Hei teachers, play with kids alone - project in Poland

Venue: Sępólno Krajeńskie, Poland   

Dates: October 11-19, 2017 

 

Training course for teachers on how to apply games as a tool

for personal development and social change

  

Short DESCRIPTION of the project:

School is the place where the young people/children spend most of their time during the week. It is no longer only a place for formal learning, but a lot of learning is happening also in non formal settings – in class lessons, project weeks, extra curriculaactivities, workshops, free-time spaces, school council, etc. Especially in country-side, where youth work opportunities are not so developed, teachers often fill the gap and provide many opportunities for young people to develop themselves in non-formal settings.

 

In the framework of this training course we want to bring together 24 teachers from 10 countries who work with youth in non-formal settings in order for them to develop their competences on using games as a powerful non-formal learning tool that develops concrete competences among youth and promote social changes in the community.

 Although many teachers might not be aware about it, by working with young people outside official formal curricula and providing non-formal activities, they are actually de facto becoming youth work practitioners.

 With this training we want to emphasize that games don’t have to be just fun and entertaining way of spending the time. With the intention behind, the adequate structure and good skills of facilitation, games can also be used as an effective non-formal learning (NFL) tool that promotes personal development and positive changes in the society (f.e., develop greater understanding and appreciation of diversity and promote inclusion in society). 

 

OBJECTIVES that we have set for this training:

 

1. Exploring the concept of games as a powerful NFL tool for personal development and for promoting positive social changes in community and motivating teachers to use games more actively in their non-formal work with youngsters

2. Becoming more aware about existing resources/games for learning and gaining ideas on how to apply them in own context (based on needs of youngsters)

3. Deepening awareness and training the skills of designing and implementing NFL activities including games that generate high quality learning outcomes.

4. Transferring the learning outcomes of the training to young people and youth work colleagues by implementing at least 2 follow-up activities related to games as a learning tool.

 By involving in this projects, it is crucial that participants realize that we expect their active involvement not only during the training, but also in preparation activities and also follow-up activities.

 

Profile of participants:

Due to unique character of the project, it is very crucial for us that Partner organisations spread the information through suitable channels and select relevant participants (we keep the right to reject participants that do not fit the profile).

 

THE PARTICIPANTS SHOULD:

-   Be currently working in the schools as TEACHERS, but apart from formal lessons, they are also working with youngsters outside official curricula – they provide class lessons, after school activities, workshops, lead school council, are partially school social workers/psychologists, organizers of cultural life, project weeks, etc.

- Open to challenge themselves and learn a new approach of using games and participate in the intense programme of the training (sometimes even 12 h per day :))

- Committed to be promoters of social change in their community

- Ready to organize at least 2 follow-up activities using the experience from this training (individually or together with another person from the same country) within 3 months after the training

- Fluent in communication in English

 

WORKING LANGUAGE: English

 

 

Participant Countries and number of participants:

 

Participating countries

Number of participants

Latvia

2 + 1 trainer

Spain

2 + 1 trainer

Greece

3

Czech Republic

3

Bulgaria

3

Finland

3

Italy

3

Portugal

2

Turkey

2

Poland

2 + 2 support staff

TOTAL

29

 TRAVEL COSTS AND REIMBURSEMENTS:

The training course will be implemented in the framework of EU “ERASMUS+” Programme (mobility of youth workers, key action 1). The accommodation and food will be covered fully.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed at flat rates depending on travel distance:

 

Country of Origin

Maximum Reimbursement (in EURO, per person)

Latvia

275

Spain

360

Greece

275

Czech Republic

180

Bulgaria

275

Finland

275

Italy

275

Portugal

360

Turkey

275

Poland

0

 

 

Most of you will probably arrive to Warsaw Chopin Airport but airports in Gdańsk  or Poznań  might be also good options (however in most cases the cheapest way is a travel to WARSAW). From Warsaw you will have to go to Bydgoszcz  (train/bus tickets will be provided by organisers) and from Bydgoszcz we will pick you up to the training venue… Quite a long way but… worth all your time and efforts…

 

Once you have chosen a flight connection, please consult it with: Daniel Wargin - the main coordinator – daniello13@wp.pl , +48 600062665. Please note that only when he gives you “green light” for the connection and price, you are allowed to buy tickets 

 

TRAINING VENUE AND Accomodation:

 

Arrival to the venue: OCTOBER 11th, 2017 

Departure from the venue: OCTOBER 19th, 2017 

Location: Sępólno Krajeńskie , POLAND 

Sępólno Krajeńskie it is a small town located in Kujavian-Pomeranian voivodship, about 350 km from the capital of Poland – Warsaw, with the population of about 10 000 inhabitants. Cozy, quiet, friendly place with the lake in the centre, surrounded by beautiful nature will be perfect place for successful learning process. 

 

 

 

 

The main activities will take place in HOTEL “JAN”  located at the bank of picturesque lake, surrounded by and woods and very near to the town centre. Nice atmosphere, friendly surrounding and beauty of nature – everything in one place… 

 Meals will be provided in the same place.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOTEL ADDRESS:

1 Leśna street

89-400 Sępólno Krajeńskie

POLAND

 

 
     

TRAINERS AND COORDINATOR OF THE PROJECT:

 

   

     

Ieva Grundsteine, trainer (Latvia) has been working in the youth field since 2001 and last 9 years is a trainer of non-formal learning in the field of youth – as a local and European project initiator and manager. She has carried already more than 100 international trainings for different target groups (youth workers, teachers and others): www.salto-youth.net/tools/toy/ieva-grundsteine.1858 

Antonio Benaches, trainer (Spain) is youth worker since 1997 and active trainer in international youth projects since 2003; started in youth work in the Scout movement and then participated in local and regional Youth Councils. At the moment, he is working for different local municipalities and for different NA: www.salto-youth.net/tools/toy/antonio-benaches-bodi.2424

 

Daniel Wargin, project coordinator (Poland) – a member of the applying organisation:     Stowarzysznie “Dorośli – Dzieciom” (“Adults for Children” Association) from Sępólno Krajeńskie, Poland.

 

Actively involved in youth work since 2005. Coordinator of EVS projects, Youth Exchanges and training courses.

 

 

          


 


 


How to apply:

 

All you need to do is to be MOTIVATED and meet our participant’s criteria. To apply, please fill in the online application form accessible here:

 

HEY! TEACHER! Application form

 

We will be expecting the applications no later than SUNDAY, 10-th of SEPTEMBER 2017.

After considering all received application forms, the selection team will notify you upon your success.

 

In case of questions, please contact: Daniel  Wargindaniello13@wp.pl  or +48600062665

 

 

Looking forward to see you in Poland!