Training course: Activists against Xenocide

Location:  Krzyzowa, Poland

Dates: 14-21 June 2018

Number of participants: 30

Participating countries: Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Poland, Serbia, United Kingdom

Organizer: Kreisau-Initiative e.V.

Apply here: Application form

Deadline to apply: 11 May 2018

Date Of Selection: 14 May 2018

Inquiries about this training course: Carolin Wenzel at


Participation fee (covers accommodation, full board and all programme activities)
Participants from Germany and Great Britain: 90 EUR / Estonia, Poland: 50 EUR / Greece: 30 EUR/ Serbia, Macedonia: 10 EUR
Travel costs: For participants Estonia, Great Britain, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece can be reimbursed up to 275 EUR per person, for participants from Germany and Poland up to 180 EUR of the economy class travel costs.

Activists against Xenocide

Activists against Xenocide is an international training on migration for professionals of non-formal education who are interested in the topic and want to learn methods (film and photography) on how to work on migration with young people.

The training is part of a two-step project. Participants of the training are invited to carry out small projects (micro projects) on migration with young people in their home cities over the summer. They will have the chance to return to Krzyżowa with up to five young people for the international youth meeting taking place from 08.-14.10.2018. It is not obligatory to take part in the international youth meeting, but applicants with tangible ideas for carrying out projects will be given special consideration.

Since the training is going to be held in English, a high level of English is required.

Participants are encouraged to take part in an intercultural training and discuss during workshops, seminars and film-photo trainings political and historical experiences as well as knowledge of migration. Individual stories of people are in the centre of attention. Through the training participants address questions such as how can we humanly deal with the refugee situation, what do refugees actually experience, including the situation of the participant’s home countries (solidarity and discrimination) and how they can actively act and advocate for people in need. Furthermore, professionals demonstrate media skills which lead to higher qualification and enable youth workers to work in this area with young people and prepare them for the upcoming youth exchange.

Based on the impact on Europe’s societies we will closely examine, the process of European integration and the way of dealing with today’s migration and refugee situation in Europe. Apart from dominating narratives about refugees and migration today and in the past, that exist in the general European public, participants deal with personal stories of people who have undergone that fate and share their individual experiences.
“Xenocide” is an invented, broader term to cover incidents like genocide and crimes against humanity. The term “activists” refers to people who saved others from suffering by resisting authorities committing xenocidal acts.

During a methodological workshops (film and photography) youth workers will be enabled to work on this topic with young people in their local communities. After the training, participants will use their expertise to carry out micro projects with young people in their home towns. They deal with the current need for standing up against violation of human rights and become active. With the help of film and photography, participants analyse the situation of migrants in their local community.

Up to five young people from each country and their trainer (hence a former participant of the international training) will have the possibility to take part in an international youth meeting in Krzyżowa (08.-14.10.2018).

Furthermore participants get the chance to get trained in new methods and materials of “JustNow – A Toolbox for Teaching Human Rights”. It contains new materials that combine historical education and Human Rights education. Participants will get introduced to a website, animations, learning modules, manuals and examples of good practice.


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