Name of the project: Stairways to Trainers Training Course
Date: 20th until 29th June 2021
City/Country: VILJANDIMAA – ESTONIA
What was the main topic of the event?
Selman Erkan – Training course was about having new competences about organizing, facilitating and evaluating workshops or activities on youth field
Oleksandra Golovko – Developing and improving skills of trainers and youth workers involved in non-formal education
What were the biggest learning moments on the event for you?
Selman Erkan – The whole training course was having amazing learning moments for me. I learned very useful tools and methods. I cannot really distinguish one specific moment from the training just because of that. I am very happy that I participated in this training. Marco and Marcus are amazing trainers and they shared wonderful methods with us. If I would mention one specific moment from the training, it would definitely be the practice part. We had to prepare a workshop that lasted for an hour and all that preparation part including teamwork and also doing the actual workshop itself was very exciting and priceless.
Oleksandra Golovko – I cannot identify one particular AHHAAA moment as the course was very intensive and included many learning moments which were quite a revelation for me. Still, I tend to believe that one of the most prominent stages was when our talkative and emotional group of 4 people from 4 cultured managed to start to listen to each other, we agreed on the content and approaches of our future training session, and the next day we this session at quite a decent level. This brought us together and we still keep in touch.
Do you have any plans to continue being active in the field? If yes, what?
Selman Erkan – Absolutely, yes! I would like to continue to be active and implement my learnings from the training in the future once I participate in any other training course or youth exchange. I also would like to have my own project at some point. So I can actually practice what I have learnt from the training course. I already participated in a youth exchange after this training course and I had a chance to try out the methods that I have learnt. What I see from this is that this training course was a very useful and helpful one for my career path.
Oleksandra Golovko – Hopefully. The field of youth work is quite vibrant in Estonia and I hope to find my niche to contribute to the community I now belong to. I also hope to spread the ideas of youth work outside the EU where the area of youth work is still in the bud.
Would you recommend it to your friends? If yes, why? If not, why not?
Selman Erkan – Definitely, yes! I would recommend this training course to anyone who is interested in becoming a facilitator. It was an amazing training to learn and get quite many ideas about how to become a facilitator. Also meeting with people from different countries is very nice. It gives you a totally different understanding and perspective as well.
Oleksandra Golovko – It will definitely receive my top recommendations as the course was logical, well-planned, and the trainers adapted the material to our requirements. The content was of relevance and of high quality. Learning by doing, we discovered a lot of methods, how they interact, what contributes to good training, how to be an efficient trainer and/or facilitator. Also, the levels of organization and communication positively impressed me. It was a great way to meet people from different cultures and to make new friends. The atmosphere of support, trust, and open-mindedness dominated all 10 days of the event. This training course made my summer.
More comments or anything else you would like to share? You can add here in your own language, if you want!
Selman Erkan – I would like to take this moment to thank Noored Ühiskonna Heaks for providing me this opportunity to participate in this training course.
Oleksandra Golovko – I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the organizers and trainers who put everything together and organized such a thrilling event for the youth workers. After the prolonged lockdown, the beautifully choreographed event was like a refreshing sea breeze on a hot summer day.
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme