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Outdoor experiential learning - for beginners

Training Course

6-12 June 2022 | Zmajevac, Croatia

TC for “outdoor beginners” (people, who are relatively new to it) promotes the idea that it can be a powerful tool for empowering youth and if carefully designed, doesn’t need to require expensive equipment, clothing & physical skills!


There are countless researches on the power of nature to reduce stress, improve mood, increase creativity and promote general human well-being. Although also in youth work and education field there are more and more initiatives appearing that promote being outdoors, using this as a conscious educational approach is still very under-developed.

We believe that with the motivation and skills of youth workers and educators, even seemingly simple activities outdoors can be very attractive for the involvement of young people and generate powerful learning outcomes. So, this potential should be more widely used by youth work practitioners to give young people better opportunities to learn.


With this training course, we want to give chance for 24 youth workers, educators, and youth leaders that work with young people on the daily basis to experience the power of learning in/from the nature and outdoor approach for personal and social development and motivate them to use it more often in work with young people.


Exchanging challenges of youth work at the local level and identifying how OEL could be used as an effective NFL approach and tool for promoting the personal development of youngsters, cooperation with peers, inclusion, and becoming more connected to the community and surroundings.
Providing a space for youth workers to “live through” OEL activities in nature and thus allowing them to experience the power of such learning in order to motivate them to use this approach for their daily youth work.
Raising confidence and skills of youth workers to design and facilitate NFL activities with OEL elements and provide tools that later on could be easily adapted for local youth work needs.
Implement concrete follow-up activities in each country (within 2 months after the training) and agree on starting to use OEL as a regular approach to reaching the young people in the community.


To make the learning more powerful and transformational, during this training course we have chosen to combine more common non-formal learning methods with Outdoor Experiential Learning (OEL) and hiking experience in nature in Croatia.

This will allow, on the one hand, to connect with oneself, with each other, and the world around on a deeper level. On the other hand, being in nature for an extended period of time allow experiencing situations that are out of comfort zone thus creating a great chance for learning.


While we DO plan that approximately half of the program activities will be implemented in nature /outdoors, it will not be based on physically hard survival types of activities that require very specific equipment, skills, and experiences.

We believe that strong effects of learning in nature can be reached without pushing oneself to the extremes!

In this training, we want to put emphasis on developing sensitivity and making relationships with nature closer. Nevertheless, we believe that this is nothing extreme if you are prepared for it. And it is surely great learning!

To avoid situations, when participants experience great things during the training, but then they go home and don't feel confident to use the same approaches, we also want to make sure that all the methods we try out during the training are easy to transfer to all (youth work) realities and do not require specific outdoor skills.


  • Teachers, social workers, youth workers, peer-leaders, youth organization/club activists, scout leaders, educators, etc.
  • Working with young people (13-30 years old; not children) in schools and/or in a non-formal education system (as volunteers or paid workers) on a regular basis
  • Interested in exploring the power of learning outdoors/in nature for developing Emotional Intelligence and young peoples’ mental and physical well-being
  • Ready to organize follow-up activities using the experience from this training (individually or together with another person from the same country) within 3 months after the training
  • Ready to prepare 1 post/article for publicity to share results from the training and applying EI in their daily youth work
  • Committed to learning and working together for quite long hours every day and being outdoors
  • Aged 18+
  • Good skills of communication in English

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 24 participants

from Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth coaches

Working language(s):



Association for communitiy development Kreaktiva (Youth NGO)

The association was founded to improve and advance the status and quality of life for youth in the community and the protection of social rights of other members of vulnerable groups - children, people with disabilities, the elderly, women and the unemployed. Aim of the NGO is to provide support to community development through capacity building of each individual practical application of modern methods, to strengthen the capacity of non-profit, for-profit and public sectors on the basis of cooperation and partnership in the development of different services on a local and regional level. We are striving toward a vision - through establishment of good cooperation and linking different sectors we are trying to contribute to development of civil society as a whole.

Contact for questions:

Sanela Ravlić


Phone: +385917899235


Participation fee

No participation fee will be charged. All organizational costs will be covered by the ERASMUS+ program.

Accommodation and food

The accommodation, 3 meals a day and coffee breaks will be covered fully by ERASMUS+ programme.

Training and sleeping will take place at the guesthouse “Baranjski dvori" in village Zmajevac 

Participants will share rooms of 2-4 beds (with separate shower/bathroom). Free Wi-Fi will be available, but if you already have a mobile data plan from another EU/EFTA country mobile operator - you can use it in Croatia without additional roaming charges.

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs will be transferred in EUR currency to the bank account of the participant as soon as all activities are implemented, tickets, boarding passes, invoices, and receipts are submitted.

Travel costs will be reimbursed in line with the distance calculator.

  •  Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Italy - up to 275 €
  • Hungary - up to 20 €
  • Portugal - up to 360 €
  • Croatia - 0 €

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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