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Date du début: 1 août 2015, Date de fin: 31 janv. 2016 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

The idea for this training came up at the end of wEUnites first project, the youth exchange „Balance Yourself“, in February 2015. The members of “wEUnite” realized that particularly young people are insecure when it comes to presenting themselves or speaking in front of groups (university/work). Moreover, they often do not have the courage to play an active role in discussions. While observing the group throughout the workshop-sessions it clearly stood out that young people have difficulties in dealing with controversies and conflicts within their close friends. This is why it needs youth workers that can prevent difficulties like this to occur by organizing workshops concerning the mentioned topics. This training for youth-workers took place in Villach/Landskron (Carinthia,Austria) from 14.08.2015 until 21.08.2015. The 25 participants were from Austria, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic. The working language used throughout the week was English. Thus the participants didn't only improve their language competences, but also their chances on the job-market will rise by increasing the fluency in a foreign language. “SpeakUp!” was a training course for people working in the youth sector which aims to give the participants support and tips to help them in everyday situations. The learnt tools addressing rhetorical skills, conflict management and presentation skills will be passed on by the participants to the young people they are working with in their everyday life. Numerous workshops dealing with different aspects concerning the chosen topics were held daily throughout the project week. The participants gained self-consciousness and self-confidence and therefore are more courageous in saying out loud what is on their minds. All workshops were held with the aid of non-formal/informal learning and teaching methods. Besides various inputs by the trainers, there was enough time planned for practicing the new skills. By giving the participants the opportunity to put into practice what they just learnt, we wanted to assure that they have the possibility for individual feedback and get the most out of the course. In order to promote and enhance the interest in other cultures, languages and traditions, cultural evenings were held on which the country-groups gave presentations. Thereby an intercultural exchange took place. By getting to know the “foreign” we diminished prejudices and initiated the establishment of new partnerships and friendships. For sharing the outcomes and impressions of the training for youth workers a short video was created. It was published on social networks because we can reach a multitude and therefore promote Erasmus+ and generate and deepen the interest in the numerous possibilities Erasmus+ offers.



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