Third Training meeting

The third meeting was also organized in Ommen.

During the week, the participants had the chance to become facilitators themselves while working on the program and guiding the learning process of everyone involved.

During these days, just like in our first meetings, participants from the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, France, Bulgaria, Greece and Croatia came together in order to improve the employability of adults coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. We were gradually approaching the educational value of outdoor activities, and we were gradually developing tools.

This time, the trainers did not intervene once, it was up to the participants to “supervise” themselves and to establish the rules of the meeting.

Indeed, they had to be the actors in all situations, they had to design and deliver the program while receiving mentoring from the main trainers.

To do this, they had a group of participants who ran the program with the help of former participants and family groups which took place every day (see below).

The days were colourful and dynamic. The following elements and parts were included:

  • daily life tasks (broken down at the beginning of the meeting);
  • family time: the goal was to mix the participants by group (with new and old participants) in order to have a group of exchange every morning:
  • ‘’grandmother’’: had several projects under her belt, already participated at least once/ twice in the Connectivity project;
  • ‘’father’’: over 25 years old, a youth professional who possibly already participated in the project;
  • ‘’child’’: is there to learn, has never done a Connectivity project and is young;
  • ‘’dog’’: a person who is ready and willing to be active and work on the activities; someone who is able to guide others in case this is needed;
  • energizer: before the beginning of each workshop, a group (by rotation), proposed an energizing game in order to energize the whole group and to allow everyone to be active for the rest of the morning;
  • each day was accompanied by group workshops that we set up in connection with the theme; these workshops were in line with the project and with the “Impact Tool” (communication, attention, preparation time, elements of facilitation, preparation time, tips and tops, tools, evaluation, adaptability);
  • evening: each group organized the evening in its own way in order to reinforce the group cohesion and to share our cultures.

This third meeting allowed everyone to meet new people (especially young people) and to deepen the Impact Tool together with other tools that we decided to work with.

During this week, the participants were almost autonomous with some participants in charge. They were able to create processes together and to deepen the  Impact Tool itself.