Story of Abroadship’er Rofikul from London, UK:
“Being the last delegate to arrive for the Ace it! Organizational Management in a Nutshell in Zlin, Czech Republic I felt a sense of being away from my comfort zone and out beyond my confidence. Being the last to arrive meant I just made it in time for the start of the national parties where participants from each of the states represented bring along goodies for the entire cohort to share.
The topics that was covered during the sessions were intensely thought provoking and allowed the delegates to explore, learn and express their views in a safe and comfortable experience.
The methodology of the project which was deployed as non-formal education, that paved the way for a range of methods such as simulations, discussions, expert input, case studies, brainstorming, video presentations and others as the tool of learning.
The Ace it! Organizational Management in a Nutshell’s idea comes from the need of European organizations to train their staff in order to keep up with the changing environment of European NGOs and the facilitators ensured that this objective was indeed achieved. As everyone spoke highly of the course and it outcomes. I am indeed very proud of have being able to represented UK!”
Story of Abroadship’er Olusola from Sheffield, UK:
“I found the ‘Ace it! Organisational Management in a Nutshell’ training course really useful for gaining practical tips and tools which I can implement at my workplace to improve our management and delivery of projects. The informal style of learning made the subject which was complex fun and easy to understand. Overall, I found the week very engaging and I left Czech Republic with bag loads of new gained skills, knowledge and competences relevant to organisational management which will make me a better manager as I share it with my team. The project also helped to increase my intercultural awareness and I made new contacts with other Europeans that I intend to explore for future project collaborations. It was a great experience which I won’t forget.”
Story of Abroadship’er Monty from Belfast, North Ireland, UK:
“I felt that this training course was very well organised and the content of the course was relevant to the title of the course. Although of me, I did not find it very useful, as I’m currently studying a part time degree in Community Development and have worked in community organisations for a number of years, so a lot of the content, I was already aware of. I feel it would of ben more beneficial for volunteers or workers that are directly involved with the sending organisations.
I have made some really good contacts of people who are doing really great work in other countries, some of these people are doing really inspirational work and this has inspired me. Also there is the potential to partner up with these people for project in the future and visit their projects. They also gave us some really good tips on various fundraising techniques. There were two exercises I found useful one which asked the various people from different countries to choose an inspirational leader and share the amazing work they did our are doing. The other we discussed the various tactics used by organisations and non profit organisations and we had to link which tactic was used by with type of organisation, I will be definitely using this exercise with in my community work.
I came on this training as I am studying Community Development and working in the Homeless sector, I wanted to learn more about how non profit organisations differ from government funded organisations. DICE are a very young organisation, they came together a year ago and I felt that it would of been more beneficial learning from an older more experienced NGO on the topic of “Organisational Management in a Nutshell”
I became really good friend with a polish called Gosia, we had such great fun together and I look forward to seeing her in the near future. I also went to a wonderful tea house were we smoked hooka and drank chia tea with my fellow UK participant. The two international evening where pretty amazing the participants put such a great about of energy into sharing there culture through, taste, sight, song and dance. It was pretty great to meet such a diverse group of people and learn more about their cultures and traditions.”
Project title: Ace it! Organizational Management in a Nutshell
Location: Zlin, Czech Republic
Dates: 14-21 September 2016
Number of participants: 35, out of total number 3 participants came from UK
Participating countries: United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Slovenia, Portugal, Slovakia, Romania, Lithuania
Organizer: DICE Asociace
Description: It is a training with activities on organizational management and the development of skills useful for managing youth organizations and NGOs with the ultimate goal of helping improve the quality of youth work across Europe. Some of the aspects that were discussed include organizational environment, leadership, financial management or strategic planning. The methodology of the project was non-formal education, featuring a range of methods such as simulations, discussions, expert input, case studies, brainstorming, video presentations and others. The project idea comes from the need of European organizations to train their staff in order to keep up with the changing environment of European NGOs. It is in line with the priorities and objectives of the Erasmus+ program and its Youth section.
Detailed project description: here