Current Opportunities

Matching youth workers competences with the inclusive activities – Let’s Match TC in Bagnacavallo, Italy | 03 – 10 May 2020

Project Description:

The focus of the TC will be on applying non-formal methods in youth-workers’ professional development with special attention to organizations' empowerment for a concrete ground impact on youth beneficiaries in local communities as multiplying effects. In particular, the TC will provide
organizations' youth workers with competences related to working with specific target groups, youth with disabilities and youth with fewer opportunities for social inclusion of vulnerable target groups.

The objectives:

  • Exploring new methods and techniques on how to work with specific target groups
  • Evaluating the programs and activities that each partner is delivering for specific target groups (disabilities, fewer opportunities, NEETs, newcomers etc.)
  • Matching the youth workers competences with the inclusive programs and activities
  • Designing, planning and adapting programs to the needs of the target group
  • Building the capacities of the organizations partners in the project and increasing the number of activities for vulnerable groups
  • To better understand the reality of disadvantaged youngsters in several countries

Participants:

We are looking for four participants to take part in this activity.

Accommodation and food is fully covered by the programme and 360 euros for traveling cost.

Please carefully read the info pack

If you are interested please fill up the Application-Form until 10/03

Be active! Make a change in 2020! TC in St Albans, United Kingdom | 1 - 8 May 2020

Project 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 dialog. The seminar is taking place from 1st May to May 8th in ST Albans, United Kingdom. The event will start on May 1st in the afternoon and end morning on May 8th 2020.

'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 non- violent 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

We are looking for four participants to take part in this activity.

Accommodation and food is fully covered by the programme and 530 euros for traveling cost.

Please carefully read the info pack

If you are interested please fill up the Application-Form until 03/03.

OUT OF CLASSROOM TC in PRZYSUCHA, POLAND | 16-24 JUNE 2020

Project Description:

Out Of Classroom is an Erasmus+ training course for youth workers (KA1) focusing on rediscovering the principles and methods of non-formal education that can be used while working with young people at risk of exclusion. Non-formal education is an extremely popular concept nowadays - many NGOs advertise their projects as based on participants' active involvement. Despite this, many of the youth workers organizing this kind of activities do not have a proper theoretical basis and understanding of what non- formal education should really entail. Through this training course, we would like to go back to basics and have an in-depth reflection on the concept, discovering what it really means and learning how to design,monitor, and evaluate effective, out-of-school projects for youngsters at risk. As a result, we want to our participants to start seeing non-formal education as more than just a buzz word and adopt it as a guiding philosophy that is a basis of their work.

Participants:

For this project we are looking for two participants fulfilling the following criteria:

  • actively involved in a work of an NGO (preferably as staff members)
  • experienced in working with youth with a proven track record of successful projects for youngsters at risk
  • able to communicate freely in English
  • commited to organize dissemination events and provide quality project visibility
  • being a legal resident in one of the participating countries (Belarus, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Spain, Ukraine)

Accommodation and food is fully covered by the programme and 275 euros for traveling cost.

If you are interested please fill up the Application-Form until 03/03 mentioning if you are interested to participate as a leader.

LET ME IN - youth workers for inclusive Europe TC in Przysucha, Poland | 21 - 30 September 2020

Project Description

In societies that are getting more and more divided, there is a constant need to find new solutions to enhance inclusion of groups at risk. We as youth workers often lack capacities to reach out to vulnerable people and even if we do approach them, we do not possess proper methodologies to address their specific needs effectively. Let Me In is an Erasmus+ training course for youth workers that aims at raising the awareness on the specifics of working with different groups at risk, with the main focus being on how to identify their needs and create a safe space for them to express themselves more freely. By combining theory and practice we strive to give participants an in-depth overview on the topic of enhancing social inclusion and prepare them to organize their own projects in a more efficient way that puts the needs of young people in the center.

Participants:

For this project we are looking for three participants fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Actively involved in a work of an NGO (preferably as staff members).
  • Experienced in working with youth with a proven track record of successful projects for youngsters at risk.
  • Able to communicate freely in English.
  • Committed to organize dissemination events and provide quality project visibility.
  • Being a legal resident in one of the participating countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain).

Participants:

We are looking for three participants to take part in this activity.

Accommodation and food is fully covered by the programme and 275 euros for traveling cost.

Please carefully read the Info Pack

If you are interested please fill in the Application-Form until 07/09.

If you are interested please fill up the Application-Form until 07/09 mentioning if you are interested to participate as a leader.

EduLARP TC in Berlin | 11 - 19 May 2020

Project Description

LARP (Live Action Role Play Game) is a combination of game, simulation and improvised theater. Educational LARPs consist of a storytelling part in which the context and the world that participants operate in is described, the creation of characters that participants become and the rules of the game that everyone plays. LARPs can also involve some additional elements like props, scenography and intrigues that together create the complete story. This story lets participants experience unknown and play the game in the way that emphasis valuable content, as well as develop their competences: knowledge, skills and attitudes.

