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Training Course: MoMint

Dates: 14-23 May 2019

Venue: Centrum Buchov, Benesov, Czech Republic

Eligible are 27 participants coming from: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania

Application deadline: 22nd March 2019

MoMint is an 8-day training course which aims to introduce and explore principles of “Mindfulness” to experiment with practical and fun tools and techniques that can be readily used in daily life, creative work and in the other situations and places too.

General Description

We invite you to be, move, play, observe, listen, share, explore, experiment, challenge ourselves, learn from within and from each other, get to know new people & ways & attitudes, and create this experience together.

MoMint is an 8-day training course which aims to introduce and explore principles of “Mindfulness” and experiment with practical and fun tools and techniques that can be readily used in daily life, creative work and in the other situations and places too. Training own awareness, acceptance and sense of presence can improve the quality of our days and the things we do. We will learn how to be present and to tune and respond properly to the needs of the diverse people and situations we are working with.

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness develops the skill to bring one’s attention to the present moment on purpose and serves to strengthen one’s capacity for stress resistance, kindness and compassion both in personal and professional life. Science-based methods allow participants in training to experience visceral, ‘in the moment’ practices within an overtly reflective and supportive environment.

​Furthermore, mindfulness cultivates one’s skill to welcome and observe the incoming inputs from inside and outside without attachment, not to be dragged or manipulated by emotions and upcoming thoughts. It also represents a more fitting response to the complexity of human relations in which youth workers operate and thereby help to preserve the integrity of process-based practice. Enhanced concentration and clarity brings more creativity into trainers’ daily work and supports learners’ success.

Who is this training for?

The training was designed for youth workers & volunteers and other people who work with people, that want to refresh their skills and attitudes to their days, to other people, to work and to the world.

​We aim to have an overall number of 27 participants from the following countries:

Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Latvia, Republic of North Macedonia and Cyprus

​The participants must be over 18 years and have a communicative level of English language, so that they can participate fully in a program that will be in English.

This training is for you, if you…

● want to explore and experiment with specific tools from non formal fields (body based methods, theater, movement, dance, nature based methods, meditation, arts, creative expression),
● want to use and imply the learned skills in your professional work with people,
● are open to sharing your own skills and learning the skills with others,
● are motivated and willing to commit to work during the whole duration of the project (preparation, training course, follow-up activities)

What we will be doing?

● collecting new inputs and inspiration that renew motivations to act with commitment and new ideas.
● refreshing curiosity and playfulness in approaching your work in order to prevent burning out.
● improving your trainers’ and personal skills to be more efficient, adaptable, responding to issues and demands in your work and daily life.
● widening your perspectives and points of view to see new opportunities, create new patterns, and avoid situations of stalemate when working with people with different cultural background.
● gathering specific tools from non formal fields (theater, dance, meditation, creative expression) that are not easily accessible for all the youth workers.

By training your own awareness, acceptance, sense of initiative you can improve the quality of your being and of your actions. We wish to support you in finding ways to be more resilient and empathic through mindfulness – by developing your skills to be fully present, listen, accept and act, by equipping you with mindfulness based tools that you can later on use in your practice.

Working methods

In the 8 days together, we will be, move, play, observe, listen, share, explore, experiment, challenge ourselves, learn from within and from each other, get to know new people & ways & attitudes, and create this experience together.

​We will be exploring the principles and techniques of various mindfulness-based methodologies. We will be learning by doing.

​The dramaturgy of the program, the red line connecting above mentioned activities, uses a combination of meditation, body awareness, mindful movement and exploration of patterns of behaviour, thinking, feeling and action.

​“Mindfulness can be understood as the non-judgemental acceptance and “open-hearted” investigation of present experience, including body sensations, internal mental states, thoughts, emotions, impulses and memories, in order to reduce suffering or distress and to increase well-being.”

~ Kabat-Zinn

The course will also have a strong component based on the sharing of ideas, opinions, experiences and best practices, so if you consider joining the training, start thinking of some activities, you would like to propose.

