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EYE Opener

The training activity took place
in Holland
organised by EYE Opener Trainer Team
7th - 11th September 2011
Reference person

Jo Claeys

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Aims & objectives

EYE Opener is a training course (TC) for newcomers to develop Youth Exchanges within the context of Youth in Action and to stimulate the full participation of young people in the entire exchange project.
EYE Opener follows roughly the same
concept and structure as the current BTM training course , but has a different purpose and set up in terms of target group.

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

Maximum 36 participants, aiming at 12 to 18 teams. Teams consist of 1 ADULT LEADER who works directly with young people and who is committed to engage in the development of a future youth exchange in partnership with the young persons. Leaders must be over 18 years old. Two leaders could attend if national legislation requires this and 1 TO 2 young people, between 15-18 years old, engaged in the development of the future youth exchange.
Working language is English; at least one person per team has to be able to work in English.
EYE Opener focuses on youth-adult pairing: 1 adult leader e.g. youth worker, youthleader, social worker, policy maker + 1 or 2 young people per group/organization (depending on national regulations).
The team comprises 3 trainers from different national and cultural backgrounds.

Training methods used & main activities

The training is based on simulation games, inputs and group work.
Some sessions are aimed at young people and adults separately, others jointly.

Outcomes of the activity

There is an evaluation which assesses the learning of participants. Youth exchange partnerships are encouraged. Youthpass certificates are awarded.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Shared development, planning, delivery and reporting of EYE Opener training course amongst the trainer team of three.

I worked on this training for 4 days as a full time trainer.

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