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Special Effects

Training Course

16-23 March 2014 | Sermugnano, Italy

Is your passion to work with young people AND nature and community-building? Do you want to strengthen your competences in training and facilitation? The Special Effect T4T aims to empower and inspire youth trainers to bring new elements into their work.
The main objectives of our training course are: - to establish an international platform, to discuss and share knowledge, experience and good practices related to training and non-formal education in Europe today; with special emphasis on nature-based and community-based approaches in youth work and education; - to deepen participants’ understanding of key concepts in non-formal education such as: training, learning, facilitation and coaching both on theoretical and practical level; to define formal and non formal education, and to create a bridge between these two worlds through a practical experience of non-formal activities in a local high school; - to provide participants with experience of topics relevant to the course in a variety of interactive methods and participants-centered learning processes, such as parallel workshops (e.g. different activities for beginner / advanced level...), Open Space, Way of Council, threshold walk, reflection time and guided time in nature; - to create a social experience of community, through sharing living and working spaces, participating in housekeeping tasks and daily practices, and to valorise this as an opportunity for learning and personal and social growth. We will use the full range of non-formal working methodology such as group work, games and creative methods, input, discussions, reflection time, etc. Plus, in this course we want to propose innovative activities and learning processes that are an important part of what we do, founded on the principles of nature based education, deep ecology workshops, Way of Council, individual and group practices for reflection. We will hold the main frame of the course, at the same time leaving a big part of the programme in the hands of participants, who will be free to experiment and try out to learn or improve their skills as trainers and facilitators. The course will have a very strong experiential dimension. Participants are expected: + To have had experience in the youth work field with a function of responsibility (not only as a participant) – organising local/ international youth projects, leading sessions or programs for young people, hosting a youth exchange, mentoring, working with volunteers, etc. + To have the potential and need to develop training competences and act after the course as a trainer or facilitator + To show initiative and willingness to self-direct their own learning process. + To be prepared to reflect on and question their own beliefs and approaches as trainers. + To be able to fully participate in the training course in English. Please refer to the info pack (downloadable) for more and detailed information.

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This Training Course is

for 30 participants

from Austria, Belgium - FR, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, future youth workers / trainers

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Cooperativa Sociale Muovimente (Youth NGO)

Muovimente is a small social NGO set up in 2007 to promote active citizenship, non formal education and to make the world a little better and friendlier.

It has been active since then in national and international education, organising local, national and international courses and different events, is active in EVS as sending and coordinating organisation, and tries to actively contribute towards building a more sustainable world.

webpage: www.muovimente.it
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Contact for questions:

Mafalda Morganti


Phone: +393331806778


Food and accommodation will be fully covered by the organisers. 70% of travel costs will be refunded after the end of the course, provided all the original tickets and receipts are presented. Participation fee: sliding scale 50 € - 100 €. (see the info pack)

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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