Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: Training Course
Venue: Mali Iđoš, Serbia
Dates: 1 – 10 December 2017
Participants: Matěj Keka, Tomáš Blaha
Participating countries: Czech Republic, Serbia, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovakia, Greece, Kosovo, FYROM.
Hosting organisation: Centar za savremene životne kompetencije Beograd
First of all I would like to say big thank you to my sending organization EYCB. It wouldn´t happen without this amazing organization and people who work there. This course took place in Mali Idos, Serbia. It was named NFE2: Training for trainers for inclusion and acceptance of diversity in our communities and lasted from the 1. till 10. of December. Together with 18 other participants, we have had learned the tools and knowledge for trainers that we can apply in the future. This knowledge can be applied not only in the informal sphere of education.
The official program started on the 2. of December when we introduce each other to other participants. In the afternoon we had the opportunity to introduce our sending organization. At the same time, we also had the opportunity to get to know the organization of the other participants. Part of this day was also an intercultural evening. The next day, we have learned more about Erasmus + program and also one of the training methods for trainers.
The next three days we have learned tools for trainers in non-formal education, as I already have mentioned in the previous paragraph. Workshops included, for example, how to lead a workshop, how to create a workshop, how to act assertively, what types of participants can appear during course, or what are the important features of a training facilitator. We also had the opportunity to test this practical knowledge in model situations.
The following day was free and we were able to visit the nearby town of Novi Sad. Here we have the opportunity to see the local monuments and the city as such. The next day, we had the opportunity to introduce the workshops that we introduced in the three teams. So we could each try what it is like to be a real trainer and what it is. On a penultimate day, we evaluated the entire program, discussed the tools and knowledge we learned and how we will use them in the future. The last day we were evaluating the course as a whole, the work of the organizing team or, for example, the evaluation of the work of our two lecturers. At the same time, we also received a certificate of attendance of the course.
For my part, I can say that the course has been really beneficial for me. All of the activities that we have completed during the training have been somewhat linked to each other and fit into the overall program framework. At the same time, I must point out that the tools and knowledge I have gained in this course I will definitely use in the future in both aspects of my life. In working and perhaps private life as well. Yet this course was not only about the training of future trainers but also about learning how to work within a group where everyone shares certain opinions. So the only thing that I would like to add at the end is that you should not hesitate and definitely sign up for one of the projects offered by the European Youth Center Břeclav.