Training course: No Box

Location: Argos, Greece

Dates: 2-8 October 2019

Number of participants: 31 participants

Participating countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

Organizer: Hopeland

Apply here: Application form

Deadline: 31 July 2019

Date of Selection: 5 August 2019, selected immediately given good applicant profile.

Inquiries about this training course: Justinas at

Costs: training course is funded by Erasmus+:

  • 100% accommodation, food and program materials are free, covered by the grant from Erasmus+
  • 100% traveling costs are covered, up to the maximum expenses:
    • €245 / participant for Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Czechia, Lithuania
    • €330 / participant for UK, Netherlands, Latvia, Spain
    • €0 / participant for Greece
  • Programme fee is €70, payable immediately after acceptance €20/£18 and €50 in Greece.

No Box

Download infopack here: Training Course – No Box – Greece –

Click to access Training-Course-No-Box-Greece-Abroadship.org_.pdf

NO BOX training program is a learning experience that aims to train youth educators on how to bring personal development elements while working in outdoor context

  • Do you love outdoors?
  • Do you want to create more impactful activities outdoors?
  • Are you up for personal development?
  • Do you want to expand your learning when it gets to development of outdoor activities
  • Do you want to camp and train yourself in a sustainable eco-house?

If the answer is yes, then “No Box” is for you…

It is a 4 Step Process:

(1) Online Preparation

1 – 28 September 2019

Home, Online & Surroundings

During this part of the project, you will have the chance to pack your backpack with all the necessary outdoor equipment, some practices, and tools you already use and bring them to Hopeland.

(2) Training Course

2 – 9 October 2019 (including traveling days)

Hopeland, Argos, Greece

During this part, you will develop professionally and personally and it will require your involvement and investment in your own learning process and growth. You will live outdoors, you will receive outdoor activities, you will create and deliver outdoor activities, you will form a sustainable community, you will be challenged to grow and take the next step as an outdoor trainer.

(3) Local Activity

October – December 2019

Home & surroundings

During this part, you will share your experience of No Box training course with your
community. You will be asked to create and perform an outdoor activity with the skills
acquired during the previous stages of the project.

(4) Follow up

January 2020


During this part, you will be the author of your own learning and you will share it with the world. You will have the chance to unpack your stuff and put them into your reality while co-creating and sharing outputs created during the previous phases of the project. (Videos, Manuals, etc).


  • Participational learning. We combine experience, continuous improvements & active participation in a wide variety of activities through-out the whole project to create professional and personal growth
  • Outdoors. Our playground and main context is outdoors that creates learning, curiosity & inclusion
  • Simply doing. Doing is what brings real life results. We focus on experimenting, testing, implementing and improving what and how we do what we do

To whom

YOUTH WORKERS, TRAINERS AND EDUCATORS: who actively work with young people and groups on a regular basis & are interested to (re)discover outdoors as a tool for growth and learning.


  • Your age is 18+
  • You are able to work and communicate in English
  • You want to use outdoors in youth work & educational activities
  • Υou are a resident of Greece, Bulgaria,Romania, Italy, Czechia, Lithuania, the Netherlands,Latvia, Spain or the United Kingdom.
  • You are committed, want to develop & love challenges


1st of October until 17:00.
You have to be able to reach the centre of Athens by 16:00 when our bus will depart to Hopeland. Arriving later is not an option.

1st of October 20:30 – 8th of October 20:30

9th of October
There will be a bus taking you to Athens centre and airport arriving earliest at 11:00 at the airport. Leaving earlier is impossible.

Hopeland Venue

Hopeland is situated on a hill near the village Malandreni which is 4 km away. Basically, it is in the middle of nowhere because in the nearest village you can find only a few small shops for limited shopping and coffee. The nearest town is Argos which is 12 km away where you can find anything from small shops to supermarkets, banks, post office, and bus station.

Hopeland itself is located inside a 7.7-acre piece of land, with age-long olive trees and other fruit trees as well as native herbs and it is surrounded by a forest and boasts for 5 oversize yew trees (which are protected by the local Forest Protection Service), as well as a 400-year-old oak tree.

There is an accommodation in Hopeland is in the two-story open area with shared decks in basic conditions and has been built with the strawbale technique. However for this project sleeping will happen in tents. There is an open area with greenery for tents, olive and almond trees.

There is an organic farm and some chickens in the garden. In the area, there is a lot of greenery, old oaks, olive trees and almond trees and in general mediterranean flora which makes the venue a real sustainable place.

Food will be only vegetarian, because of the sustainability focus of the venture, however, it will include every kind of food groups like vegetables, eggs, fruits, dairy, bread with all the essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. We will take into consideration any specific diets of the participants, food intolerances and allergies. The food material will be locally produced in the farm or it will be locally sourced.

The training site of Hopeland is an alcohol-free and drug-free area. We believe that human beings can reach the utmost of their potential without consumption of substances.


Hopeland-Elpidohori is a venture that aims at creating and supporting activities for parents, children and youth regarding the Environment, Tradition, Culture and Personal Development, while also promoting sustainability in all levels. It aims at setting an example of self-sufficiency.

Some of its main objectives are natural building, natural farming, recycling, respect for nature and reducing the ecological footprint. Its facilities are also offered to other projects that share common goals and values.

Starting in 2018, it marks its second seven-year period, focusing on strengthening relations abroad, hosting young people seeking knowledge by participating in actions organized through various programs such as Erasmus+, World School Project, environmental excursions for Greek or European students, and others. The original vision of it being a family refuge remains active and optimistic, hoping that the Greek parent will perceive the greater part of how good relationships with their children and informal learning are more important concepts than performance in formal education.

Considering optimism, hope and faith as the main components of life, despite all the harsh conditions, Hopeland will be, as much as life allows it, what its name signifies. It is and will remain the land of Luminous Hope.


A personal development and team trainer focused on sustainable & value based living. Works in Latvian outdoor organisation “Adventure Spirit” and by using the outdoors as a tool brings individual and group development to pupils, youth and adults through informal and non-formal learning. Her belief is that by living through our values, each day is another step closer to our life vision. Core value – light.

An experienced Trainer and Youth Worker from Athens. Started as a Scout leader for teenagers 19 years ago, now trainer in: Coaching, Outdoor education, NLP, Systemic work, Non-violent communication and, self-organised learning systems. Developed 15 moving expeditions, numerous activities and outdoor challenges for young scouts and young people in the context of personal development trainings. Uses a lot of New Media (social media, video making etc.), assignments, games, challenges and role-play games.

A Sustainability expert working with organizations and social enterprises to help them enhance and promote sustainability in practice. She is an environmental and sustainable enthusiast as long as she remembers herself and she loves to combine her passion and professional skills to promote sustainability in every aspect of life. She has experience in both business and nonprofit sector She has the role of the project manager in Hopeland managing the European and sustainability projects.