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Kristina Castronovo

About:

Even if you fall down, stand up and go;
Don’t regret what is done, just be grateful for the lesson.
Graduated in Political Science; did courses in project management, leadership, psychology.
Trainer/project coordinator for more than 10 years and 30 international projects all over Europe. Used to target groups with fewer opportunities and special needs. Love hard topics, fresh project ideas and creating own NFE methods.
Delicate but strict, flexible but organised, creative but precise.

Kristina Castronovo has 7 references for past work as a trainer.

Kristina Castronovo

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Current occupation

Project coordinator and trainer - free lancer

Work experience

June 2019 Coach
Istituto Tecnico Nautico Trasporti & Logistica G. La Pira, Pozzalo, Italy
− Individual workshops with students about youth opportunities in Europe

2018 – currently Coach in Acquario Giocatoli, Modica, Italy:
− Training on leadership and group communication for the workers

2018 - currently Volunteer in Association Attiva-Mente, Modica, Italy and Fondazione Istituto Morcelliano, Chiari, Italy:
− writing project applications and working with project documentation
− helping with project logistics
− organizing preparation and evaluation meetings for volunteers and participants
− leading non-formal education workshops in schools and a refugee center
− exploring funding opportunities
− improving the work structure and communication in the organization

2011 - 2018 Project Manager (fulltime) in Association Framtidståget, Hägersten, Sweden:
− being responsible for the project department in the organization
− managing international projects for youth and youth workers (incl. project idea, project description, grant application, preparation, implementation, training and leading workshops, evaluation, report)
− searching and coordinating organization grants
− cooperating and broadening the partners network in Sweden and abroad
− cooperating with the branch organization in Morocco
− organizing project trips
− organizing local activities (courses, seminars, etc.)
− coordinating the work of project group staff and being a mentor for EVS volunteers
− board member during some years
− administrative tasks

2011 – 2013 Media Analyst in Mediapilot, Stockholm, Sweden:
− analyzing and summarizing articles from Latvian, Russian and Swedish social media

2011 – 2013 Course Teacher in Medborgarskolan, Stockholm, Sweden:
− teaching Latvian

2007- 2011 Freelance translator in Translation office “Language Master”, Riga, Latvia:
− preparing written translations in English, Latvian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian

2007 - 2009 President in The Union of Polish Youth in Latvia, Riga, Latvia:
− representing the NGO in state and international level
− coordinating the whole work of the organization
− cooperating with other organizations, institutions and Polish Embassy in Riga
− managing projects
− preparing reports

2007 - 2009 Editor of Youth Pages in Magazine „Polak na Łotwie”, Riga, Latvia:
− exploring Polish culture in Latvia, writing articles, gathering and materials
2008 - 2008 Intern in Secretariat of the Special Assignments Minister for Social Integration, Department for National Minority Affairs, Riga, Latvia:
− exploring the work of ethnic minorities' organizations in Latvia
− evaluating projects and reports on them
− systemizing the data base of organizations

2007 - 2008 Research Assistant in Advanced Social and Political Research Institute, Riga, Latvia:
− evaluating projects of Social Integration Fund in the framework of the research

Educational pathway

Formal Education:

2008 - 2010 Humanities Master in Baltic Sea Region Studies at University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia; 3rd semester at University of Turku, Turku, Finland;

2008 - 2009 Foreign Service Specialist at The Academy of Young Diplomats, Warsaw, Poland;

2005 - 2008 Social Science Bachelor in Political Science, International Relations at University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia.

