Call for participants: Youth work in closed institutions

Posted: 2017-01-25
Written by: EU Network
Category: Latvia
Tagged: youth work tca seminar ngo national agency


What is it? It is an international seminar aimed at giving opportunity for staff members of closed institutions and NGO's in this field (detention services, prisons, refugee camps etc.) to exchange experiences and practices in working with young people as well as to explore the role of non- formal learning there.




- To provide space for participants to share local realities and good practices working with young people in closed institutions (such as detention services, prisons, refugee camps, etc.)
- To give participants an opportunity to define the role and place for non-formal learning in closed institutions.
- To brainstorm and further develop tools and methods that can work efficiently with young people in closed institutions.
- To give an opportunity to explore and experience non formal learning approaches, focusing on experiential learning in practice.
- To have an insight into Erasmus+ programme and foster cooperation and networking among participants.

Methodology of the seminar

The methodology of the seminar is based on the fundamental principles of non-formal education. The methods provided will enable participants to fully participate in the learning process. Learning from experience will be a fundamental pillar in the way the seminar will be facilitated. This event focuses on key aspects of non-formal education like the participant centred approach and experiential learning. It will imply that the team of trainers will keep in mind the participants’ prior experience working within closed institutions contexts.

The learning process will continuously adapt to the participants’ needs and motivations as well as the group’s work rhythm.

Moreover, an essential element of the methodology is based on the holistic nature of the learning experience, through methods that involve not only cognitive or intellectual approaches but also covering the emotional and attitudinal ones. This way the learning is enhanced as it embraces the three dimensions of human learning.

The diversity of working methods (presentations, role plays, simulations, debates, energizers, individual reflection questionnaires, technical project management, feedback techniques, teamwork, etc) will make more sense than ever in order to better illustrate the meaning of non formal education.

The international composition of the group of participants will be an asset to explore the multicultural dynamics of teamwork and thus will contribute to incorporate new learning at the level of cultural diversity.
Draft program of activities

Click here to download the draft program of activities.

Profile of participants

- Staff members of closed institutions (social workers, psychologists, project coordinators, youth workers, etc.);
- NGO members working in closed institutions on regular bases/at least weekly.
- Can communicate in English.

It is planned to have a balanced group with representatives from various types of closed institutions and NGO's working in this field.

Definition of Non Formal learning

Non formal learning is purposive but voluntary learning that takes place in a diverse range of environments and situations for which teaching/training and learning is not necessarily their sole or main activity. These environments and situations may be temporarly, and the activities or courses that take place may be staffed by professional learning facilitators (such as youth trainers) or by volunteers (such as youth leaders). The activities and courses are planned, but are seldomly structured by conventional rhythms or curriculum subjects. They usually address specific target groups, but rarely document or assess learning outcomes or achievements in conventionally visible ways. (Source: German NA for Erasmus +: Youth in Action Program)


This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.
(Note for sending NAs: This activity is financed by TCA 2016)

Travel arrangements for participants from Eastern Partnership countries and Russia will be organized by Latvian National Agency

Where & When

Training course will take place in a hotel “Baltvilla” that is situated only 15 km from Riga, the capital city of Latvia. More detailed information about venue can be found:

You can have a look to the website of the venue of the course here.


Arrival day - 9th of April 2017
Departure day- 14th of April 2017
Working days - 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th of April 2017


Team of facilitators


Natasha Gudakovska

Natalja is a trainer in the youth field since 2006. She has an extensive experience in training and management of projects in the field of social inclusion. She has training experience with young people and staff in closed institutions, as well as youth workers and other specialists working with young people with fewer opportunities. She is a trainer of the Pool of Trainers of Youth Department of the Council of Europe and Latvian National Agency of Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme. Natalja leads the Euro-Asian Network „Participation for All”.

Diego Marín

Diego is a trainer with more than 15 years of experience in the youth field and non formal learning. He is also specialist in Gestalt Theatre applied to work on conflict and personal development since 2009. Diego is currently working a lot within the framework of closed institutions and young offenders, using music, plastic art and theatre in trainings as a powerfull tool to foster personal development processes in people. He is member of the Pool of Trainers of Council of Europe as well as SALTO and Spanish National Agency for Youth.

Working language and number of participants

This Seminar is for 25 participants from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries and Eastern Partnership countries and Russia and recommended for Youth workers, Staff members of closed institutions and NGO members working in closed institutions on regular bases/at least weekly.

Working language(s):


Contact and application


The deadline to apply to this course is 20th of February 2017

You can apply in THIS LINK

Latvian National Agency (National Agency)

Contact for questions:
Agnese Lorence
Phone: +371 67356258

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Organized by:



Project funded by:



There are no comments

Post a comment