7-15 October 2015 – Tramonti (Amalfi Coast – Italy)
“Re-connecting to the Environment” was a training course organized by ACARBIO within Erasmus+ programme that brought together 24 youth leaders and youth workers from 6 Programme and 6 Partners Countries that have been involved in youth work for some time and were looking for a new and effective way to work with youngsters in order to activate them and create stronger ties with local environment. The main aim of the project was to improve the quality of youth work by exploring non-formal learning through and in the nature as an effective way to work with youth, develop their competences and strengthen the connection to the local community.
This training course was also based on Experiential Learning approach to personal and professional development, with elements of experiencing environmental outdoor activities and the added value given by observing and understanding the nature, challenging participants in the exploration of the natural environment as well as their inner personal and professional dimension. This in fact, as we know from experience, is very a strong tool to “open” the participants and make sure that the impact is deep and long-lasting.
The objectives of the training course were:
– Exploring and building common understanding on potential of non-formal “learning in the nature” and “learning from the nature” as an effective way for youth work – as a tool for promoting personal development of youngsters, as well as contributing to connection with nature (including raising awareness on the respect of the environment and biodiversity that surround us) and becoming more aware citizens of the local community.
– Providing a space for participating in outdoor and environment-connected activities and thus allowing the youth workers to discover the power of such learning and thus motivate them to use this approach for their daily youth-work.
– Equipping participants with knowledge on how to design and implement good quality NFL activities related to environment for youth and giving them the chance to develop skills on implementing such activities (by designing and facilitating such activities for other participants and local youngsters during the training).
– To develop concrete ideas on how the experience from this training course could be applied in the local youth work realities – planning of the follow-up steps and activities.
Thanks to this project, participants extended their knowledge about the opportunities offered by performing NFL activities in the nature, with the nature, they became more self-aware of their capability to implement such activities and gained new practical experience to live in the nature and prepare outdoor activities for young people.
Slideshow presentation of each team’s experience: