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Be the leader! (1. - 10. 7. 2021, Slavňovice)

In the first week of July, amazing group of young people from six different countries gathered in Slavňovice – a small village in south Bohemia, close to Tábor city for an Erasmus+ training course. As the name of the event suggests, main focus of this intensive training course was improving leadership skills, effective communication and learning about group dynamics through various outdoor activities such as debates, presentations, team-building activities and reflections. Participants from Croatia, Spain, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Turkey could learn about different approaches of leading, facilitating, manipulation, personal archetypes, developing of competences, critical thinking and much more… The topics of most of the debates were definitely not easy and went much beyond the main focus of the course I would say! Eventually everybody could put into practice the freshly gained knowledge not only among themselves but also while preparing activities for Czech and Spanish kids (6 – 15 years) on a local summer camp. Beautiful nature in the surroundings, the great support of the organizers, the delicious food and the attitude of everybody involved made this experience unforgettable! Thank you!

Ajka Štindlová, participant of the project

You can see photos from the gallery HERE and all the pictures HERE.

 

 


 

Green Way of Social Entrepreneurship

Training course for youth workers

Dates: 11. - 18. 10. 2021

Venue: Trnava, Slovakia

Countries involved: Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Greece, Romania, Poland, Turkey

Content of the project:

Unemployment or job related issues, poverty are devastating issues for many young Europeans nowadays. Young people or youth workers are at entry-level positions are the first in a line to be laid off. We are convinced that entrepreneurship in ecological way and by social means outlines the potential benefits of more sustainable solutions Social entrepreneurship in eco-friendly way can be as good help in mitigating the impacts of the economic crisis on young people as any. The aims of the training course are: to gain entrepreneurial competences for own professional needs, to create ecological social business to be used in the city and to spread awareness and improve youth work.

If you are interested in joining the project, please contact us at:  lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz.

You can find more information in the infopack:

 

 

Lab for Life

Training course for youth workers

Dates: 21. - 29. 9. 2021

Venue: Kiev, Ukraine

Countries involved: Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Albania, Belorussia, Georgia, Armenia

Content of the project:

The project aimed at 30 youth workers, aims to promote the idea of technology and audiovisual media as part of the daily work of the young workers and as a source for greater opportunities to pass on to young people, in an innovative way, all those values of solidarity, understanding of diversity, reception and inclusion. We want to raise awareness of the fact that audiovisual technology can be used very effectively both as a non-formal education tool for young people and as an excellent way to develop their skills to the full. Space will be given to the deepening of social communication through the analysis and experimentation of the opportunities that social networks in particular represent for young people and youth workers. We want to introduce audiovisual technology and a better understanding of social communication, as a privileged means to develop a greater understanding of diversity and promote inclusion in society. 

If you are interested in joining the project, please contact us at:  lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz.

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Digital Youth (14. - 24. 5. 2021, Yerevan)

Three years ago, we were discussing where to organize our third "Digital Youth" training course under the Erasmus+ programme. Eventually, we decided for Armenia, an Asian country that has a lot in common with our European culture. This country seemed as a perfect setting for addressing intercultural dialogue. We were planning to bring also participants from Turkey and Azerbaijan - we wanted to discuss how politicians abuse nationalist sentiments in order to divide the society and spread fear and hate between people from different countries and cultures. We were planning to organize the project in June 2020, unfortunatelly, because of the pandemic we had to postpone it. When we organized the project a year later, the situation was already different - after the war, there was no chance of expecting participants from Turkey or Azerbaijan to come to Armenia. Also, the boarder with Georgia was closed by that time. Despite all the inconveniences, I would say this Digital Youth project was the most successful one. The short movies that we created are full of emotions from the recent conflict. Young people from Europe gained the very valuable experience of seeing how destructive a war can be.

You can see the short movies that we created here.

