⛵ Training course: You Hiker

📌 Location: Vila Sanzila, Lithuania

⏰ Dates:

Phase #1: 4-12 October 2023
Phase #2: 14-22 November 2023

👣 Number of participants: 23 participants

🏁 Participating countries: Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine

🚲 Organizer: Abroadship.org

🍇 Apply here: Application form

📱Inquiries about this training course: Justinas at hello@abroadship.org

💰💶 Costs: 

  • 100% accommodation, food and program materials are covered by the grant from Erasmus+
  • 80% traveling costs (only most economical option: lower priced ticket of public transportation plus one piece of any size luggage, meaning we do not compensate seat reservation, taxi, insurance, special plans of extra, plus, regular, etc.) are covered, up to the maximum expenses:
    • €23/participant for Lithuania
      €180/participant for Belarus, Ukraine
      €275/participant for Greece, Italy,
      €360/participant for Georgia
  • For traveling reimbursement, it is mandatory:
    • online tickets: forward emails with e-tickets, boarding passes and invoices, it has to contain price and date.
    • offline tickets: bring original receipts (originals), copies will not be accepted.
  • Reimbursement will be done in cash (EUR) at the end of the training, given all sessions are attended by the participant.

You Hiker

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You-Hiker is a two phased experimental, experiential learning based outdoor learning project for youth workers. It enables youth workers to find a better contact with youngsters, build connections between those, who are involved in the process and offers space for deep learning to learn and reflection. We would like to emphasize 4 different points related to outdoor education in order to explain the viewpoint, why this project is being initiated:
I. Outdoor education and education through sports extends the comfort zone
II. Live action role-playing (LARP) during the hiking (day & night) raises self-esteem and motivation to learn.
III. Using GPS, geocaching and open-badges address better the needs of nowadays youth
IV. Active lifestyle changes variety of habits

Goals and Objectives

Empower youth workers and youngsters to use LARP in practice

Use the Kolb’s theory in depth to experience full learning cycle

Rise the competences and motivation of youth workers and youth

Learn how to reach young people and prevent them from radicalization

Digest known LARP and other methods and create new ones

Create a booklet of methods for the outdoor education.

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will  direct us aright” Henry David Thoreau

Who Should Attend

  • 18+ years old
  • Youth worker, trainer and/or educator, planning to use outdoors in youth work & educational activities.
  • Interested to acquire & improve competences for using outdoors as a method for social inclusion, cooperation and education.
  • Committed to fully attend all phases and create local activities, want to develop & love challenges.
  • Ready to participate in an intercultural environment and challenge yourself in working on a high intensity programme full of practical assignments
  • Resident of Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia
  • Able to work and communicate in English

Delivery Style

“Learning by experience” – learning from experiencing different activities and putting them into practice;

“Learning to play, playing to learn” – connected with learning through games, from actions and playful environment;

“Learning through outdoor” – learning sensitive and challenging topics while being outdoors

“Learning with nature” – being aware of the environment and its stimulus to brains, mental and physical condition

Programme of You Hiker

Phase 1: Preparation at home / online before arrival.

Phase 2: Training course (TC) / intensive programme in Lithuania divided into three parts:

  • guided training to acquire & develop competences, skills and behaviours for using outdoors as a method for social inclusion
  • Challenge part by planning and delivering a programme
  • Evaluation of learning & planning of the local activities part

Phase 3: Local Action Phase / organising local activities in each partner country by using new competences and methods acquired during TC.

Methods used

Outdoors methods have benefits physical-, emotional- and mind- wise, creating an instant equality and with proper preparation – equity.

Challenges focused on learning and education are powerful to ignite growth and development inside a group.

Creativity enables reaching a state of “flow”, where cooperation, idea-building & different perspective sprouting become effortless.

Local activities & evaluation through individual practice and support from trainers, peers and partners allows to really know the method. Creating and implementing own initiatives on a local basis challenges to learn better.

Reflections create culture of learning. By sharing and conceptualising, we raise the impact of the experience and the quality of learning.

Media is used for documentation, reflection, feedback of learning, visibility & promotion.

Mini-conference is used to empower to implement local activities to the highest standards and share experience with the attendants, thus reaching a wider audience.

