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APPETISER - An introduction to international youth work

Training Course

5-9 June 2023 | Sofia, Bulgaria

Appetiser is a training course which aims to bring together youth workers/ leaders, who work with young people in different parts of Europe.

Target group

Appetiser aims at youth leaders and youth workers working actively at the local
and/or national level willing to take their activities international.
Appetiser is mainly addressed to newcomers, who do not have yet international
youth work experience. It is preferred, but not necessary, that participants
should come from an organisation that is newcomer to European mobility
programmes. It can also be possible that an organisation, which is already
implementing international activities, can send a representative who does not
have yet international youth work experience. Thus, important criteria for
participation to this training course are:
● Participants should have some experience in developing youth activities in
local/national level;
● Participants should not have participated in other network trainings and/or
in multiple international youth activities;
● Participants should be motivated and consider to broaden their
organisation‘s activities into international context;
● Participants have to be able to communicate in English and be at least 18
years old.

Aims and objectives
To give a strong positive first experience of international youth work and motivate
participants to use the Erasmus+ Youth and European Solidarity
Corps/Volunteering Programmes.
This aim summarises the entire idea of the training – to give a feeling of what it
means to work with young people in an international setting. Leaving all
explanations and knowledge aside it is about giving a space for participants to
explore the advantage of ‘internationality’ themselves.

Appetiser is designed to achieve the following objectives:
● To familiarise participants with non-formal and intercultural learning and
have a concrete example of how this can be done.
● To enjoy their first intercultural youth project experience.
● To enable participants to share their local youth activities and related
experience, within an international youth work context.
● To explore possibilities of support available for international youth activities
offered by the Erasmus+ Youth and European Solidarity Corps
● To analyse examples of good quality youth projects supported by the
Erasmus+ Youth and the European Solidarity Corps Programmes.
● To better understand how to benefit from the international youth work
context in participants' local practice.


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 30 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Western Balkan countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth coaches, newcomers who do not have yet international youth work experience

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



Human Recourse Development Centre (National Agency)

For 20 years, the Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) has been recognized as a successful national structure for managing European educational programmes. Since 1999, the HRDC is actively involved in the management and implementation of European educational programmes and initiatives. Gradually, the center emerged with its own recognizable image among the national educational community at all levels, not only as an administrator of EU funded programmes, but above all as a platform for exchange of innovative educational methods and good practices to address the challenges arising in the education and training system.

At the end of 2013, the programming and financial period of the European education and training Lifelong Learning Programme, managed by the Human Resource Development Centre as the Bulgarian National Agency, was completed. As recognition and continuation of the high results achieved by the programme, the new European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport “Erasmus+” started its activities as of 1 January 2014.

Together with the implementation of the sectoral programmes Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus, Grundtvig and Study visits under the Lifelong Learning Programme during the past period, the HRDC has systematically worked on horizontal strategic objectives such as ICT in education (eTwinning), the recognition and validation of skills (Europass and ECVET), the academic recognition and quality in the field of higher education (Bologna process), the development of a national system of career guidance (Euroguidance), practice-based system analyzes in education and training (Eurydice and ReferNet), language learning (European Language Label).
The Human Resource Development Centre is the Erasmus+ National Agency for Bulgaria implementing the Programme during the 2014-2020 period.
In the period 2018-2020 apart from Erasmus+, the Human Resources Development Center is the National Agency for Bulgaria of the European Solidarity Corps Program initiated by the EC in 2018.
For the period 2021 - 2027, HRDC has been nominated by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the European National Agency Commission under the new Erasmus+ Program and the European Solidarity Corps Program.

Contact for questions:

Dimka Radeva & Deya Tosheva


Phone: +359 2 9155043

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 National Agencies (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 (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

The hosting NA of this offer will organize the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or 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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