“Empowering through Storytelling” TC in Brussels

Deadline: 31 August 2015
Open to: youth workers, NGO representatives, volunteers and trainers aged 18-30 from Belgium, Macedonia, Netherlands, Ukraine, Egypt, Armenia, Serbia, Lithuania and Cyprus
Venue: 26 October – 3 November 2015, Brussels, Belgium


Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) has opened a call for participants for a training course “Empowering through Storytelling”. The overall aim of this project is to increase the competences of youth workers in using storytelling as a tool to reach, motivate and inspire young people. The objectives of this project are:

  • To explore the concept of storytelling and different techniques about it;
  • To understand how youth workers can use storytelling in non-formal education activities during their work;
  • To encourage youth workers to share their own stories (personal/professional);
  • To develop their personal and professional skills of the youth workers by learning how to deal with emotions, discovering more about themselves and advocating for a sustainable future for the target group of people they work with.

All the activities that are planned to be organized will be based on the methods of Non Formal Education. NFE is any organized educational activity outside the established formal system. NFE methods include: simulations, role plays, energizers, brainstorming, and discussion in small or big groups. The working language of the training course will be English. Apart from the competences strictly related to the theme of this project, the participants will also have a chance to improve their general competences such as:

  • Ability to work in an international, multicultural environment as participants will come from different countries. When dividing into smaller working groups the facilitators will make sure that the participants are divided into multi-country groups;
  • Ability to work in a group as most of the activities will include working in smaller, multi-country groups;
  • Improving foreign language skills as all the activities will be carried out in English, which is not a mother tongue of most of the participants;
  • Tolerance towards people of different backgrounds as participants will be coming from different cultural, religious and social backgrounds;
  • Understanding of different cultures as participants will come from different countries, each having a slightly different culture;
  • Fostering the European citizenship and identity as taking part in European youth projects tends to make youth feel more included in the European society and feel more like European citizens;
  • Improving their knowledge of Erasmus + programme as the programme will be introduced to them during the training course;
  • Improving their knowledge about Youthpass certificate as it will be explained to participants during the training course.


This project will involve youth workers, NGO representatives, volunteers and trainers who are willing to share their own stories, experiences, willing to get involved in self-directed learning process. Participants have to be members of partner organizations of YEU International. The age of the participants involved in this project will be 18-30 years. From every partner organizations involved in this project are requested two participants, one male and one female in order to ensure gender balance. The course is opened to participants from Belgium, Macedonia, Netherlands, Ukraine, Egypt, Armenia, Serbia, Lithuania and Cyprus.


Participation fee is 50 EUR (EU countries) or 30 EUR (non-EU countries). Youth for Exchange and Understanding will cover 70% of travel costs from the resident country. The food and lodging cost will be covered by YEU. The participants are obliged to have receipts of all tickets they will use, boarding passes and invoices of the credit card that was used for buying the tickets for online payments otherwise they will not be reimbursed.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2015, 23:59 CET. To apply for the course is necessary to register HERE.

For more information please follow the official website.

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