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SPECIAL EFFECTS – training for trainers

The training activity took place
in Prenčov, Slovakia
organised by Play It Big (NGO)
13-22 May 2016

Aims & objectives

Training course for trainers, youth workers, facilitators who like to work with nature, who want to develop their facilitation competences and add some special effects to their trainer’s body, mind, heart and spirit through nature based methods.

"Special Effects - Simplicity, Depth and Nature-Based Methods in Youth Work and Training" was an innovative 8-day training course for trainers, facilitators and youth workers who already have some experience in non-formal education and experiential learning.

The programme was designed for people who are ready to learn, explore, discover and develop their skills, competences and know-how and will be able to use it later in their jobs and communities.

Some of the special effects of this course are the aspect of working in simple rural conditions, using less resources, developing skills for working with youth from rural areas and exploring nature as a tool for empowerment of young people from socially disadvantaged background.

We worked on all the most important aspects of learning activities: programme structure, flow, methods, techniques, group dynamics, presentation skills, personality of the trainer, roles and balance in the training team and we experienced it all in a in meeting with local community.

The programme will be very flexible and we will be ready to adapt it following very closely the participants’ needs and expectations for the course; plus, a space will always be open for participants who will want a more active role, taking the initiative and practicing non-formal education by actually doing it.

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

Target group:30 participants: Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, United Kingdom who wanted to deepen their training and facilitation skills.

Team composition:
Jan Látal - Czechia
Carmine Rodi Falanga - Italy
Bára Rodi - Czechia
Organisers: Martina Neviďanská and Martin Gavalier - Slovakia

Training methods used & main activities

variety of non-formal education methods

part of the training were workshops designed and implemented by participants, with feedback from the trainer team

Outcomes of the activity

This is one of the most successful training modules I deliver. The Slovak edition in 2016 was already the 4th edition, the feedback from participants and organisers was very very positive.

You can read more about this edition on blog of my colleague Carmine Rodi Falanga:

More about the previous editions here:

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Full time trainer, responsible for preparation, implementation and evaluation of the training course.

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

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