​Also, bear in mind that previous experiences with mindfulness practices are not needed to attend the training.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

The hosting youth organisation of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

The travel costs of the participants will be refunded after the training course (after participants send all their travel documents etc.).

Maximum amounts:

  • Czech Republic – 20 EUR,
  • Romania, Latvia, Poland, Republic of North Macedonia, Italy – 275 EUR
  • Portugal, Cyprus – 360 EUR

Participation fee

Participation contribution: 50 – 120 eur.

Money shouldn’t be an obstacle for your participation. In case you cannot afford the contribution, please contact us.

Application

 

Organiser:

Dobroti Czech Republic – Youth NGO

Phone: +420721085840

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack MoMint.pdf

Contact for questions:

Andrej Dobes

E-Mail: mindfulyouthwork@gmail.com

Sermugnano

Training Course: Finding Your Voice

Dates: 1-7 April 2019

Venue: Castiglione in Teverina, Italy

Eligible are 20 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 27th February 2019

Would you like to enable your youth work discovering approaches for dialogue, political change and active citizenship through singing?

General Description

Apply now and see how to encourage active listening, cooperation and dialogue with young people through voice work!

Finding Your Voice” is 6 days residential training course promoted by Cooperativa Sociale Muovimente (Italy).

The training wants to firstly explore the benefits of singing both as a youth tool and methodology.

How can we utilise singing for promoting self confidence and developing positive self esteem and other youth work priorities such as teamwork, problem solving and cultural expression. We will then look to explore the power and influence of the ‘protest song’ and how we can use singing for promoting democratic participation and how, as youth workers, can we encourage the young people we work with to explore and engage as active citizens in the democratic process and find their political voice.

The project will take place in Sermugnano, a small village in central Italy, from the 1st to the 7th of April 2019 (travel days included). It will involve 20 participants from 10 different European countries (Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria and United Kingdom).

Project Context

In a time when the traditional concept of youth work is going through some significant changes, the aim of this training course is to explore singing as a platform for youth participation, looking at how it can support young people to be active and discover their political and social voice, thus becoming an agent of change. We want to explore other pathways for youth participation and political education and we see singing and vocal expression as one of them.

Numerous studies show how young people who take part in musical and artistic activities within the school context are more inclined to take part in school politics, acquiring the skills and confidence to express their point of view.

Art and theatre programmes have long been used to help people communicate, share values, learn skills and communicate information, which are in fact the key competences required to become active citizens and politically involved individuals.

The project aims to create a space for an exchange of opinions and practices for those working in the field of youth work and to offer an artistic experience that can be analysed and explored in order to understand the different possibilities of action and use. The connection between music and politics, in particular political expression within songs, is present in many cultures.

Although music can influence political movements and actions, it is not clear how or to what extent the public relates to music at the political level. Music can be an expression of protest, from the “singing revolution” of the Baltic countries to the punk anti-establishment of the 1970s and, more recently, the case of the Pussy Riot in Russia, music and songs seem to have become in effect a platform for protest.

Project Objectives

The main objectives of the training course are:

– To discover the joy of singing and using their own voice;
– To explore the power of using the voice to express, thoughts, feelings, emotions and intentions;
– To understand how singing can promote self-development and increase self awareness and confidence;
– To explore how singing can be used to encourage active listening, cooperation and dialogue in our work with young people;
– To identify approaches for dialogue, political change and active citizenship and messages through singing that can enable our youth work.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

The costs related to accommodation and food will be completely covered by the hosting organisation.

Travel reimbursement

The travel costs will be covered according to the Erasmus+ standards up to the following amounts:

  • Italy – 20€
  • Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Greece and Netherlands – 275€
  • United Kingdom – 360€

Participation fee

The course foresees a non-refundable participation bond of 30€ to be paid by bank transfer after selection and an on-the-spot participation fee – to be paid in cash – on a sliding scale from 20€ to 70€.

