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Training Course: Seeds of Transformation

Dates: 7-15 April 2020

Venue: Apuseni Mountains , Romania

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Spain

Application deadline: 8th February 2020

The purpose of Seeds of Transformation is to meaningfully shape the resources and competences of youth workers in order to contribute to life-enhancing societies through nature-based practices, mindfulness, storytelling, soul poetry, singing & drumming.

General Description

‘Seeds of Transformation’ is an Erasmus+ project coordinated by Actions for Change association which includes a training course that will be held in the mountains of Romania.

The purpose of ‘Seeds of Transformation’ is to meaningfully and impactfully shape and reinvent the resources and competences of youth workers in order to contribute to building healthy human communities and life-enhancing societies.

If what we want is blooming and healthy communities, the most essential aspect is to educate our youth who have the capacity to grow into true, competent and authentic adults.

‘Seeds of Transformation’ will offer the knowledge and skill to foster optimal human development for hard to reach young people, including migrants and refugees.

The eco-soulcentric human development methods and practices which are going to be explored in this training will enable the participants to cultivate their innate human wholeness, meaningly their resources, authenticity and imagination.

Planting the ‘Seeds of Transformation’ through the following practices:

  • Nature-based practices – immersions in nature to reconnect and claim and (re)discover our innate human wholeness;
  • Mindfulness – maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment;
  • Storytelling – exploring inspiring and transformative myths and legends and the art of telling stories;
  • Soul Poetry – exploring the mysteries of what it means to be human through metaphor, the language of Soul;
  • Singing and drumming – Tapping into the natural ability, ancient and primal way of belonging that we humans have been using since our earliest times;

  • Embodiment/Dance – Authentic Movement, Dance of Wholeness, Open Floor Movement;
  • Drawing – diving deep into the source of our own imagination – free and abstract drawing
  • Mind-Body-Heart awakening – meditation practices and guided visualisations;

The methodology will be experienced at a personal level and also finding a translation of applying it in the youth field, especially with hard to reach young people.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Materials, activities, accommodation and food are 100% covered by the Erasmus+ grant.

Travel reimbursement

The travelling costs (plane, train, bus) are also covered and will be reimbursed to the participants after the course up to this limit:

  • Romania 20 Euros/ person
  • Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, 275 Euros/ person
  • Portugal, Spain 360 Euros/ person

We encourage you to use eco-friendly transportation.

Participation fee

We are inviting you to contribute to Actions for Change’s future local projects by making a donation from 40 to 80 Euros based on personal financial possibilities (the donation is optional).

Application

 

Organiser:

Actions for Change – Youth NGO

Phone: +40726504487

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack Seeds of Transformation.pdf

Contact for questions:

Sandra Horea

E-Mail: sandra.horea@gmail.com

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PBA: Queerasmus+

Dates: 29 April – 1 May 2020

Venue: Dublin, Ireland

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 8th March 2020

The contact making seminar is a space to learn about the realities of practices and challenges, and in response develop supports to increase the participation of the LGBTI+ community in Erasmus+ through partnership building.

General Description

Queerasmus+ is a contact making seminar where we invite representatives and youth workers for queer youth groups to:

  • Learn from and get inspired by each other’s activities
  • Find new reliable partners and build a safe and solid fundament for future cooperation
  • Come up with creative ideas for international cooperation
  • Get familiar with Erasmus+ and the funding possibilities it offers particularly in the area of youth exchanges.
  • Connect their work with new policy strategies such as the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy for Ireland, put into context of their own countries.
  • Meet ‘best practice’ organisations who have implemented projects under Erasmus+ with LGBTI+ young people.

Profile of participants: This contact making seminar targets youth workers working directly with LGBTI+ young people.

Please note arrival will be for 28th April and departure will be 2pm 1st May

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

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

Travel reimbursement

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

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

Leargas – National Agency

Phone: +353188712222

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Audrey Reily

E-Mail: areily@leargas.ie

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 Quality Wave: Training for Quality Ambassadors

Dates: 17-21 May 2020

Venue: Ostend, Belgium – FL

Eligible are 45 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 9th March 2020

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

General Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will create space to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practical info:

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

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

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

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

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

Travel reimbursement

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

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

JINT, National Agency Belgium-Flanders – National Agency

Phone: +32 2 209 07 20

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Sofie Van Zeebroeck

E-Mail: sofie.vanzeebroeck@jint.be

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

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Training Course: The Power of Non Formal Education

Dates: 23-28 June 2020

Venue: TBC, Georgia

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Eastern Partnership countries, Russian Federation

Application deadline: 20th April 2020

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

General Description

Why this Training Course?

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

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

How it will be done?