The concept of LARP is well known around the world, but can it be used for educational proposes? Educational LARPs are based on the achievements of different types of LARPs: chamber LARPs, Nordic LARPs, or simply drama theater and simulation methods, but how can we adopt it to the learning objectives of participants. However, methodology adopted to the context of youth work and Erasmus+ program is not yet developed. We will change it.

During this training we will adopt the eduLARP methodology to be used in international youth work in the context of Erasmus+ program. After the training participants will be able to run and design LARP scenarios that tackle social problems and civic education.

Objectives

• training team of trainers in eduLARP method and prepare them to run and design own activities
• exchange of experiences and knowledge of youth workers and trainers in conducting activities using game-based methods, storytelling, drama etc.,
• creating scenarios of LARPs that will help new trainers to achieve the goals of Erasmus+ program
• defining the role of eduLARP methodology in achieving the objectives of the Erasmus+ program in the context of European Training Strategy and competence model of trainers in Erasmus +
• preparing youth workers to run and facilitate international youth exchanges with the methodology of eduLARP

Participants:

We are looking for three participants take part in this activity

Accommodation and food is fully covered by the programme and 360 euros for traveling cost.

Please read carefully the infopack

NOTE: Training also aims to prepare youth leaders to facilitate LARP youth exchange in September 2020 in Berlin. So at least one person from each country coming to the training should also join the exchange.

If you are interested please fill up the Application-Form until 10/03 mentioning if you are interested to participate as a leader.

ISLANDISM: Empowering Participation Through Tradition YE in Dymes, Cyprus 29/03 - 07/04/2020

With this project we target to empower young marginalized people to be more active citizens through the importance of the tradition that comes from small communities, such as islands and improve their sense of belonging to the European family by examining some problems the participants face in their communities. Through this exchange we are aiming to spread the tradition of different islands that could be forgotten due to their size and location and offer a common space of debate and exchange of ideas to enhance the quality of living of young people who live on islands. This project will enhance participants’ skills in various thematic related to social inclusion, active participation, creativity and communication skills. 

The specific objectives of the exchange are:

  • For the participants to learn about the traditions of their own country but also to get to know the traditions of other marginalised European areas. 
  • To foster active participation and social and civic responsibility in local and European level by engaging young people with EU values through non formal educational activities (tolerance, solidarity, etc).
  • To promote creativity and innovation as well as digital skills through the use of different software during the production of audiovisual material to promote their tradition.
  • To develop participants’ skills to be able to search and learn about social issues and inclusion. 
  • To make people more aware of different island challenges and opportunities which will result in the connection of people with different backgrounds from similar geographical situations by improving their active listening.
  • To provide participants with a deepened self-knowledge and develop their communication in English and other foreign languages.
  • To strengthen participants’ knowledge of the Erasmus+ Programme and to provide them with a solid network of international partners.
  • To foster participants facilitation and leadership skills for non-formal activity through the workshop each national team has to organise during the exchange.

We are looking for four participants 18-30 to take part in the youth exchange.

Accommodation and food is fully covered by the programme

Please read carefully the infopack

If you are interested please fill up the Application-Form until 15/03.

Social lies never die YE in Bagnacavallo, Italy |15 – 23 APRIL 2020

Project Description

This Youth Exchange want to tackle the issue of the non-critical use of Media and social media and want to create new tools, useful for participants, partners and all possible stakeholders. These tools will be a collection of guidelines and rules to encourage a responsible approach to the use of media.

  • Raise the awareness among young people on the issue through non-formal education activities making them more aware of the risks and consequences that can be encountered with inappropriate use of social networks
  • Spread this awareness through the use of videos and infographics within the associations and schools of the participants
  • Start a shared analysis on what may be the cause of problems we see in wrong use of media
  • Approach the opportunities E +
  • Develop in the participants competences such as teambuilding, sense of initiative and self-confidence
  • Strengthen and expand among the participants skills and knowledge useful for fostering a conscious approach to media to share with one's peers and adults
  • Create a list of rules and a video on the critical approach to the media resulting from the effort of the participants to be disseminated to the partner associations of the project and in the school contexts of the participants

The project will hold an APV (Advance Planning Meeting) between 13-16 of March where the group leaders of each country will meet and discuss about the programme and its activities.

Participants:

We are looking for 4 participants and one group leader to participate  in that opportunity. Note that the leader should participate in the APV and YE

Accommodation and food is fully covered by the programme and 360 euros for traveling cost.

