We’ve successfully concluded our very first Connectivity meeting!

For seven days, participants from the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, France, Bulgaria, Greece, and Croatia came together in the first of four training meetings focused on increasing the employability of adults coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. This long-term project aims to create an educational methodology of outdoor activities, with the purpose of developing competences and skills for the employability of adults.

During this week, the participants could experiment with all sorts of practices while learning from each other. In particular, in the first part of the training meeting, they could learn about the Impact tool (https://www.erasmusplus.nl/impacttool-mobiliteit?fbclid=IwAR0_O2FXZZrWgMxgauVixofOC-Qm_lh4breDo0cI657KbbNSJUBZrx_eulo) and they could see how to implement it in the outdoor adult education; step-by-step they could go through this model and understand how to design an activity for a specific target group. It was a great start since they immediately could exchange different points of view with each other and learn as well how different can be the reality they are coming from. 

Throughout the remaining part of the training meeting, the participants had the chance to put this model into practice by creating activities for each other. To make it even more useful and effective, the participants presented specific target groups with whom they are working back home. After that, each participant had the opportunity to design and deliver a specific activity according to a certain target group’s needs; they could focus on a lot of different topics related to their realities back home, such as inclusion, communication, cooperation, teamwork, etc. It was great to see how all our participants interacted and learned from each other, resulting in a pool of very diverse and useful activities that they could take home and share within their local network and target groups.

This event represented exactly what the Connectivity project is: sharing good practices from contexts all over Europe in order to create more employability for adults coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. By coming up with a common language that can be used as a basis for our future project activities, the participants were able to start working on an Activity Database, a collection of many activities that will allow them to create a long-term impact for this target group, in their own realities.

It was a very enriching experience and we are enthusiastic to continue working together with all our partners and participants!

Co-created by Olde Vechte FoundationYOBBO – Youth Beyond BordersParcours Le Monde Ile-de-FranceRota JovemActive Bulgarian SocietyPraxis GreeceEurope House Slavonski Brod.

Funded by Erasmusplus-NL.

First things first, after the project got approved it was time to see how we could develop it, together with all our partners. You don’t start such a long project with such a great goal without a proper plan. In order to design this plan we had our kick-off meeting.

This first meeting took place in Bergolo, Italy, and was hosted by YOBBO – Youth Beyond Borders. It was the first time that all key staff members of each organization could meet in person and spend a weekend together to shape the project steps.

During these days, besides spending a beautiful weekend between hills and vineyards, we managed to define the structure of the upcoming three years of our cooperation. We went through two main directions: the timeline of the events and the role of each partner.

The defined timeline included not only the four training meetings but also the midterm and the final meeting for the key staff members and the multiplier events to spread the outcomes of the project in each country and to create an impact locally. After that, we defined the roles of each partner, meaning that each organization will have an active role during the events that will take place in the next years, starting from the creation of the outputs, hosting the meetings, and, in general, being active on the territory, in line with the spirit of this project.

This short meeting was the best way to start our journey together. We could see the bright future of our project. It was great to see how many ideas and how much involvement emerged from this meeting. The future steps can’t be anything but good!