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Let's surf the net!
Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project ''Let's surf the net!'' is designed for youth workers who work in NGO’s and are interested in developing effective communication means and competencies to support and to increase active participation of 28 young people/youth workers from 8 different countries, Romania, Cyprus, Malta, Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Turkey and Poland, through social media tools, strategies and methodology, new ideas, non-formal education, transnational mobility, active participation in society/communities, active citizenship and empowerment through positive collaboration.The objectives:1.To develop a strategic action plan for use the social media;2. To understand the opportunities and risks of online social networking;3. To develop creative and attractive ways to apply social media for active participation;4. To explore ways to create lively, engaging images of youth organizations in order to come closer to young people;5. To work as a team and share best practices which can be implemented in their respective organisations;6. To improve our social networking skills in order to be closer to the young people;7. To share experiences, of tools and best practices in the field of gender balance in youth projects/activities;8. To open ways to work on solutions through networking and creating future cooperation projects between the participants in the frame of future international projectsWe are targeting to have participants youth workers who haven't got much previous experience on international trainings youth workers who are not so skillful in the use of media technology and youth workers who face social, geographical or economic barriers or/and seek desperately opportunities for development, will have priority against others. Also youth workers who work with youngsters that make excessive use of media technology, meaning they dont use it for their own development. Working methodsDuring the training course the themes will be approached in workshops. We will make sure that the participants will be able to express their opinions and themselves through activities that are varied and interactive and will rely upon the abilities and strengths of the participants.We will pay attention that all of the participants would be able to express their opinion and share ideas in accordance with their language competencies. In the group work we will use methods that energise and motivate everyone. We will always start with some motivating activities such a video or a case study or a role play, so everyone even those who have some lower language level to tell their opinions and then move to talking in front of bigger groups. The chosen methods will be: non formal learning approaches using simulations, role plays, energizers, reflections/debriefing, case studies. Moreover we will implement outdoor activities such as exploring/investigating in order to facilitate the motivation and poster making. Moreover we will visit youth centers and places where youths are having time together and cultural and historical places of the area to link to the topic of intercultural unity of the European. The language of the TC is English. The basics of our methodologies are active co-operative learning combining experience and theory implementation. This way we will define our methods: learning by games, round-table conference, moderated discussions, learning by doing, plenary sessions, interactive work based on advanced preparations, creative workshops with coaching.It is sometimes said that in international projects cultural stereotypes might affect the working procedure and the team spirit. The group leaders will prepare the participants in advance for the possible conflicts and will work on that the participants will be tolerant and respectful with each other. The proposed games, workshops and discussions will also serve this purpose as the participants will be able to spend long time with mixed groups. We will also organise cultural evenings where promoters will have the opportunity to show aspects of their country, region and language.We plan activities for enhancing the process of NFL. All activities will be organized and structured according to our objectives. Moreover we will focus on the participants' motivation and interest during the training period. As soon as the project will be approved by the NA we will search and ask for the participants' learning and practical experiences and needs for self-improvement and so we will plan our daily agenda of NFL accordingly. We also planned not so strict in implementation and timeline activities because we aim to flexibility during learning process and in methods and approaches. The impact that we aim to achieve through this training is to have the partner organisations benefit from a better social network to promote youth work, their work and their activities and also to be able to tackle any issues that the young people they work with might face.
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