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Small Foot: How to reduce your ecological footprint

The training activity took place
in Valeri, Asturias, Spain
organised by Biodiversa
29 Sept - 7 Oct 2012

Aims & objectives

This training course aimed to provide participating youth with the key to live a life that is deeply satisfying, fulfilling, and appealing because it is socially, environmentally and economically responsible. Participants learned how to make lifestyle choices which improved their quality of life and reduced their negative impact on the environment.
The training addressed the need of living a happier life, through improving its sustainability.
The organisations goal is to conserve nature through education and awareness raising. The training course perfectly fitted this goal, given that it taught youth how to decrease their negative impact on the environment, thus helping conserve the nature.

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

Young people actively involved in their organisations. Countries: Armenia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain.

Training methods used & main activities

Non-formal education methods, combining peer to peer education with counselling and facilitation by experienced trainers, so that new knowledge, skills and attitudes are generated through collective intelligence. Experience sharing, study visits, up-cycling workshops, interactive presentations, team building games and activities, interpreted walking route...

Outcomes of the activity

Participants significantly increased their knowledge about the impact that their daily activities have on the planet.
We compared participants awareness and motivation on the first and last days of the training course, confirming a very significant improvement in all matters addressed. We also compiled testimonies of participants one month after their participation in the course, confirming that they really changed their lifestyle into a more sustainable one in all of the cases.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was the main trainer, as well as the project developer and coordinator.

I worked on this training for 9 days as a full time trainer.

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