Erasmus+ BiTriMulti (BTM) – Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges

The president of ARVIS, Anca Vieriu, has attended the training course “BiTriMulti Gives You(th) Wings!” in Braga, Portugal, between 9 and 13 May 2016. It was an international training course BiTriMulti (BTM) financed by the European Union on how to tackle all of the basic elements of organizing an international Youth Exchange under the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission. The participants came from 17 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. The two excellent trainers were from Portugal (Jo Claeys) and Lithuania (Nerijus Kriauciunas).  

The training course was designed for voluntary and professional youth workers working directly with youngsters who are interested in setting up international exchange projects. It was a learning-by-doing experience, built on a simulation exercise.

The objectives were:

  • To provide an informed introduction to Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme, focusing on Youth Exchanges and their capacity to enhance young people’s active engagement in the making of Europe (though not exclusively) for newcomers to the programme;
  • To offer an individual and group learning experience through a simulated process on setting up a Youth Exchange project;
  • To develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to organize a youth exchange, based on the non-formal learning practice, principles, and quality standards of Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme;
  • To enable participants to reflect on their learning and to familiarize themselves with Youthpass – its technical tool to produce Youthpass Certificates, and its application in youth exchanges;
  • To offer the opportunity to meet possible partner groups and to make contacts in other countries.

The course also offered the participants to meet the beauty of Porto and Braga and it gave us the feeling of joining a European family.

Meeting Porto

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…  and arriving to the Youth Center in Braga

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International Evening

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Visiting Braga

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And back to the course

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The last day, Braga again

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Leaving with the memory of the lovely European group

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