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The Star of Europe - Czech Republic

Training Course

29 November - 3 December 2021 | Prague, Czech Republic

The Star of Europe training will take you through a youth exchange project from its very beginning to the very end, highlighting the ways how young people themselves can be involved in every step of their own youth exchange project.

Learn How to Make REAL Youth Exchanges!

Whatever you have heard about youth exchanges before or however you have organised them before, this training is teaching you how to make youth exchanges like they are meant to be!  You will learn how to support young people to make their own projects, and not to make the projects for them.

Focus on involvement and partnership

The original idea of a youth exchange is a long term learning process for the groups of young people in participating countries. Young people are involved in a process, where they come up with the idea for the project, choose the topic for it and design the activities for its programme. They run the activities themselves and plan dissemination activities that they organise for other young people.

The process is linked to learning - the more the young people are involved in the process, the more new learning situations they end up in. In The Star of Europe, we will look at all the steps of youth exchange project, to see how the young people can be involved in all aspects of the project, learning new things throughout it.

We will also look at how the young people in each participating countries can be part of the process - that is how the learning is equal in all youth groups, not only the hosting one.

Unlike how many youth exchanges are organised, we want to promote the original idea of youth exchanges - and let the youth exchanges to be young people's own projects, not projects planned by adults to young people.

Aims and objectives

The aim of “The Star of Europe” is to get a comprehensive understanding of what a youth exchange project contains - from the idea, needs assessment of a project to the follow up activities. More specifically, the main objectives are:

1) to understand the the whole logic of lifecycle of a youth exchange project;

2) to focus on participation and learning opportunities of the young people;

3) to pay extra attention to the equal partnership and encourage partners to plan, prepare, implement and report the project together.

Training for newcomers and experienced

If you work regularly with youth groups, professionally or voluntarily, you are a good participant in this training. As a youth worker, youth leader or group leader, you already have a group of interested young people or an idea, how to find an interested group to work with.

You can be a newcomer or someone who has already organised youth exchanges, but has not involved young people in the planning of the projects before.

You will have to be over 18 years old. We prioritise applicants who work directly with a group of young people and who are interested in forming partnerships for future projects.

Digital material for your help

The Star of Europe training course will intorduce you to digital support material that will help you and your young people in your planning process. Each step of the youth exchange project has made into a playlist of videos, exercises, tips and hints on how to plan a youth exchange well.

Mind you, the programme period has just changed in the beginning of 2021, which caused some minor changes in the eligibility rules of youth exchanges. The digital material has not been updated yet, but the process of youth exchanges is just the same as always. Changes in rules can be checked in the Programme Guide.

Each step includes Learning Badges that young people can earn while working on the different elements of project planning. The badges show you the progress in your process and help the young people to see their involvement. After the process the badges help you and your young people to see what learning experiences you will forward to the Youthpasses.

Printed material is also available. Please have a look at The Star of Europe poster and method leaflets by downloading them below.

Training Activities during the Pandemic

The activity is planned to be residentially hosted. In case the COVID-19 situation prevails and prevents travelling, the organiser reserves the right to cancel the residential activity and organising the activity online.

The organisers will ensure that safety and hygienic measures needed in relation to Covid-19 are in place during the activity.

The organiser will follow and apply all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines which are valid by the time of the seminar. All selected participants will need to be able to show the European digital corona certificate (EUDCC). All participants will be accommodated in single rooms. More information will be provided to the selected participants.

We will follow the regulations of Czech government, which you can find on this page. We also monitor list of the countries according to their level of COVID- 19 risk. Considering the rules we would prefer to have participants with covid certificates (vaccinated or had covid in last 180 days).

We are assume that participants without such a certificate would have to go to quarantine and therefore couldn´t participate in the TCA.  Facemask are still mandatory indoors and we assume there will be no changes in this case.

Besides the regulations we can provide Covid self-tests if needed.

Disclaimer!

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Training overview

http://trainings.salto-youth.net/9659

This Training Course is

for 30 participants

from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth coaches, Adults working directly with young people in youth work settings.

Working language(s):

English

Organiser:

Dům zahraniční spolupráce / Erasmus+ Mládež CZ (National Agency)

The Czech National Agency of Erasmus+ Programme will host the activity.

Contact for questions:

Paavo Pyykkönen

E-Mail:

Phone: +358 400 247 774

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.

Costs

Participation fee

There is no participation fee by the hosting National Agency. If you have questions about participation fee, please contact the National Agency of Erasmus+ Programme (Youth in Action) in your home country.

Accommodation and food

The hosting National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Your sending National Agency will cover your travel costs. The way countries reimburse the travel costs varies from country to country.

If you are selected to participate in this training, the National Agency in your home country will contact you and tell you how the reimbursement is organised in your country.

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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