Participants will be free to choose their contribution according to their own personal financial possibilities and the value they see in 6 days training programme.

Application

 

Organiser:

Cooperativa Sociale Muovimente – Youth NGO

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoletter Finding Your Voice.pdf

Contact for questions:

Mafalda Morganti

E-Mail: training@muovimente.it

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Training Course: Growth Embodied

Dates: 1-10 May 2019

Venue: Germany

Eligible are 31 participants coming from: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain

Application deadline: 28th February 2019

Growth embodied is a training course to discover, explore and develop our “daily life survival skills” through kinesthetic learning, embodiment activities, holistic approaches, ritual practices and community life.

General Description

The project ”Growth embodied“ is an eight days training course in the frame of Erasmus+ program that will take place in Germany, from 1st to 10th of May 2018 (travel days included).

This training is designed for youth workers, trainers, educators, NGO leaders, and more generally for people who are willing to:

– explore the expressive potential of the body through Contact improvisation and dance
– develop a strong presence through performative arts
– spend time outdoor for physical activities, no matter the weather :)
– foster their sense of community through ritual based practices
– gather new tools and inspirations for their work and activities with youngsters

The participants must be over 18 years and must be able to understand and communicate in English. Participants can apply to this training if they are travelling from (and to) Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Latvia, Slovenia, Spain, France.

Activities – Methodologies – Resources

During this training course we will:
– explore the principles of the creative process – a way to remove mental, emotional and physical barriers in order to bring impression and expression in a vital flow based on Anna Halprins life art process
– investigate ways of authentic expression and conscious connection through theatre, dance and contact improvisation

– explore systemic ritual tools and the medicine wheel in order to get direction and clarity on our life path. Inspired by rituals of indigenous tribes (Mexica and Lakota tribes) and body based work with archetypes we will strengthen the connectedness within the community and unleash hidden inner potential
– play with and within the forest to revitalize our body and spirits and as source of inspiration and stillness to fully connect to our essence and find out what we really search for.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme

Materials, activities, accommodation and food are partially covered by the Erasmus+ grant. The remaining amount will be covered by participants fee as below.

The 75% ot the travelling costs (up to a max of 275€ for participants travelling from out of Germany, 20€ for people based in Germany) will be reimbursed to the participants after the course.

Participation fee

There is a partipation fee of 150€, but we want to offer the opportuinity to participate with a reduced fee (100€) up to a max of 8 people with limited economic resources.

Application

 

Organiser:

EDEN – Youth NGO

Co-organiser:

Teatro invisibile – Youth NGO

Phone: 00491736915818

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack Growth Embodied.pdf

Contact for questions:

Caroline Asal

E-Mail: embodiedjourney@gmail.com

Poland in Summer

Seminar BPF: Before Project Fails

Dates: 3-7 April 2019

Venue: Warsaw, Poland

Eligible are 25 -30 participants coming from: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, Eastern Partnership countries, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 24th February 2019 

The seminar will tackle TC elements for KA1-2-3 project coordinators on how to deal with crucial project management moments, how to avoid main problems and be ready to react on the spot when a trouble occurs.

General Description

The seminar with TC elements for KA1-2-3 project coordinators on how to deal with crucial project management moments, how to avoid main problems and be ready to react on the spot when trouble occurs;

This seminar on project management with the view to what are the quality rules of E+Y projects (partnership, cooperation, sharing of duties and responsibilities, participation, dissemination, group process and international organizational culture). Risk management elements and change challenge will be additionally include in the programme.

We observe a big dissonance between what is written in applications and what beneficiaries report afterwards. We also see that they face many similar problems during project implementation that lead partners to disagreement, fights or withdrawing from projects. We observe constant FB recruitment of participants for the TC, YE that cause very low quality of dissemination of the results.

Therefore, we would like to give project coordinators (new, middle experienced) a space to feel inside the problems they face and to find the way out.

