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All you need is LEARN

Training Course

11-16 May 2020 | Oldenburg, Germany

Non-formal learning is the rock in European youth work. We will set out on a learning journey and you are invited to join us!

Non-formal learning (NFL) is a planned process, in which the individual decides to participate on a voluntary basis. This type of learning is not a part of formal education, but it should nonetheless be properly prepared. NFL was recognised as one of the top priorities in the EU Youth Strategy and has been supported by the Youth in Action and Erasmus + programme for the last 20 years. In this time Youthpass and Key Competences were developed to support the recognition and validation of the outcomes of the NFL.

When planning a learning process for your young participants there are many elements to consider. The concept of learning in youth work is still developing and we believe it needs to be better understood. If you are interested in non-formal learning and want to explore the learning in youth work, then this training course might be for you; come and learn how to rock in European youth work!

Aims and objectives

The aim of the training course is to help participants to develop competences to facilitate diverse and meaningful non-formal learning processes in international youth work.

This training course will focus on three major pillars:

  • The importance of non-formal learning in youth work. Participants will be able to develop a better understanding of NFL concept, learn new methods and reflect on the role of Youthpass.
  • The importance of recognising yourself as a learner. Participants will be able to reflect on their own learning process and in this way become more aware of different learning preferences and needs in your youth work
  • The importance of the supporting role of the youth worker. Participants will be able to reflect on their own competences as a youth worker and on how to create a proper learning environment for young people.

Approach and content

On the training course we will use different kind of methodology. It will be a mixture of guided exercises and tasks for the participants with extensive time for discussion and reflection. These activities will either be done individually, in pairs or groups, depending on the purpose of the activity. Part of the methodology will be organised as a self-directed learning, where participants will be encouraged to search for their own learning possibilities and take responsibility for their own learning process.

As the training follows a purely nоn-fоrmal learning apprоach, sessiоns will be based on diffеrеnt crеativе participatоry methоds and a learning-by-doing where we learn from ourselves and from each other and create this experience together.

For whom?

Everyone working directly with youth, who wants to develop their understanding and skills of non-formal learning and the learning aspect in youth work

Newcomers in the field of non-formal learning; no previous experience needed, just an open mind to explore, share and learn.

Youth workers who have experience with international youth work and non-formal learning, and want to further develop their competences.

Learners who are at least 18 years old and have a good level of English to be able to actively participate.

Everyone who is curious to explore the topic and open to share skills and learning with international colleagues.



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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 24 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches

Working language(s):



JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)


  • The Finnish National Agency for Education - EDUFI (FI) (National Agency)
  • INJUVE (ES) (National Agency)
  • Agency of International Youth Cooperation (LT) (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Rita Bergstein


Phone: .

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.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating NAs of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

Unless specified otherwise, the hosting National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your National Agency (NA) or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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