gamification as a learning tool (experts and speakers)
  • We can do it – developing concepts for the new games
  • Recommendations and guidelines on gamification in education and youth work

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Organisers will cover costs of food and accommodation. Participants will be expected to share the rooms.

Travel reimbursement

Organisers will reimburse 70% of 250 EUR of maximum travel costs per participant, based on the real costs occurred, provided that all the invoices and boarding passes are sent to the organisers within a month after the event has happened.

In case the travel costs are higher, participants can discuss raising the limit with the organisers.

Participation fee

Non – Applicable.

Application

Organiser:

Youth for Exchange and Understanding – Youth NGO

Phone: +3227207617

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Vladimir Mitrovic

E-Mail: info@yeu-international.org

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Training Course: United in Diversity

Dates: 10-17 February 2020

Venue: Thessaloniki, Greece

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Spain

Application deadline: 29th January 2020

The Training course “United in Diversity” provides new competences to youth workers and youth leaders to support and manage work with diverse and socially disadvantaged groups, especially young people with fewer opportunities

General Description

Project “United for Diversity and Inclusion” aims at promoting and nurturing the value of EU, respect for human dignity and ensure inclusion and participation for all.

The project is composed of 2 mobility of youth workers activities organized by USB:

  • a Seminar with partnership building elements that was organised from 5th to 12th of October 2019 and
  • a Training course for educators that will be organised from 10th to 17th of February 2020, both in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Training course “United in Diversity” will involve 24 participants from 8 countries that are youth workers, youth leaders, volunteers who are involved in the work of involved organisations.

Objectives:

  • provide new competences to youth workers and youth leaders to support and manage work with diverse and socially disadvantaged groups, especially young people with fewer opportunities as well as competences to foster social inclusion, European values and active youth participation;
  • present and use youth work frameworks and tools for trainers’ competency assessment (European Training Strategy, SALTO TOY and Council of Europe portfolio) for participants to self-assess and evaluate their role as youth workers and non-formal educators;
  • improve the managerial, social, intercultural, facilitation and training competences of participants by identifying the areas where and how they can improve themselves (through working on personal development and learning plans);
  • develop, practice and evaluate non-formal learning activities that will be put together in ‘Inclusion and Diversity Toolbox’ for working with disadvantaged groups, promotion of diversity and fostering social inclusion, European values and active youth participation that will be used by involved organisations, participants or other stakeholders in youth work across Europe;
  • create a group of competent educators/trainers/multipliers with pro-active attitudes towards combating social exclusion who will implement activities and multiply the acquired knowledge, skills and tools in work with diversity, inclusion and youth with fewer opportunities;
  • develop strategic plans for action in forms of follow-up activities that will be run by participants with the support of partner organisations back in their local communities and countries.

Participants Profile

  • Youth workers, youth leaders, volunteers who are involved in the work of partner organisations;
  • With some experience in the fields of diversity, social inclusion & youth participation;
  • With experiences of preparing and facilitating non-formal learning activities;
  • Strong motivation and open-minded attitude;
  • Over 18 years old and able to comfortably communicate in English;
  • Residents in the involved countries

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation and 3 meals per day are covered by the program.

The venue for accommodation is “STAY Youth Hostel & Common Place” (info here). Participants will stay in Quad Dorms with bunk beds, sharing bedrooms and toilets

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs will be reimbursed until the budget limit, set by the Erasmus+ the programme, based on the real costs of the tickets.

Travel Grant Limits for Participants

  • Greece 20€
  • Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Romania 180€
  • Poland, Italy 275€
  • Portugal, Spain 360€

Participation fee

Non – Applicant.

Application

 

Organiser:

United Societies of Balkans – Youth NGO

Phone: +302310215629

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack – TC United for Diversity and Inclusion.pdf

Contact for questions:

Luiza Tsikala

E-Mail: luiza.tsikala@usbngo.gr

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Training Course: Radical Escape

Dates: 11-20 March 2020

Venue: Kapraluv Mlyn, Brno, Czech Republic

Eligible are 27 participants coming from: Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain

Application deadline: 31st January 2020

Radical Escape is a training course that aims to enable youth workers to strengthen preventative measures against radicalication of young people through the use of educational concepts based on escape games.

