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This is a reference for Julia Motta

Learning, Developing, Networking

The training activity took place
in Lauenburg/Elbe, Germany
organised by Stadt Lauenburg/Elbe
February 15th to February 21st 2015
Reference person

Friederike Betge

(Organiser)
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Aims & objectives

It was a training course about methods and approaches in international youth work, aiming at networking and further developing of the partnerships between social youth work organisations from Lauenburg/Germany, Lublin/Poland, Tokat/Turkey, Nurmes/Finland and Buskerud/Norway.
All the involved partner organisations have been working with some organisations in Lauenburg before. But they were not linked to each other so far. Therefore youth workers from Lauenburg initiated the idea, contacted all the partners in order to bring them together and to get a training course together about quality aspects in international youth work.
The training course has been the first part of a project in which a youth exchange will be developed and undertaken together and another training course will be done afterwards to further develop the network and evaluate the common experiences in the project.

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

The target group were youth and social workers from Germany, Poland, Turkey, Finland and Norway.
The facilitator team was concisting of two trainers, one from Germany, one from Poland. Besides, their were representatives of each organisation part of the bigger team, who were involved in the preparation and also took some responsibilities for part of the programme during the course.

Training methods used & main activities

Methods to getting to know each other (experiential methods/adventure pedagogics)
Methods and tools for intercultural learning, communication, conflict resolution (non-formal and experiential methods).
Small group works.
Plenary sessions with discussions.
Evaluation methods (visualized and creative).
Excursions/visits of youth organisations nearby.

Outcomes of the activity

The training course increased the mutual understanding of of each other's organisations and "realities" in youth work. The participants could discuss approaches to non-formal learning and facilitating international youth groups. Also they were developing further ideas for the youth exchange that they are undertaking together as a next step. All of them have got new ideas concerning methods, theoretical background of concepts (of culture, communication etc.), and youth exchanges.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was - together with my collegue Agnieszka Brodacka-Ochnio - a facilitator and organiser during this activity. Being involved in the project from the scratch (writing the application, managing the communication with all the partners) I was developing the idea together with the five partners and we integrated different wishes and need into the programme.

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

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