Within the Erasmus + program, there are many interesting youth exchanges and training courses. Almost all of them are special, unique, full of interesting communications, new skills and bright emotions. All of them are beneficial to youth in varying degrees. But there are only a few of those trainings, which can change your life.
One of them was "Train the trainers – It’s up to me 5", which took place from 5 to 13 April 2018 in the suburb of Bremen, Germany.
"Train the trainers – It’s up to me 5" is not only a training course, but a whole integrated approach or even a philosophy of how to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of youth workers / trainers, who are going to work in this field, as well as how to organize and implement really high-quality trainings and projects in the frame of the Erasmus + program and beyond.
During the project, 36 participants from 14 nationalities and from 6 countries had the opportunity not only to penetrate deeper into the world of trainers’ work and obtain a wide range of tools and methods of learning, but also to get an unforgettable, life-changing experience in personal development.
Every day, the project was full of interesting exercises, challenges, teamwork, high-quality discussions, self-development, knowledge of improving the quality of Erasmus + projects, as well as improving youth work in general. Together with the highly skilled and sincere support of the trainers, the participants could see the work of the trainers’ work under a qualitatively new angle: not only WHAT the trainer does, but also HOW and WHY.
To be a trainer is not only to be a good professional with a lot of knowledge, skills and methodical tools behind the shoulders. Being a trainer is to strive for self-development every day, it's a genuine desire to share the best that you know and that can help others; it is to be ready for challenges, but to know clearly why you are doing it.
Sincere thanks to NaturKultur e.V. for a real example of what Erasmus + projects should be like, how to improve the quality of youth work in general, and how important it is to create a space for significant personal development of participants.
For our organization one more step towards qualitative changes in youth work has already been done!
Photo credits to NaturKultur e.V.