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The Difference Between - Creative Tools for Communcation and Connection

Training Course

31 October - 6 November 2017 | Hollókő, Hungary

In our everyday communication we have a different impact with people. How would your working performance benefit if you could create the impact you aim for? What if you start communicating more effectively and creating better connection with others?
In our everyday communication, at home and at work, we have a different impact with different people. How would your working performance benefit if you could create the impact you aim for? What if you start communicating in a more effective, more appealing manner while having the capacity to create better connection with others? ***you can also use your already approved funds for KA1 school staff mobility for this course!**** Our training approach We believe that everything starts with awareness. Therefore in this training course we create the space to connect with yourself and others. To explore the difference between all layers of communication with the support of input and tools coming from theatre, different body consciousness and movement techniques, dance, embodied coaching and more. And of course all this you can also implement in your work back home. We give plenty of time to reflect - with the trainers, - in small groups, - with yourself or - with peers. This ensures a strong learning experience which you can form according how you want to develop as a professional, and it also ensures adaption to your current projects and tasks at work. During 7 days we want to give you the space to explore the following questions, always regarding mostly your working and secondary your personal relationships: - What are my communication patterns? - How do they limit or support me in my interactions? - How to maintain, create and expand connection with others? - Which tools can support me? - What is the relationship between emotional state and my body? - How can I use it for my own advantage? - How to increase my flexibility, creativity and playfulness? - How to develop meaningful cooperation in an international working context? Outcomes The training will allow you to develop your own skillset or toolkit, with different inputs, approaches and exercises, so that you: 1. Become more aware of your own communication at all levels: non-verbal, vocal and verbal. This will help you to communicate more effectively and more clearly with the people you work with (one on one as mentor, coach, or with groups of young people as a youth worker, educator or trainer). 2. Discover new possibilities of movement to support your communication. Tbese tools can help you especially when you work with people who have limited verbal skills, wheter because they have physical limitations, or because they are immigrants in your country and have not mastered the new language yet, or because they come from places where limited vocabulary is used only. You will be able to create excercises which will support them in expressing their feelings, thoughts, and you will be able to design those which help you to map relationships on a non-verbal level in groups. 3. Improve your capacity for creating connection with others and gain their willing cooperation. This capacity and skill-set will help you when you set up a new group, start a new coaching or therapy session, or enter to a new group for a limited time as a trainer. 4. Develop a more persuasive and impactful communication. This tool-kit is two-fold: you will be able to support your mentorees, coachees, youth you work with in general to become more aware of their communication, and to be able to use different style of communication in different social situations (which is a skills sometimes lacking because of insufficient cultural knowledge as we find it for example with immigrant groups). And on the other hand you will have an easier time to find connection to your target group. 5. Optimize the use of your body as a tool to create an emotional impact on others, and support your target group in using their body as a tool in communication on the emotional level. 6. Enhance your emotional mastery – improving the management of your emotions throughout the day, especially when dealing with unexpected situations - this skill can be helpful when you are dealing with a lot of emotionally challenging situations when coaching or mentoring youth coming from difficult backgrounds; when needing to deal with a bigger group of youth; when working intensively with people on the long run. It is a tool which can be used to prevent burn-out. 6. Enhance your performance as a team member in an intercultural and international group, for example when organising international youth exchanges, trainings, volunteer camps. 7. Diversify your working approach, which is a universal tool when you work project-based and you need to adapt to different collegaues and teams, often from different countries and cultures. Program The Difference Between consists of 7 working days, with 8 to 10 daily working hours consisting of input, practice and reflection. The program itself is a build-up or a day-by-day setup where each day is developed upon the basis created the previous day. Like Lego bricks that come together to form a solid structure. For this we will use theoretical inputs coming from communication theories, coaching and NLP; exercises coming theatre (forum theatre, improvisational theatre, method acting), dance (contemporary, contact, contact impro), stage/multidisciplinary artistic performance, body consciousness and movement techniques, embodied coaching. The journey of the training course will start from observing reality and will grow into co-creation with others. Language: the training is given in simple and easy-to-understand English. Accommodation: During the training you are hosted in Creative Space Training Centre or Kreativ Tér in Hollókő, Hungary (www.kreativter.hu). Kreativ Tér has shared rooms (4 people each), each having a shower and toilet ensuite. There is Wi-Fi internet connection available. There is a room for main activities, alongside with other rooms where participants can spend informal time together. There will be 3 meals/day provided by a local staff. Hollókő is a special and beautiful Hungarian village, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (www.holloko.hu)

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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 26 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Other countries in the world , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Volunteering mentors, Educators, Teachers

Working language(s):



Egyesek Youth Association (Youth NGO)

Egyesek Youth Association is one of the leading independent youth NGOs in Hungary, member of the informal network called International Synergy Group and several other worldwide networks. Egyesek has 18 years of experience in local-level, grassroot youth and community work, and in designing, guiding and organizing non-formal learning projects, such as community service, exchanges, volunteering, internship programs, training courses and workshops.

The trainers will be Afonso Bertolo and Eszter Korányi.

Afonso Bértolo is a free-lance trainer and youth worker.
He finished his Master in Clinical Psychology in Lisbon in 2008. Since 2009 he has been involved in community intervention and working with groups in several international contexts: Portugal, Hungary, Guinea-Bissau, Bulgaria and the Netherlands.
His main areas of work are personal development and coaching with a strong focus on movement and body awareness; mentoring of young people with fewer opportunities; media as an educational tool; and project management in the area of youth field.

Eszter started to work in the field of non-formal education in 2004, and she is a personal development trainer since 2008. Creative movement techniques and contemporary dance are her passion which she has been connecting with personal development. In the field of non-formal education she has experience in mentoring volunteers and youth workers, project management, organisational development consultancy for NGO-s, content development of training courses and educating children. She has an MA in Economics from the Corvinus University of Budapest, she lives in Israel since 2013.


  • Connecting Routes Informal Group (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:

Tamás Mahner


Phone: +36704569901


There is a commitment fee of 400 € for people with paid jobs. 350 € for students and people with no paid jobs. *** already approved funds for KA1 school staff mobility can be used to finance the course *** The fee covers the following costs: - training programme for 7 full days training room with high quality equipment - training materials (notes, handouts etc.) - accommodation in UNESCO World Heritage village Hollókő for 6 nights - full board for 7 days according to your dietary needs It does not cover the travel costs, visa and insurance. We provide invitation letter and assistance for obtaining visa. The training is not funded by Erasmus+ or any other grant.
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