Training Course

25 November – 1 December 2013 | Trebnitz / Mark , Germany
30 youth trainers, students or trainees from all over Europe will exchange methods and experience in cross-border youth projects. We want to focus on European aspects like the European elections in May 2014, the European Citizens Initiative (ECI).

This training course for youth NGO´s and trainers is about transnational youth participation. 30 youth trainers, students or trainees from all over Europe will exchange methods and experience in cross-border youth projects in the field of politics and participation. We want to focus on European aspects, especially tackling recent developments and upcoming events like the European elections in May 2014, the concept of European Citizenship and the European Citizens Initiative (ECI).

However, every participant is invited to contribute with his/her special interests, qualifications, ideas and skills. We are open to talk about approved methods like “Antiracism-Work” or “Theatre of the suppressed” in connection with participation. Our aim is to build a Europe-wide network of teams, experts and practitioners for youth participation. Everyone, who is interested in developing new transnational projects, is invited to join the project.

By the end of the course, the participants will have:
+ experienced, analysed and reflected upon experiential learning tools as a learning method and their transferability towards their future projects and daily work, especially youth exchanges within the Youth in

Action programme:
+ understood and got the know-how to use different theoretical concepts, which are useful in running European activities for learning;
+ got the know-how to use methods to tackle the topic of active citizenship and participation with youngsters.

➽ Curriculum , application and cover letter to EUROSUDNGO@GMAIL.COM

➽ Salto – Youth

➽ Hosting Ngo

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➽ The 6 day training course involves participants coming from 9 countries all over Europe. All the participants should have an interest in non-formal learning and the Erasmus+ Programme. Methodologically, E2C uses a lot of group work, theoretical inputs, practical exercises, reflection and debriefing. There will also be space for the participants to exchange best practices and learn from each other to give them an opportunity to contribute to the development of the training.
➽Aims and Objectives of this Training Course

Develop more the concept of coaching amongst the partners involved in ERASMUS+ projects. It was felt that there was a high degree of variation between the definition of a coach from one country to another and this was affecting the quality of the learning outcome which emerged from every ERASMUS+ project.

Useful contact:
 Infopack    Application form 
➽ Curriculum , application and cover letter to EUROSUDNGO@GMAIL.COM


Aims and Objectives:

This training course emerged from the needs identified in various studies which took place in recent years, namely the publication ‘R u online?’ a research study conducted in the Maltese Islands which explored the relationship of online and offline environments and the relationship which youth workers have with online tools. The findings of the thesis were also confirmed by the ‘E-participation of the Youth Policy Framework’ which was published by the European Commission to highlight the need for an increase in the awareness and of online activity and how can these activities be more linked with the life of young people within the EU and the civic society as a whole. In addition, there is a decline in physical participation (offline) of young people in institutions and organisations, therefore the need to explore the online as platform to get in touch with young people in a meaningful relationship is of vital importance today.

This training course will focus on:

• Understanding better the medium of the internet

• The effect of the internet of young people’s life style

• Explorations of topics like: E-participation, copyright, Online identities, Social networks, cyber bullying,

• Workshops on online tools (how to build a website, blogging, Social Networking and other tools)

• The opportunity to try new tools and implement them during the TC

• Visiting online projects taking place in Malta (Kellimni SOS Malta/ Agenzija Zghazagh/ Osana Pia), Insafe (MCA))

• Opportunity to find partners and work on future projects.

For more information kindly click this link to view the information pack of the training course or visit the official website by clicking here.

➽ Belurasian newspaper


This Youth in Action (Action 3.1 – Eastern Partnership Youth Window) seminar focused on dialogue between Eastern and Western European countries, particularly in the context of Eastern Partnership and exchange of experience about the different nature of youth work across Europe and sharing of best practices in the sphere of youth work. It will brought together 27 youth workers from eight EU and Eastern Partnership countries (UK, Italy, Germany, Romania, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia) for seven working days.

The main objectives of the seminar were: reflecting on the nature of relations between Western and Eastern Europe, comparing realities of young people in both regions, analysing mutual perceptions and their influence on the relations between Europe’s East and West, combating prejudice and stereotypes between European youth, exchange of experience about the nature of youth work in Eastern and Western Europe, sharing of best practice in youth work and creation of future joint Eastern Partnership projects.

The seminar was based on non-formal learning principles and employed methods such as small group work, multimedia presentations, theatre workshops, outdoor work, participant-let workshops and daily feedback and evaluation sessions.


➽ More info

➽ Eurosud

➽ Video


The main aim of this training course is to develop your competences in individual relationships with young people in (international) youthwork in terms, especially, of accompanying the learning process.

