NEE(d)T to be a Volunteer!
Start date: Feb 1, 2015,
End date: Jan 31, 2016
NEE(d)T to be a Volunteer!-TC on on self–directed and social learning within local and transnational voluntary youth work activities. It was held in Szeged, Hungary between 21-29 November2015 with 9 partners and 27 participants.The coordinator team consists of 5 people. Nowadays one of the most popular method is volunteering fight against NEET. Nevertheless, there is a huge gap between service and learning within voluntary projects, doesn’t matter we consider only local voluntary youth projects, or specifically European Voluntary Service projects. Although, voluntary activities should focus on personal learning processes of volunteers besides their good will for people they can help on. Young people in NEET need to foster their self – esteem, they need to know themselves much better, and self – confidence has to be enhanced in order to be able to act as full member of the societies which is the first step to apply for a job at least. So youth workers have to offer such type of voluntary activities for young people in NEET which help them to make the first step. The main focus of the voluntary activities goes to learning through service. Youth workers have to be able to invent, use and adapt creative and innovative non – formal educational methods, tools and or techniques which can provide opportunities for young people in NEET for competence development. Learning objectives of the training course are: To explore and adapt the best practices of voluntary youth work from the participated countries; To share and explore innovative youth work methods, tools and techniques regarding to self – directed learning within local and European voluntary work; To be able to offer more attractive educational possibilities for young people in NEET as self – directed and social learning within local and European voluntary work in order to foster their competences with special focus on sense of initiatives and entrepreneurship, communication in foreign languages and cultural awareness and expression; To be able to promote local and international voluntarism as tool for self – directed and social learning, empowerment, participation in society, self – awareness, initiative and entrepreneurship, employability, etc. To invent EVS projects with special focus on self – directed and social learning of EVsers according to the proposals of Erasmus + programme KA Mobility projects for young people and youth workers. We will host 27 youth workers, youth leaders who are directly working with young people in NEET and having experiences to run at least one European Voluntary Projects as mentor, supervisor, sending coordinator, tutor, etc. or youth workers, youth leaders who are willing to cooperate European Voluntary Service projects after the training course and being part of an international network in order to fights against NEET situation of young people. Our training course will be based on experiential learning process according to the requirements of non – formal educational settings. Experienced trainers’ team will challenge participants to step into their stretching zones in order to experience and practice creative and innovative learning approaches and methods then make them able to adapt the newly gained competence into their daily work and lives. The training content will be learner – centred, the starting point will be the self – assessment of participants. Capacity building of participated organisation which will be aimed at addressing their youth work on local and European voluntary activities with young people in NEET; Gaining new and innovative non – formal educational approaches and methods with special focus on self – directed and social learning and best youth work practices with local and European volunteers; Practicing EVS according to the proposals of Erasmus + programme and become expert on its project management and content wise as social, personal and professional development of EVS volunteers and local young people through participation of EVSers; Competence development of youth workers, youth leaders: to become mentors, tutors and sending coordinators who are able to support the competence development of EVSers and local young people in NEET by using creative and innovative non – formal educational methods as self – directed and social learning and adapt it into local voluntary youth work; Competence development of EVS and local young people in NEET: being involved into a new more attractive education as self – directed and social learning based on their passion and learn to overcome their own challenges in their lives. Competence development based on self – directed learning: social approach: being able to find their strength and follow their passion, practicing giving support, discovering own colours and follow their dreams: being able to initiate own projects e.g. small social enterprise based on self – directed learning within their EVS or cooperating together with EVSers from local community.
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