This is a reference for Dorit Machell (Fauck)

International EuroPeer Training Course 2017 Vienna

The training activity took place
in Vienna, Austria
organised by Interkulturelles Zentrum
May 24-28, 2017

Aims & objectives

The aim of this international training course is to prepare young people who have been abroad with YiA for their own EuroPeers projects and offer them the opportunity to network. They reflect on their experiences living abroad, learn about non-formal learning, mobility programmes and participation in Europe and develop skills needed for their projects, like presentation techniques, methods for workshops, project management, communication, storytelling, and creative methods and formats. The participants create and implement a group project in Vienna and further plan individually a EuroPeer project which is held within the following four month in their home town. The trainers support this process as mentors beyond the training course.

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

The target group are young people who have taken part in YiA/Erasmus+: Youth in Action projects:
• who want to inform and motivate other young people (their peers) about learning mobility opportunities through the Erasmus + Youth in Action programme, based on their own experience
• who want to raise awareness among young people about European issues, activities and opportunities;
• who feel confident to express themselves in English;
• who are committed to attend the full duration of the training course;
• who are at least 18 years old;
• who are residents of the E+ Programme countries or Western Balkans countries

The trainer team consisted of one German (myself) and one trainer from the Austrian trainer pool.

Training methods used & main activities

The training course is based on the concept of non-formal education. This includes reflection on one's learning outcomes, peer learning and experiential learning. Participants have the chance to fill out a Youthpass.

Outcomes of the activity

EuroPeers are special not only in the way they inform other young people about the various mobility opportunities that are available across Europe – by sharing their own European experiences. They also paint a lively, authentic and youth-specific picture of what it means to be European, thereby bringing Europe closer to their peers. This creates a European network of motivated young people who do not see Europe as a bureaucratic structure, but rather as an opportunity for action and personal chances.

EuroPeers' activities are in line with the Treaty of Lisbon, which calls for the EU to encourage the participation of young people in democratic life in Europe.

YOUTH IN ACTION, as an element of the Erasmus+ program, is also designed to encourage participation in Europe‘s democratic structures, greater civic involvement, a stronger intercultural dialogue and more solidarity, in particular by creating more opportunities for young people to take part in learning mobility projects.

The peer-to-peer approach makes it possible to reach out directly to a variety of target groups, including young people with fewer opportunities.

The different peer projects run in the past on national level show that young active peers are indeed on the ground and in proximity to other young people.

A large number of EuroPeers events that are organized across Europe will make a significant contribution enhancing the visibility of Erasmus+ YOUTH IN ACTION.
 A EuroPeers network will multiply the benefits for the EU programme for education, training, youth and sports (Erasmus+) that the different national peer projects had already succeeded in delivering in connection with YOUTH IN ACTION and will increase the number of young people who identify with Europe even more.

Through their activities as EuroPeers young people enhance and develop their personal and professional skills. According to the active young EuroPeers themselves, their personal added value consists of improved project management and presentation skills, workshop facilitation, teamwork, confidence, assertiveness, fortifying their entrepreneurship skills and more.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Creating the course plan and facilitation; taking care of the coordination and communication with the EuroPeer network.

I worked on this training for 7,5 days as a full time trainer.

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