Other qualifications:
Ongoing Participating in international projects based on non-formal education;
2017-2018 Italian – level 1, 2/Hermods, Stockholm, Sweden;
2017 Hosting (tourism)/Omsorgslyftet Utbildningar, Stockholm, Sweden;
2017 Psychology – level 1, 2a, 2b/Hermods, Stockholm, Sweden;
2017 Course on Strategic Partnership projects/German and Greek NAs, Athens, Greece;
2016 Brussels Study Trip “Brysselröstresa” /LSU, Stockholm, Sweden – Brussels, Belgium;
2015 Qualified Contact Person /Framtidståget, Stockholm, Sweden – Minsk, Belarus;
2015 Work in the organization board /Grant Thornton, Stockholm, Sweden;
2012 Communicate, Motivate, Reflect /Medborgarskolan, Stockholm, Sweden;
2011 Swedish as the Second Language /Hermods, Stockholm, Sweden;
2011 Basic Education in Work Environment /Coompanion, Stockholm, Sweden;
2011 Project Management /Coompanion, Stockholm, Sweden;
2011 Couching Leadership /Coompanion, Stockholm, Sweden;
2010 Swedish for Immigrants /Hermods, Stockholm, Sweden;
2006, 2008 Leader School /Semper Polonia, Warsaw, Poland;
2006 Course on Voluntary Work/Semper Polonia, Warsaw, Poland;
2002 - 2004 Macramé /Jaunatne, Daugavpils, Latvia.

*Thanks to University studies and research experience I feel competent to deliver trainings on various actual topics (democracy, human rights, war and peace, integration and discrimination etc.), being able to operate with theory and facts.
Thanks to numerous courses in project management, coaching and leadership, I am professional in my training work.
Thanks to psychology courses I am confident in dealing with hard topics and challenging audiences, such as participants with fewer opportunities and special needs.
Thanks to learning experience from several countries I am open-minded, flexible, cooperate with participants, partners, colleagues from various backgrounds, crossing cultural and language barriers.
Thanks to other qualifications I believe I am creative and keep experimenting with new project ideas and own methods.

Fields of training expertise

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

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (beginner) European Institutions
  • (beginner) Private Foundations

Working with specific target groups

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

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (advanced) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (expert) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (intermediate) South East Europe

Other skills

Meditation and relaxation techniques, handicraft, natural skills (e.g. fishing), camping, singing

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (good) Italian
  • (fluent) Latvian
  • (fluent) Polish
  • (fluent) Russian
  • (fluent) Swedish
  • (intermediate) Ukrainian

Trainer references

  • Unity in Diversity? From challenges to opportunities

    Validated (2019-04-27)
    The training activity took place
    in Yerevan, Armenia
    organised by More Mosaic
    30.03.-07.04.2016
    Reference person

    Yulia Usova

    (Project coordinator)
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  • Peace Bridge

    Validated (2019-04-27)
    The training activity took place
    in Stockholm, Sweden
    organised by More Mosaic
    23-31.08.2015
    Reference person

    Yulia Usova

    (Project coordinator)
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  • More Mosaic

    Validated (2019-04-27)
    The training activity took place
    in Larache, Morocco
    organised by More Mosaic
    30.07-07.08.2016
    Reference person

    Yulia Usova

    (Project coordinator)
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  • Gender Justice - From Theory 2 Practice

    Validated (2019-04-27)
    The training activity took place
    in Yerevan, Armenia
    organised by Framtidståget & APY
    1-8.09-2015
    Reference person

    Grigor Yeritsyan

    (Co-trainer)
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  • Erasmus+ minus

    Validated (2019-04-27)
    The training activity took place
    in Stockholm, Sweden
    organised by Framtidståget
    18-23.09.2017
    Reference person

    Anas Haouat

    (Organizers' team representative)
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  • Santa Barbara

    Validated (2019-04-27)
    The training activity took place
    in Yerevan, Armenia
    organised by Framtidståget & APY
    19-26.09.2016
    Reference person

    Grigor Yeritsyan

    (Co-trainer)
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  • Migration - reality and challenges

    Validated (2019-04-27)
    The training activity took place
    in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia
    organised by Framtidståget & Iuventa
    14-22.03.2017
    Reference person

    Dijana Puskar

    (Organizer - HO representative)
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This profile was last modified on 2019-08-27

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