Alexandro Jan Lai


I am a Non Formal Education trainer with 20+ years of experience in the field. A master in international development and one in e-learning (Learning design) have oriented me toward international volunteering, digital literacy and critical thinking as key factors in youth participation.
I am an active member of local, national and international NGOs. I am a certified Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Facilitator.

Alexandro Jan Lai has 6 references for past work as a trainer and added 1 tools to the SALTO Toolbox.

Alexandro Jan Lai

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Current occupation

Expert in international youth mobility, non-formal education, youth work, international vlunteering, digital literacy and online learning

Work experience

Through the years I’ve played different roles connected with education. My most relevant tasks have been tightly linked to EVS (and now ESC) having written and managed over 15 hosting projects, trained over 1000 volunteers, NGO EVS staff and mentors (with 30+ training courses delivered including pre departure, on arrival, mid term evaluation, post project final evaluation, mentoring, EVS management, Contact Making Seminars) for the Italian National Agency for Erasmus+, for SALTO centres and other NA’s since 2003.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, I have been called by the Italian NA to design, together with 4 more colleagues, the format of the first online training cycle for the ESC volunteers and tested the first TEC course delivered digitally in April 2020. In the specific field of EU financed volunteering programs I have also been involved as an NGO accreditor in MEDA countries. More generally in the field of youth work, mobility and NFE I often deliver training courses aimed at NGO staff, youth workers and other trainers on topics ranging from e-learning courses management to youth leadership development, from digital citizenship to photographic communication. Over the years, I’ve specialized on developing projects, courses and tools to facilitate the use of digital tools in the learning process and from the point of view of digital literacy. Since the mid 90’s I have also designed and managed complex web sites for NGOs and specific projects and events in the NFE field. I also have a long experience in the vocational education field writing, assessing and managing training courses.

Educational pathway

It is hard to list the non formal education courses, experiences and projects I have learned from and that helped me in consolidating my competences. In more than 20 years there have been loads and it becomes hard to tell which single experience was more relevant as they all merge in a wider learning path. The most recent one was the course to become a Virtual Exchange Facilitator (2019 - Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Advanced Facilitation). But besides the NFE opportunities, 3 steps in my learning career have made me who I am:
2007 - Master in "E-learning: learning design and learning objects". Final mark “maximum cum laude”.
1997 - Master in International Development
1995 - Degree in Political Science.
And still, probably the most relevant experience in my life, that has guided me through my life and professional choices, has been the defining year spent abroad as an exchange student in 1986-1987:
1987 - Penn High School, Indiana, USA

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Animation
  • (intermediate) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (intermediate) Citizenship Education
  • (beginner) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (beginner) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (intermediate) Creativity & Art
  • (intermediate) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (beginner) Education through Sports
  • (beginner) Environment & Ecology
  • (expert) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Financial Management
  • (intermediate) Global Education
  • (advanced) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (intermediate) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) International Youth Work
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (expert) New Information Technologies
  • (advanced) Open Space Technology
  • (intermediate) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) Project Management
  • (beginner) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (expert) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (advanced) Social Media
  • (intermediate) Storytelling & Humour
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (advanced) Youth Exchanges
  • (beginner) Youth Information Work
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (advanced) Youth Policy
  • (intermediate) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (beginner) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (beginner) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (expert) European Institutions
  • (intermediate) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (beginner) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (beginner) Children
  • (intermediate) Families
  • (beginner) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (advanced) Minorities

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (beginner) Asia
  • (beginner) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (advanced) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (beginner) Latin America
  • (expert) South East Europe

Other skills

Virtual Exchanges Facilitator

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (good) French
  • (intermediate) Spanish

Trainer references

  • Play it Forward

    Validated (2022-10-08)
    The training activity took place
    in Daugirdiskes, Lithuania
    11-17 Jan. 2020
    Reference person

    Vitalii Volodchenko

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  • Youth for smart communities

    Validated (2022-10-08)
    The training activity took place
    in Gallinaro, Italy
    organised by Rise Hub
    17-23 June 2019
    Reference person

    Silvia Di Passio

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  • Mid Term Evaluation 10 2019

    Awaiting validation (requested 2022-10-08)
    The training activity took place
    in Rome
    organised by Italian National Agency for Youth
    28-31 July 2019
  • Mid Term Evaluation 10 2019

    Awaiting validation (requested 2022-10-06)
    The training activity took place
    in Rome
    organised by Italian National Agency for Youth
    28-31 July 2019
  • Pathways to Youth Leadership

    Validated (2022-10-08)
    The training activity took place
    in Cagliari, Italy and Sremski Karlovci, Serbia
    organised by Associazione Interculturale NUR
    6 to 14 Oct. 2018 / 27 3 Feb. 2019
    Reference person

    Christina Maria Amanatiadou

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  • Citizenship Reloaded

    Validated (2023-04-24)
    The training activity took place
    in online
    organised by Agenzia Nazionale Giovani - Italian national agency for Erasmus + Youth in Action
    14-20 December 2020
    Reference person

    Michele di Paola

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Tools contributed by the trainer

  • Fotoromanzo

    Topics adressed: Group Dynamics, Project Management, Intercultural Learning

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This profile was last modified on 2020-09-08

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