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Out of a cultural box
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Feb 29, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This Training Course is tailored for youth project, “Out of Cultural Box” which was implemented in the frame of Erasmus+ under the Key action 1, learning mobility of individuals. This project was partnership between 12 represented by 30 youth workers. In order to ensure diversity on every level partners from program and partner countries were involved. The project activity was implemented in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia from 17.12.2015 till 23.12.2015: The applying country, and in the same time organization who was coordinating the project was Adra-Netherland. The trainers came from our close partner from Poland: Europe4Youth, and Sfera Macedonia. Adra Netherland as a main organization chose Serbia because of the specific situation there, when it comes to intercultural dialogue and intercultural learning. Stuff members together with the trainers played a crucial role, stimulating participant to share their knowledge, skills and to contribute to successfully implementation of the project. During the 7 days of activity they succeed in designing a learning space where participant with pleasure share their toughs and experience toward the issues that were discussed during the project activity. The project consisted of a training course dedicated to youth workers and aiming to develop competencies in using and improving their intercultural competences. Working with many youth people, ADRA Netherland came to conclusion that nowadays it’s important for all youth leaders facilitators and trainers to learn how to work in intercultural environment, which is full with diversity on every level. During this project course the participant got ability to know how to use the intercultural skills in youth work on international level in order to improve certain soft aspects of international youth work. Some of those aspects that the participant improved during the training were: communication, effective cooperation, understanding different norms and behaviors. During the 7 days of the training course, participants were involved in exercises, group work, creative workshops, role-play, simulations and other non-formal activities. These activities provided examples on how the non-formal method can be approached by using the principles of learning by experience and created a learning space for participants to better understand the interculturalism in the youth sector. Furthermore, in order to ensure sustainability, this TC wants to provide the participants with a coached and structured opportunity to elaborate a professional and personal development plan based on competencies and values. youth workers who want to improve their intercultural skills needed in international and intercultural working places. It will provide them with useful knowledge, skills and attitudes on ex. effective communication, negotiations in intercultural environment, non-discrimination and culturally-specific norms and behaviors. It will let active and motivated young people to get self-confidence and skills necessary to be successful in international youth work and be more effective in achieving their own goals (and goals of their youth NGOs). We will gather 30 participants from 12 countries (EU and Eastern Partnership) for a week-long training course full of practical exercises, case studies, workshops, games and simulations on different aspects of intercultural relations in a youth work. Results of this project - handouts with gathered knowledge, brochures on organizational cultures of participating countries and hints and clues for youth leaders - will be distributed through various channels, including SALTO tools, web pages, social media and newsletters of all participating organizations.
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