Kristina Castronovo


Even if you fall down, stand up and go;
Don’t regret what is done, just be grateful for the lesson.

Trainer/project coordinator for more than 10 years, working for Latvian NA and several organizations in Europe. Graduated in Political Science, certified neurographics instructor and aesthetic coach. Used to target groups with fewer opportunities and special needs. Love hard topics, fresh 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 and added 17 tools to the SALTO Toolbox.

Kristina Castronovo

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Current occupation

Project coordinator and trainer/individual and group coach - free lancer

Work experience

2021-currently Trainer
Agency for International Programs for Youth, Riga,
-leading non-formal education group trainings

2021-currently Supervisor
Art Psychology Institute, Moscov, Russia
-supervising works of Neurographics Instructor and Aesthetic Coach course students

2021-currently Project Coordinator
Grem, Riga, Latvia
-fundraising and project coordinating for the youtube news channel

2020-currently Freelance life-coach
-aesthetic coaching with neurographics
-individual coaching with tarot cards

2020 Project Assistant
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
-Writing Erasmus+ project applications

2019-currently Freelance coach
-non-formal education coaching in Erasmus+ projects

2019-currently Founder, board member
Miromida, Daugavpils region, Latvia
-NGO strategical managing in terms of project coordination

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
Acquario Giocattoli, Modica, Italy
-training on leadership and group communication for the workers

2018-2019 Volunteer
Attiva-Mente, Modica, Italy/Istituto Marcelliano, Chiari, Italy
-workshops for shool students
-pre-departure trainings for participants and volunteers going abroad
-research on young people’s attitude towards refugees
-project work

2011-2018 Project Manager (fulltime) and board member during some years
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 and local activities (courses, seminars, etc.)
-coordinating the work of project group staff and being a mentor
for EVS volunteers
-administrative tasks
2011-2013 Media Analyst
Mediapilot, Stockholm, Sweden
-analyzing and summarizing articles from Latvian, Russian and Swedish
social media

2011-2013 Course Teacher in Latvian
Medborgarskolan, Stockholm, Sweden

2007-2009 Freelance translator
Translation office “Language Master”, Riga, Latvia
-for English, Latvian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian languages

2007-2009 President
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
Magazine „Polak na Łotwie”, Riga, Latvia
-exploring Polish culture in Latvia, writing articles, gathering and materials

2008 Intern
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
-systemizing the data base of organizations

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

Educational pathway

2020 Neurographics Instructor and Aesthetic Coach
Art Psychology Institute, Moscow, Russia
2008-2010 Humanities Master in Baltic Sea Region Studies
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia; 3rd semester at University of Turku, Turku, Finland
2008-2009 Foreign Service Specialist
The Academy of Young Diplomats, Warsaw, Poland
2005-2008 Social Science Bachelor in Political Science, International Relations
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Other courses
2020 Training of Trainers (of non-formal education) / Agency for International Programs for Youth, Riga, Latvia
2020 Coach of Leela Game of Life/Evgeny Zemlyanin, Vilnius, Lithuania
2020 Magic of Candles/The Institute of Practical Spirituality,
Moscow, Russia
2020 Tarot cards: Tarot for Professionals, Tarot Consulting,
Tarot for Beginners/The Institute of Practical Spirituality,
Moscow, Russia
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, applying in individual and group coaching.

Fields of training expertise

  • (beginner) Animation
  • (intermediate) Bullying & Harassment
  • (intermediate) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (advanced) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (expert) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (expert) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) 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
  • (intermediate) New Information Technologies
  • (intermediate) Open Space Technology
  • (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

Leela Game of Life trainer, meditation and relaxation techniques, coaching with tarot and other type cards, aesthetic coaching with neurographics, neurographics instructor, project writing, handicraft, natural skills (e.g. fishing), camping, singing

Language Skills

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

Trainer references

  • Unity in Diversity? From challenges to opportunities

    Awaiting validation (requested 2022-04-23)
    The training activity took place
    in Yerevan, Armenia
    organised by More Mosaic
  • Peace Bridge

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-04-22)
    The training activity took place
    in Stockholm, Sweden
    organised by More Mosaic
  • More Mosaic

    Awaiting validation (requested 2022-04-23)
    The training activity took place
    in Larache, Morocco
    organised by More Mosaic
  • Gender Justice - From Theory 2 Practice

    Validated (2022-04-23)
    The training activity took place
    in Yerevan, Armenia
    organised by Framtidståget & APY
    Reference person

    Grigor Yeritsyan

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  • Erasmus+ minus

    Validated (2022-04-29)
    The training activity took place
    in Stockholm, Sweden
    organised by Framtidståget
    Reference person

    Anas Haouat

    (Organizers' team representative)
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  • Santa Barbara

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-04-22)
    The training activity took place
    in Yerevan, Armenia
    organised by Framtidståget & APY
  • Migration - reality and challenges

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-04-22)
    The training activity took place
    in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia
    organised by Framtidståget & Iuventa

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This profile was last modified on 2021-03-12

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