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Training Course Digital Youth Work: Past, Present, Future.

Dates: 8-16 May 2019

Venue: Bitola, FYROM

Eligible are 27 participants coming from: Czech Republic, Estonia, FYROM, Greece, Lithuania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain

Application deadline: 1st March 2019

This project aims at raising awareness on digital competences of youth work specialists and equipping them with the necessary know-how in order to create target group appropriate distance learning models.

General Description

Young people in Europe spend an increasing amount of their time consuming digital media (video streams, messaging, blogs or social media).

However, there is an obvious lack of competences of young people to use many online platforms for learning instead only for leisure and entertainment. These tools can provide a place for young people to learn, to share their experiences, to exchange their views, to have fun with their friends and to actively participate in society.

This project aims at raising awareness on digital competences of youth work specialists and equipping them with the necessary know-how in order to create target group appropriate distance learning models.

With specific objectives:
• To create mechanisms for the development of youth work specialists’ digital competencies;
• To gain new competences regarding non-formal education activity development and implementation from different online and offline perspectives;
• To facilitate learning and understanding on how to use online learning platforms such as Moodle, Coursera, Zoom, EdX, etc., for development and implementation of newly created and current non-formal education activities;
• To develop and test webinars on various topics and issues important to youth in the participating organizations’ communities;
• To understand the value and potentials of online learning in making their current and future activities more attractive and accessible to local youth;
• To provide networking opportunities and facilitate exchange among participating organizations and their members in order to create sustainable linkages in the field of digital competences;
• To create a compendium on development and implementation of online learning activities.

Distance education around the world has already demonstrated that access can be increased and costs can be cut. However many countries online and distance learning are still considered a second chance option.

Therefore, youth organizations will have to put in place exact quality assurance mechanisms in order to create content adjusted to online learning platforms and identified needs and learning objectives of their attendees. The impact for learners will be that they will have many morе choices for determining which courses to follow and with which organization.

The organizations which provide educational activities will practice both formal and non-formal approach. This will result with higher level of cross-institutional cooperation regarding development and implementation of various educational programmes in coming days.

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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 organisers

Travel tickets shall be bought only after agreement and confirmation with the organizers. Travel expenses to and from the venue will be reimbursed up to a maximum pre-agreed with the organizers.

  • Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Greece: 275 euro
  • Spain: 260 euro

Participation fee

Participation fee 20€

Application

 

Organiser:

EUROPEAN CULTURAL EPICENTER Bitola – Youth NGO

Phone: +38975211557

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Vele Georgiev

E-Mail: head.ece.macedonia@gmail.com

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Training Course (PMP): Project Management for Youth Organizations

Dates: 14-21 April 2019

Venue: Moscow, Russian Federation

Eligible are 12 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,Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU, Other countries in the world

Application deadline: 28th February 2019

The course is designed for youth workers who would like to improve their project management skills. After the course you will understand better how to design the projects and implement them on the highest level.

General Description

During the course participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of the project management. They will learn how to write the project charter, how to determine project objectives, to assess risks. They will be introduced to the theory of budgeting. In addition to fundamentals of the project management participants will have the sessions on how to prepare a high-quality business plan, business model canvas will be introduced.

The course is designed for workers of NGO who would like to improve their project management skills. After the course you will understand better how to design the projects and implement them on the highest level. Youth workers with the experience in implementing the projects are invited to the course as well as young people who have never designed own projects but could like to start doing that.

The course will provide necessary tools and knowledge on how to design the project and implement it. If you have never implemented own projects but would like to get started – this course is definitely for you!

The course will take part in Moscow! In addition to the actual content of the course the participants will have the time and opportunity to visit the city center and see Red Square, Kremlin and other famous touristy places! At the end of the course participants will be provided certificates confirming attendance of the course on project management for youth workers If you always wanted to make your own projects – to organize international trainings, seminars or do any other projects – but did not know how to start – this course is for you!

Program

The program of the course is based on PMP (Project Management Professional) methodology. In addition to that we use some aspects taught within the modern MBA courses such as business model canvas and other concepts. We also include in the course the fundamentals of Lean Start-up theory – MVP (minimum viable product). The course includes the foundations of Project management – the participants will learn how to write project charter, determine project objectives.

The participants will be taught how to prepare the stakeholders register, how to assess the risks and prepare the risk register. They will also learn other elements of the project management theory. Knowledge of the project management theory will allow the participants after returning back to their organizations be more effective creating the projects. They will be able to draft the projects in the professional manner.

The participants will learn how to write a business plan according to the modern business theory. They will learn the content of business model canvas, will learn how to write it. The most fundamental concept of Lean Start-Up theory – the MVP (minimum viable product) also will be introduced to the participants. The concepts tell on the minimal requirements needed for the success of the project. The concept will be especially useful for participants without or with minimum experience in the project management. They will learn on what are the minimum requirements needed for the project.

All the learning will be accompanied with the practical exercises. The participants will not only learn the theory but also will learn how to use it. During the course participants will be offered to try on practice the theory they learn. As for logistical arrangements – the participants will arrive on Sunday. There are no sessions on Sunday.

