Training courses have a specific topic that participants get a deeper understanding about. Methods are based on non-formal learning and the events have an agenda, but active participation and a team spirit is essential for the collective learning process.  It takes usually 5-9 days and with 20-40 participants from different countries.  Cost can be vary, but travel and lodging costs are usually covered. A participation fee may be requested depending on circumstances. 

In order to participate on a training course, you must have NGO who supports you. If you are interested in any of the following training opportunities, we are happy to support you in the application process. 


Live Sustainably

Training Course

9-17 August 2022 | Máriahalom, Hungary

Application deadline: 1st of July, 2022

“Live sustainably” is a training course for youth workers, trainers and facilitators with an interest in promoting and facilitating sustainable living practices in the youth they work with.

The aim of the training is to provide the knowledge, attitudes and skills participants need in order to effectively encourage and facilitate lifestyle changes towards environmental sustainability in the youth they work with.

This will be done in an experiential and participatory way, utilising the same tools that the participants can afterwards put in practice in their work with young people. We will dig deeper and explore the root causes of the unsustainable behaviour patterns that most young people have, and we will explore different ways in which we can change this rationale in order to create sustainable lifestyle changes which don’t compromise the survival of future generations.

The Training will last 9 days (arrival on 9/8/2022 and departure on 17/8/2022). There will be 30 participant from 10 countries. The language of the event is English. 

The activities will be based on non formal education methodologies and will focus on:

  • provide participants possibility to understand more the current environmental situation locally and globally and improve their competences (knowledge, attitudes and abilities) to be able to choose more respectful life with the planetary boundaries and to facilitate effectively a change of habits towards sustainability among the young people they work with;
  • equip youth workers with methods and practices to be able to facilitate group processes with young people on sustainable related issues
  • encourage critical thinking to learn to unmask frequent phenomena such as “green washing” (or fake sustainability), fake perceptions of certain commodities as “cheap”, etc.
  • share resources and tools to inform and raise awareness of young people about the importance of caring for the environment, inspire and motivate them to modify their lifestyle towards more sustainable ones;
  • join in an international group of youth workers interested in promoting sustainability among the youth they work with.

With this project we want to contribute to more young people knowing, practising and promoting environmental sustainability, and this way improve the capacity of our planet to satisfy the needs of the future generations.

We are looking for applicants between 20 and 40 years old who have connection working youngsters or young adult. 

All related costs are covered by the Erasmus+ KA1 found. 

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The C: Clown IT

Training Course

12-20 July 2022 | Aasen Theater in Jerslev, Denmark

Application deadline: 29th of May, 2022

The training will base on how to use the clown genre for environmental action. The training will take place between 12th and 20th of July in Aasen Theater in the countryside of Northern Denmark, located at a former environmental school.

The training aims to develop the competnaces of participants in using the clowning methodolgy for youth work in field of empowerment for taking the climate actions. Participants will discover the experiental learning, peer learning, to deeper their understanding of clown methodology for youth empowerment. They would develop thier competanes in creating the clown characters, finding their own clown, learning how to discover the world in clowns shoes, how to work with emotions, learning how to create the upcycled outdit for clowns, lerning how to combinte the competances of mime theatre and puppets theatre to combine it within the clown performance. They would increase their competances in performing solo and in duets with their clown character, expression of emotions, manipulation with objects. They would lern how to develop the clown performance which engage audience to reflect and engage the climate actions.

They would develop competances how to use the clown tools to promote ecology, to engage youth to take the climate actions, to increase eco-empowerment and initiative of youth.

Participants will learn how to develop the clown performnace aiming the promotion of environmental protection and eco-awereness, as well as promoting the eco-actions focusing on

pro-climate actions. Participants will perform the clown promotional performance which would be recorded and used as result to promote the eco-behaviors and climate actions.

Participants will focus on the increasing awereness of enviornmental issues related to the deforestation They would take part in the activites organised by the local eco-organisation which is engaged in the zero-plastic in oceans movement in Denmark.

