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Training for trainers

TRAINING FOR TRAINERS

European Youth Centre Budapest, 15-27 September 2002

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
The main aim of this course is to enable participants – within the framework of their youth
organisation or associations – to competently prepare, run and evaluate training activities with an
International and intercultural dimension.

CONTENTS OF THE COURSE
. analysis of the role of training and the trainer within European/International youth work
. introduction to and reflection about different concepts of training
. reflection on the role of intercultural learning in training
. reflections on Europe, ethics and values in training
. skills training for trainers, e.g. using and developing methods
. understanding group dynamics, evaluation, programme organisation and planning, etc
. reflection on the role of training young people in the building of European civil society and
European integration

METHODOLOGY
The course will give participants the opportunity to experience, and reflect upon, being both a
trainee and a trainer. The entire course is designed as a mutual learning situation, where
participants can compare their approaches to training and trans-national youth work. Contributions
from experts in the training field will establish a theoretical framework and common reference
point for learning and communication. Towards the end of the course, multicultural groups of
participants, with the assistance of the course team, will prepare, run and evaluate a training
workshop for the other participants. A diversity of working methods will be used.

LANGUAGES
English and Russian are foreseen as the working languages of the course. However, in order to
better adapt the course to the actual language needs of participants, all candidates are requested
to state in their application forms all the languages in which they are able to work. Candidates
must have sufficient understanding of either of the working languages in order to comprehend and
complete this application form without assistance from another person.

PARTICIPANTS’ PROFILE
Trainers, youth leaders, youth workers (members of INGYOs, NYCs or other youth organisations,
governmental youth institutions, youth projects and NGOs working for youth) and other occasional
youth trainers who are, or will be, responsible for one or several training activities with a
European and/or international dimension during the years 2002 or 2003.
Participants and/or team members of European youth projects, such as those involved in running
study sessions with the European Youth Centres, who wish to gain training skills for international
or intercultural programmes foreseen for the years 2002 and/or 2003.
In general candidates should:
. be aged between 18 and 30 (exceptions may by made on the basis of justification);
. be actively involved in youth work, while preparing to take on responsibilities in the field of
training with an international dimension;
. have some initial experience in the field of training with an international dimension;
. be well informed about their organisation, institution or service and be prepared to explain to
the other participants about the training activities in which they have been involved;
. be able to work in one of the two working languages of the course – English and Russian;
. be in the position to act as a trainer after the course;
. be committed to attend for the full duration of the course and be supported by a sending
organisation, institution or service.
Preparatory team
The programme of the course is designed and conducted by a multicultural team of experienced
trainers active within the Directorate of Youth and Sport’s trainers pool. They will be supported
by other experts if needed.

APPLICATION, PROCEDURE AND SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS
All candidates must apply using the enclosed application form. Applications should be sent to the
European Youth Centre, Budapest together with a letter of support from their sending organisation.
The preparatory team will select 30 participants on the basis of the profile outlined above. It
will try as far as possible to respect the organisations’ priorities, but also to ensure a balance
between gender, geographical regions, different types of experiences, cultural backgrounds and
organisations, institutions or projects. The motivation and perceived training needs of the
individual participant are among the criteria taken into consideration during the selection
process.
Candidates will be informed, during July 2002, as to whether they have been accepted, put on the
waiting list or refused. Accepted candidates will receive the course documentation directly.
The sending organisations and their successful applicants are reminded that once a candidate has
been placed on the final list, they must make every effort to attend for the full duration of the
course. If, for any exceptional reason, they are unable to take up the offer of a place, they must
inform the Directorate of Youth and Sport immediately. Replacements, but not necessarily candidates
from the same organisation, will be taken from the waiting list.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
The application form must be sent to the EYC Budapest by 30 April 2002.

FINANCIAL AND PRACTICAL CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
Travel expenses
Travel expenses and visa fees are reimbursed (on presentation of the relevant receipts) according
to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire training course
can be reimbursed. The payment will be made either by bank transfer after the course, or at the end
of the course in cash (in Euros).
Accommodation
Board and lodging are provided and paid for by the Council of Europe at the European Youth Centre
Budapest.
Enrolment fee
An enrolment fee of 54 Euros is payable by each participant. This amount will be deducted from
the amount to be reimbursed for travel expenses or paid at the EYCB during the course.
Compensation for cost of living for young workers and young unemployed people
The Directorate of Youth and Sport operates a system of compensation for cost of living for young
workers who are obliged to take unpaid leave in order to attend one of its activities, and for
young unemployed people. Further details will be sent at a later stage to those participants who
have been accepted.

OTHER EYC TRAINING COURSES
If you are interested in a training course in international youth work, but your profile does not
fully correspond with the requirements of this course, please note that the Directorate of Youth
and Sport organises other training courses, such as
Training for Work in International Youth Structures
Training for Trainers in South East Europe
National and regional training courses in human rights education with young people
Assistance Programme training courses
Training courses within the framework of the partnership of Council of Europe (Directorate of
Youth and Sport) and the European Commission.

Further information about these courses can be obtained from the Directorate of Youth and Sport
Secretariat (www.eycb.coe.int).