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Partnership Building Seminar in Estonia: THINK RURAL, FEEL GLOBAL, ACT INTERNATIONAL!

The training activity took place
in Vidrike, Estonia
organised by Seiklejate Vennaskond

Aims & objectives

The aims of partnership building activity were:

- Contact making with future partners and developing new partnerships
- Giving participants knowledge of Youth in Action programme with the focus on youth exchanges and quality of youth exchanges
- Developing new project ideas with partners from contact making to mapping down the programme of the exchange
- Developing new projects in Youth in Action framework with focus on youth (un)employment and entrepreneurship
- Getting to know Youthpass as a tool, process and certificate for conscious learning in youth exchange
- Develop international cooperation in youth field which involves Estonian youth from rural areas/small towns and youth from similar areas of participating countries

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

Partnership building seminar brought together 14 youth workers and leaders from Estonia and 10 from following countries: Romania, Cyprus, Slovakia and Portugal.

Heleri Alles - trainer & organizer (Estonia)
Kaisa Keizars - trainer (Estonia)
Madli ├Ľun - support staff (Estonia)

Training methods used & main activities

Various methods were used as group discussion, group building activities, self-assessment, quiz, world cafe, blog groups, reflection diary and learning buddy, work in pairs, debriefing sessions in cycle etc.

For example, participants took part of a quiz, where they had to answer questions about Youth in Action programme and also got some practical input from trainers. Participants discussed in world cafe, how to make youth exchange more visible and have local impact and multiplying effect. Participants also developed budgets for their future youth exchange projects using different sites online and application pdf-form.

Outcomes of the activity


- 20 participants out of 24 are more than 80 % sure that they will apply for youth exchange project for 1st October 2012 or 1st February 2013 deadline.
- 8 project ideas were developed in deep from setting objectives to writing down the daily plan.
- Strong partnerships were established between Estonian and foreign participants from rural/not privileged areas.
- Participants are aware of non-formal learning principles and quality aspects of Youth in Action programme (especially of youth exchange)
- Participants can form a youth exchange eligible and realistic budget
- Participants know what is intercultural learning in Youth Exchange and how to bring European dimension to it
- Participants know Youthpass as tool, process and certificate in youth exchange and know the 8 key competences

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was the main organizer of the seminar and full-time trainer. I was involved in preparation, implementation and evaluation of seminar. I will help participants with their idea development after the seminar as the follow-up of the project.

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

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