General Description

For last few years, we have been exploring innovations in youth work through the use of game based learning mechanisms.

This training follows two main lines:

  • Exploring process of radicalization in connection to enabling factors such as social exclusion, media manipulation or marginalization.
  • Developing and testing 3 portable educational escape rooms connected to these topics.

More specifically, the training aims to:

  • foster mutual understanding of the process of radicalization, reasons and preventive measures,
    discover the topic of escape game methodology as an educational approach in youth work,
  • to equip participants with tools for developing educational escape games,
  • experiment with applying innovative methodology to the topic of radicalization, create 3 educational escape games and test them with the local community,
  • to empower youth workers/leaders to use escape games while working with hard to reach youth;
  • to create a scenario booklet on escape games on processes triggering radicalization.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

The accommodation and food is fully covered.

Travel reimbursement

  • Czech Republic: 20 EUR
  • Slovakia, Slovenia: 180 EUR
  • Estonia, Latvia, Italy, Malta : 275 EUR
  • Spain: 360 EUR

Participation fee

The training course has a participation fee of 30 EUR. The participation fee amount is used for the benefit of the project to provide materials for building the escape games and cover extra expenses occurred during the project. In case you are not able to pay the participation fee, please, tell us and we will find a solution.

Application

 

Organiser:

Be International, z.s. – Youth NGO

Phone: +421907144364

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Addittional Info

Contact for questions:

Filip Gabor

E-Mail: filip.gabor@gmail.com

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Training Course: #feelingsforall

Dates: 22-29 March 2020

Venue: Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Eligible are 27 participants coming from: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine

Application deadline: 22nd January 2020

Training Course on Prevention of Gender Inequalities and Gender-based Discriminations via Exploring Masculinities.

General Description

This training course aims to develop the competences of 27 youth workers and youth leaders in the field of prevention of gender inequalities and gender based discrimination affecting young people by analyzing local realities, exchanging practices and developing actions aimed at promotion of society inclusive for all genders.

Objectives:

  •  To develop participants’ understanding of terms crucial for addressing gender inequalities such as: gender, human rights, peace, peace education, emotional literacy, masculinity and femininity, gender roles, practices of consent, emotional labor, workplace discrimination, intervention against gender-based discrimination;
  • To map harmful behaviors and causes of gender inequalities (based on the root-causes method) and how they affect young people;
  • To develop competences in addressing gender inequalities by exploring perspectives of human rights, peacebuilding and democratic participation, including the legal framework of gender equality protection;
  • To explore and practice tools to address gender inequalities, such as emotional literacy, non violent communication, non violent activism, gender mainstreaming, alternative behaviours, and deconstruction of gender roles as well as the principle of inclusivity;
  • To gain skills to build ongoing relationships with peer accountability by providing supportive place to reflect upon, process and express emotions;
  • To develop a respect for multiple identities and experiences of masculinity and femininity;

  • To enhance international cooperation of participants and their organisation in the area of gender equality, by planning at least 10 local or cross-border actions focussing on deconstructing toxic masculinity, gender roles and gender based discrimination and violence;
  • To strengthen sustainability of the network of young peacebuilders who will bring awareness for the citizens and policy-makers in the EU and neighbouring countries on the existing gender inequalities and ways to address them.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

The organizers of this offer will organize the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

  • The Netherlands = 20 €
  • Portugal, Poland, Serbia, Spain,  Kosovo * UN Resolution, Bosnia and Herzegovina = 275 €
  • Turkey, Ukraine = 360,- €

VISA: An invitation letter will be provided by the organizers, If a visa is required to get into the Schengen area.

P.s. The European Commission and the organizers only refund the cheapest trip options. Please contact the organizer team for further questions. 

Participation fee

The participants will not be charged a participation fee.

Application

 

Organiser:

Friesland College

Co-organiser(s):

  • Youth Peace Ambassadors Network

Phone: +49 (176) 951 48 761

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Oguzhan Urhan

E-Mail: urhanoguzhan95@gmail.com

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