Within this, we ‘re going to:

  • To clarify different types of contexts and approaches within individual relationships and the effects of different environments (including virtual ones);
  • To explore the topic of “learning” and look at different ways to support participants in their learning;
  • To explore what “supporting learning” means within individual relationships;
  • To make links between these approaches and the wider picture, e.g. 2020 vision for education;
  • To look at the complementarities and differences between learning


➽ ONE 2 ONE. Supporting learning face-to-face

➽ Bulgarian National Agency website


JANUS seminar

Seminar / Conference

2-9 August 2013 | London, United Kingdom

Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions. He looks to the future and the past. The Janus Project will look back at 7 years of Youth in Action, and forward to the possibilities in the next 7 years of the new programme.

The project will be a celebration of everything that has been achieved by Youth in Action partners all around Europe, and the positive impact on the lives of young people. This will lead on to discussion and planning of new projects for 2014 and beyond (based on available published information at the time). The week will end with a large scale conference which promotes the importance of European youth mobility to the widest possible audience including policy makers, education leaders and the media.

The Janus Project will be based around a series of dynamic intercultural activities and group challenges. It will be inspiring, educational, fun and an excellent partnership-building opportunity. The main themes of the week will be the four principles of youth work: education, empowerment, equal opportunity and participation.

Participants: we will select a maximum of TWO partner organisations from each PROGRAMME COUNTRY. Each partner will send one staff member and one young person (minimum age 18). We will try to select participants from the widest possible variety of partners and projects.

The Janus project is being organised by Momentum World (www.momentumworld.org) on behalf of the UK National Agency.

 Janus Conference in Salto – Youth

➽ Video of the project – week


General information about the course:

In the age dominated by information, fast pace of life and shortage of time, it is increasingly difficult to get in touch with young people even while addressing their needs.

Youth organizations are overwhelmed by information which makes it difficult for them to successfully reach their target groups. This is a training course about getting through with certain information to the society and young people with the most emphasis put on campaigning as a way to inform communities and make a change. The main aim of the TC is to develop youth worker’s competencies that are needed in order to enhance quality of youth information and encourage active youth participation.

The TC will cover topics such as channels of communication, phases of campaign, creating of message, communication with decision makers and other stakeholders.

How? The activities of the training course are based on non-formal education methodology and involve active workshops, simulations, work in groups, role plays, discussions, debates, sharing of experiences and realities of youth work.

Youth workers and young leaders from United Kingdom, Serbia, Macedonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Italy and Czech Republic. Participants will develop competencies, needed to use more various communication
channels in their daily work as well as to organize successful campaigns over issues that directly affect young people.

The project involves 27 people from 9 European countries.

➽ Infopack and Programme


From July 3rd to 9th, 2013, Vadul lui Voda hosted a group of international and local volunteers, who met in order to exchange experiences, promote the European values and also to improve their leadership skills.

All these activities took place in the frame of the Training Course: “FWD: Train your leader!”.

This project was implemented thanks to the support of the European Commission and the active involvement of the 8 partners, mostly members of SCI (Service Civil International). The program of the training was mainly based on the principle of message forwarding (best practices and knowledge) from volunteers who already have experience in organizing and proceeding international volunteering projects (workcamps and youth exchanges) to volunteers who are beginners.

Many factors contributed to the success of this training, including good understanding that persisted throughout the volunteers’ stay at a guesthouse in Vadul lui Voda. Although the group of volunteers was culturally diverse and had different experiences, the participants became friends since the very first day with some help from the trainers and the members of the staff. This friendship facilitated the process in which the volunteers got acquainted with each other, but also it relaxed the atmosphere by playing a lot of energy games (energizers) selected from the box that the volunteers filled with the games they knew.The volunteers tested their leadership skills starting with the first session of the training, when a TV show was improvised and they had to share some information about the organization they represented, in front of all the people. After that they used the map of best practices in order to reveal their volunteering experience and marked all the countries and projects they had been involved in till that moment.
The intercultural communication was even more consolidated due to the intercultural evening, when each participant had the opportunity to present some general things, customs, specific dishes of the country they were coming from, and, at the same time, they enjoyed the food that was beautifully arranged under the flag and the pictures that showed the scenic places of that particular country of their roommates/ neighbors.

During the training, the volunteers discussed over a cup of coffee about pleasant or less pleasant experiences that they had while they were organizing a work camp or a youth exchange project, within the “World Cafe” session. Meanwhile, the team was divided in two groups that discussed about work camps and volunteer exchange and then they prepared an entire program for each kind of project.

