Ilona Olehlova


Training is an opportunity. I am project writer and creating these opportunities. I am trainer trying to create an environment where the opportunity can growth. I am looking for news ways of approaching problems and challenges. I am using creative writing and adventure education and I am founder of small organization 'Mission: Reconnect' located in the Czech Republic.

Ilona Olehlova has 7 references for past work as a trainer and added 13 tools to the SALTO Toolbox.

Ilona Olehlova

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Current occupation

freelance trainer/facilitator

Work experience

starting from May 2014
freelance trainer/facilitator/project consultant
in relation to youth work delivering especially trainings realized with the support of Erasmus + Programme (Key Action 1 and Key Action 2) or various donors including embassies:

- project 'Support to Electoral Reforms' of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), implemented by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and its partner National Youth Council of Macedonia (NYCM) (2020 - 2022).
My role as a trainer is to design and deliver trainings aiming to develop competences of young people identified as community mobilizers.

- project “The Role of Youth in Peacekeeping and conflict prevention", supported by the British Embassy in Skopje and implemented by ALDA Skopje in 2016 - 2017

March 2011 - May 2014
project coordinator/trainer
Volunteers Centre Skopje, NGO

February 2010 - 31 January 2011
Programme Assistant (UNV volunteer)
the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA

September – December 2010
project coordinator/trainer
Volunteers Centre Skopje, NGO

January 2007 - May 2007
Rave Media Group s.r.o

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Educational pathway


I have been implementing non-formal education-based activities in various settings (international/local), working mainly with young people including young people with fewer opportunities but also with youth workers or youth leaders.

Below you can find information on a few of the activities that I was part of through the years or I am currently involved in.

2020 - 2021
'Addressing Discrimination and Radicalization at Youth
Work through Art Based Approach' is a long-term capacity-building project implemented with the support of EACEA by ANTIK under the Western Balkan Window. The project includes series of international and local activities with the aim to develop competencies of youth workers to reach young people in the danger of radicalization. The project start is currently on stand-by due to COVID-19. My role as a trainer is to design and deliver training activities and support the participants in transferring their experiences into their local realities.

2020 - 2021
'Empowering Rural Youth Organizations' is a long-term capacity-building project implemented with the support of EACEA by Youth for Social Changes under the Western Balkan Window. The project focuses on increasing the capacities of the rural organizations to empower young people with fewer opportunities (NEETs) in rural areas. My role as a trainer is to design and deliver training activities and support the participants in transferring their experiences into their local realities.

March 2020 - on-going
'Exploring the Role of Youth in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding' is a long-term capacity-building project implemented with the support of EACEA by Youth for Social Changes under the Western Balkan Window. The project includes series of international and local activities such as training courses, study visits or seminar. In March 2020 took place 1st training course focused on raising competencies of youth workers in the field of peacebuilding, conflict management. My role as a trainer is to design and implement series of mobility activities including training courses and study visit.

March - November 2020
'Youth and Reconciliation: Young People Can Make Difference', a project implemented with the support of RYCO with the aim to empower young people and to raise their competences in the area of peacebuilding and reconciliation. The project was run fully online.

June, 2019
training course 'Writing Peace' implemented with the support of the Greek National Agency by EVEC Athens. The main aim of the training course was to raise the competencies of the participants on applying creative writing tools at their work supporting peacebuilding.

March, May 2019
Capacity building project (Erasmus +, KA 2) 'Adventure Education: From theory to practice'. The long-term project focused on developing competencies of youth workers in the field of adventure education. The project included various activities including two training courses.

May, June 2018
Capacity building project (Erasmus +, KA2) 'Dive Deeper into Social Entrepreneurship' implemented with the support of EACEA by Youth Alliance Krusevo. Main goal: to increase understanding of social entrepreneurship. Involved in delivering two training courses in Bulgaria and Portugal focused on crowdfunding and cross-sectorial cooperation in the framework of social entrepreneurship.

1.3. - 9. 3. 2018
Training Course 'Intercultural Dialogue through Creative Writing' implemented with the support of British Council by 'Youth4Future'. The main goal to increase the competencies of youth workers and leaders to apply techniques and methods of creative writing in the process of intercultural learning.

mid - 2017 - end 2018
Capacity Building Project (Erasmus +, KA2) 'Fighting Gender Inequality by Youth Work' implemented with the support of EACEA by Youth for Social Changes. Involved in several project activities including seminars addressing gender issues and training courses focused on campaigning. Responsible to maintain project web blog:, social media of the project.

