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Guide of Non-formal methods to


This guide is the result of the Training Course “Find the Balance’’ which took place between 10-16 November 2018, in Lissac-sur-Couze, France. It involved 31 youth workers from 7 different countries.

Ensemble Partout is a non-governmental organization which has its headquarters in Limoges, France. It has been created by a group of young people who want to promote mobility within Europe and allow other young people and young adults to discover the benefits of non-formal learning, to live unforgettable experiences in an international context and to increase their intercultural understanding and tolerance. Ensemble Partout aims to create international contexts where young people meet to learn and develop through non-formal education. Until now, the association has implemented various youth exchanges and trainings for youths and youth workers favouriting the mobility of people within and outside Europe.


Table of contents

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Information about our training course

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General information about Erasmus+

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Tools and instruments to use in youth work in regards to promoting healthy lifestyle

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Testimonials and best moments

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We have observed that youth workers are aware of the importance of having a balance between physical, social and mental health but they lack the depth of knowledge on this sensitive subject and have difficulties in designing activities and in implementing non-formal methods that could facilitate learning contexts about healthy lifestyle and wellness.

16th, 2018 in Lissac-sur Couze, France, for 9 and 17 days of travel. The training concerned 31 youth workers from 7 different countries: France, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Romania. The main objective of the project was to encourage youth workers to learn methods to provide young people with secure learning in the context of physical, social and mental health.

The Training Course (TC) “Find the balance” was designed especially for those youth workers who need to increase their level of knowledge regarding a healthy lifestyle in order to transmit the information through non-formal methods to the youth in their community. Our “Find the Balance” training course was held between November 10th and

The main theme of our TC is healthy lifestyle and how it can be tackled through integrative, participative and non-formal methods.

Information about our training course

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Guide of Non-formal methods to Find the Balance


Results and impact Participants strengthened their skills on how to apply non-formal techniques and methods related to a healthy lifestyle as part of their activities in the field of working with young people. They learned how to facilitate interactive physical activities, meditation and other activities to increase self-esteem. Participants created a guide with non-formal methods that may be useful to other youth workers and those interested in the topic. Our participants shared the knowledge, skills and abilities gained during our project in their local communities, NGOs, groups of friends. To fulfill our activities, we made full use of participative non-formal educational methods like animation of the participants, games, learning by doing, reflection sessions, individual learning, active participation in group activities, playing to learn and learning to play, simulations, debriefs, outdoor activities.

Objectives achieved: Our project has increased the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes of 31 youth workers by applying non-formal methods to facilitate the understanding of young people in general, and young people with fewer opportunities in particular, as regards the balance between physical, social and mental health. After our project, the 7 partners increased their capacity to organize youth events, activities and workshops to improve their lifestyle and discover the benefits of a spirit and of a healthy body. Our project has promoted a healthy lifestyle for youth and other youth workers through digital resources regarding non-formal learning methods.


Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of ₏14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.

Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn’t just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.

Individuals

Organisations

Erasmus+ has opportunities for people of all ages, helping them develop and share knowledge and experience at institutions and organisations in different countries.

Erasmus+ has opportunities for a wide range of organisations, including universities, education and training providers, think-tanks, research organisations, and private businesses.

General information about Erasmus+

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In the following lines we present you some ideas of activities that can be implemented both in youth exchanges or training courses. We encourage you to adapt them accordingly.

Body: exercises and tools Story Storming

Find your match

In the project context, the Speed Dating attempts to challenge some issues of the community by facilitating a conversation between two people. Will be the starting point to reflect at the youth community issues and identify the topics for their Non-formal Method to Empower Youth project. Each one of our participants will receive a pen and a paper and start speed dating. They will share with their dates the non-formal methods that they usually use in order to empower youth. They will need to note them down and gather as much as they can. The trainer explains the task to the participants and helps them prepare the context for Speed Dating.

The participants are given pieces of paper to write what they are what ingredient they think they miss in their organization/project. Each of them will therefore see if they find the matching ingredient. In pairs of two and switching after 5 minutes, they will discuss what their missing ingredient represents and what is their strongest ingredient in their NGO/project. After talking to different participants, they will write a list of ingredients for their Cocktail.

Tools and instruments to use

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Mind: Meditation The expert will start by telling a story so that the participants get an idea of what meditation is and then she will divide the activity as follows: Concentration meditation - involves focusing on a single point (listening to a repetitive gong, repeating a single word, etc), Mindfulness meditation - observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. Afterwards the benefits of meditation will be presented through a brainstorming exercise.

Social: Living library Through this activity the participants are encouraged to open up to the other participants and let them read their story. First, the participants will create their book cover and the ones interested will come and read them. This activity is meant to boost the self-esteem of the youth workers, become more tolerant and get rid of prejudices. This activity is suitable for further use in their daily work as well.

Yoga session

Erasmus+ Cocktail

During this session the participants will find out more about Yoga and its benefits and will find out exercises they could implement when working with the youth from their local community. This is a tool of self-awareness, it helps people gain control over their minds when they have difficulty breaking out of the cycle of obsessive thinking. Now the youth workers will get the chance to create their own exercise and test it on the other participants and see if it could have impact on the young people from their community, get feedback and add elements if needed.

The youth workers will have to create a mind-map representing their project and they will add the ingredients to make it better. After that, they will try to find partners interested to cooperate in the creation of that certain project related to the promotion of health and well-being.


“It was lovely to spend a week in France on the countryside, it set the mood for a right balance between moments on your own in nature and socializing with people from all over the world. We had good food, awesome people and a very nice topic. We learned about different types of diets what mental health is about and how to solve situations without drama. So I had a great week and I’m looking forward to take part in another project.”

Testimonials and best moments

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Best moments


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Guide of Non-formal Methods to FIND THE BALANCE  

This guide is the result of the Training Course “Find the Balance’’ which took place between 10-16 November 2018, in Lissac-sur-Couze, Franc...

Guide of Non-formal Methods to FIND THE BALANCE  

This guide is the result of the Training Course “Find the Balance’’ which took place between 10-16 November 2018, in Lissac-sur-Couze, Franc...

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