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BYE - Backpack Journalism for Youth E(co)innovation

Training Course

10-17 November 2014 | Hotel Posada del Valle, Collía, Arriondas, Asturias, Spain

Are you passionate about nature & ecology? Do you feel internet can play an important role in society? Are you confident with basic IT & social media? Why not turn these 3 Cultural trends into valuable skills for youth environmental projects?
A training course for youth workers, volunteers and unemployed young people, to explore Backpack Journalism (BPJ) competences and Eco-Innovation in rural areas, in connection with nature. We will be working on media sources and doing practical sustainable actions, trying to explore community work through a variety of different approaches. What is Backpack Journalism? You are doing backpack journalism when you pack your bag with a camera, a notebook, pen and paper, or basically, just your smartphone; and you simply start recording, designing and sharing your stories. The program of this TC offers participants the opportunity to reflect about: How to deliver a message, the relations between ecology, media & democracy, active citizenship and how things, regarded as systems, influence one another within a whole. Hands on activities in the farm & kitchen will create the setting for applied BPJ in real life community work. As a participant, you will be active at three levels: at an individual level, working in a team and as a whole group; and there will be three learning dimensions: learning by thinking critically, learning by empathy and learning by doing. “Head, Heart and Hands” approach. The place will play a great role during the course, based at an eco-hotel & organic farm in the rural countryside of Asturias, we can make the most of an 18 year sustainable family business to inspire the journalist - and story teller - within each one of us. Application online only, please find the form at the link: http://goo.gl/mnwHG7 Submit your applications before the 5th October! Check BYE training course's website at http://bpj.gaiaysofia.com/

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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 28 participants

from Belgium - DE, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain

and recommended for

Youth workers, Volunteers and unemployed young people

Working language(s):



Gaia y Sofia SLL (Youth NGO)

Gaia y Sofia SLL, is a small worker-owned social enterprise founded in 2011. The organization is based on the northern rural area of Spain, in the Principality of Asturias.

Our aim is to contribute to a sustainable common future where the social, environmental and economical factors are balanced and work together creating synergies.

Our main work field and expertise is on environmental education programs about food, deep ecology and sustainability.


  • Cooperativa Sociale Muovimente, Italy (Youth NGO)
  • Petrklíč help, Czech Republic (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:

Lidia Fanjul

Website: http://www.gaiaysofia.com

E-mail: mail@gaiaysofia.com


Phone: +34 635344487


The course will have a participation fee to be paid before hand by bank transfer or paypal, in order to confirm your participation in the course. The exact amount will be of your choice, depending on your financial possibilities, from 30 € to 60 €. Food and accommodation will be provided free of charge for the full length of the course. The course is co-funded by the ERASMUS + programme. As such, each participant will get 70% of travel expenses reimbursed, up to 275 €!

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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