Please read carefully the infopack

If you are interested please fill up the Application-Form until 02/02 mentioning if you are interested to participate as a leader.null

Peers for Equality TC in Arad and Ramnicu Valcea, Romania| March and October

Description of the project

As a member of the European Peer Training Organisation, a network of European youth and youth-serving organisations who adhere to a common vision of supporting “people to enjoy learning from each other how to embrace their differences and realize their unique potential”, Ofensiva Tinerilor is involved significantly in delivering solutions to the phenomenon of discrimination on various grounds. For the last 10 years, we have been active in the field of anti- discrimination education, ceaselessly building capacities for peer trainers and youth organisations to tackle prejudice and exclusion in their own environments. Our programs reach over 1000 young people every year, mostly from the Arad region but also from different European countries (as together with other members and partners we aim to contribute to the prevention of discrimination,
intolerance and inequality of all kind by unleashing the impactful potential of peer training in creating peaceful spaces of dialogue). Hence, the proposed project is a continuation of our work, focused on the direction of gender based discrimination.

"Peers for Equality" comes as a response to the identified need in form of a K1 Mobility for Youth workers with 2 training modules that will take place, the 1st one in Arad and the 2nd in Ramnicu Valcea Romania.

1st module - Thematic Awareness Training (TAT) – a 6-day initial training for youth and youth workers, tackling the training topic, aiming to stimulate the acquisition of social competences that foster ownership of the fundamental values of non-discrimination and equality between genders.

2nd module - Train the Trainer – a 5-day training for peer trainers who have attended a TAT and wish to improve their facilitation skills so that they can replicate the process back in their local environment, by facilitating thematic workshops on the topic, using the P4E methodology

In the 1st module we will host 22 participants coming from a total of 11 partners from all over Europe. Each partner will send two participants to the course.

In the 2nd module, the participants that gained some experience in working with persons with disabilities will discover how to teach others to be more inclusive in their work. This “Train the Trainer” will give them the chance to develop their facilitation skills and to learn how to develop a training program that addresses inclusion.

In the 2nd module we will host again 22 participants coming from a total of 11 partners. The participants should have participated in the 1st training as well and should be able to use the gained experience in their work inside the NGO.

Participants:

We are looking for 2 participants to participate in that opportunity

Accommodation and food is fully covered by the programme and 275 euros for traveling cost.

Exact dates will be announced soon

If you are interested please fill up the Application-Form until 19/01

HORIZON TC in Adršpach, Czech Republic | May 27 – June 7 2020

Why HORIZON?

From time to time we need the moments to take a break, look around and reflect on the direction we are heading to. We ask ourselves existential questions like: Is this really MY way? Does it make any sense what I do? Am I doing some thing which I like, helps the world and makes use of my best abilities?

We prepared this training course based on our long -term experience in training youth workers. We see that there are always some difficult moments for youth workers, when their motivation decreases. It happens while they feel burned out, while they’ re questioning their skills, values, and vision. At that time, they don’t know what the right way should be. We believe that this period is very natural, and one way of getting over it is to break, ask and search.

What will you experience?

  • Connection with the place and group through stories, walks, and value-based methods
  • Reflection of your professional career, your personal and professional values
  • Focus on your body through every day Yoga sessions, focusing and mindfulness techniques, walking in nature
  • Strengthening the skills necessary for pilgrimage
  • Five days of pilgrimage in beautiful landscape of Adršpach region
  • Five days and nights of sleeping, eating, and living outside in nature
  • Creation of your own Ikigai through non verbal techniques, creative workshops, individual and group reflections
  • (Re)forming and (re) discovering your professional (and personal) vision through Ikigai
  • Planning of the first future steps and making public commitment
  • Support for your steps after the training course (coaching groups, buddies)
  • Meta-reflection of the training course goals, approach, and methods, and their use within the participants’ youth work reality

Participants:

We are looking for 4 participants to participate in that opportunity

Accommodation and food is fully covered by the programme and 360 euros for traveling cost.

Please read carefully the infopack and schedule

If you are interested please fill up the Application-Form until 02/02

INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME TC in Nürnberg, Germany |1-9 April 2020

Project Description

The project aims to support competences development of youth leaders/workers and enhance inclusiveness in youth work in Europe consisting of 3 youth workers mobilities in Germany!

"The why "

We see in our societies growing need to develop sense of solidarity and inclusiveness. Rise of extreme attitudes, return of nationalism are holding us back, whereas the Europe is rapidly changing, becoming more diverse. The mission is thereby to prepare young generations for growing diversity of the societies of Europe, as well as empower all young people, especially vulnerable ones to be active and integral part of this society. To do that they are planning to create a network of youth leaders/workers who will support inclusiveness of youth work all around Europe!

The structure

1) Seminar for exchange of good practices on inclusive methodologies 1-9 April 2020, Nürnberg, 2 persons per country!

2) TC on inclusion, solidarity and diversity in European Youth Policy 6-14 June 2020, Nürnberg, 2 persons per country.

3) TC on adopting inclusive approach into adventure based learning methodology 27.08-4.09.2020, Berlin, 3 persons per country.

Participants:

We are looking for 2 participants to join the 1st part of the project. Priority will give to participants who are able to attend all the phases of the project.

Accommodation and food is fully covered by the programme and 360 euros for traveling cost.

Please read carefully the info pack

If you are interested please fill up the Application-Form 

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