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E+CO for Sustainable Future

22. – 30. 08. 2022
Liptovský Ján, Slovakia

Event summary

How can we justify youth work when leaving a significant carbon footprint with every step within an Erasmus+ project? Flying in 20 people from all over Europe can equalź  2 tons of CO2. In addition, waste of food, energy, and other resources is a common problem at such events. Do you want to break the cycle and be a part of the ECO change? Are you interested in learning about a sustainable lifestyle? With this project, we will have a significant impact on the Erasmus+ community, influencing projects yet to come and organizations’ future work. Through various interactive and fun workshops, we will create content worth sharing.

The goal of “E+CO” is to create innovative material on sustainability in cooperation with motivated people from the field of youth work in an international and enjoyable environment. Together, 21 participants from Slovakia, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Austria, and Spain will work on new strategies, ideas, and information about making Erasmus+ projects more sustainable. We hope that it will impact the Erasmus community and other NGOs. It allows youth workers to get better acquainted with the topic while gaining hands-on experience and skills in eco-friendly project management.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission Erasmus+ programme. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

International Training Course

The organization will cover travel costs (Check the limits below), housing, food, and activities. If you got more questions, feel free to contact us!:)

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Where you'll be staying

Venue & Location

This training will take place in Liptovský Ján, Slovakia. The venue is surrounded by forests and mountains of Western and Low Tatras National Parks. The rooms are equipped with their bathroom. There is a social/seminar room where the workshops will take place. Hopefully, the weather is on our side, and we will be able to show you the beauty of this place as much as possible.

Our participants will be accommodated in comfortable renovated houses with double or triple rooms, with a nice view of the surrounding nature.

Place includes:
  • Indoor seminar room
  • Possibility to hike in the beautiful mountain area
  • Cozy indoor rest spaces
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the same location every day and we are also providing vegetarian options.


We genuinely believe that this is the ideal place to take a fresh perspective on youth work: surrounded by a great company of inspirational people from different corners of Europe and scenic views of a mountainous Slovak landscape.

Discover non-formal learning!

What can you expect?

The program

We will begin the program with ice-breaking and gradually move deeper into the topic. The days will be filled with activities that look at sustainability through different lenses and offer a new perspective on project management. Altogether, you’ll learn how to make an impact on young people without making an outsized impact on the environment!

The Networking

What would an international project be without the opportunity to get to know lots of incredible and inspirational people? Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, you can be sure to meet valuable contacts for your future work and new friends that you will stay in touch with long after the event has finished. All of that while surrounded by calming and picturesque Slovak nature!

The Unexpected

While training courses are certainly an excellent opportunity to gain new knowledge and diversify your skill set, they can be more than that. You are more than welcome to bring added value to the sessions by sharing your own experience and insights. It’s your chance to make the event even more helpful and memorable while leaving a mark. After all, you never know what can come out of it.

Have fun while developing yourself!

Social program

In our organization, it has become a tradition that each national group takes turns presenting different aspects of their culture during the national evenings. In perspective to helping this project be as memorable as possible, please take this opportunity to prepare a unique and extraordinary presentation and think of it as an excellent way to represent your cultural background to the rest of the participants. Don’t be afraid to be creative! It’s highly recommended to bring some typical food, snacks, or drinks for others to taste during the intercultural evening.

How to get to the event?

Travel

You must arrive before late evening on the 22nd of August at the venue and have to participate in the entire duration of the event. You can get to Liptovský Ján by flying to Vienna, Bratislava, Krakow, or Budapest and taking a train or a bus to Liptovský Mikuláš. You will continue by bus to your final destination. If you wish to keep up with the ecological theme of the project, you can travel by train, bus, or using other environmentally friendly transport. We will provide more travel-related information once you have been selected to join our project. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will cover your travel cost up to a specific limit. You will receive your reimbursement after you have provided us with all the documents within a month after the event. If you’re economical, it’s possible to get your total travel expenses covered!

Selected participants need to contact the organizer and send their travel info before buying the tickets. It is essential not to buy anything before receiving the green light from us. We will, of course, assist you in every way possible!
The travel reimbursement limit depends on the travel distance. The upper limit per country is:

Slovakia (10-99km): 20€
Austria (100-499km): 180€
Poland(100-499km): 180€
Estonia (500-1999km): 275€
Greece (500-1999km): 275€
Spain (2000-2999km): 360€

Meet the people behind Youth Europa!

Organisers

Since all of our projects represent us as people and an organization, you can expect us to be highly motivated and accommodating. We’re committed to keeping the bar high and take every chance to improve ourselves and the flow of our projects. By staying flexible and being open to meaningful adjustments, we ensure that the program is tailored to be as useful as possible.

We look forward to meeting you on our project and together making 2022 a year to remember!

Proof of participation

YouthPass Certificate

As a participant of this event, you will receive YouthPass – a certificate of non-formal education recognized all across Europe that allows you to describe what you have done and learned. On top of that, it can be a great way to stand out at a job interview or when applying to a university, not to mention the part where you get to show off to your friends:)

Send your application!

Deadline: 07. 06. 2022

Contact us

Ask us anything!

Frequently Asked Questions

This project is supported by Erasmus+ program. This enables us to keep the participation fee very low and even remove it for people who are in financial difficulties. We know it sounds too good to be true, feel free to check out the reviews:)

Not at all. We try to focus on non-formal learning methods. This means that all activities are interactive and you will usually work in groups.

Everyone who comes from the eligible countries and is 18 to 30 years old is welcome to apply. There are no prerequisites, we actually welcome people who have no prior experience at all. Also, this event is not political. We don’t care if you hold conservative or more liberal views. Just be friendly and cooperative, we’re all here to learn, make friends & have fun!

Click the “apply now” button below if the deadline has not passed. Fill the form and answer all the questions as sincerely as possible. We will get in touch with you if you have been selected. Make sure that @youtheuropa.org mails don’t go to your spam!:)

The participants are selected based on their motivation and interest in the topic. There is no catch, you just need to be sincere and honest in your application. Also, if you’re not selected in this project, it’s more likely that you get selected for the next ones. 

Questions such as this one will be answered by the organisers or your group leader. Don’t worry, we will help you find the best possible option!

We will cover your trip to and from the project destination. There are some limits that apply, this is based on your travel distance. These limits are mentioned in the information above. If you buy the tickets early enough, it’s common to get your travel 100% covered.

After the event, all participants will fill the reimbursement form where you will be asked to upload the travel cost documents (itinerary, boarding passes, invoices etc.). The reimbursement process usually takes between 1-2 months. Remember that we will help you on every step of the way.

Nope. You will not be forced to do anything that you’re not comfortable with. But it’s definitely a great place to step our of your comfort zone. This is going to be a journey in your personal development:)

No problem, get in touch with us and we will do our best to provide you some answers. You can do so by heading over to the contact page.

Overview

This is the draft schedule. Some of the activities can depend on weather and other unpredictable aspects. We will always let the participants know about the changes. 

Day 1
Arrival
Day 2
Ice-Breaking
Day 3
Sustainable lifestyle
Day 4
Teamwork & Preparation phase of the project
Day 5
Implementation phase & vegan food
Day 6
Erasmus+ future eco projects & Local eco activities
Day 7
Dissemination & visiting a sustainable company
Day 8
E+CO Conference
Day 9
Departure

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