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

Lukáš


 


 

 

Nature and Primitive Technology (19. - 31. 8. 2020, Slavňovice)

Although the situation was quite tense until the very last moment, eventually, we managed to organize one more youth exchange at the end of the summer holiday. This time, the main topic was learning to live (and survive) in nature with using technology as little as possible, which is our main area of expertise. :) The participants from the Czech Republic, Croatia and Spain were developing a number of various skills - making a fire, using a canoe, moving around in a forest, recognizing edible mushrooms, etc. Together, they built a very nice wooden shelter and a sauna, which they used with great enthusiasm. The programme was lead mainly by our Spanish friend Isaac, who conducted debates about social issues and minimalistic way of life. The most impressive experience was without doubt the trip to the castle ruins in Příběnice, where we spent the night under the stars - we had sausages for dinner and spent a long time sitting by the fire, talking and enjoying the unique atmosphere of the old ruins. During the project, we also organized trips to Prague and Tábor - as always coming back to the campsite along the beautiful path next to the river Lužnice. We are happy we managed to spend the rest of the summer in a productive and cheerful way.

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

Mája


 

 

Summer Camp Adventure (26. 6. - 12. 7. 2020, Slavňovice, Czech Republic)

Even though we were a bit stressed about the pandemic, we eventually managed to organize an internationational summer camp (as we have been doing for many years now). The Erasmus+ youth exchange was attended by participants from Spain, Slovakia and even three Turkish participants, who were studying in Slovakia by that time. The programme of the youth exchange was quite rich. The participants were spending some time with the children, playing games prepared by us, such as the "good deeds" game, during which they explored the local neighborhood and interacted with the locals. A couple of times, they also prepared their own activities for the children - a "station rotation" with funny tasks, a night game teaching the children about archetypes, etc. With the Spanish leader Isaac, they experienced various activities and debates aiming to promote critical thinking, self-esteem and communication skills. Apart from these activities at the campsite, we also organized a trip to a nearby ruin Příběnice, to Tábor and to Prague. In our free time, we enjoyed swimming in the river, canoeing, volleyball and other outdoor activities and games. We enjoyed four national evenings, during which we learned about the cultures of the Czech republic, Spain, Slovakia and Turkey and tasted their traditional dishes. Overall, we had a good time and brought home many nice memories and valueable experiences.

You can check out the photos here.


 

 

Beginner's Guide to Youth Work (1. - 8. 3. 2020, Říčany, Česká republika)

Me and my colleague Isaac had been preparing this project since October and we were looking forward to it so much. It was a training course that gathered young people, who are just starting to work with youth and need to gain basic experience to build on. The morning parts of the programme were usually focusing on "leadership", the participants practiced their communication skills and discussed about the issues young people are facing in the contemporary world. The afternoon programme was about youth work - the participants presented their NGOs to the others, they themselves organized educational activities for others and tried to write their own Erasmus+ projects. To have a bit of a rest from the demanding programme, we organized a trip to Prague and also a variety of team-building games. We had the luck to gather a group of very motivated and active young people and we had a lot of fun working with them. Every evening, when we were sharing our "happy moments of the day", we had a lot of things to talk and laugh about.

You can see photos from the gallery HERE.

Mája


 

 

Summer Camp Challenge

Youth exchange

Dates: POSTPONED

Venue: Slavňovice, Czech Republic and Turkey

Countries involved: Czech Republic, Turkey, Slovakia

Content of the project:

This project is a cooperation between the involved Czech, Slovak and Turkish youth organizations, in which we want to exchange our experience and gain new ideas by organizing a summer camp together. The project consists of two youth exchanges – one in summer 2021 in the Czech Republic and the second in summer 2022 in Turkey. The aim of the first exchange is to plan the summer camp in Turkey, prepare the programme and teach the leaders to carry out activities on their own, so that the summer camp in Turkey can go as smooth as possible. We are looking for participants, that will be able to take part in both of the youth exchanges.

If you are interested in joining the project, please contact us at:  lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz

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Young TREEtment for Climate

Youth exchange

Dates: POSTPONED

Venue: High Tatras, Slovakia

Countries involved: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Latvia, North Macedonia

Content of the project:

The objectives of our project Young TREEtment for climate is to share ideas of the participants about the issue of forest protection, their importance, the effects of protecting green areas in the cities and nature everywhere and the benefits of sustainable lifestyle. Participants want to become environmentally conscious and active in the area of nature protection. We will use various modern and innovative methods to educate project participants – provide theory but also let them work on exercises individually or in groups, analyse problems, create problemsolution schemes, perform planning exercises. In the workshops, activities they will apply their knowledge on the concrete real-life examples and situations. We will also use the method - learning by doing – activism – planting trees accompanied by forest cleaning. There will for sure be a lot of teambuilding and opportunities to get to know each other and make new friends.

If you are interested in joining the project, please contact us at:  lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz

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