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This course is for staff and volunteers in youth organisations / NGOs, who have never done any international projects before. The course will introduce you to the benefits of international work, and give you the confidence to get involved in this.
In many European countries, international youth work is undervalued and misunderstood. Even at the best of times, it lacks support from policy makers; but in times of austerity, it becomes a low priority for funding and the first target of cuts. Youth workers are neither resourced, nor trained, nor encouraged to get involved in international work. They do not know how to get started; they may lack the confidence to do so, they may be too busy with day to day case work, or they may not appreciate the positive impact international experiences can have on young people. If they have not experienced this themselves, it is even harder for them to begin.
This course will be organised as a "youth exchange for youth workers" based on simple intercultural learning activities. Each day’s activity will be followed by an in-depth review session so that participants can understand the methodology, benefits, risks and practical issues for every activity. There will also be an introduction to Erasmus+. Participants will record personal development throughout the week, and go home with a simple action plan at the end.