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

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

The pedagogical process

A fundamental flow during the training is based upon:

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

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

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

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

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

Travel reimbursement

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

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ) – National Agency

Co-organiser:

  • SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus – SALTO Resource Centre

Phone: +48 22 46 31 461

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack the Power of NFE Georgia.pdf

Contact for questions:

Marina Makarenko

E-Mail: eeca@salto-youth.net

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

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Training Course: Visual storytelling from A to Z

Dates: 6-15 April 2020

Venue: Red cross training center, Lozen, Bulgaria

Eligible are 34 participants coming from: Armenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Spain, Ukraine

Application deadline: 13th February 2020

The training aims at bringing self-awareness at the participants, on their own identity and perception as human beings, not as objects of stereotypes based on their gender. To achieve it the methods of visual arts and creativity will be put in practice.

General Description

We would like to invite you to participate in the “Visual Storytelling from A to Z” training course that will take place in Lozen village, near Sofia, Bulgaria in the period 6th till 15th April 2020 and will gather 34 representatives of organizations from 10 countries – Portugal, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ukraine, Armenia, Poland, North Macedonia and Bulgaria.

About the project:
The training aims at bringing self-awareness at the participants, on their own identity and perception as human beings, not as objects of stereotypes based on their gender. This issue is very common in young people, raised in environments filled with thoughts like masculinity is for boys and emotions are for girls.

The youth needs to raise their gender literacy to achieve better self-understanding and confidence. Now in the era of technology, young people spend more time online, where many issues are projected in the web showing the need of raising the media literacy in young people. The world of media and social networks is becoming more and more visual, so the need to distinguish between the good and bad examples of media provocations is pretty urgent too.

By this project we are willing to promote gender diversity and by transferring understanding on common fundamental values of our society to reach young people and to contribute to the prevention of violent radicalization based on gender.

The program of the training activity is organized in building up thematic modules to provide new information, enhance knowledge and develop the skills of participants, and enable participants to share in a safe and creative environment. The program also includes meetings with experts on visual arts as well as visiting several associations who will share their own practises and who are experts in the field of gender equality and will further contribute to the learning and development process.

The specific objectives of the Visual storytelling from A to Z training course are as
follows:

  •  Introducing the visual storytelling as a method for raising awareness campaigns and create an emotional bonding with any topic;
  •  Raising awareness on main concepts about gender equality and deconstruct stereotypes on gender roles and appearances created by society back in the years and repeated by the modern society;
  •  Introducing knowledge for gender equality education, based on meeting with experts, peer learning and self-assessment techniques and connecting them with visual storytelling methodologies;
  •  Developing a sensibility and critical thinking on the topic of gender based inequalities, to be able to recognize the vulnerability of gender (in)equalities and showcase real stories through visual arts;
  •  Developing tools to work on prevention or to react in cases of gender inequalities, hate speech, exclusions or violence (online and offline);
  • Developing the competences of the participants to plan, organize and implement educational activities on gender equality;
  •  Create a bond and ground for international cooperation and networking.

Profile of the participants

The training is for:

  • Young people, activists and youth workers who want to learn more about visual arts, how to use creative techniques on raising awareness on gender related topics and how to adapt them for an everyday work within their local realities;
  • Willing to share experiences and stories from their local environment, family, friends and school (university) circles;
  • Willing to bring and deconstruct stereotypes based on sex, gender, sexuality;
  • Willing or have experience on work with creative visuals (photography, design, arts, etc.);
  • Willing to look for examples for (in)equalities, gender based violence (online and offline) or gender related situations from their personal life;

  • Willing to be open-minded and eager to learn from the workshops in this activity and from their peers, as well as maintain a positive attitude and a critical approach to the problematics and topics that will be reviewed;
  • Age 18+
  • Able to understand and express themselves in English;
  • Are committed to attend for the full duration of the event;
  • Are committed to assist or take the lead role in planning and implementing local initiatives in order to disseminate the learning outcomes.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks during the activity duration will be provided by the organizers.

Insurance will be also provided by the organizers. The participants are encouraged to bring European Health Card as well.

Travel reimbursement

Reimburse of travel tickets will be done according to the rules of the Erasmus+ programme based on distance calculation. The reimbursement will be made after the seminar, after the participants provide all original travelling documents (coming and return). Please keep your original tickets and boarding passes.

For the reimbursement to take place participants will need to attend the full duration of the training course.

  • Bulgaria – up to 20 Euro
  • North Macedonia – up to 180 Euro
  • Spain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ukraine, Armenia, Poland – up to 275 Euro
  • Portugal – up to 360 Euro

Participation fee

Non – Applicable.