6.10. - 15. 10. 2017
Training course 'Writing is Rewriting' implemented with the support of Latvian National Agency by Room of Fulfilled Dreams. Main goal: to introduce creative writing as a tool to address stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination, and radicalization.
Link to project blog:

23.10. - 31.10. 2016
Training course 'Introduction to Youth Project Management' implemented as part of a capacity-building project under Key Action 2 'Project Management Academy'. The main goal to develop project management competencies of youth workers.

1.10. - 10.10. 2016
Training course 'Outdoor Gives More', implemented under Key Action 1 with the main goal to provide youth workers an opportunity to experience outdoor based education and reflect on the ways of applying outdoor based education in their practices.

25.06. - 3.7. 2015
Training course 'Creative Writing +', implemented as part of strategic partnership project entitle 'Creative Learning Cookbook'. The training course focuses on exploring various ways of using creating writing methods and tools at youth work.

25.04. - 1.5. 2015
Training course 'Art for Community Development', focus on exploring different possibilities of community development based on art, Prerov, Czech Republic.

October/November 2014
Trainer involved in Local Project 'Local Initiatives for Active Youth Participation' implemented by National Youth Council of Macedonia with support of British Embassy in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

21.06. - 29.06. 2014
Training Course 'Creativity at Youth Work' exploring the sources of creativity and giving the participants an opportunity to reflect on the way of including various creative methods and techniques to their work, Macedonia.

09.06. - 18.06. 2014
Training Course 'PE: Europe Without Borders' focusing on peace education and work in post-conflict areas and bridging young people coming from divided communities, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

31.03. - 09.04. 2014
Training Course 'We All Are Made of Stories' focusing on uses of storytelling in learning and personal growth, Latvia.

22.03. - 30.03. 2014
Training course 'The Key Word Gender' tackling the issues of gender, sex, gender-based discrimination, Macedonia.

01.03. - 10. 03. 2014
Training course 'NFE: Let the Young People Learn' focused on recognition of non-formal education and exploring new non-formal based tools and methods supporting active youth participation, Macedonia.

15.12. - 20.12. 2013
PBA "The Real Deal", partnership building activity organized by the Macedonian,
Finnish and Swedish National Agencies of the Youth in Action (YiA) Programme, Macedonia.

09.09. - 18.09. 2013
Study Visit "Brain Opener", tackling the issue of discrimination and social exclusion, Macedonia.

10.5. - 18.5. 2013
Training Course "WoW - Working on Work", tackling youth unemployment and focus on developing skills and competencies needed in job-seeking process, Armenia.

6.4. - 15.4. 2013
Training Course "Human Rights in Spotlight"
reflecting human rights issues and advocacy for human rights, Macedonia.

2.3. - 10. 3. 2013
Training course "Change Laboratory: Second Floor" focusing on social entrepreneurship, Macedonia.

7.10. - 16. 10. 2012
Training course tackling the issue of social exclusion and working with young people with fewer opportunities "Bridging Divided Communities", Macedonia

27.07. - 05.08. 2012
Training course about entrepreneurship as a means of personal and professional development "Change for Change", Latvia.

07.05 – 16.05.2012
Training course about media education and literacy “MediaED Lab“, Latvia.

10.04. – 19.04.2012
Training course about communication and personal development “Improve Social & Life Skills of Young People”, Macedonia.

04.03 – 13. 03.2012
Training course about conflict and conflict management “Focus on Conflict”, Macedonia.

13.11. – 21.11.2011
Training course about using media tools in peacebuilding education "Focus on: video and photo as tools for peace building", Portugal.

22.10. – 30.10.2011
Training course about using media as tools for promotion volunteerism and voluntary work “Media as Partners in Promotion of Volunteering”, Macedonia.

17.09.2011 – 24.09.2011
Training course about sustainability in project management “Sustainable Project Management”, Macedonia.

Training course about creative thinking and creative writing techniques in youth work and non-formal education "Thinkertoys for Educators", Latvia.

26.04.2011 – 04.05.2011
Training course about team work and leadership in groups of young people with diverse ethnical and social backgrounds “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”, Macedonia.

08.04.2011 – 17.04.2011
Training course about using outdoor activities in youth work “Adventureship”, Macedonia.

20.03. – 2011 – 29.03. 2011
Study visit of the organizations working with groups facing social stigmatization and anti-discrimination “Distorted Realities”, Macedonia.

07. – 17.3.2011
Training course about globalization and migration “We All Are on the Way”, Macedonia.

18.02. – 28.02.2011
Training course about active involvement of young people in their local communities through using various media tools “Get Involved”, Macedonia.

