This is a reference for Wolfgang Sieberth

1st European Passion Academy

The training activity took place
in Sajan, Serbia
organised by Culture Goes Europe
Reference person

Sérgio Xavier

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Aims & objectives

The training was inspired by participation in various trainings within the EU and by Sir Ken Robinson (“How finding your passion can change everything”). The TC was aimed to strengthen the personal development and qualification of youth leaders and those working for and with young people within Europe. The intensive training included five main modules as follows:

-What is passion? What makes me passionate? Find your passion! What do you really love to do? (“Visionary Training Session”)
-How to accept each other? How to use the diversity? Cooperation and connecting passions to create change; seeking the potential from diversity of people and thoughts/ideas (“Value Diversity Session”)
-How to plan cooperation? How to deal with conflicts? How to create peace? Planning of concrete cooperation for the future and networking; tools for challenges in cooperation, partnerships and networks (“Seeking Potential Session”)
-How to include others? How to empower others? Empathy and Participation – Give your passion a meaning for others. Active Citizenship and Active Participation in activities and the planned cooperation (“Passion Transformation Session”)
-What to do with the future? How to multiply change? Development of concrete actions to depart from here; using the potential of shared passion to make a difference (“Planning for change session”)

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The countries involved were:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Austria, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine

The team was composed of:
-a trainer from Portugal, a trianer from Austria and a trainer from Germany
-two organizers from Germany

Training methods used & main activities

The training was based on non-formal educational aproaches of which the most important were: learner centered, voluntary and co-ownership of the process between trainer and participant.
Methods included: elements from OST technology (open space), barcamps, creative workshops, exchanges, language games, team building games, sensitive workshops, presentation, art space, daily reflection...

Outcomes of the activity

Some participants discovered a new passion, some found out where they are on the way to "Passion". They could clarify all the steps and topics connected to "Passion" for themselves, their work as multipliers and for the target groups (how to empower youth, to identify the risks, to secure the development of their potential...). They found out new partners and proposed new projects for the future.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was a full-time trainer responsible for the preparation and implementation of the activities with two other trainers.

I worked on this training for 9 days as a full time trainer.

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