Application

 

Organiser:

CVS – Bulgaria – Youth NGO

Phone: +359879480078

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack – Visual Storytelling.pdf

Contact for questions:

Shirin Hodzheva

E-Mail: cvs.shirin@gmail.com

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Training Course: Erasmus+ Training course “YOUth SuPpORT”

Dates: 8-15 March 2020

Venue: Larnaca, Cyprus

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Hungary, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden

Application deadline: 7th February 2020

This project will equip youth workers with knowledge and skills how to use sport and physical activity as a tool for increasing the active participation and inclusion of young people in society, with a focus on those with fewer opportunities.

General Description

Participation in sport and active play brings a number of personal, societal and health benefits to young people, especially to those who are marginalized.

Raising levels of activity and participation in sports not only improves health outcomes and reduces costs to health services and the wider economy, but can also contribute to a range of positive social outcomes including crime reduction, improved levels of well-being and mental health, increased educational attainment and more cohesive communities.

The main aim of our project is to equip youth workers with knowledge and skills how to use sport and physical activity as a tool for increasing the active participation and inclusion of young people in society, with a focus on those with fewer opportunities.

We are looking for participants with the following profile:
• youth workers, NGO trainers, facilitators, mentors, coaches, project managers, coordinators and volunteers who are dedicated to working with young people with fewer opportunities in their local reality (working with refugees and migrants young people is desirable, but not necessary);
• have the basic knowledge of facilitation of sport and outdoor based learning processes;

• have a desire to apply their competences in developing new non-formal education tools that would increase the social inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities (orphans, refugees and migrant young people);
• are supported by their respective organisations in applying their competencies and newly developed tools in working with young people with fewer opportunities.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

All costs for accomodation, training materials and food (3 times per day ) are provided

Travel reimbursement

  • Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Republic of North Macedonia  – up to 275 €
  • Sweden, Spain  – up to 360 €

Participation fee

Non – Applicable

Application

 

Organiser:

Youth Educational Sphere Sweden – Youth NGO

Phone: 0038971307381

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack – YOUthSuPpORT.pdf

Contact for questions:

Vladimir

E-Mail: vlade-tearce@hotmail.com

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Training Course: Camino+

Dates: 5-13 May 2020

Venue: Lugo to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: France, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 26th February 2020

The training course will take the format of a 100km hike-pilgrimage using what is known as the first European Cultural itinerary, the Camino of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, while exploring the power of inner peace through meditation for youth workers.

General Description

Mindfulness and meditation are increasingly popular practices, yet, not mainstreamed within youth work peace education.

Even though the current youth work practices are very beneficial for young people, they do need to evolve in order to answer to a context increasingly marked by rising prejudices and misunderstanding of others’ identity and beliefs, generating an ungrounded fear of others.

The energy of youth workers is more than needed to actively lobby for peace in seek for a constant social peaceful progress, not only by cultivating their practical skills, but also by growing their inner peace and peacebuilding skills.

Through this project, we aim to entice the youth work community at the European and each national level, to adopt mindfulness practices in working with their target groups. While mindfulness could be considered as a lifestyle and hence a broad concept, we will focus on the practice of meditation together with outdoor non-formal methods to foster the inner and outer peace-building skills of youth workers.

Hence, Camino+ will be a hike-pilgrimage journey for youth workers to experience inner peace methods coupled with hands-on practices of conflict management and intercultural dialogue, ready to be applied with their target groups in their local communities.

Within the intersection of the themes approached by this project: mindfulness, peace-building, outdoor education, and intercultural dialogue. The symbolism and nature of this hike-pilgrimage, will allow us to experience these 4 dimensions together, fostering the learning experience of the participants. The training course will hence, provide a unique opportunity for youth workers to connect with each other, and to learn how to be mindful and conscious at professional and personal levels.

We will address the following specific objectives:

  • Entice 30 youth workers around Europe to adopt and multiply inner peace practices, aiming to evolve youth work peace education as pillar soft skills for peace builders.
  • Introduce the embodied peace building method, and explore its adaptation to youth work situations.

  • Foster efficient leadership in peace building local activities and empower youth workers to address conflict management.
  • Link inner peace practices together with outdoor education to develop innovative, playful and creative methods applicable to young people.
  • Offer a space to develop and exchange ideas and practices on peace building and intercultural dialogue, and contribute to strengthening peace in participants’ communities.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Accomodation and food costs are covered.

Travel reimbursement

All travel reimbursement is covered up to 275€ and 180€ for Spanish participants.

Participation fee

50€ will be deduced fron the final travel reimbursement.

Application

Organiser:

Coconutwork.org and LEAPSports – Youth NGO

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Fahd Mohammadi

E-Mail: fahd@coconutwork.org