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Youth work in closed institutions


9-14 April 2017 | Baltezers, Latvia

Activity aims at giving opportunity for staff members of closed institutions (detention services, prisons, refugee camps etc.) to exchange experiences and practices in working with young people and explore role of non- formal learning there.
Activity has following objectives: - To provide space for participants to share local realities and good practices working with young people in closed institutions (such as detention services, prisons, refugee camps etc.); - To give an opportunity to define the role and place for non-formal learning in closed institutions; - To give an opportunity to explore and experience non formal learning approaches, focusing on experiential learning in practice; - To brainstorm and further develop tools and methods that can work efficiently with young people in closed institutions; - To have an insight into Erasmus+ programme and foster cooperation and networking among participants. Profile of participants: - Staff members of closed institutions (social workers, psychologists, project coordinators, youth workers, etc.); - NGO members working in closed institutions on regular bases/at least weekly. - Can communicate in English. The methodology of the seminar is based on the fundamental principles of non-formal education. The methods provided will enable participants to fully participate in the learning process. Learning from experience will be a fundamental pillar in the way the seminar will be facilitated. This event focuses on key aspects of non-formal education like the participant centred approach and experiential learning. It will imply that the team of trainers will keep in mind the participants' prior experience working within closed institutions contexts. The learning process will continuously adapt to the needs of participants and motivations as well as the group's work rhythm. Moreover, an essential element of the methodology is based on the holistic nature of the learning experience, through methods that involve not only cognitive or intellectual approaches but also covering the emotional and attitudinal ones. This way the learning is enhanced as it embraces the three dimensions of human learning. The diversity of working methods (presentations, role plays, simulations, debates, energizers, individual reflection questionnaires, technical project management, feedback techniques, teamwork, etc) will make more sense than ever in order to better illustrate the meaning of non formal education. The international composition of the group of participants will be an asset to explore the multicultural dynamics of teamwork and thus will contribute to incorporate new learning at the level of cultural diversity. Participants will have to arrive on April 9 midday and depart on April 14 any time. Training course will take place in a hotel “Baltvilla” that is situated only 15 km from Riga, the capital city of Latvia. More detailed information about venue can be found: https://www.baltvilla.lv/en/ Trainers: Natalja Gudakovska and Diego Marin

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Seminar is

for 25 participants

from Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries , Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Staff members of closed institutions and NGO members working in closed institutions on regular bases/at least weekly

Working language(s):



Latvian National Agency (National Agency)

* Non formal learning is purposive but voluntary learning that takes place in a diverse range of environments and situations for which teaching/training and learning is not necessarily their sole or main activity. These environments and situations may be temporarly, and the activities or courses that take place may be staffed by professional learning facilitators (such as youth trainers) or by volunteers (such as youth leaders). The activities and courses are planned, but are seldomly structured by conventional rhythms or curriculum subjects. They usually address specific target groups, but rarely document or assess learning outcomes or achievements in conventionally visible ways. (Source www.youthpass.eu)

Contact for questions:

Agnese Lorence


Phone: +371 67356258

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.


This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. (Note for sending NAs: This activity is financed by TCA 2016) Travel arrangements for participants from Eastern Partnership countries and Russia will be organized by Latvian National Agency.

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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