Moreover, they learned to negotiate while they were building a bridge, without allowing the teams to see each other.
It’s important to know that all materials elaborated during the training session will be published on the website of the page IamaCampleader, a wiki started in 2012 by the IAL ​​and SVIT organizations in order to provide support to future leaders.

In addition, the experience that AVI team has gained will be used for the projects that will run this year, including the one that’s going to be in August – a camp for young people: “Bring your English to Moldovan Youth”, but also international volunteers will share the experience in their local groups in order to use it in projects which are going to implemented by partner organizations in the next future.


➽ Photo session

➽ Photo session



Monday, 22.07.2013
From 10:00 o´clock: Arrival of the participants; Room and tent occupancy on arrival; Inspection of the site.
Getting into conversation.

Tuesday 23.07.2013
Cooperative introduction games.
Discussion of the weekly program, Clarification of rules and expectations.
Presentation of the groups and discussion of the impressions in cross-cultural groups.
International evening with a Late-Night-Buffet and country-specific design elements from the individual countries.

Wednesday 24.07.2013
“Worldcafé” as an introduction to common topics and problem statements.
Pair walking-tour to Eichstätt with tasks and discussion proposals to special topics.
Visit of an local youth group, intended is the youth fraction of the German-Turkish culture club.
Discovery of and possibility to shopping in Eichstätt; Discovery of the night life.

Thursday 25.07.2013
Input to intercultural dialogue, afterwards workshops of the participating groups to the topic intercultural dialogue.
Entrance into the planning of further projects.
Collecting and evaluating topics and problem settings, requirements planning pressure groups.
Adventure-based night activity, arranged by the local youth group “KSJ (Katholische Studierende Jugend).

Friday 26.07.2013
Input to the “Youthpass” and to the European Programme „Youth-in-action“ and other funding possibilities.
“Project factory” =>  development of ideas and planning for common projects  as concrete as possible.
Observance of realisability: what is realistic in consideration of common resources of the potential partner countries.
Activity with the regional scout youth association DPSG (Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft Sankt Georg, Stamm Dom).

Saturday 27.07.2013
Presentation of so far planned projects and further processing in project groups.
Encounter with different local representatives of open youth in the “Haus der Jugend” (house of youth) Eichstätt.
Common preparation and celebration of an International “Schools out Party” with the youth groups and pupils.

Sunday 28.07.2013
Conclusion: evaluation, feedback and debriefing.
Issue of the Youthpass for every participant.
Preparation and celebration of the final ceremony evening.

Monday 29.07.2013
Departure of participants.


➽ Infopack

➽ Local newspaper

➽ Associazione Cculturale Banshee

EUROSUD IN TURKEY: “ACT! DON’T REACT!” Çanakkale, 21-26 June 2013

Action 3.1.2 Cooperation with the Neighbouring Countries of the European Union.

This project took  place in Çanakkale/ Turkey between 21-26 June 2013, organized within the framework of the European Program “Youth in Action” supported by the European Commission. Participants from Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Greece, Malta, Lithuania, Slovakia and of course, Turkey will meet in this wonderful project.

Summary of the project:
Action 3.1.2 Training and Networking project with Neighbouring Partner Countries
Date: 21 – 26 June 2013
Location: Çanakkale, Turkey
Number of participants: 20
Age group: No age limits
This training aims to identify and reduce problems which prevent young Europeans from finding a job.

In this field basic education does not provide information that is needed, so we decided to offer young people the chance to share their experiences in terms of employment and gain more knowledge about this topic. Together we will create an environment to develop skills which will help in finding work or creating an own business. Inspired by the idea that “Inside of every problem lies an opportunity”, we believe that especially now, considering the fact that unemployment is becoming a big problem, we need to develop our skills as much as possible.

Cultivating creative thinking will help us solve our problems, because “When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.”

Using non-formal education through team-building, facilitation, communication, intercultural competence and creative thinking skills we will increase youngsters’ spirit of initiative, make them take attitude and act corresponding to their problems.

Several methods will be combined to explore the topics: intercultural learning exercises, simulation exercises, discussions, creative thinking techniques, self-assessment inventories, reflection groups and presentations.

 Local newspaper

➽ Hosting NGO – Çanakkale Koza Gençlik Derneği

➽ Infopack



The National Student Confederation along with JEF and UEF-Bulgaria have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the international seminar “Democratic European Citizenship: Turning the Concept into Reality”. 2013 has been designated as the European Year of Citizens to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union Citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty. Today, European citizenship is more than a concept. It is a practical reality that brings tangible benefits to citizens. The better Europeans understand their rights as EU citizens, the more informed decisions they can take in their personal lives. This will lead to a more vibrant democratic life in Europe at all levels.

The international seminar “Democratic European Citizenship: Turning the Concept into Reality” to be held in Sofia from 7 to 14 May, 2013 will meet the need to inform the young people how the EU works and the rights and obligations the EU citizenship brings in order to provide young people with knowledge and skills for active participation in the democratic life of the union. The political, social, economic and cultural aspects that the seminar addresses will contribute to shape a vision how to strengthen European democracy and reaffirm the concept of active European citizenship.

The participants will acquire competence about how to develop activities fostering active European citizenship and build capacity for preparation and conduct of campaigns aiming to boost the turnout in the European Elections. The ideas and knowledge generated during the course can be used by every participant and be implemented at local level.


Panel discussions, working groups, lectures, plenary sessions, simulation games and information market will be some of the methods used to debate these issues. The rich social program will enable the participants to explore the night life in Sofia , enjoy a horse ride in Vitosha mountain (optional) and see the Rila Monastery, one of the most significant and picturesque monuments on the Balkans, part of the UNESCO book of world heritage.

➽ Hosting Ngo Jef Europe



The TC ( Training Course) Minority rights education for Children, organized with the support of the Youth in Action Programme of the European Union. The TC will take place in the City of Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina from 2. to 9. April. 2013.In the next days we will send you an info pack and more information.

The Venue of the course will be Mostar, in Bosnia Herzegovina, a place that represents a symbol in the history of conflicts between minorities in Europe. By hosting the TC here we wish to be able to explore also how the situation is now about the relationships between different groups, and how the newborn children see the differences, also listening to real testimonies, and visiting key places for the topic of our course. The hosting organization will take care about all these practicalities and also about the finding of an appropriate place to hold the course, offering an adequate living standard, proportional with the grant received, and proper working spaces.

“Minority Rights Education for Children” is a  training course set to empower the work of organizations both working with children on education for Minority Rights, and promoting the specific rights of children with a minority background.

The main aim is to be able to give to the participants useful tools to go towards the involvement of minorities, and the mutual dialogue between them and the hosting societies, starting from children, the active citizens of tomorrow. In the 6 days of the course,staying together in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina, the 30 participants, half from EU and half from South Eastern Europe, will have the opportunity to share not only experiences and best practices but also to discuss about obstacles and ideas on how to improve the social inclusion of children coming from different minorities, and how to educate them on how to foster it.

During the course, we will cover topics such as the concept of minority itself, what institutions are dealing with them, and what is the role of NGOs in this field, especially understanding different tools for minority rights education for children.

The main issue will be for sure to provide to the participants such tools that can be useful in making children aware of the importance of the involvement of people from such different social backgrounds, make them major agents of change in this process, and improve so the mutual dialogue between majorities and minorities.

The main methodology used in the training will be non formal education, completed by some theoretical inputs on certain parts. The methods will include group discussions, round tables, roleplays, simulations, and different dynamic activities stimulating creativity and active participation.

The project took place at Student Hotel which was opened 6 months ago. It is located next to the bus and train station in Mostar.

 Alda Mostar Hosting Ngo

➽ Sending Ngo TDM2000


Many youth work projects are not up to standard because of the lack of one or more elements that contribute to the overall running of the project. Within our work on an international level we have realised that our partners are in the dire need of some direction on how projects should be run, how to make a proper needs analysis, what objectives to aim for, how to evaluate the progress of the project and how to report accordingly.

PRISMS believe that with our programme we have not only improved the stages of a project, but also that by contributing the efforts of persons coming from totally different backgrounds, lifestyles and; (in our case) continents we have contributed towards the overall improvement of our activities.In one week, the participants were introduced to the basic notions of project management. “We learnt how projects should be run, how to make a proper needs analysis, what objectives to aim for, how to evaluate the progress of the project and how to report accordingly”, says Kűbra.

The participants were able to participate to a variety of workshops on the importance of youth participation, inclusion, cultural diversity, risk assessment, crisis management. There was also space for partnership building, where it was possible to come together, brainstorm for ideas and begin working on future projects.

“It was a great occasion to reevaluate our past experiences, meet the general and some specific problematic cases of other international project”, adds Kűbra one the participant. While Sibel points out that “the host organization was very friendly and cared about our needs. And the trainers were very knowledgeable about the topic of the course.”

The setting for these great training was the beautiful island of Malta. For Kűbra and Sibel it was the first time in a country where they drove on the left side of the road, so it took a few days adjusting and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful seaside.

 Prisms hosting Ngo

➽ Turkish newspaper