This is a reference for Sandra Gojić

Visualise Words, Embody Visuals

The training activity took place
in Online
organised by Otvorena Hra
23 November 2020- 18 December 2020
Reference person

Juraj Vig

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Aims & objectives

With this training course, we provided participants very practical framework and space for their personal development in the area of visual thinking and embodied learning. Following the recent shift in educational practice towards more learner-centred methods and tools that are also holistic in their nature, we have designed this training course that offers innovative tools and skills for working with youth.
The overall aim of this training course was to empower participants to use visual tools and body work techniques for facilitating educational activities within their own environment. What we strive is for participants to understand the importance of consciously using these principles in their environments, nurturing more holistic approach when facilitating learning and working with youth.
To introduce visual thinking as a tool for working in the field of youth and education
To explore body work methods, as a tool for self- awareness and self-expression
To offer participants new methods, skills and tools for developing and facilitating learning activities in their environment
To support the development of participants’ skills to actively use, adapt and combine these approaches in the context of delivering and facilitating learning activities

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

Target Group:

Youth workers that are currently working with young people
Trainers, Facilitators and other educators who want to improve their competences
Volunteers and Youth Leaders in different organisations interested in facilitation and training
Non-formal educators interested in combining body work and visual tools in their practice

Participating Countries: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, France and Serbia
Team of Trainers: Ireland and Slovakia

Training methods used & main activities

Our working methods were based on principles of visual thinking, experiential and embodied learning and non-formal education. Some of the methods we used were: , fast drawing, lettering, creative writing, dance and theatre improvisation, guided visualisations, group and individual reflections, theoretical inputs, etc.

Outcomes of the activity

Participants are more aware of benefits and challenges of including visual thinking and embodied learning principles in the context of youth work, training and education and are empowered to use these methods and techniques in their local environments.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was responsible for planning, developing and delivering sessions related to embodied learning, dance improvisation, creative expression.

I worked on this training for 10 days as a full time trainer.

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