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Tech Youth: Safety First

30.5 – 08.06.2022
Taevaskoja, Estonia

Event summary

In order to navigate safely on roads, you are required to pass driving exams and have a driver’s license. If you want to go surfing, it’s advised that you take some classes before. How come there isn’t a similar practice when it comes to using the Internet?

If you are reading this, odds are that you have some form of basic internet access. The Internet is a powerful tool that helps connect our world in ways never imagined before. It enables us to do amazing things, but at the same time, we are being exposed to more dangers than we think. You probably have heard of computer viruses or email phishing, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.


During this training, we want to analyse how we expose ourselves and the risks we take every time we do something on the Internet. We will talk about the importance of privacy, both in the online and offline world. We will also discuss the impact of the Internet on our mental health and well being. Our goal with this training is to give you the tools and experience to better understand how certain aspects of the Internet work and affect our lives. We want you to feel more confident in your ability to recognise the dangers around the use of the Internet and how to protect yourself from them.


This project will bring together 35 people from five different countries – Estonia, Greece, Slovakia, Spain and Serbia. This will help us create a unique non-formal learning environment where you can comfortably share thoughts and ideas with other like-minded people. In addition to all of the learning activities, there will be other elements in the program that will help you make new friends and create memories for life. Come, take a leap of faith and experience something new. Many of the skills and contacts that are acquired during this event will be useful in other aspects of your life!

Please note that this is not a Youth Exchange but a Training Course. Training courses are more serious programs that are meant to improve the competencies of people that are connected to the youth sector (e.g. Youth Worker, Teacher, etc). Even if you are not a youth worker by profession, you should still apply as we are also looking for potential newcomers who wish to become more involved in youth work. Despite the more serious nature of the event, it will still be a fun and ideal opportunity to meet new people.

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.

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Where you'll be staying

Venue & Location

This event will take place in Taevaskoja, Estonia. The venue is located in a secluded place surrounded by extraordinary scenery. It has a calming charm and relaxing vibe that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The accommodation is recently renovated, a modern cabin with lots of light. It’s only 700m away from one of Estonia’s most famous natural sightseeing attractions. 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 triple or quadruple rooms, with a nice view of the surrounding nature.
Place includes:
  • Modern Finnish sauna
  • Hot tub, cold tub and you tub
  • Indoor seminar room
  • Possibility to hike in the beautiful forests
  • Stay in the cozy indoor spaces which have lots of light
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the same location every day and we are also providing vegetarian and vegan options


We genuinely believe that this is the perfect place to thoroughly enjoy the company of new-found friends, big healthy doses of clean, fresh air, and participating in the planned activities. The Taevaskoja holiday centre is also surrounded by nearly 40km of hiking trails. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a unique and picturesque part of Estonia.

Discover non-formal learning!

What can you expect?

The Program

We do not expect any prior knowledge or experience regarding online safety. We will start with ice-breaking, getting to know each other and gradually moving deeper into the topic of this project. The workshops are facilitated by two of our most experienced IT specialists who will be your guides in this journey. Even though this is an IT-related event, we won’t just spend time behind our laptops. The sessions have been made as interactive as possible and encourage cooperation between the participants.

The Networking

Through cooperation, you will get to know other like-minded people from different countries. Each international training course is an amazing opportunity to gain new contacts, share experiences and make life-long friends.

The Unexpected

Well, we shouldn’t spoil everything, right? Each of our events is a little different because of the participants who join them. You will have the chance to contribute with your own ideas which can have a significant impact on this event. When working with online safety topics, we will bring as many real-life examples as possible, most of these will come from the participants like yourself.

Have fun while developing yourself!

Social program

In our organisation, it’s become a tradition that each national group will take turns presenting different aspects of their culture during the national evenings. In perspective of helping this project to be as memorable as possible, take this opportunity to prepare a unique and extraordinary presentation and think of it as a good way to represent your cultural background for 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 30.05 at the venue and have to participate in the full duration of the event. You can get to Taevaskoja by flying to Tallinn or Riga and taking a train or a bus to Tartu. From there, you will continue by train or by bus to your final destination. We will provide more travelling information once you have been selected to join the project. If you need more information, please contact us for more details. We will cover your travel cost up to a certain 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 full travel expenses covered!

Selected participants need to contact the organiser and send their travel info before buying the tickets. It is really important 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:

Estonia (0-9km): 0€
Serbia (499-1999km): 275€
Slovakia (499-1999km): 275€
Greece (2000-2999km): 360€
Spain (3000-3999km): 530€

Meet the people behind Youth Europa!

Organisers

Since every project that we are carrying out is based on our own interests and skills, you can expect us to be highly motivated and energetic. Our extensive experience makes us more flexible and helps us make meaningful adjustments to the program. This means that if something doesn’t fit or seems boring, we will always have a plan B and C.

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: 15.05.2022

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
Online Threats
Day 4
Privacy Protection
Day 5
Attention Economy
Day 6
Trip to Tartu
Day 7
Social Aspects
Day 8
Into the Crypto World
Day 9
Information is Power
Day 10
Departure

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