Training Course

Tools for Reflective Practice and Professional Development

Training Course

Poland, 10 - 16 September 2012 (Participated by Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Poland and UK)

The theme of the project  was to analyze Youth Work from different cultural perspectives from across Europe and was delivered to youth workers and leaders from EU Member states.

This training course brought together 6 countries from across Europe for a 6-day training course that explored the benefits of reflective practice in youth work. Throughout the week the group engaged in activities that analysed the youth work sector across Europe and within their own countries. The group also looked at what the role of a youth worker is and developed new tools to support them in their professional practice.

The week concluded with a visit to Krakow where participants went to two youth centres run by Siemacha, one based in the city centre and the other based in a local shopping centre. The trip gave participants the opportunity to discuss with Siemacha staff about how they developed the centres, what projects they ran and how they obtained their funding. Siemacha staff also gave a presentation about the project and how they are opening centres all over the country, they also gave practical demonstrations of some of the activities they do. Later, participants had a short excursion in the city and enjoyed a tradition Polish meal.

This project engaged 6 partner organisations that recruited participants from their countries to attend this course. The Partners for the project were: Act Global CIC (UK), Międzynarodowy Instytut Dialogu i Tolerancji im. Jana Karskiego (Poland), Fonds Sabiedribai (Latvia), The Youth Work Consultant (UK) Societatea Educationala Platon (Romania), Culture helps to breathe (Estonia) and Lithuania Youth Center.

As a results of this project, participants developed a deeper understanding about the standard involved to be a professional youth worker and the skills needed to be a reflective practitioner.

During the project, a number of long-term partnerships were formed at this course, and as a result other projects were formed such as, climate training course in Georgia and a Youth Exchange in the Ukraine. Also, one Estonian participant made contact with a Portuguese national representing Estonia who made it possible for him to gain a Volunteer EVS placement in Portugal. Moreover, one participant felt inspired to write a personal blog about his experience: http://cosentio.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/profits-guaranteed-about-the-youth-work-system/

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Funded by: The Youth In Action Programme, administered by Mlodziez
Hosted by MERITUM, Training delivered by Act Global