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LTTC 2017: Workcamp Studies 2.0

After the successful implementation of the Long Term Training Course (LTTC) “Workcamp studies” in 2015, Alliance hosts the second edition of the updated project in 2017. The LTTC 2017 aims at developing facilitators’ competences in designing, implementing and evaluating non-formal learning activities in order to address the training needs of the members, improve the quality of the workcamps through enhanced preparation of the camp leaders, and overall to increase the quality of Alliance events according to the values and priorities set by the network.

Why an LTTC 2.0 ?

The main goal of LTTC 2017 is to sustain and upgrade with a thematic focus, the non-formal education (NFE) quality framework of the annual national trainings that Alliance member organisations implement for their youth leaders. More specifically LTTC aims to raise awareness among 22 trainees coming from 22 Alliance members and more than 300 workcamp leaders that they will consequently train in identifying/understanding workcamps as pedagogical NFE tools. By the end of the training cycle, participants are expected to be able to autonomously run national trainings of workcamp leaders as standardized Alliance models. This new edition of the LTTC builds on the results and lessons learnt from the previous LTTC 2015. The thematic focus in 2017 is inclusion, specifically:

  • gender equality & fight against sexism/gender-based discrimination in IVS
  • inclusion of refugees in workcamps.

Among the results of this LTTC is the production of standardized training modules for workcamp leaders based on the shared principles, campaigns and practices of the network. The second aim of the LTTC is to act as a preparatory and recruitment instrument for the Alliance Pool of Trainers: at the end of the training cycle, the trainees are invited to apply for the A-PoT and become part of the training resource team of the Alliance and its members. The trainers of the LTTC itself are senior and junior trainers from A-PoT who previously participated in the first edition of the LTTC back in 2015.

Who implements LTTC 2017?

LTTC “Workcamp Studies 2.0” is addressed to 20 young trainers of workcamp leaders, who are involved in preparing and mentoring camp leaders in Alliance member organisations during 2018. The training course program was developped by the Alliance Course director, in cooperation with the trainers’ team of Alliance Pool of Trainers. Each LTTC event is hosted by a different member organisation, appointed for this purpose by the General Assembly of the network.

Phases of LTTC 2017

  • Induction seminar, February 22nd – 25th, venue Athens, Greece, hosted by Elix, as the first step within LTTC, aims at providing young trainees with information and resources on how to design IVS projects as structured methodological and pedagogical tools.
  • Training of Trainers, April 24th-30th, venue Poggiodomo, Italy, hosted by Legambiente, is about how to train youth leaders in short term IVS projects – workcamps in their countries on how to implement IVS projects as well structured methodological and pedagogical tools.
  • The trainees are then invited to put in practice their learning achievements in their respective organizations during the summer 2017, the practice phase, on national trainings of youth leaders, and to follow up the educational process of their trainees (the youth leaders).
  • Evaluation seminar, September 20th-24th, venue Moraira-Teulada, Spain, hosted by De Amicitia, the trainees share their experiences, reflect on the impact of IVS projects as structured methodological and pedagogical tools. Their gained skills are recognized through an organized assessment and the selection in the Pool of trainers.
  • In addition to residential seminars, participants of LTTC 2017 benefit from the online platform and are offered different e-courses, so to assure the learning and mentoring flow between the residential events.
  • Follow-up phase which takes place after the last residential activity is concluded, includes participants, together with workcamp leaders they trained and monitored, delivering I’VE sessions nationally to the volunteers returning from their workcamp experience.
  • Alliance is supported by:

    The European Union and the Council of Europe

  • Erasmus+
  • Council Of Europe