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Long Term Training course (LTTC) on Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning Training course on outdoor education and experiential learning methods for inclusion and personal development in youth work
Start date: Jun 4, 2015, End date: Apr 3, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context and idea of the project The idea of this training course is to develop a LTTC on Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning. A training course where the main overall concept is to meet over a periode of 2 years time 3 times in a residential training with the same group of youth workers to train them in using outdoor education and experiential learning techniques and methodes as well as personal development of themselves in youth work. Learning youth workers what outdoor education and experiential learning is by letting youth workers going themselves through an outdoor educational and experiential project themselves as participants and to reflect on the learnings after the experience how to use this within their youth work! Overall aim andobjectives of the LTTC To increase the leadership skills and self-confidence of the European youth workers, using Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning method as a tool for personal growth and group developement while working with their inclusion groups and by using using nature in all its aspects. Overall objectives: • Raising ability to transfer outdoor education and experiential learning concepts into day-to-day youth work practice. • The ability to use the power of nature for individual- and group development. • Establishing future co-operation groups among participants that will develop outdoor training project and use experiential learning in their daily work. • Equipping participants with concrete activities/workshops they can use back home in their daily work. • Understanding of theoretical knowledge of the concept of Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning. Aims and Objectives of phase 1 to 5 (this application form is the 1th step of the LTTC) Improving quality of inclusive youth work by rising trainers’ competences and youth workers to use and know the limitations of outdoor education and experiential learning methods, as renewed ways to reach a more diverse group of youth. The objectives below make this aim more specific: • Giving the target group (youth workers working with social disadvantaged groups) tools to deal with quality experiential learning in outdoor education. • Exchanging and sharing experiences, concepts and methods of outdoor education and experiential learning. • Exploring ways to incorporate diversity management into the work and trainings the participants do. • Developing cross-cultural awareness by providing structured space for sharing, experiencing and addressing intercultural learning. - Increasing knowledge of the theoretical and pedagogical background of outdoor education and experiential learning methods. - Developing teamwork, leadership and cooperation skills of the participants. - Setting basis for positive future cooperation within the Erasmus+/Youth in Action program. - It is foreseen that one of the main results of the project will be increasing quality of youth work the participants are doing by rising their competence, experiences, skills and knowledge to use, adapt and create new outdoor education and experiential learning methods to their needs and wishes. Therefore an important end of the 1th training course will be the establishment of project groups which will have the task to stay in contact and start up the development of a future project together that needs to be implemented by the summer of 2017 (between phase 5 and 9). - It is an explicit goal of this project, a strategy for long-term co-operation between the new partners countries may be built up through this project work. The groups will be coached by the team. - Profile of participants - The target group of this training course is composed of youth workers and trainers who are directly working with young people from excluded groups and/or are from these groups themselves. They should have some experience in the training field, as we want them to be able to multiply as effective as possible during and after the training. - Moreover they should have a strong interest in outdoor education, experiential methodologies and be willing to use it in their future youth work. - In case people are interested to participate in this LTTC outdoor training course, they should be aware that the training will follow the methodology of “learning by doing” and that means that some parts might be described as physically tough. - Furthermore, participants should: - Be aged 20+ - Be in good physical shape - Be working on a local or regional level with socially excluded youth - Have proven personal and organisational interest in this training - Be willing to continue cooperation after the training - Able to work and discuss in the English language - In a position within the organization to apply the outcomes of the training, meaning working on issues related to human resource and organizational management - Be fully available during the whole training course (over 2 years’ time) and willing to participate actively.

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