Ognian Gadoularov


"Confident, Responsible, Engaging, Calm, Well-mannered, Passionate, Positive, Protective, Interesting, Creative, Communicative, Very friendly, REVOLUTIONARY" - These are just some words that my friends and colleagues have said about me. I leave you to judge whether they are true.

Ognian Gadoularov has 8 references for past work as a trainer and added 14 tools to the SALTO Toolbox.

Ognian Gadoularov

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Current occupation

Youth worker and Trainer

Work experience

Before 2007 Ognian worked for 7 years as a Veterinary surgeon in private clinic. Since 2007 he enters the world of NFE and interactive teaching as business trainer and consultant specialized in trainings for presentation and communication skills, sales skills and customer care, and team-building programs.

At 2009 Ognian starts to work in youth-field first as volunteer, after project coordinator and now as a trainer and youth worker. Currently working as a trainer specialized in trainings personal development and realization, social inclusion, environment, team work and more. He is involved in interactive teaching and environmental education for children and youth. Also prepares and educates trainers for working with children and young people.
Expert in conducting adventure programs based on methods of experiential learning and improving team performance. Certified instructor in rock climbing and slack lining.

Employer: Learning for Change Foundation - www.gudevicalearning.net

Responsibility: President of the board; Educational expert and trainer; Project coordinator; Researcher; Author of

Training conducted:
1. "Training of Trainers" - 2016, Bulgaria - international TC for trainers active in Youth field - 2014-1-
2. "Training of Youth workers" - 2016, Romania - international TC for Youth workers about using NFL
and interactive methods;
3. "Unlock your learning potential through Coaching" - 2016, Bulgaria - international TC for Youth
workers about using Coaching as a tool in Youth work;

Projects implemented:
1. "ACHIEVE" - innovative methods for training and development of youth workers (2016-2-BG01-
KA205-023835) - KA2 Project under Erasmus + Youth in Action Programme.
Designed to support the development of quality youth work by introducing innovative learning and
pedagogical approaches. Addressing modern innovative trends linking formal and non-formal
education. Developing methods for applying for the first time in youth work of innovative approaches
(also modern trends in education) - positive psychology, positive pedagogy, eco-centric learning, eco-centric

Employer: HRDC - Human Resource Development Center (National Agency for Erasmus + Programme), Bulgaria

Responsibility:Preparation and implementation of programs and training under the European program "Erasmus +".

Training conducted:
1. "On Arrival EVS training" - 2014, 2015 - training for volunteers under the European Voluntary
2. "Mid term EVS training" - training for volunteers under the European Voluntary Service;
3. "Give power to Empower 3" - 2015, Bulgaria - TCA training by Bulgarian NA for youth workers on
the field of youth empowerment and sustainable youth work;
4. "Lobbying and Advocacy" - 2016, Bulgaria - TCA training by Bulgarian NA for youth workers on the
topic of lobbying and advocacy;

Employer: National Center for European Youth Programs and Initiatives (NCEMPI), Sofia (Bulgaria)

Responsibility: Preparation and implementation of programs and training under the National Youth Program and the European program "Youth in Action"

Training conducted:
1. "On Arrival EVS training" - 2012-2014 - training for volunteers under the European Voluntary
2. "Mid term EVS training" - training for volunteers under the European Voluntary Service;
3. "Final Evaluation EVS training" - 2013-2014 - final evaluation of EVS projects;
4. "Interactive tools and NFE" - 2013 - TOT for National Youth Council trainers pool;
5. "Promotion of EVS Practices" - 2014 - TCP training for youth organizations for developing capacity
for implementation EVS projects;

Employer: NC Future Now 2006, Smolyan (Bulgaria)

Responsibility: Preparation of programs and conducting interactive training for children and youth. Implementation of eco-camps. Coordination of international youth projects. Preparation and revision of training manuals. Moderation of events.

