Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Venue: Pervolia, Larnaca, Cyprus
Dates: 9-17 April 2016
Participants: Karel Janásek, Lenka Unzeitigová, Martin Fišer, Zuzana Ledbová
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Participating countries: Cyprus, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Poland
Hosting organisation: Idryma Ergodotisis Ekpedefsis Neoleas (IEEN)
Kalimera, welcome to Cyprus. It is just few days ago when Czech group went home from great Training Course “So you think you can write it”. The main objective of the course was to develop the skills and competences of the participants in order to identify the needs and problems of young people in their community and then involve them in the preparation and writing of the project.
We met all people the first day 9th April and as traditionally we started with activities to get to know each other. And by team-building activities we were getting to unite our group day by day more and more to finally become great group of friends from 7 different countries.
As the project was mainly about project writing, before we started we had to create working groups according to our topics of our main interest. That´s why we firstly shared fields in that we are interested and we tried to find what we have in common. We chose following topics which we started to develop our ideas during the next days: peace, financial management, art, personal development and public speaking.
We started with a problem tree to find problems and needs of our community. Later we worked hard to define objectives, to think about required impact, activities towards the goal or ways of dissemination. We had both theoretical and practical sessions about preparing of project application. Anyway, our trainer Andreas was still around to give us important advices while we were working in our small groups. The facilitator took care to create balanced working groups consisted of people with different level of experience with project management. We dedicated our time to fill real questions from application form, we are aware there is still a lot to work on and to improve it to shape to be possible to apply for EU grant but we believe together we can do it.
Beside of working days we had also one free day that we spent in amazing places in Cyprus – awesome caves at national park Cape Greko, beautiful beach Konnos, we had traditional suovlaki for lunch in Ayia Napa and we visited another beach in that area. Probably everybody must agree that quality of the food in this TC was super high as well as our hotel with swimming pool where we could spend our free time and enjoy almost summer weather together with our new friends.
To sum it up, we were lucky group of Czech participants who could take part in this great training course, we met new people, we saw awesome places, we had great time and of course we have learnt a lot. For sure we will always remember this fantastic week full of joy and training which helped us to improve our skills in project writing. Hopefully we will continue with cooperation we started in those days and we will be able to submit our projects which we started to prepare during our stay in Cyprus.
Big thanks to Jana from EYCB and Andreas from IEEN for the opportunity to being part of it!
Lenka, Zuzka, Martin and Karel.
Written by Lenka Unzeitigová
Training Course “So you think you can write it”
The Training Course is funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Programme
We would like to announce the completion of the Training Course “So you think you can write it” which was implemented in Larnaca, from 9th– 17th of April 2016, under the Key Action 1 of the European Programme Erasmus+. The Training Course brought together 28 young people from 7 European Countries (Cyprus, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Italy).
The project “So you think you can write it” was based on the idea that we should equip young people with all essential competences of preparing and writing Erasmus+ projects in order to be able to design and implement Erasmus+ projects of high quality which can address the real needs of young people. In particular, having acquired basic information and knowledge on the nature of the main sections of the Erasmus+ application, the participants were divided into international teams and worked together in order to design youth projects to be submitted in the Erasmus+ 3rd Call for Proposals for 2016. In this line, the participants developed their self-confidence which is important to realize that they are capable of writing an Erasmus+ project. In addition, the project aimed at developing the skills and competences of the participants which will enable them to identify the needs and problems of young people in their community and then involve them in the preparation and writing of the project.
An important moment in the implementation of the project involved the visit of the Cyprus Commissioner for Volunteering and non-Governmental Organizations Mr. Yianni Yiannakis who highlighted the role and significance of volunteerism in the local and European level.
The Project “So you think you can write it” was implemented by the following 7 NGOs: IEEN (Cyprus), Escola de Cinema RIU RAU (Spain), ASK Yourself (Romania), Evropske centrum mladeze Breclav/European Youth Centre Breclav z.s. (Czech Republic), GreenRope (Italy), Grupo de Jovens Novo Mundo (Portugal), Projekt Tarnów (Poland).