Natural Minds

Natural Minds – Erasmus+ training

The reasons we want to implement this project, the issues and the needs we want to address are following the two aspects:

  1. Increasing mental health problems among young people
  2. The difficulty of working with young people with mental health problems, faced by youth workers.

Training objectives:

  1. Increasing the understanding of the social, psychological and economic characteristics of young people with low opportunities, especially those with mental health problems, for 21 youth workers, during the project period.
  2. Developing the professional capacity (knowledge, abilities and attitudes) to work with young people with reduced opportunities, especially with young people with mental health problems, for 21 youth workers, during the project period.
  3. Increasing the level of understanding and achievement of the professional insertion of young people with low opportunities, especially of young people with mental health problems, for 21 youth workers, during the project period.
  4. Increasing the motivation to work with young people with fewer opportunities, especially with young people with mental health problems, of 21 youth workers, during the project period.

Practical details:

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This 6-day intensive program is part of an Erasmus+ project. (Erasmus+ is a Programme coordinated by the European Commission of the European Union).

The European Union’s Erasmus+ programme is a funding scheme to support activities in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport.

The Programme is made up of three so-called “Key Actions” and two additional actions. They are managed partly at the national level by National Agencies and partly at the European level by the EACEA. The European Commission is responsible for Erasmus+ policies and oversees the overall programme implementation.

Erasmus+ provides grants for activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. It offers opportunities for:

  • Individuals to spend a mobility or volunteering period abroad and to receive linguistic training,
  • Organizations to collaborate in project partnerships in the fields of academic and vocational training, schools, adult learning and European sport events.

Who can participate?

You can apply to this program if you are from the following countries:

Romania 4
UK 4
France 4
Ireland 3
The Netherlands 3
Slovenia 3

Participant profile:

The ideal participant has:

  1. RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: persons who have at least 2 years of experience in youth work and participated in at least 2 international learning mobilities. The participants should have one of the following roles: youth workers, youth leaders, educational and career counselors, teachers, general educators, trainers, mentors, coaches, educational nature guides.  The people under these roles should work directly and constantly with young people.
  1. MOTIVATION: persons who feel a strong calling to participate in this course and have strong and relevant motivation for joining the process. The motivation should be a blend of personal and professional factors. We are looking for persons who feel comfortable being in nature and who can immerse in natural learning environments.
  1. CAPACITY TO USE THE EXPERIENCE: each participant must be part of an organization/institution which is connected with the project topics or is willing to incorporate them in the future activities and projects.

The ideal participant is willing to:

  • Work with nature and holistic approaches.
  • Work with youth at deeper personal levels.
  • Gain new non-formal practices and methods.
  • Develop future partnerships in the area of eco-centric development.
  • Address in his/hers work elements of universal spirituality.
  • Learn how to work strategically.
  • Develop personally and professionally.

The participants must be over 18 years and have a good level of English.

What are the costs?

  • Materials, activities, accommodation and food are 100% covered by the Erasmus+ grant.
  • The travelling costs (plane, train, bus) are also covered and will be reimbursed to the participants after the course in the amount limit presented in the table below.

 

Romania 0 Euros
UK 275 Euros/person
France 275 Euros/person
Ireland 360 Euros/person
The Netherlands 275 Euros/person
Slovenia 275 Euros/person

When and Where?

Dates: From 15th to 22nd of April 2018

  • 15th of April – arrival day in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and travelling to the location.
  • From 16th until 21st of April – activities (6 full days).
  • 22nd of April – departure day from the location.

On 15th of April, the arrival time in Cluj-Napoca should be before 16.00 and the departure time on the 22nd should be after 12.00.

Location: In Romania, near Cluj-Napoca, in a natural area, in the Carpathian Mountains.

Application procedure and deadline:

If you want to participate in this program you have to fill in the application form available at this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNjmehHP2ae0JRjbbwkXVpEAAQpxf2n45n5jyMhOgxNLZISQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

The deadline for applications submission is 20th of December 2017 (included).

The selections results will be published in maximum 1 week from the deadline.

Contact:

For further details and questions you can contact:

Bogdan Romanică (Romania) – the project coordinator, at the email romanica.bogdan@gmail.com or by phone at +40 745585415.

Contact:

For further details and questions you can contact:

Bogdan Romanică (Romania) – the project coordinator, at the email romanica.bogdan@gmail.com or by phone at +40 745585415.

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