It is also a course for you who love cultural exchange.In the end of the workshop we will make a performance, which will be recorded for online streaming and maybe be shown for a local audience.

The workshop will consist of practical clown training, talks and discussions about plastic in oceans, and we will be working with methods on how to work with this theme with clown-techniques. 

 The theme we will work around is the problem of plastic in the oceans around the globe. 

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Dive deep into experiential...

Training Course

16-24 July 2022 | Slovak Republic

Application deadline: 1st of June, 2022

The project aims to increase competencies in using experiential education methodology and in particular working with outdoor activities. We will develop skills and competencies of the youth workers.

The objectives of the training course are the following:

  • To empower participants in order to facilitate and lead individual and group developmental processes
  • To support participants to enhance their authentic style in facilitating groups and leading teams
  • To train participants’ facilitation and leading skills, such as: reflecting, active listening, mirroring, giving and receiving feedback, etc.
  • To develop participants’ inner readiness in facilitating groups and leading teams​​

The long term goal of the project is for the trained workers and youth leaders to empower the participants to initiate personal development programs and projects, based on experiential education in their own organizations and countries and to increase the quality of experiential programs in the region.

The training course is inspired by the work of Via Experientia -  an informal European organization, carrying out long term training courses in experiential education and personal development. The official working language will be English. Most of the activities will be conducted outdoors and an expedition will be a part of the program of the training course.

During this project you will be able to develop (any of) the following:

  • Learn to lead individual and group developmental processes. 
  • Develop facilitation and leading skills, such as: reflecting, active listening, mirroring, giving and receiving feedback etc. 
  • Develop process-oriented facilitation skills.
  • Learn to introduce the concept of reflective practice. 
  • Develop your inner readiness in facilitating groups and leading teams. 
  • Familiarize yourself with process-oriented experiential learning concepts and practices, which are relevant to leadership and group facilitation.
  • Get engaged in a multicultural setting, in which will be shared best practices and experiences. You will discuss differences and similarities in using experiential methods.
  • Practice the acquired skills in an intercultural setting.
  • Become part of a network, which will enable you to potentially find partners for.

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ETS Trainers‘ Skills Workshop (TSW): Sustainability in European Training activities

Training Course

17-21 October 2022 | Cloughjordan, Ireland

Application deadline: 1st of June, 2022

The TSW offers a chance to explore sustainability in a broader sense than environmental, share experiences & co-create sustainable practices in trainings. How can we be more sustainable as trainers & what can we do about it in training activities?

The Overall goal of this Trainers’ Skill Workshop is to empower youth work trainers to implement a sustainable mindset in their practice. By looking at Sustainable Development Goals by the UN and the ideas around Green Erasmus we will see how this can be applied in a European youth work training context.

We intend to do it by:

  • ­broadening awareness and understanding of sustainability (in trainings);
  • reflecting on their own trainer practice in terms of sustainability;
  • creating a space to share sustainability concepts and practices;
  • exploring possible actions to deliver sustainable trainings (things we can do as trainers);
  • fostering active hope and solidarity for the future.

Target group

Trainers’ Skills Workshop targets trainers who already have long-term experience with training in the field of youth and who have the capacity to reflect on their practice as trainers, which generally require several years of regular practice. The training activity is for trainers who wish to develop their competences with regard to particular areas/skills and transfer the learning to their youth work practice.

Duration and schedule:

  • 17th of October - arrival 
  • 18th-20th of October - full training days
  • 21st of October - departure

More detailed programme and schedule is attached to the call

Venue

The venue has been specifically chosen for the topic of TSW. We will be working in the WeCreate Workspace in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, a model of sustainability and community resilience. www.thevillage.ie 

Important! - if there are any conditions preventing organising the workshop residentially, it will be held online on the same dates.

Team of trainers: 

Monika Kezaite- Jakniuniene is an author and facilitator of learning programmes in Europe youth work training since 2004, currently involved in youth worker training programmes.

Davie Philip is a community catalyst and facilitator at Cultivate, the Sustainable Ireland Cooperative.

Apply here!

Write us an email if you have further questions or intend to participate.