Snežana Bačlija Knoch


Imagine a piece of paper with key words on it, scattered around, in different colours and sizes, with many lines between them going back and forth. One could say: “What a mess!” But I like to think about it as: “Myself in 169 characters” :)

5C: Culture/ Conflict/ Creativity/ Challenge/ Change; 4L: Lara/ Learning/ Laugh/ (un)Limiting; 3T: Tiago/ Training/ Travelling; 2E: Exploring/ Educating; 1S: Shakespeare

Snežana Bačlija Knoch has 5 references for past work as a trainer and added 4 tools to the SALTO Toolbox.

Snežana Bačlija Knoch

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Current occupation

Freelance Trainer and Facilitator in the youth field in Europe

Work experience

I am an international freelance trainer and facilitator, with a particular interest in intercultural learning, conflict transformation and empowerment of young people, youth workers and youth NGOs. I am passionate about facilitation of nonformal education and creative possibilities it brings along, and dedicated to exploring lifelong learning. Both offline and online.

Over the past 10 years, I have worked on almost 100 different educational activities, with different target groups: youth, high school and university students, youth leaders, NGO activists, young politicians, unemployed youth, minority groups, youth at risk, youth from conflict areas, immigrants and refugees.

I have had a long-term engagement with number of organisations:
- BalkanIDEA Novi Sad - I am currently Member of the Advisory Board. Within BalkanIDEA Novi Sad I made my first steps in international training, particularly under the umbrella of YOUTH and Youth in Action programmes. I have also been a leader of youth exchanges, as well as sending and hosting mentor to EVS volunteers. I have also developed and managed online learning platform:
- The Youth Dialogue Programme - I am currently the Programme Director and working on international educational programmes and dialogue programmes between Kosovo and Serbia.
- Soliya - for the past 2 years I have been working as a facilitator for Connect Program - Online cultural exchange program of eight weekly sessions for university students from USA, Europe, Asia and MENA region.
- Encompass, The Daniel Braden Reconciliation Trust from London - I was working for 5 years as Educational advisor and facilitator, developing educational strategy for Encompass programmes and creating programme agenda, facilitating and evaluating Encompass Journeys of Understanding.
- American Councils in Serbia - I was working for 2 years as a facilitator, both preparing young people for their year abroad and facilitating re-entry seminars upon their return.

Other organisations/institutions I have been working so far include:
- NAPOR, National Association of Youth Workers in Serbia
- Council of Europe, Office in Belgrade
- Bulgarian National Agency for Youth in Action Programme
- Eurodesk HU (Hungarian National Agency for Youth in Action Programme)
- NGO No Label Project
- NGO Radi Vidi Pats
- Foundation Forum 2000
- The Human RightS Initiative (HRSI)
- NGO Kaiross Jeunesse
- Ataretaco Foundation
- ICYE International Office (International Cultural Youth Exchange)

Finally, I am a member of following pools of trainers:
2013 - SALTO SEE Pool of trainers,
2011 - Pool of Trainers, SEEYN (South Eastern European Youth Network):
2010 - Pool of Trainers, NLP coach,
2009 - Pool of Trainers, Youth in Action Programme in Serbia,

Educational pathway

2006 – 2008, MA in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies, in cooperation with the University of Novi Sad, Responding to Conflict UK and Nansen Dialogue Network; Master thesis: The Role of Nonformal Education Based on Challenging Activities in the Process of Rehumanisation (Action Research)

2011 – 2013, International Certificate from United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and Soliya for complied Soliya Online Network Fellowship, dedicated to online facilitation of community outreach programmes

2011, I SEE YOU - EMOTION, L2L how to develop creative emotional and stress management skills in non-formal education; Áskorun ehf / The Challenge ltd, Iceland

2010, UNIQUE R.I.D.E., Unique space for further personal and professional development of trainers working in the youth field; UNIQUE, European network of training, consulting and research organisations and Interkulturelles Zentrum, Austrian National Agency of “Youth in Action” programme, Austria

2009, International Certificate to competently prepare, run and evaluate training activities in Human Rights Education; Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport- European Youth Centre, Hungary

2006, International Certificate from a training course: Basic Animation Tools for Practical Use in Youth Work; Projects Are Us, Macedonia

2005, Certificate from a Professional Development Workshop: Participatory Methodology and Approaches to Learning in Training; Trainers’ Forum – The Association of Trainer and Consultants for Non-Profit Sector in Croatia

2002, International Certificate to competently prepare, run and evaluate training activities with an intercultural dimension in South East Europe; Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport- European Youth Centre, Hungary

From 2001 onwards, participated in many national, regional and international trainings, seminars and conferences on conflict transformation, mediation, intercultural learning, human rights, global justice, communication skills, teamwork and leadership, diversity, identity, youth work, project management, civil society, lobbying and advocacy, fundraising.

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Animation
  • (intermediate) Bullying & Harassment
  • (intermediate) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (beginner) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (expert) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (expert) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (advanced) Drama & Theatre
  • (advanced) Environment & Ecology
  • (beginner) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (intermediate) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (intermediate) Fundraising
  • (beginner) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (advanced) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (expert) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) International Youth Work
  • (intermediate) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (expert) Leadership Development
  • (intermediate) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (advanced) New Information Technologies
  • (beginner) Open Space Technology
  • (intermediate) Organizational Management
  • (advanced) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (expert) Peace Education
  • (intermediate) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (advanced) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (beginner) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (intermediate) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (beginner) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (intermediate) European Institutions
  • (intermediate) Youth Partnership CoE-COM

Working with specific target groups

  • (beginner) Children
  • (intermediate) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (expert) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (expert) Minorities
  • (advanced) Religious Youth Groups
  • (expert) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (beginner) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (beginner) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) Asia
  • (advanced) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (advanced) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (expert) Global Cooperation
  • (expert) South East Europe

Other skills

Dialogue and intercultural understanding; Conflict transformation; Training of facilitators; Training for multipliers

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (beginner) Italian
  • (beginner) Portuguese
  • (fluent) Serbian

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This profile was last modified on 2017-02-17

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