The Hunt

Aegviidu, Estonia

Event summary

Most of us have noticed how difficult it is to learn when the subject is boring or the teaching methods are way too formal. But have you ever noticed how much easier it is to learn when you are having fun at the same time? At Youth Europa, we have figured out how to immerse people in an experience that they will never forget. “The Hunt” is a training course in which we will learn how to use the treasure hunt method for learning and teambuilding. The basic idea of this method is very simple – groups of participants follow a storyline, interact with various characters and work together to complete challenges. This, however, involves quite a bit of planning, creativity, risk management and so on. All of these topics and much more will be covered as we embark on a journey to create the most memorable learning experiences for young people.

Who should participate in such a training course? Well, we are welcoming everyone who is already involved in the youth field or wants to get closer to youth work in general. That doesn’t mean that you need to be working at a youth center, but we do expect you to be motivated to carry out new projects and workshops in Youth Europa or other organisations, at a school, youth center or pretty much anywhere else. No matter what kind of background you have, you are welcome in this training course to learn about ways you can bring people together and facilitate activities that have an impact on future generations.

32 participants from Estonia, Spain, Slovakia and Greece will come together to participate in 8 action-packed activity days. It’s an ideal opportunity for you to learn something new, network with likeminded people and create materials together that can be used by youth workers across the world.


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.

We want to ensure you that we are following all of the safety regulations and do everything in our power in order to make this event as good as possible. The active COVID-19 cases have been in a steady decline and continue to drop further. This means that international travel is possible and we are able to gather for this event. We will offer full support to each person in order to find the most suitable travel options. Please contact us if you are uncertain or have questions.

International Training Course

Travel cost (Check the limits below), housing, food and activities will be covered by the organisation. If you got more questions, feel free to contact us!:)

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Where you'll be staying

Venue & Location

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 big wooden houses seem like something out of Game of Thrones and make the whole accommodation very unique. When walking around the place, you will definitely meet some chickens, horses and other animals. No worries though, they are really friendly!
Our participants will be accommodated in single and double rooms which resemble small wooden cabins rather than a modern house. We will try to spend as much time outside as possible, but the venue also offers some great amenities.

Place includes:
  • Modern Finnish sauna
  • Estonian smoke-sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Rustic seminar room
  • Possibility to hike in the beautiful forests
  • Cozy indoor spaces
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the same location every day and we are also providing vegetarian options!

We truly 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. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a unique and picturesque part of Estonia.

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What can you expect?

The Program

The program is designed in a way that everything starts with ice-breaking and we will gradually move deeper into the topic. The days will be filled with workshops, games and other activities that spark your creativity and make this whole experience really engaging. Experienced trainers will guide you along this journey and the event will be a collaborative experience from start to finish. You will learn about non-formal learning, how to create the coolest treasure hunt experiences for people and how to keep your participants safe while doing it. Not only that, but you will also improve your ability to speak in public, improvise, deal with difficult situations and coordinate people like a pro.

The Networking

It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert or an extrovert, you can look forward to making many awesome friends. We’ll spend more than a week together with 32 fun and energetic people in the middle of vast Estonian forests, sounds like an adventure, doesn’t it? It’s common for the participants to stay in touch long after the event has finished, so don’t miss out on this unique chance. If you ever felt the need to connect with new friends, there is no better opportunity than this one. It’s also an ideal way to join Youth Europa and work together with passionate activists who want to bring non-formal education to the masses.

The Impact

There are many small events out there that teach you bits and pieces about many topics. This project is all about the treasure hunt and is going to have a clear impact on the youth. After learning about the method, we will create templates and materials together that others could use to teach important topics to young people in an engaging way. The work that you do will not go straight to a trash bin but will earn its place in youth field!
people smiling while taking a photo in a forest

Have fun while developing yourself!

Social program

Despite the more serious nature of this event (compared to youth exchanges), there will be plenty of additional activities. We have prepared a fun social program that will make sure that nobody goes home without a few new friends. No matter if you’re an extrovert or an introvert, you will find your place here. Throughout the training course, there will be small but fun games that help us become more united, learn about each other and build meaningful relationships. It’s the perfect opportunity to find international friends and even cooperation partners to become involved in future projects.

How to get to the event?


You must arrive on the 13th of May at the venue and have to participate in the full duration of the event. Departure day is on 22nd of May. You can get to Aegviidu by flying to Tallinn and taking a train 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 additional details. We will cover your travel expenses 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!
The travel reimbursement limit depends on the travel distance. The upper limit per country is:

Estonia (0-9km): 0€
Greece (2000-2999km): 360€
Slovakia (499-1999km): 275€
Spain (3000-3999km): 510€

Meet the people behind Youth Europa!


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. Keep in mind that this training course is a collaborative event where you also have the chance to help and contribute. Come and meet some of the awesome people behind Youth Europa and who knows, maybe you’ll join us one day!

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:)

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Deadline: 20.04.2022

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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.


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
Day 2
The basics of Treasure Hunt
Day 3
Use cases and non-formal education
Day 4
Storytelling and characters
Day 5
Acting and improvisation
Day 6
Risk management
Day 7
Level design and challenges
Day 8
Creating guidelines
Day 9
Sharing the results and final evaluation
Day 10

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