Termín konání: 10-18 November 2019
Místo konání: Celje, Slovenia
Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: Training course
Venue: Celje, Slovenia
Dates: 10-18 November 2019
Participants: Barbora Podešvová, Jan Babka
Host organisation: Celjski mladinski center
Project report: Active Youth Work in Progress – Slovenia
Training course with the title Active Youth Work in Progress took place in third biggest city of Slovenia, Celje on November 10 to November 17. The group was made up of 16 participants from 8 European countries – Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Greece, Spain, Italy, and Slovenia. All activites and workshops were held in Youth Center Celje where some of Slovenian youth workers also work.
From my personal point of view, this training course was one of the best projects I’ve participated so far. We’ve acquired knowledge about various topics such as human rights, equality, prejudices and stereotypes, how to deal with youth at risk, and also new techniques and methods that were very useful for performing other activities and workshops.
To create and organize our own workshop for high school pupils from Celje was the biggest challenge for all of us who did not have any experiences in delivering such an activity. Due to this task we improved our soft skills like team building, cooperation, communication skills, planning and organization, and also build up our selfconfidence before audience. Besides the official program of training course we had an oportunity to visit the city center and learn interesting facts about Celje, for example the love story between Alfred Nobel and Sofia Hess, a Slovenian florist coming from Celje. Visit of museum called ‘‘Town beneath Town‘‘ which is basically Roman ruins left from Acient Rome Empire. Our task during a trip to the nearby Old Castle was to think about changes or improvements of the castle and Youth Center Celje to attract more tourists and we also have learnt more about different cultural identity, cultural heritage and background from a country we come from. The reward for us after a day full of workshops we organized, we spent the whole day in Ljubljana. In the morning we had an interesting and very funny guided tour around the city, then we visited European House and non-governmental organization Young Dragons where we had a discussion with one of the founders of the center about how the center works, what is the target group that visit the center the most, or what are the topics they deal with.
I’d like to thank all trainers from Slovenia – Katja, Nina and Sašo for a life-changing experience, and I’m also grateful to EYCB for an opportunity to be part of this training course and I can’t wait to participate in another project with you!