Need-Based Methods Laboratory Training Course, Finland

Deadline: 15 April 2013
Open to: youth workers, youth leaders from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Croatia, Turkey and the 27 member states of the EU
Venue: 28 May – 2 June 2013 in Imatra, Finland


Applications are invited for a Need-Based Methods Laboratory – Learning and Partner Finding Training Course to be held 28 May – 2 June 2013 in Imatra, Finland. Learning is essential in Youth in Action projects. The Lab looks at learning from a logical point of view: What is our need for learning and how do we build a method to learn? They look youth exchanges as learning opportunities and design projects together.

The Need-Based Method Lab will look at working with young people from a practical point of view. It gives youth workers an opportunity to come aware of their working methods and develop other ways of working with young people. These can be designed active methods and/or more general ways of working.

Participants come to the training with their need. It may be a thing your young people complain or quarrel about, something that bothers them and should be discussed. You can evaluate your own ways of dealing with young people and try new ways to explore topics. Methods give young people an opportunity to learn about their topic of interest. They will also look at youth exchanges as a way to explore the same topics together and find good methods to discuss them.


The Finnish National Agency of Youth in Action Programme will cover international participants’ costs considering travelling to Finland, accommodation and meals during the activity and the activity costs. The participants are entitled to acquire a travel insurance, which will cover unused travel tickets in the situation when tickets are not used.

Participants from the programme and the neighbouring countries must take care of their domestic/international travel to the nearest airport. Airfares are covered by the Finnish National Agency. The selected participants will get an email which explains them how to book the tickets and when and where to arrive. Booking of flight tickets will not require the use of participants’ own money. Local trips may need to be covered from own resources.

Sending participants to the activity will not cost anything for the sending National Agencies, the organizers will cover all the international travel costs of the participants. They ask interested sending National Agencies to open the call in their country in good time and make the selection by the time provided. The Finnish National Agency will make the final selection of participants according to the availability of places.

AIM: Improve quality of 1.1 through making youth exchanges a better learning experience


  • Engaging and challenging to go back to the basics: Why do we use methodology?
  • Exploring learning: Discovering how, where and why learning happens, in order to support it.
  • Discover the elements of learning methodology, and creating “tailor made” methodology to the needs of participants and their young people
  • Build and support partnerships around methodology and ideas


  • Learning to learn, facilitating learning
  • Needs of young people as a starting point
  • Essence of a method
  • Elements of Non-Formal Learning
  • Partnership building
  • Youth exchanges as a learning environment


This Training Course is for 30 participants from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and the Youth in Action Programme Countries. The Youth in Action Programme countries are consisted of the 27 EU countries; Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland as EFTA member states and Turkey and Croatia as programme countries which are candidates for accession to the EU (check list HERE). It is recommended for youth workers, youth leaders,  and people working directly with a group of young people between 13-25 years of age.


Apply online at the website HERE by the deadline of 15 April 2013! The participants will be selected on 29 April 2013.

Organizer: CIMO National Agency of Youth in Action Programme in Finland (National Agency). Contact for questions: Paavo Pyykkönen by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at +358 295 338 547.

For more information, please see the official website HERE.

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