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The Power of Non Formal Education

Training Course

2-7 July 2024 | Königswinter, close to Bonn, Germany

This training course aims to improve our educational impacts through experiencing a non-formal educational (NFE) process.

More concretely, we aim:

  • To broaden our perception of NFE and its potential impacts in our different realities in Europe.
  • To explore the complementarity between formal and non-formal educational sector.
  •  To affirm the political dimension of non-formal education, as a way to take an active role in society (empowerment process).
  • To reconsider our daily educational work practices, identify our challenges in order to improve the coherence between values we promote and our daily actions.

How it will be done?

In order to have real impacts, the participants experience an innovative approach, using a full immersion in the experiential learning cycle: doing/ feeling, reflecting, transferring...

The TC is not limited to the couple of days the participants spend together but starts before the actual encounter. Participants should therefore be well aware that they will be actively involved from the very beginning.

And besides the planned objectives and content of the activity, in informal moments, it is also an ideal opportunity to eventually find partners for future European projects.

Pre-training immersion

Starting around 6 weeks before the training, through the “NFE News”, participants will receive weekly news which invites reflection on pedagogical issues and collect information / documentation. Participants are part of the building of this NFE News. Also a closed private Facebook group will be created to promote interactions between participants before TC starts. Issues / topics tackled: perception / recognition of NFE in your country, methods you use/have used…

A fundamental flow during the training:

  • Experiencing: different educational settings, different educational methods (role play, simulation game, exercises...).
  • Reflecting: on the methods and its impacts, on the power and limits of NFE, on building a pedagogical process…
  • Transferring: to the own reality of participants, in order to improve ways of working with young people.
  • Sharing: different perceptions, current situations and experiences.

The after-training consolidation

Trainers will be available for the following 2 months through internet for a supportive and consulting approach towards the defined action plans of the participants. Each participant will have the trainers as their mentors during this period.

Please note: You will be most likely accomodated in shared, double rooms as during this summer the "EURO 2024" will be hosted in Germany. The venue is beautifully situated at the river Rhine.


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Applications are closed

The application deadline was 28 April 2024.

Date of selection: 8 May 2024

Training overview


This Training Course is

for 27 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches

Working language(s):



JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Inge Linne


Phone: +492289506263

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agencies (NAs) of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

Unless specified otherwise, the hosting NA or SALTO of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or SALTO in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

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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