Training conducted:
1. "Interactive teaching and modern pedagogy" - 2010-2016 - annual TOT for trainers and educators;
2. "Can Ya Makan: Human Rights" - 2012, Spain, Jordan - international EUROMED LTTC - teaching
children's rights through arts;
3. "Let's get out - outdoor and Inclusion" - 2013, Latvia - TCP training by SALTO Inclusion and Latvian
NA for using outdoor activities as a tool for social inclusion;
4. "Give Power to Empower" - 2013, Romania - TCP training by Romanian NA for youth workers on
the field of youth empowerment and sustainable youth work;
5. "Environment, Sustainability and Youth" - 2013, Bulgaria - international EUROMED TC for youth
workers about development of rural areas and sustainability;
6. "Volunteering worth spreading" - 2014, Cyprus - international TC for youth workers promoting
7. "Give Power to Empower II" - 2014, Cyprus - TCP training by Cyprus NA for youth workers on the
field of youth empowerment and sustainable youth work;
8. "Training of Trainers and Multipliers" - 2015, Bulgaria - TOT for National Youth Council POT;
9. "Training of Active Trainers" - 2015, Bulgaria - advanced training for National Youth Council Trainers
10. "Together we are Balance" - 2015, Jordan - international TC for youth workers on the topic of healthy lifestyle;
11. "Environment & Youth" - 2015, Jordan - international training for youth workers on the topic of
Sustainability and entrepreneurship;

Project Coordinated:
a. "Ruckenwind for our future 1" - 2011 - Short Term EVS - BG11-A2-220-R2;
b. "Ruckenwind for our future 2" - 2012 - Short Term EVS - BG12-A2-193-R2;
c. "Build and Play in Rhodopy" - 2012-2013 - Long Term EVS - BG12/A2/090/R1
d. "Face to success" - working with minorities and immigrants. LLLP - Grundtvig - 2012-1-HU1-GRU06-07048 4;

Developed manuals:
a. "Work and play" - manual for educators for interactive teaching and modern pedagogy;
b. "Handbook for Trainers - teaching children's rights and cultural understanding through Art";
c. "Empowerment Guide" - manual with interactive tools for development of competencies for
increasing adaptability on labor market;
d. "Training of Trainers" - manual for using NFL and interactive methods in youth work;
e. "Training of Youth workers" - manual for using NFL and interactive methods in youth work;

Educational pathway

Formal education:
Master degree in Veterinary medicine (2000)
University of Forestry - Faculty "Veterinary medicine", Sofia (Bulgaria);

Non-formal education training and qualification certificates:
1. "Methods for facilitation" - 10.2007 - certification TOT - by Emilia Ilieva;
2. "Trainer's skills" - 01.2008 - certification TOT – by Roland Zaiko - Develor International;
3. "Training of Trainers for EVS" - 03.2010 - TOT - by Leo Kaserer (SALTO);
4. "Risk awareness TOT" - 06.2010 - TOT – by NA "Youth in Action";
5. "TOTEM II" - 2011-2012 - LTTC for trainers in Euro-Mediterranean youth cooperation – by SALTO
6. "Religion as cross-cutting issue in youth work within EuroMed" - 09.2012 - TC for youth workers –
by Iyad Aljaber, Ieva Grundval, Joke Van Doren;
7. "TOT Hitchhiker's guide to become a trainer in Youth in action" - 02.2013 - TOT - by NA "Youth in Action";

Fields of training expertise

  • (expert) Animation
  • (intermediate) Bullying & Harassment
  • (intermediate) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (intermediate) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (expert) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (advanced) Crisis Management
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (beginner) Drama & Theatre
  • (expert) Environment & Ecology
  • (expert) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (expert) Equal Opportunities
  • (expert) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (advanced) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Financial Management
  • (beginner) Fundraising
  • (intermediate) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (expert) Health & Prevention
  • (expert) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (expert) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (expert) Leadership Development
  • (advanced) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (advanced) New Information Technologies
  • (intermediate) Open Space Technology
  • (expert) Organizational Management
  • (expert) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) Peace Education
  • (expert) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (beginner) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (expert) Public Speaking
  • (expert) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Social Media
  • (advanced) Storytelling & Humour
  • (expert) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (advanced) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Youth Information Work
  • (advanced) 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
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (advanced) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (advanced) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (intermediate) Solidarity Fund for Youth Mobility (CoE)
  • (advanced) European Institutions
  • (advanced) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (intermediate) International Youth Structures
  • (advanced) Private Foundations
  • (advanced) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

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

Experience with specific geographical regions

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

Other skills

Certified instructor for Rock climbing nad Slacklining (rope walking). Seven years experience in video capture and vodeo editing. Twenty years experience in photography (national awards). )

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (fluent) Russian

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This profile was last modified on 2017-01-09

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