''On the way to learn” – Long Term Training course (LTTC) on Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning Training course on outdoor education and experiential learning methods for inclusion and personal development in youth work – part II

''On the way to learn” – Long Term Training course (LTTC) on Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning Training course on outdoor education and experiential learning methods for inclusion and personal development in youth work – part II

MOUNTAINS NATURE ADVENTURES

Outdoor training in Sakartvello or internationally known as Georgia. Exploring Caucasus mauntains, by being in the nature and hiking. Long Term Training course on outdoor education and experiential learning methods for inclusion and personal development in youth work ''On the way to learn'' took place from 31st of August till 8th of September. Latvian team was represented by 3 adventurous youth workers, who love nature and outdoor activities: Jurijs, Kristaps and Ilze.

 

Partner organizations involved in the project:

Baltic Youth Way (Latvia), The Knot ngo (Belgium), Youth Association DRONI (Georgia), Apy Ngo (Armenia) RAPLECTION (Croatia), Be International (Czech Republic), International Centre for the Promotion of Education and Development (Greece), Esplora (Italy), Associação Intercultural Amigos da Mobilidade na Hungria (Hungary), Fundatia Compartir, European Crossroads (Spain), TURKIYE GENCLIK BIRLIGI DERNEGI (Turkey).

 

The e-learning platform of the LTTC On the Way to Go – Training course on Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning (O.W.L.) has been developed as an outcome of cooperation between involved partners from Europe and Neighbouring regions.
The platform is developed to keep you updated of the learning process of 32 participants from the 12 involved countries.


 

Aims and Objectives of “On the way to learn” – Georgia

Improving quality of inclusive youth work by rising trainers’ competences and youth workers to use and know the limitations of outdoor education and experiential learning methods, as renewed ways to reach a more diverse group of youth.
The objectives below make this aim more specific:
  • Giving the target group tools to deal with quality experiential learning in outdoor education.
  • Exchanging and sharing experiences, concepts and methods of outdoor education and experiential learning.
  • Exploring ways to incorporate diversity management into the work and trainings the participants do.
  • Developing cross-cultural awareness by providing structured space for sharing, experiencing and addressing intercultural learning.
  • Increasing knowledge of the theoretical and pedagogical background of outdoor education and experiential learning methods.
  • Developing teamwork, leadership and cooperation skills of the participants.
  • Setting basis for positive future cooperation within the Erasmus+/Youth in Action program.

Bakuriani

The indoor part of the Project took place in the hotel called “Bakuriani Resorts.”
For hiking we went to  Borjom-Kharagauli National Park. This is a reserved territory in the South of Georgia, mostly covered with forest.

You can find some information about the park through the links below:

The intercultural dimension of the training course!

The intercultural dimension within this training course will be an important focus, what has more implicit, but nevertheless a strong role and character, addressed during the whole course. The intercultural dimension can be described through the following 5 aspects:
  1. Diversity and variety in the represented countries: We have chosen to work together with several countries. This will create a big amount of diversity and variety in approaches between all of us.  Central Europe, meets Southern Europe and northern Europe.
  2. The specific focus of this training as a Long Term Training course spread over 2 years’ timewhere the participants group, partners and trainers will work together over a long period. People will become friends, and learn from each other more deeply when time flies in between the different meetings.
  3. The fact that all these countries will be together at the training course will imply a huge amount of intercultural learning. Sharing realities, thoughts, exchanging ideas, backgrounds, conditions of living and working in the youth field and outdoor education will enlarge the scale of the intercultural dimension during the training course.
  4. Intercultural learning as an ongoing process during the whole training course: During the whole training course participants will be challenged to express their thoughts, ideas and ways of thinking about experiential learning, quality of outdoor education and youth work. The methodologies chosen will give space to exchange and share those aspects in groups of different size and complexion.
  5. The concept of experiential learning: Since the whole training course of 2 years is built up to improve quality of youth work by rising competences to use outdoor education and experiential learning methods and a common strategy also taking in consideration aspects of how to implement this topic in realistic projects with young people, it requires that the participants understand the different realities in which we all live in and what impact do they have on youth work in different European countries. Through this way we’re going to search for similarities, understanding and ways to break down the whole concept of experiential learning and outdoor education into conceivable and workable parts.
  6. The multiplication effect on future projects: since the participants will go through an important intercultural experience, this will have an impact when they return back at home and work in their organizations in between the different training elements. They will start to cooperate, share and implement their new knowledge into projects. That moment will broaden and deepen the intercultural dimension of the whole experience.

All these aspects together will pose a challenge to the whole group, the steering committee and the team but will be managed towards creating the climate of understanding and accepting each other as well as building a new quality in European youth cooperation.

Steps and time schedule of the LTTC

Phase 1 :

  • Step 1.1: implementation of the 1st “OWL” training course in Georgia with a focus on what is outdoor education and experiential learning and going through and outdoor educational and experiential learning program itself as participant. (August 31st - September 8th 2016)
  • Step 1.2: 2 monthly coaching of participants by trainer team + coaching on project development teams (by email and/or skype).
  • Step 1.3 : implementation of a local/regional activity using outdoor education and experiential learning principles. This can be a small training for your colleagues, a workshop, an activity with youngsters, …. . Your sending organization will help you out with this and it will happen in close cooperation with them. The outcomes of this local/regional activity will be documented by yourself and the sending organization.

Phase 2 :

  • Step 2.1 : implementation of the 2nd training course in Belgium with a focus on outdoor education as personal development of individuals and groups. (12-20 July 2017)
  • Steps 2.2 – 2.3 :
  • monthly coaching of participants by trainer team + coaching of project development teams with a focus on the implementation of the projects developed in participant groups.
  • implementation of an international project designed by the group (till spring 2017) and making use of the Erasmus+/Youth in Action Program. The team members you will be formed at the training course.

Phase 3 :

  • Step 3.1 implementation of the 3rd training with a focus on personal and group learning, follow-up, establishing a trainers network among the organizations. (winter 2017 – start 2018).

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.