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Captain Culture- mission employment

The training activity took place
in Praia Grande, Portugal
organised by Vida+Viva | Associação Animam Viventem
6th- 13th October 2013

Aims & objectives

Main aims were to learn how to empower and train youth and youth leaders on how to deal with cultural diversity, to develop youth and youth leaders learning to learn skills in a way that it can improve their employability, to encourage youth and youth leaders entrepreneurship spirit by developing and implementing their ideas to foster future international projects and collaborations.

Come and join us on this journey where Captain Culture is our hero and makes all the prejudices come down to zero!

Objectives for participants:
- Become aware of the importance that influence of culture has on person’s behaviour and identity.
- Recognize and be sensitive for differences that other cultures bring.
- Develop knowledge and competence in key concepts of intercultural learning and life long learning with young people.
- Acknowledge the Youth in Action Programme and Erasmus + as a tool for intercultural learning and Youth work.
- Be provided with information about existing possibilities and conditions for the development of co-operation projects in the field of youth work.
- Reflect about the importance, possibilities and obstacles of cultural diversity when organizing international youth projects or other youth projects involving ethnic minorities.
- Reflect on the current European and national realities relating to youth employment and mobility.
- Exchange best practices among youth, and youth leader in working within multicultural environment.
- Understand the steps needed to translate ideas into concrete actions and projects.
- Develop tools, activities, strategies for improvement of youth work on local level focused on cultural diversity.
- Develop an informal network of youth, youth workers and youth leaders between the EU countries.
- Identify common criteria and approaches for follow-up projects and initiatives developed on this training course.

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

Rodrigo Vilarinho Sweden / Portugal
Milena Lazic Serbia
Saro Rossi Italy

Training methods used & main activities

The methodology that has been used was based on experiential learning and alternative approaches towards intercultural learning and employability.
A specific feature of the training is that in certain moments it will consist of two parallel working groups, meaning that participants who are more focused on learning by doing will follow one working group and the ones that are more oriented on reflective learning style will follow the other. The learning process will be shared with the others bringing out even more outcomes.
Also, another specific quality of this training course is the focus on future projects and concrete use of learning products, therefore participants will be supported and guided on development, implementation and evaluation of their own projects for intercultural learning, dialogue and employment.
Main working methods will be based on experimental and experiential learning. In specific, the methods that we are going to use will be activities and workshops based on experiential learning, outdoor activities, team and group building activities, open space methodology, roll-plays, simulations, energizers, ice-breakers, etc. In addition, during the training we will follow the principles and values of non-formal learning, where education process is structured and planned, established on voluntary base and assisted by trainer.

Outcomes of the activity

During the project development phase 8 different project ideas were developed by participants, mainly youth exchange projects involving all participants (see summary attached). Participant develop a draft of their project thanks to the project development form (see attached an example) and on the last day they develop a timeline of the project and a group action plan to share tasks and responsabilities in order to make the project real.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Trainer and programme designer

I worked on this training for 6 days as a full time trainer.

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