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Study visit on youth information across Slovenia

The training activity took place
in Slovenia (Domžale, Zagorje ob Savi, Celje, Koper, Ljubljana)
organised by Zavod Movit (SI NA)
6th - 8th May 2019
Reference person

Tinkara Bizjak

(organiser)
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Aims & objectives

The study visit across Slovenia was to give an overview of the youth information activities in different
Slovenian regions, to present good practices from the organizations, offer space to network,
exchange experience and possibly find new ideas and opportunities for projects and cooperation in
the future.

The youth information study visit across Slovenia started in Domžale with visiting the "Escape room
project on international mobility opportunities for young people. The study visit continued to
Zagorje ob Savi, where they presented their youth center and good practices of youth information
and youth work in a small town. Group continued to Celje where, looking for ideas for the
presentation of European opportunities that would take place the next day. Visit continued in Koper,
where the host organization PINA presented their activities and spaces. All the hosts are also
Eurodesk multipliers with rich experience in youth work and delivering youth information. Time was
also dedicated for participants to exchange the practices among each other, network and find ideas
for future (information) projects.

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

The participants of the study visit were 14 youth information workers from Finland, Croatia and
Slovenia and two representatives of Croatian and Finnish NAs.

Training methods used & main activities

In getting to know each other activities applied some name-games and buzz groups supported with
questions. Youth centre Domžale applied gamification (escape room) and presentation/questions &
answers. Youth centre Zagorje delivered presentation/questions & answers. For getting to know each
others professional path we applied an activity called “My professional penguin”, designed for this
opportunity, which was a combination of individual reflection supported with coaching questions and
sharing in pairs. Youth centre Celje prepared different games (puzzle, memory, quizz … like) about
the topics around EU. Participants then in small groups designed their genuine activities. PINA and
ŠKUC delivered plenary presentation and offered time for questions & answers.
ification (escape room) and presentation/questions & answers. For field work in Koper we applied
teamwork, scouting, digital work. For networking in Škuc there was team work as well and project
designing with the help of template.
We created a logbook as an additional toll of self-reflection and to easier keep track of the whole
study visit. In the logbook, we gave basic information about each organization we visited in the order
we did it. There was a task for participants to be done after every presentation they had and there
was also reflection sections in each page.

Outcomes of the activity

At the end of the activity, participating information youth workers were aquiped with new edeas and cases for implementing their work and future networking possibilities. Participants also cooperated in recording a video about EU possibilities for young people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-g8bqDC7GE.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

As a trainer I was responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the training, including preparing materials. I was monitoring the preparatuion of specific presentations of the cases at Eurodesk partners' venues. I have delivered the training together with a trainee-trainer Barbara Masnik, so I was responsible also for supporting her and prividing a feedback.

I worked on this training for 3 days as a full time trainer.

Testimonial of the reference person

Polona is a very active member of our National Agency's pool of trainers. We have always been very pleased with her work as a trainer and participant's feedbacks have been very positive as well. Polona is very familiar with the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps and their key elements and themes, she is very professional, takes her work seriously and I would recommend working with her to anyone without any hesitation.

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