02.07.2010 – 10.07.2010
Training course about media, social campaign and advertisements “Behind the Screen, Behind the Words, Macedonia.

11.06.2009 -1 9.06.2009
Leadership training for managers of non-governmental organizations and project coordinators "Creative Leadership", Macedonia.


04.02.2011 - 12.02.2011
Youth exchange about using methods and tools of creative writing for social inclusion "Words Can Hurt, Words Can Help: the Power of the Stories", Latvia.

22.09.2009 - 30.09.2009
Youth Exchange about street dance "Met on the Streets of Macedonia", Macedonia.


01.08.2008 – 31.09.2009
EVS volunteer in Macedonia.


Training of trainers for Human Rights Education with young people organized by Council of Europe.
September 2011 – May 2012
(including e-learning phase and residential seminar in Budapest)

Long term training course "Let's train - Peace Education" initiated by SALTO EECA with the support of the Polish National Agency for Youth (FRSE) including training course in Georgia (03. - 10.2010), coaching phase and implementing developed actions and evaluation meeting 'Let’s Follow Up' taking place in Warsaw (07. 10. – 12. 10. 2011).


September 2005 - January 2008
Master of Political Science
Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Science, Czech Republic

September 2002 - May 2005
Bachelor of Media Science and Journalism and Political Science
Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Science, Czech Republic

Fields of training expertise

  • (beginner) Animation
  • (beginner) Bullying & Harassment
  • (expert) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (advanced) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (expert) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (advanced) Crisis Management
  • (intermediate) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (intermediate) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Education through Sports
  • (beginner) Environment & Ecology
  • (advanced) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (advanced) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (intermediate) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Financial Management
  • (intermediate) Fundraising
  • (advanced) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (advanced) Global Education
  • (advanced) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (intermediate) Health & Prevention
  • (advanced) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) International Youth Work
  • (beginner) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (intermediate) Leadership Development
  • (advanced) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (intermediate) New Information Technologies
  • (intermediate) Open Space Technology
  • (beginner) Organizational Management
  • (beginner) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (advanced) Peace Education
  • (beginner) People Management & Cooperation
  • (intermediate) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Project Management
  • (advanced) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (advanced) Public Speaking
  • (advanced) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (advanced) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Social Media
  • (advanced) Storytelling & Humour
  • (beginner) Time Management
  • (beginner) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (intermediate) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Youth Information Work
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (advanced) Youth Policy
  • (beginner) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (intermediate) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

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

Working with specific target groups

  • (beginner) Children
  • (beginner) Families
  • (intermediate) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (advanced) Intercultural Teams
  • (expert) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (beginner) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (advanced) Minorities
  • (beginner) Religious Youth Groups
  • (intermediate) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (expert) Young People in/from Conflict Areas

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (beginner) Africa
  • (intermediate) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (beginner) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (advanced) European Cooperation
  • (beginner) Global Cooperation
  • (beginner) Latin America
  • (intermediate) North-North Cooperation
  • (intermediate) North-South Co-operation
  • (expert) South East Europe

Other skills

Graphic design, creative writing

Language Skills

  • (fluent) Czech
  • (fluent) English
  • (fluent) Macedonian

Trainer references

  • Focus on: video and photo as tools for peace building

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-01-09)
    The training activity took place
    in Lisbon, Portugal
    organised by Associação Spin para o Intercâmbio
    13.11. – 21.11.2011
  • MediaED LAB

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-01-02)
    The training activity took place
    in Riga and Bernati, Latvia
    organised by Association Room of Fulfi lled Dreams
    07.05.2012 - 16.05.2012
  • We All Are on the Way

    Awaiting validation (requested 2013-06-20)
    The training activity took place
    in Struga, Macedonia
    organised by Citizen Forum Denica
    07. – 17.3.2011
  • Adventureship

    Awaiting validation (requested 2019-05-04)
    The training activity took place
    in Skopje and Struga, Macedonia
    organised by Volunteers Centre Skopje
    08.04. - 17.04.2011
  • Volunteering is simple

    Awaiting validation (requested 2013-03-15)
    The training activity took place
    in Struga, Macedonia
    organised by Europe 2.0
    18.08.- 26.08.2012
  • Training Course: WoW - Working on Work

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-05-24)
    The training activity took place
    in Dilijan, Armenia
    organised by Armenian Progressive Youth NGO
    10-18th of May, 2013
  • Introduction to Youth Project Management

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-01-06)
    The training activity took place
    in Durres, Albania
    organised by Youth for Social Changes
    23.10. - 31.10. 2016

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This profile was last modified on 2021-01-27

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