This is a reference for Lukas H.

Social Entrepreneurs for development

The training activity took place
in Tbilisi, Georgia
organised by Akzent Interkultura
6th - 12th November 2015

Aims & objectives

The training course focussed on the concept of social entrepreneurship in general with specific attention on entrepreneurial skills, leadership and management, need and problem analysis and funding and financing. Those topics were explored in the context of youth organizations and volunteering, and were discussed in the light of the present conditions in each participant's country.

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

The group of participants was made up of 40 young people from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Spain, Georgia, Italy, Palestine, Slovakia

The trainers were:
Lukas Heimes, Berlin, Germany
Gvantsa Mezvrishvili, Tbilisi, Georgia

Training methods used & main activities

- the project methodology was based on non-formal education (NFE) methods, valorizing the knowledge and experiences of the participants. NFE - as a mean of facilitating the learning process and increase the interactivity of the training: Peer to peer education or learning through experience, meaning that practical workshops and individual experiences were most of the time the starting point for reflection
- apart from that short presentations, brain storming activities and project visits were organized

Outcomes of the activity

Participants increased their knowledge about:
- general information about social entrepreneurship, its origins and evolution around the world
- main characteristics, benefits, values and factors for success of social entrepreneurship
- Modern conditions and specific aspects of social entrepreneurship in different European countries and other regions of the world
- national, European and international resources for social enterprise creation and sustainability
- initiative, innovation and creativity and their effect on social work
- the participant countries from different regions of the world (EU, Caucasus, Middle-East, Balkans), their cultures, traditions, cuisines, everyday life, etc.
- methods of non-formal and in-formal education
- information about ERASMUS+ programme

The participants also increased their skills in the following ways:
- developing new entrepreneurial competences for social entrepreneurship and youth work
- reaching enterprising qualities that can be used for the public good
- putting into practice the ideas, experience, enthusiasm and developing the concrete concepts of social entrepreneurship
- developing innovative methodology to create a sustainable social enterprise model
- realizing their creative ideas and initiatives in real life
- assist other youngsters' development by sharing own experiences
- project management
- improving communication
- social skills and relating more easily with other people
- working in international and intercultural teams
- leadership

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

- designing, preparing and running all training sessions. Some sessions were supported by the co-trainer
- coordinating all activities with the project partners
- communicating with the participants before and after the training
- administrating the finances and organizing participant travel reimbursements

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

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