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Youth Discovering Erasmus+ Project Lab

The training activity took place
in Viana do Castelo, Portugal
organised by Youth Erasmus+ National Agency in Portugal (Agência Nacional para a gestão do programa Juventude em Acção)
14 - 18th of March 2017

Aims & objectives

Goal: developing youth mobility projects involving young people from rural areas.

Objectives:
• To increase participation of young people and organisations from disadvantaged areas
in the Erasmus+: Youth in Action programme;
• To encourage and support the strategic use of Erasmus+ as a tool for inclusion & capacity building of organisations;
• To increase the capacity of organisations for international youth work;
• To support establishment of long-term quality partnerships;
• To gather and promote results & good practices on national and transnational level.

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

Group: 40 youth workers from Estonia, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia working in or with young people from rural areas.

Team of facilitators besides myself:
Sara Serao - Portugal,
Henk Persyn - Slovenia/Begium Flanders

Team of organizers: representatives from the Youth Erasmus+ National Agencies (Estonia, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia)

Training methods used & main activities

The Project Lab placed the participants in the center of the learning process through interactive methods while focusing on your understanding of the concepts and specifics of working in international projects such as youth Erasmus+.

In order to achieve this, a mix of workshops, facilitated discussions, open market, walk and talk, wordclouding, and social animation as well as other interactive tools were mainly used during the three days and your work will be presented in the plenary sessions receiving relevant feedback.

Outcomes of the activity

10 projects ideas were developed (7 youth exchanges and 3 youth worker mobilities).
The groups were formed based on common interests of the represented organizations and worked structured in workshops on problem identification and common need analysis, objectives, activities, learning results and how they should be "translated" in the real application form.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

As one of the co-facilitators I was part of building up the TC design together with my colleagues and organizers during a one day and a half preparatory meeting.

During the traning course I was responsible for several sessions and topics such as building up the problem and solution tree model, experiential learning, learning styles and how they could be inserted in youth activities, especially in social inclusion contexts, Youthpass and learning competences.
Other tasks included offering countinous support for the project groups, feedback to improve the project proposals in the Erasmus+ context or developing the learning and social inclusion resource sections of the booklet and infopack.

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

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