The sessions will be from Monday to Friday. The sessions will be pretty intense so we recommend not to miss any of the parts of the sessions. The accommodation is provided till Sunday. And that means Saturday is the free day. Participants are invited to visit Moscow to see the beautiful touristy places on Saturday. But if course if they wish they can leave on Friday evening or on Saturday.

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Costs

 

This project is NOT financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

The accommodation and food are included in the participation fee. There are no additional costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

We do not provide travel reimbursement.

Participation fee

The fee for the course is 490 euro.

The fee includes: The program of the course (including all necessary study materials) The accommodation (in the comfortable training center in Moscow) Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee-breaks) Transfer Visa invitation (which you will need to bring to the Russian Consulate in order to apply for a visa). Unfortunately we are not able to provide any scholarships.

Application

 

Organiser:

UCG – Youth NGO

Phone: +31 30 879 50 55

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Valeriya Kiseleva

E-Mail: utrechtcg@outlook.com

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.

Budapest Danube River bank

Training Course Local to European: “Transferring practices of Democratic Youth Participation”

Dates: 18-23 November 2018

Venue: European Youth Center, Budapest, Hungary

Eligible are 35 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, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 27th October 2018

Local to European: this Study session will be a space where participants can reflect how youth are involved in contributing to democratic processes. Exploring, mapping and analyzing practices of youth participation and their impact at the local level.

General Description

This Study Session will contribute to increasing the mainstreaming of youth policy development at local and regional level. The aim is to allow all the stakeholders engaged in such processes to have more awareness of mechanisms and instruments that can increase youth engagement on policy development and increase the impact of such policies at local and regional level.

One of our strategic priorities for 2018-19 is to develop the capacity of our network members to better develop and implement structures that allow an effective and sustainable engagement of youth on local governance.

For this purpose, we need to make more accessible existing models of youth participation in decision making. This activity will also contribute to an ongoing research that is mapping youth participation models, instruments and structures at the local level in Europe.

This activity comes also on the follow up of a previous Study Session that DYPALL Network conducted together with other partners in October 2016. Where we aimed to transfer models of youth participation from European Level to the local level. Our aim at the moment is quite the opposite.

Aim:
• to disseminate and connect what is done at the local level with the current European processes and models, such as the co-management of the CoE or the Structured Dialogue of the EU.

Objectives:
• Identify and promote structures and mechanism for youth participation in decision-making processes and debate about their potential and challenges;
• Identify and promote innovative practices of youth participation in decision-making processes at the local level;
• Create and further develop competencies of youth workers to foster the participation of young people at the local level;
• Promote dialogue among youth organizations, civil society, and local authorities’ officers;
• Reflect on key concepts (such as advocacy, policy making, partnership, participative and representative democracy) of youth participation in decision-making processes and to develop a common understanding;
• Pooling competencies (skills, knowledge and attitudes) in creating conditions for youth participation, in fostering partnerships and the establishment of co-management structures and instruments at local and regional level.

Participants’ Profile:
We aim to invite and select participants that fit the following profile:
• Youth workers and educators from youth CSOs;
• Youth leaders and young people with an active interest in youth participation;
• Public officers / Civil servants or elected representatives from local institutions with responsibilities in the implementation of youth policies;
• Researchers in youth participation on local level;
• Applications from candidates working youth participation with different socially excluded groups are encouraged;
•Priority to participants under the age of 30 (25% above 30 years);

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Costs

This project is NOT financed by Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and meals will be provided by the organizers in the Budapest European Youth Center.

Travel expenses to and from the venue will be reimbursed up to a maximum pre-agreed with the organizers, according to the  Council of Europe’s  Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation – Youth Department financial regulations.

The reimbursement will be done in cash (eur.) during the activity if all the documents are in accordance with the regulation.

There is a participation fee of 50 €

Organiser:

DYPALL Network – NGO

Co-organizer:

Youth Department of the Council of Europe

Phone: 00351918476741

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Filipe Costa

E-Mail: filipe.costa@dypall.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

Masaryk Uni Brno

Training Course: Game of Wellness

Dates: 8-16 December 2018

Venue: Brno, Czech Republic

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 28th October 2018

We will explore the concept of “wellness” as a state of complete physical, mental, social & spiritual well-being and introduce practical & fun tools, games, strategies of promoting holistic health and personal development in young people & youth workers.

General Description

Do you sometimes feel tired/ exhausted/ overwhelmed by your work?
Do you want to learn how to live a bit healthier lifestyle both in your personal life and your professional life as a youth worker/ educator? Do you want to inspire young people you work with to become well?

We will explore the concept of wellness as a state of complete physical, mental, social & spiritual well-being. We will focus both on the personal and professional development and on how the concept of wellness can empower both the youth workers and the young people they are working with. We wish to support our participants to find ways to healthier, more joyful and sustainable lifestyle and approach to work.

The training course is a 3rd edition of a successful training concept, that took place for the first time in December 2016, 2nd time in July 2007, both in the Czech Republic.