The aim is also to show the participants the consequences (both educational, formal etc.) of low quality management of the projects to help them to avoid those harsh situations.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth and European Solidarity Corps Programmes

The hosting National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

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.

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:

Erasmus+ Youth Team, Poland NA  – National Agency

Phone: +48 224 631 431

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Lia Sayadyan, Jakub Rejniak

E-mail: j.rejniak@frse.org.pl

Phone: +48 224 631 428

E-Mail: l.sayadyan@frse.org.pl

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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Conference: Discover Youth Talents (V4 conference)

Dates: 11-12 April 2019

Venue: Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Eligible are 50 participants coming from: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Eastern Partnership countries, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 18th February 2019 

Overall goal of the conference is to create a platform for discussion aimed at supporting the full development of talent with emphasis on NFL, sharing examples of good practice in youth work and its role in developing potential between V4, EaP and WB.

General Description

The Slovak Presidency of the Visegrad Group began on 1st July 2018 and will run until 30th June 2019. The motto of the presidency is “Dynamic Visegrad for Europe”,

Visegrad Group (V4 – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic) and Eastern Partnership countries (EaP – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine) and Partner Countries in the Western Balkan region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Republic of North Macedonia) have a productive and steadily developing relationship with substantial dialogue across a wide range of youth issues, working seminars and annual V4 presidential meetings supported by the active participation of representatives of Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth, and SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre.

The main aim of the conference is to discuss the positive influence and enable full development of the potential, the systematic support of talented young people with fewer opportunities and the issue of their identification in informal and non-formal education, sharing examples of good practice and highlighting the role of talent support and development in various fields.

Focus on current challenges such as increasing the capacity of youth workers to use innovative approaches, discovering potential, highlighting cooperation between sectors or working with young people at risk of marginalization.

Overall conference goals:

  • The only event in the youth field during the Slovak presidency (“flagship”),
  • Slight follow up of the talent topic raised by the 2016 Slovak EU Presidency,
  • A goal is to share practices and to exchange between the national representatives, to tackle the issue of talents,
  • How to support young people in discovering and nurturing their talents, how the youth work can work with talents,
  • Western Balkans join the event for the first time,
  • Create a platform for expert discussion to support the full development of potential and talent with an emphasis on non-formal and informal learning,
  • Exchange of experience and examples of good practice in youth work and its role in developing potential and talent between V4 countries, the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans,
  • Bring together the experts, researchers, youth representatives, and policymakers to advance dialogue between these stakeholders.

Profile of participants:

V4 countries – 12 participants, 3 per state (representative of NA, Ministry Youth Department, youth delegate)

Western Balkans – 10 participants, 2 per state (ministry representative, 1 youth delegate)

Eastern Europe and the Caucasus – 12 pax, 2 per state (ministry representative, 1 youth delegate)

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme

The hosting National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

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.

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:

Iuventa – Slovak Youth Institute, National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme for Youth and Sport

Phone: +421 2 592 96 313

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsDiscover Youth Talents.pdf

Contact for questions:

Matúš Zibala

E-Mail: matus.zibala@iuventa.sk

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.

The Hague

Study Visit to UN-institutions and other International Organisations in the Hague

Dates: 7-12 April 2019

Venue: The Hague, Netherlands

Eligible are 24 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, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU, Other countries in the world

Application deadline: 21st February 2019

Study visit for youth leaders/youth workers to UN-institutions and other international organizations in the Hague to learn about their work and develop a network of youth organizations interested in working with international projects!

General Description

We invite youth workers/youth leaders to join a Study visit to Hague. The aim of study visit is to give youth workers/youth leaders the idea on the work of international organizations and develop new partnerships. The Hague is one of the international centers for UN-institutions and other international organizations.

During the visit participants will visit Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, Permanent Court of Arbitration and other organizations. During each visit the participants will learn about the work of the organization.

