The project “Outdoor Academy coaching and outdoor education in youth field” is a broad activities based on wide partner’s cooperation, involving organizations from Poland, Italy, Greece, Germany and Romania.
The project will run from 1 February 2017 to 30 August 2018, is aimed in frame of international partnership to work out solutions, based on outdoor education and coaching methods, contributing to the improvement of the quality of work in the youth sector, as well as directly to the development of competencies and skills trainers, educators of youth.
The objectives are the development of leadership skills, communications, building an enterprising attitude and spirit of initiative and promote a healthy and active lifestyle among young people.
As an outcome of actions arise results in the form of innovative educational tools: 6-month educational program for young people based on the process work supporting the development of entrepreneurial activity, leadership skills and communication and also guide for trainers and educators in the field of outdoor and coaching.
The project will bring together over 100 young people, as well as about 20 experts, trainers and youth workers, and teams of partner organizations.
As part of the results dissemination tools developed will be tested and implemented in the partner organizations.
Prepared educational program will be implemented as the base of regular after project activities with youngsters among partner organizations, as well among new developing network of organizations working with outdoor education methods. Guide for trainers will be on of the main lecture during all planned trainings, exchanges and youth projects in international and local context.
On more effect will be developing regular youth exchange, youth initiatives and training based on outdoor education, involving network partners, as well new ones.
We are running pilot courses within our program in every partners country.
Outdoor Academy kicked off in February 2017 with a meeting of international experts near the foothills of the Polish Tatra mountains. Here, we laid the foundations for our international collaboration. Our team of experts, trainers and youth workers gathered together a further two times over the course of the project, meeting in Italy in the summer of 2017 and then again in Greece in July 2018 to review and finalize the project.
Outdoor Academy delivered three main outputs, which constitute a positive and innovative contribution to both local and international youth work. Firstly, our team of experts developed a manual for a 6-month outdoor education programme, which will serve as a practical tool for educators and trainers working with diverse target groups of young people. This manual was tested in each participating country through the implementation of five pilot projects, delivered by experienced trainers and facilitators. The pilot courses enabled us to collect feedback on the applicability of the programme in differing contexts and with a diverse participant profile, and it allowed us to evaluate the methodology as well as the content of the educational material produced.
The third and main output of Outdoor Academy is a Handbook for trainers, Outdoor Education: From Theory to Practice. This publication provides both an overview of the theory of outdoor and experiential education alongside practical scenarios and activities that can be used by trainers in the youth field. It is the culmination of 19 months of knowledge exchange and interaction between our team of international experts, on the one hand, and the product of our assessment of the practical pilot projects, on the other. We believe that it will serve as a useful and practical tool for trainers who are looking both to develop their theoretical knowledge of outdoor and experiential education and to implement long-term educational projects of their own.
One of the many highlights of the Outdoor Academy project was its international scope. On the personal, professional and institutional levels, the project resulted in a strong and lasting network between the trainers, experts and youth leaders involved. As this strategic partnership comes to an end, we reflect not only on what we have achieved over the course of the last 18 months but the follow-up initiatives and projects that await.
Project “Outdoor Academy: coaching and outdoor education in youth field” co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
It’s also busy time with organizing promotional event to disseminate our work and outcomes.
Each partner organize different form of meetings, workshops and seminars for volunteers, organizations, trainers, representative of educational institutions.
Together with our partners we finished pilot courses and promotional event.
Our educational program is ready – we are so proud.
Book is on it way – stay tuned it will appear very soon.
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