Financial Costs

  • 100% accommodation, food and program materials are covered by the grant from Erasmus+
  • 80% traveling costs (only most economical option: lower priced ticket of public transportation plus one piece of any size luggage, meaning we do not compensate seat reservation, taxi, insurance, special plans of extra, plus, regular, etc.) are covered, up to the maximum expenses:
    • €23/participant for Lithuania
      €180/participant for Belarus, Ukraine
      €275/participant for Greece, Italy,
      €360/participant for Georgia
  • For traveling reimbursement, it is mandatory:
    • online tickets: forward emails with e-tickets, boarding passes and invoices, it has to contain price and date.
    • offline tickets: bring original receipts (originals), copies will not be accepted.
  • Reimbursement will be done in cash (EUR) at the end of the training, given all sessions are attended by the participant.

Where

Training course will happen in Vila Sanzila, nearby to Panevėžys, Lithuania, It is situated near the Nature Reserve, surrounded by forests and water channel. The house is made of clay and hey and represents old way to build houses. You will stay in rooms of 2-4 persons, sharing with others toilets and showers.

It is England, baby! Since the UK chose BREXIT, this is one of the last Erasmus+ opportunities. Kingswood Grosvenor Hall place is 2 hours from London, set in the beautiful grounds of a former manor house. Find map of the location here.

When to Get There

Training Course #1
Arrival Day: 4 October 2023
Programme: 5 – 11 October 2023
Departure Day: 12 October 2023

Training course #2
Arrival Day: 14 November 2023
Programme: 15 – 21 November 2023
Departure Day: 22 November 2023

Days allowed to stay in the Lithuania: This is a great time to explore Lithuania. We will not have a lot of free time during the programme, thus if you want to explore country, please arrange extra days. You are allowed to come max 7 days before the TC or leave after max 7 days after the TC, but the total amount of the days that are not part of the programme is max 7 days. If you decide to stay more than 7 days longer than the official programme, you will have to cover the traveling expenses yourself. If traveling on different than programme days is more expensive, you have to cover the difference, as the touristic reasons are not reimbursed. During these extra days, you have to find your own accommodation and no other expenses are covered (we will cover just flights on different days).

Practicals – What to (not) Bring

  • In Lithuania could rain a lot, thus please bring sturdy comfortable waterproof footwear for hiking (walking boots), waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, hat, clothes to layer, to keep warm (cotton/wool)
  • Water bottle
  • Bring Passport or ID card
  • Medicines
  • Head lamp-torch
  • Insurance – this is critical! Please bring European Health Card and Insure in other ways because we do not provide and are not liable for any incidents
  • Bring best photo camera, video recorder you have, and of course lots of memory storage!
  • Prepare endurance, Good spirit and Positive vibes!

Weather

In October and November temperature in Lithuania ranges from 3 to 10 degrees, daylight lasts about 2 to 4 hours and of course of course of course (not so) beautiful rain is a constant friend and a mandatory discussion subject in all conversations

Check the weather forecast here.

Medicine, Allergies and Diet

If you are vegan or have a special diet, let us know, indicating what you can and cannot eat, so that we can arrange suitable nutrition.

If you have an illness, physical limitations and/or use the medicine we need to know about, please let us know.

During the TC in order to maintain the place proper, clean and dignified, all the community will be asked to do carry household duties in small inter-cultural groups.

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

 

How to Apply?

Fill this application form: https://forms.gle/TeyBTM4iZ84MaDpD6

In order to apply for You Hiker, you must be over 18 years old and a citizen of one of the partner countries. Contact the partner organisation from the list below if you need any support.

Abroadship.org UK hello@abroadship.org
Pro Loco Soul Express Marianella Italy prolocosoulexpressmarianella@gmail.com
YOUTH WITH AN INTERNATIONAL VISION Georgia Gvanca01@gmail.com
Institute of Ukrainian Studies Ukraine project-coordinator@ius.lviv.ua
New Faces Belarus newfaces.projects@gmail.com
ROES Greece roes.cooperativa@gmail.com

Visit Us

Abroadship.org is a platform for worldwide learning opportunities abroad. For information about this or other opportunities, any practical matters, please visit us at Abroadship.org or hello@abroadship.org