Date: 6-14 April 2013
Venue: Vadul lui Voda, Moldova
Pax: Zdeněk Gloz, Andrea Kotnová
Programme and action: Youth in Action programme, action 3.1. training course
So … What is…?
Youth in Action
Youth in Action is the Programme the European Union has set up for young people aged between 13 and 30 years. It aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union’s future. It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU’s borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background.
The Youth in Action Programme foresees five operational Actions:
- Action 1 – Youth for Europe
- Action 2 – European Voluntary Service
- Action 3 – Youth in the WorlSub-Action 3.1 – Cooperation with the Neighbouring Countries of the European Union:
International Training Courses
Partnership Building Activities
Sub-Action 3.2 – Cooperation with Other Countries of the World
- Action 4 – Youth Support Systems
- Action 5 – Support for European cooperation in the youth field
„Acting through Games“
International training course for youth workers from the EU and EECA countries
06-14 April, 2013
Costesti, Republic of Moldova
International training course „Acting through Games“ had participants from The Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Romania, Turkey and Armenia and there were 23 participants at all. Host organisation was ADVIT realizing many projects in Moldova.
Training course took place in Costesti, the small city about 23 km away from Chisinau. We stayed in nice and cosy hotel in the touristic complex situated on the lake shore a little bit distantly from the city. Hotel had two or three-beds rooms with own bathroom and lavatory, there also were a training room and a dining room.
Our programme was divided in some parts. It started after breakfast at 10:00 o’clock and the 1st part ended at 13:00 o’clock. Then was lunch and 2-hour pause for having a rest. The 2nd part continued from 15:00 o’clock till 19:00 o’clock. After our programme there was dinner and each evening was closed by “Intercultural Evening” during which participants represented their countries with short PowerPoint presentation, traditional food, drinks and customs.
The main goal of the training was familiarization with DEBRIEFING as a method of questioning participants after an activity in order to facilitate the ‘experience’ becoming ‘learning’. This to get to know if our activity has desired affects. During the week we acquainted with many debriefing techniques through playing very interesting and funny games and various activities. The whole week was interwoven with many activation games (f. e. teambuilding activities, secret missions, energizer games and much more J) and lectures on topics related with debriefing and Youth in Action Programmes.
We also visited the capital Chisinau for one whole day. There we saw the local institution “Consiliul National al Tineretului din Moldova”, played recognition game and had dinner.
At the end of the week we evaluated the past time and obtained the Certificate – Youth Pass and CD with photos and discussion themes.
Big thanks for all organisers to did very good job! Through this action we got know many interesting games, techniques, activities and gained new information. We also met new friends and tried a little from their cultures.