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Training Course

22-30 January 2019 | Payerbach, Austria

“COMPASSION IN ACTION” is a 7-day-lasting international training course on building communities based on empathy and well-being. The training course is targeted at youth workers, teachers, facilitators and community leaders.

Dear friends and colleagues, the Austrian Civil Society Organisation “COOBRA – cooperativa braccianti” is happy to invite you to apply for participation in “COMPASSION IN ACTION”, a 7-day-lasting international training course on building communities based on empathy and wellbeing.

“COMPASSION IN ACTION” is taking take place from January 22nd – 30th of 2019 (including travel days) in Payerbach, Austria, a beautiful village in a mountainous area not far from Vienna. The training course is designed for youth workers, teachers, facilitators and communit y leaders, the important criteria is that they be directly working with and for young people on a daily basis. Funding is provided the Austrian National Agency for ERASMUS+: Youth in Action, Key Action 1, Mobility of Youth Workers.


The main aim of the project is to create a foundation to build more caring, supportive and healthy communities by providing safe space for the participants to connect with their emotions, share experiences, develop positive attitudes and acquire tools and strategies to respond to the challenges of social issues effectively and with compassion.

Through methods such as dialogue, group and self-reflection, bodywork, meditation, stillness, movement, dance and play we will journey into our personal stories and experience, learn from each other, exchange and identify practices, and create a shared understanding of what is necessary to bring more trust, support and empathy in youth work. There will also be sessions on designing and planning concrete follow-up and dissemination activities to ensure the wider impact of the project.



Throughout this course, participants will develop greater awareness of their bodies, feelings, emotions and inner processes to build safe, empathic and authentic connection with youth based on trust and openness, therefore building strong foundations to create healthy, caring and supportive communities.  During the 7 days, participants will gain more self-awareness, develop their capacity to communicate in compassionate and non-violent manner, lead from the heart and mind alike, as well as learn to motivate and bring out the best in themselves, the people they are working with and communities they reside.

Participants will also gain tools and strategies how to improve and maintain wellbeing thus contributing to developing resilience in themselves and young people they work with. Wellbeing as a core value will be basis of the program as well as subject for participants to explore and see opportunities to create processes and safe spaces for wellbeing to be fostered and flourish in their home communities.



The participants and the partner organisations are expected to …

- disseminate and promote the project and its outcomes,

- transfer the competences developed at this training course to further youth workers, teachers, trainer, facilitators and community leaders, and

- ensure the wider impact of this project by implementing concrete follow-up activities and providing opportunities with and for young people in their regions and countries.

Ideally, a special focus should be put on reaching marginalized youth and avoiding radicalization by promoting and providing empathy, belonging and well-being. In any case, it will be necessary to provide proof of the implemented dissemination, transfer and follow-up activities.



The seminar will take place in Payerbach in Austria (http://www.tourismus-payerbach.at/), a picturesque village in a scenic mountainous area about one hour train ride away from Vienna. We will be located at the Payerbacherhof (http://www.payerbacherhof.at/en/), a cosy family-run hotel in traditional Austrian style with hearty food, good infrastructure for conferences and attractive offers for wellness and hiking tourism. The selected participants will share rooms with private bathroom with several other participants.



Pls find the full call for participants, including a link to the online application form here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uEf4kpLg2wObt9InYhsCP24Ruv4TBbSd/view

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 32 participants

from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Turkey

and recommended for

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

Working language(s):



coobra - cooperativa braccianti (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:

MarCus Vrecer


Phone: +436504042390


Participation fee

A participation fee of EUR 50 is to be paid in cash in Austria. Furthermore, you are in charge of arranging your own insurance (health, accident, liability) for your travel/stay in Austria.

Accommodation and food

The training course will start on January 22nd in the evening and end with breakfast on January 30th. Thanks to funding provided by the ERASMUS+ programme through the Austrian National Agency, during this period all costs for food, accommodation, local transport and course materials are covered.

Travel reimbursement

Following the rules of ERASMUS+, the costs of your international travel are covered up to the following total amounts (if you prove that your travel falls into the corresponding distance band). Costs exceeding the indicated amounts have to be borne by yourself. Here is an overview of travel grant per distance band:


And these are the travel grants approved by the Austrian National Agency based on the submitted funding application:


AUSTRIA / EUR 20 (km 10 - 99)

BULGARIA / EUR 275 (km 500 – 1999)

CROATIA / EUR 180 (km 100 – 499)

ESTONIA / EUR 275 (km 500 – 1999)

GREECE / EUR 275 (km 500 – 1999)

HUNGARY / EUR 180 (km 100 – 499)

ITALY / EUR 275 (km 500 – 1999)

LATVIA / EUR 275 (km 500 – 1999)

FYR MACEDONIA / EUR 275 (km 500 – 1999)

MALTA / EUR 275 (km 500 – 1999)

POLAND / EUR 275 (km 500 – 1999)

PORTUGAL / EUR 360 (km 2000 – 2999)

TURKEY / EUR 275 (km 500 – 1999)

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

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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