How was it? Read these blog posts! :)
Well-being and active lifestyle

The training will happen in a beautiful environmental center Kaprálův Mlýn, just outside Brno, Czech Republic.

Objectives of the Training Course
1) to introduce and explore concepts of wellness and gamification
in the context of community youth work;
2) to create space for professionals to practice and refresh their trainers skills and to share their best practices and receive feedback;
3) to introduce practical online + offline tools and activities that promote healthy living, community building, conflict resolution and inclusion;
4) to empower youth workers to develop programs that support sustainable, healthy and joyful living in their communities and organisations;
5) to facilitate constructive development of realistic project ideas
and support formation of new partnerships.

Why this Course?
We see youth work as a demanding profession that requires a lot from their professionals. Youth workers, educators and trainers across countries and cultures start working with passion, dedicate their dreams and often their free time to their work.

Unfortunately, many in their everyday reality face lack of resources, time, social recognition or meaning which too often results in burnt out youth workers that no longer enjoy their work. A burnt-out youth worker imbalances his work-life and as a result of a growing amount of associated stressors loses his initial energy, ideas, creativity, inspiration and patience that are so crucial in his work that addresses topics and issues that are important but difficult to repair or work on due to their complexity. (there is a need for self-care, work-life balance, sense of purpose in our work)

How will we Work?
Variety of non-formal education methods, the program will be co-created by the team and the participants. The programme will include time slots for workshops that will be facilitated by participants (meaning: possibly YOU!), to be offered to the rest of the group, in a structure of parallel sessions. You will have a chance to offer a good practice, an innovative methodology or activity connected with the topics of the course.

The Trainer Team
Jana Stará: university lecturer and wellness coach: www.wellcome.cz
Bára Rodi: medical doctor, trainer: trainers.salto-youth.net/BaraRodi/
Carmine Rodi Falanga: comedian,game expert, trainer: trainers.salto-youth.net/CarmineRodi/

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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. Accommodation will be provided in shared rooms (3, 4 or 6 people), meals will be provided 5x daily.

Travel costs of the participants will be refunded after the training course (after participants send all their travel documents and boarding passes) to this maximum amounts:

– Czech Republic: 20 EUR
– Hungary, Slovenia: 180 EUR
– Bulgaria, Romania, Poland,  UK, France, Italy, Spain (mainland) 275 EUR
– Spain (Canary islands): 530 EUR

Money shouldn’t be the only obstacle for your participation – therefore we suggest a sliding scale from 50 to 120€ for participation fee. For students and persons without paid job we suggest 50€, for other we suggest 60-120€ according to their financial possibilities and the value they see in 7 days training programme.

Application

Organiser:

Dobroti – Youth NGO

Phone: +420777619737

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack Game of Wellness.pdf

Contact for questions:

Dobroti Team

E-Mail: GameOfWellness@gmail.com

Izmir

Training Course: Hack the farm

Dates: 22-31 October 2018

Venue: Izmir, Turkey

Eligible are 5 participants coming from: Greece

Application deadline: 20th October 2018

The structural problems of Turkey in the agricultural sector consist of labour, land, water, capital, data inadequacy, agriculture- environment relations and RD deficiency (TOBB-Agricultural Sector Report).

Description

On the request of the young farmers living in Urla, GEO’s needs analysis and planning results carried out in the field carried out by the Izmir High Technology Institute, Urla Municipality and Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry District Directorate in Urla for about 1 year have been in line with the needs and measures we have mentioned above.

At the beginning of the importance to be taken to overcome these needs;

1. Increase the current level of education in agricultural employment

2. Encouraging the young population to remain in agricultural production and taking measures to ensure the employment of the young population in agriculture

3.Speeding up the transfer of all kinds of information related to innovation and agriculture (technological or legal changes etc.) to agriculture sector It comes.

Hack The Farm! is on its way to respond to these needs and contribute to the measures! the purpose of the project; GEO ‘s Lisinia Nature project project, “Long -term innovative approach model in agriculture” with 5 years long experience, is spread among young farmers to contribute to sustainable development studies based on innovative agricultural activities of our country and EU countries.

In addition to this project:

  • Innovative approach to the problems faced by young farmers in agricultural activities, and solutions with the active use of technology.
  • Implementation of a model of local development model by passing the dream with the local authoritarian support of the produced solutions
  • To get new employment opportunities by directing the young people to innovative agricultural activities
  • Increasing the efficiency of existing agricultural activities, development of capacities
  • Sharing of innovative practices in the field of agriculture between EU countries
  • Ensuring that the capacities of young individuals and institutions with different qualifications serve a common purpose and that the resultant outcome should be used for the development of all persons and institutions

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

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

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

Greece: 275 Euro/participant. Participants who will exceed this travel cost, will be charged the additional cost

Participation fee 40 euro per participant. The fee will be deposited after succesful selection of the candidates (non-refundable in case of cancellation).

Organizer:

 

GEO – NGO

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 for participants: 18+