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Outdoor Gives More! Training course on Outdoor Methods for Active Participation
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jan 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Outdoor based education can be powerful stimulus for learning and activating inactive young people including these with fewer opportunities unfortunately youth workers are not familiar with outdoor based learning and do not have needed competencies to apply outdoor based learning in their practices even if outdoor based learning is powerful tool in youth work. Main motivation to carry out training course “Outdoor Gives More! Training course on Outdoor Methods for Active Participation” is to provide youth workers actively working with young people an opportunity to experience various outdoor based methods, techniques, tools and secondly to develop their competencies to apply new gained knowledge in their practices especially in relation of activating inactive youth. The project ‘Outdoor Gives More! Training course on Outdoor Methods for Active Participation’ was designed in line with following objectives:- To raise understanding of the participants on outdoor methods and techniques in relation with active youth participation and fighting youth unemployment and encourage the participants to apply outdoor based learning in their practices;- To give the participants an opportunity to directly experience various outdoor methods and techniques and reflect on ways of incorporating these methods and techniques into their daily youth work with young people including young people with fewer opportunities;- To support exchanging and sharing practices, experiences, methods and techniques of outdoor education across and increasing the quality of youth work in participant’s countries;- To develop participants’ teamwork, leadership and problem solving skills in intercultural settings;- To increase knowledge of the participants on Erasmus + Programme, support creating new project ideas based on using outdoor methods and techniques and facilitate creating new partnerships. The project objectives will be reached through the activities based on a holistic experiential education model - experiential learning cycle described by Kolb (1984). First, participants will be asked to undertake an activity. In next step, they will reflect on what happened and why, how. Follow up by reflection on transferring these experiences in their practices and realities. In overall, the training course will contain behavioural simulations, activities based on theatre technique, role plays, outdoors exercises, case studies and problem solving, group discussion, small groups, displays and field trips etc. Regularly, in the training course will be also included feedback and reflection activities. These activities will provide the participants an opportunity to develop their competencies to receive and give feedback as well as to reflect on self-learning process, meeting the settle learning objectives. Involved experts and project team will also pay attention that the training course is being realize in safe and supportive atmosphere and that active involvement of participants will be encouraged.Regarding practicalities the training course will take place in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia and it will be implemented from 18 to 25 September (excluding travel days). In the activity will take part 28 participants coming from following countries: Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Spain and United Kingdom. We expect that the training course will have strong impact on directly involved youth workers who will gain knwledge and skills to implemented outdoors based learning at their work, participating organizations that will benefit from skills staff members, new contacts and partnerships. Moreover, the training course will have also strong impact on young people coming from participant's communities who will benefit from new activities deliver by the participants of the training course.
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