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Inclusion through Solidarity

The training activity took place
in Bucharest, Romania
organised by COSI (Civic Orientation and Social Integration)
13 - 21 July 2022
Reference person

Andrei Sasu

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Aims & objectives

Due to the current situation, Erasmus+ and European
Solidarity Corps programs potential when combined, and our specific expertise, we generated a capacity-sharing space and built quality standards of international volunteering projects as
an efficient response to the unemployment crisis.
Hence, during 9 days mobility and throughout the project period, we aimed to:

1. Empower 29 youth workers in managing quality ESC projects by exchanging experiences and good practices, good management of the project, inclusion
strategies, analyzing characteristics and jointly finding solutions.

2. Develop a common understanding for 29 participants on how to properly design an ESC projects with focus on quality, based on the inclusion needs of NEET youth;

3. Improve the organizational capacity of 9 NGOs for developing inclusion projects, by promoting ESC program as a solution to youth unemployment.

4. Build stronger synergies and lasting partnerships among 9 NGOs from EU and EaP and develop future projects, share specific results, good practices and
successful strategies used among NGOs in the EU and the region EaP.

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

The training involved 29 youth workers aged 18+ from the partners NGOs' staff (volunteers, social workers, educators, counselors, trainers and other related staff implementing non-formal activities), who are actively involved in the NEETs' inclusion process, interested in the topic of solidarity and who are motivated to use ESC tool in their mission. The participants were coming from: Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Italy, Spain, Greece, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine.

Training methods used & main activities

In terms of NFE methods (indoor-outdoor), some of the methods used were as followed:
- Energisers before each session;
- Plenary inputs by trainers/experts;
- Guest speakers/study visits - opportunity to listen and observe how ‘others do it’;
- Presentations of participants;
- Digital content creation sessions (videos, posters, e-guide);
- Topic-related board games;
- Team-building, ice-breaking activities;
- One-to-one, group work based on discussion, debates, brainstorming, sharing ideas;
- Learning by doing - especially when testing the tools and undertaking practical exercises;
- Role-play, world-café, forum theater;
- Study cases, problem solving scenarios;
- Cultural awareness activities;
- Open spaces sessions where participants choose their topics of interests;
- Daily reflection/evaluations of the learning process.

Outcomes of the activity

Facebook page with all the activities -

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team


I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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