This is a reference for Brais Fernandes Álvarez

LTTC “Small things can change the world”

The training activity took place
in Alvito, Portugal; Allariz, Galicia, Spain; Mosty, Poland
organised by YEU . Youth for Exchange and Understanding
October 2008-July 2009; 5-13 Oct 2010; 22 feb-2mar 2011; 12-20 jul 2011

Aims & objectives

The Long Term training Course for local youth initiatives aimed to empower and train youth leaders and workers, active within YEU member and partner organizations, to develop local projects and associative strategies based on participation, intercultural education and human rights from a European perspective. It included 3 residential training events during a year long project (seminar, training course and evaluation seminar). In the periods in between, trainees continued to learn both by peer training and coaching methods and learning by doing, assisted by an e-coaching.
The main need addressed was to help to find a balance between the local and international level of the young youth workers and its NGOs, proving that being active at each one's own community means being active in Europe.

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

Youth leaders and youth workers throughout Europe (Italy, Finland, Serbia, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Holland, Poland)
4 people trainers team (Nuno da Silva, pt; Ondrej Lochman, cz; Olga Stobiecka-Rozmiarek, pl) and logistic staff from YEU (Marta Cubajevaite, Marko Paunovic, Ewa Giniewska...)

Training methods used & main activities

Introduction to the "European Charter on the Participation of Youth at local and regional life" through several methods such as discussions, simulations, creative workshops... and the development of personal project plans at local level
Several getting-to-know-each-other, team-building and ice-breaking games, some inputs and many discussions through a variety of methods, small and big group work, brainstorming, creative conclusions and creative flipcharts, as well as simulations such as “Possible Mission”- a chain of small tasks that participants must fulfil as a team-, "Albatross", "Open Space Technologies", several challenges such as an Outdoor Experiential Learning for 24 hours aimed at developing participants’ personal and social competences regarding participation and ethical values.
Permanent assessment and self-assessment with a special focus on learn-to-learn and learn-by-doing approach

Outcomes of the activity

Local-based activities at the community level and the strengthening of the local NGOs

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was one of the 4 full-time team-trainers.
We all planned, developed, implemented and reported each of the three residential meetings, and coached online participants in between.
Among the team I tend to take responsibilities on creativity and the swift from rational into emotional perspectives.

I worked on this training for 3 x 9 = 27 residential days days as a full time trainer.

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