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Oct 04 2013

2013.10 Europe-11

2013.10 Training Course "Europe for All"

The training course ''Europe for All!'' was a 7 days training course which gathered 22 youth workers, youth leaders and multipliers  willing to support the development of youth NGO's in Europe by extending knowledge and competences to integrate European Citizenship within youth projects.

Name: Europe for All Duration: 04-12 October 2013  Location: Nova Gradiska, Croatia
Organizers: Association of deaf and hard of hearing Nova Gradiska  Supporters: Youth in Action Programme  (Action 4.3 )  
Romanian participants: Adrian Cocardan (M); Andrei-Alexandru Tolovici (M)


2013 has been designed as European Year of Citizens and Croatia was admitted to the European Union on 1 July 2013. This training course examined European citizenship through the exploration of values, identity and perception and also provided opportunities, skills and knowledge to the participants to run successful projects within Youth in Action program.
It took place in Nova Gradiška from October 4th to October 12th 2013 and brought together participants coming from Croatia, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Malta, Greece, Romania, Poland, Latvia and Turkey. The training consisted of workshops, discussions, lectures, group works, simulations and exercises linked to European Citizenship. The most important focus was Citizenship, European integration, Youth work, Youth Participation and Democracy.

Hello, my name is Andrei-Alexandru Tolovici, I’m from Brasov and I represented Rotaract Kronstadt. The association is based upon youth development and charity work. First of all, I would like to say that this was my first non-formal training course. My expectation were mixed and I didn’t know exactly what to expect. In the first day I was astound by the good place and organisation of all the things. After the first sessions I understood the basics. European citizenship is a great topic and can be analysed in months. Teamwork, creative thinking and relaxation were the greatest pillars of the course. All went smooth and the trainer had good questions & challenges. I have to admit that in some situation the tasks were a bit difficult, but the solutions kept coming from our teams and we sometimes surprised ourselves. Another good point were the energising exercises – in the morning were better than any type of coffee.
Now about leisure time and partying: the organising team had great ideas and we liked the atmosphere. The Intercultural Night along with the trip to the small town of Stara Kapela, in my opinion, were the highlights. Overall, I loved the course and I will participate in more Youth in Action programs.
(Andrei-Alexandru Tolovici)