The participants also will have the opportunity to learn how youth workers/youth leaders can get involved in the work of international organizations. In addition to visiting international organizations, the participants will meet youth workers/youth leaders from other countries to discuss the possibilities of new projects together including the new projects where UN-institutions and other international organizations can be involved.

The visit will introduce the international organizations to youth workers/youth leaders. It will allow them to understand better their work and their role in society. The visit will contribute to personal and professional development of youth leaders and will let them to acquire new knowledge and skills which they can use in their work.

The Study visit will allow youth workers/youth leaders to understand how youth organizations can cooperate with UN-institutions and other organizations.

We hope one of the outcomes of the project will be the development of new partnerships among participants and the international organizations that they will visit.

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Costs

 

Participation fee

The fee for the course is 550 euro.

The fee covers accommodation and the program. Visa fee and the travel are not included. If participants need a visa – please inform us about it and we will provide a visa invitation.

Accommodation and food

Costs for accommodation are included in the participation fee. There is no travel reimbursement.

Application

 

Organiser:

UCG – Youth NGO

Phone: +31308795055

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Kate

E-Mail: utrechtcg@outlook.com

Poland in Winter

Training Course: Once upon today… in Europe – (Y)our 1989.

Dates: 4-11 April 2019

Venue: Krzyzowa, Poland

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Estonia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Ukraine

Application deadline: 25th February 2019

“Once upon today” is an international training where you can meet people interested in history and get the chance to learn new non-formal education methods. Participants are encouraged to develop their own project ideas and to put them into practice.

General Description

2019 sees Europe celebrating the 30th anniversary of the end of communism and of new democratic beginnings in Central and Eastern Europe. For all countries in the region, 1989 is not some distant event in the past, but the dramatic societal, political and economic change continue to have an impact on the lives of people and their communities today.

In the spirit of our project title “Once upon today… in Europe”, we want to explore the way that 1989 is currently remembered, debated and reinterpreted in the countries across the region. As 30 years is also the transition between two generations, we want to develop new, innovative and creative ways to explore the meaning of the year 1989 with young people: What is (y)our story of 1989? How has the revolution changed the lives of your families or your community? How is 1989 currently remembered and discussed in the country you live in? What is our story of 1989 as Europeans?

“Once upon today… in Europe” focuses on issues of belonging and identity in Europe with a focus on historical narratives. What does this mean? When people talk about history, memory and identity, they constantly tell a story about themselves, the communities and states they live in.

These stories – or narratives – help people make sense of reality and they are made up of diverse facts, myths, official commemoration and personal memories. Like any other story, they are constantly shaped and reshaped through communication and reflect the values, interpretations and political objectives of the communities and people who share it. Thus, any narrative could start like a tale in present: “Once upon today…”

The project has 3 stages:

-International Training – 04.-11.04.2019 in Krzyżowa

-The development of micro-projects by the participants in their communities – April 2019 till September 2019

-International Youth Meeting (including presentation of micro-projects) – 29.09.-04.10.2019 in Krzyżowa

Participants of the training are invited to carry out small projects on the topic (Y)our 1989 with young people in their home cities over the summer. It is not obligatory in order to be a participant in the training, but applicants with tangible ideas for carrying out projects will be given special consideration.

One participant from each country will have the chance to return to Krzyżowa with up to eight young people for the international youth meeting taking place from 29.09.-04.10.2019.

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Costs

 

The project has been financed by the Erasmus+ programme.

Accommodation and food

Costs for accommodation and food are covered by the participation fee.

Travel reimbursement

– Germany, Poland: 180€ reimbursement

– Estonia, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine: 275€ reimbursement

Participation fee

– Germany: 90€ fee

– Estonia: 50€ fee

– Moldova, Poland, Romania, Ukraine: 30€ fee

Application

 

Organiser:

Kreisau-Initiative e.V. – Youth NGO

Phone: 0049 30 53836363

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Once Upon Today Poland.pdf

Contact for questions:

Carolin Wenzel

E-Mail: wenzel@kreisau.de