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Explore and learn

The training activity took place
in Dryanovo, Bulgaria
organised by Association of speleo clubs

Aims & objectives

“Explore and learn” is a project for exchange between youngsters from two close one to each other countries of the Balkans. The main aim of the project was to make popular among the youngsters the nature exploring and practicing of outdoor activities. The long-lasting goal of the exchange is the development of the speleology and the outdoor activities in the area of Bulgaria and Albania with the purpose of progressing the partnership on international level, which is one of the main goals of the organization.

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

The project gathered 22 participants - 8 youngsters and 2 leaders from Albania and 10 youngsters and 2 leaders from Bulgaria. The young people from Bulgaria were with some experience in the sphere of mountaineering and speleology - 1st or 2nd year in speleo clubs from all around the country and passed trough first level of training in speleology; from Albania - without skills and knowledge in the topics, interested in the outdoor education

Training methods used & main activities

learning by doing ( experiential learning )
peer to peer education
The participants mastered needed information and skills linked to the following activities: forming of caves and karst formations, staying and camping in outdoor conditions, individual and group safety, responsible attitude in the nature.

Outcomes of the activity

second Youth exchange realized, October 2012.
Initiated speleo club in Albania.
local activities implemented in Bulgaria and Albania

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Group building and group dynamics
Introduction of Youthpass process and mentoring the process of filling it in
The topic of Ecological intelligence and nature protection
Everyday reflections

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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