Outdoor Experiential Learning for Youth Empowerment

This was a unique project gathering partners from Programme countries and Eastern Europe and Caucasus in order to explore more the power of learning outdoors and in the nature. 

24 youth workers and youth leaders came to develop themselves by discovering the opportunities of outdoor experiential learning (OEL) in order to adapt and start using it as a non-formal learning (NFL) APPROACH and TOOL in their daily work with young people.

Due to our Best Trainers Ieva and Timo, we have got unforgettable experience of learning from nature. The course was arranged in amazing Marttinen Youth Center in Virrat.  It is a pleasant, safe environment for a range of groups, courses, training events and other events year-round.  https://www.marttinen.fi/

We really learned a lot from beautiful nature surrounding the place we lived, good natural meal and workshops given by experienced trainers. Night hike in the Finnish wilderness by canoeing, boating and walking, hour of Silence in nature, climbing by high ropes, jumping with benji from high bridge over the lake, creating and participating in others' workshops. Learning from other cultures, breaking of stereotypes, getting of new friends, planning of new activities for youth in your country, as well as for international projects.   

After the training, all participants were actively involved in sharing the results. During this winter participants organized follow-up activities: camps, Adventure Hikes with youngsters in their countries. All the activities included some young people with fewer opportunities. We also started to develope new international cooperation projects.

All of the results of the project are in our facebook group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/292276980808198

 

And web-sites and pages of our partners of the project.

 

Final report and Resources of the project you can see here 

 

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FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES made by participants of TC OEL for Youth Empowerment

Finland:  Cinema – movie camp for children 11-14.8.2018 in Ahtela, Sauvo. 

 

After TC “Outdoor Experiential Learning for Youth Empowerment” 3-11.8.2018 the participants organised follow-up activities for children and youth in their countries.1

  • Spain: Meetings with the participants of Ilewasi organisation, presentations about the TC “Outdoor Experiential Learning for Youth Empowerment”.

  • Spain: Outdoor activities for youth of Ilewasi, Castellon. Volunteers’ activities in Spain and other countries.

  • Finland: Cinema – movie camp for children 11-14.8.2018 in Ahtela, Sauvo.

  • Finland: Cinema – movie camp for children 11-14.8.2018 in Ahtela, Sauvo.

  • Finland: Sirkus school for children with Valentine, ESC volunteer from Belgium.

  • Latvia: Outdoor Baltic Sea cost cleaner flash mob activity in Liepāja. Citizens clean the seaside.

  • Latvia: Outdoor Baltic Sea cost cleaner flash mob activity in Liepāja. Citizens clean the seaside

  • 6-hour sharing experience of non-formal educational program for youth in Lori region in Armenia.

  • Hike with the high school students in Romania.

 

échange franco-finlandais, "Sisu et fraternité!" Youth Exchange in France, 16-26.7.2018

July 16-26, 2018, our association took part in a youth exchange organized by our partner Service Animation Bourgneuf in France.You will find information on the Bourgneuf Animation Service here: http://www.lebourgneuflaforet.fr/enfance-jeunesse/service-jeunesse/

16 Finns and 15 young French, aged 14 to 18, participated in the project. Most of the Finns were of Russian origin, therefore four languages were spoken during the project: English, French, Finnish and Russian. Three anniversaries were celebrated during the stay so we sang "Happy Birthday" in the four languages each time ...The young people of the Finnish group come from Turku, Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Hamina, Huittis and Vanhalinna.Each group had two adult companions, four in total: Ludmila, Elena, Yann and Servant.We stayed at the cottage of the small Frésnay, Le Bourgneuf-la-Forêt (http://www.lebourgneuflaforet.fr/-) in Mayenne, in the Pays de la Loire, France.
In the program :
- Cooking workshop: the young people have prepared the evening meals themselves. Each group of cooks consisted of two Finns and two Frenchmen. The "Finnish-French dumplings" were all the best.-Excursion to Mont Saint-Michel. It was a great experience!
- Art workshops: music, video, dance, graphics and photography.

July 16-26, 2018, our association took part in a youth exchange organized by our partner Service Animation Bourgneuf in France.You will find information on the Bourgneuf Animation Service here: http://www.lebourgneuflaforet.fr/enfance-jeunesse/service-jeunesse/

16 Finns and 15 young French, aged 14 to 18, participated in the project. Most of the Finns were of Russian origin, therefore four languages were spoken during the project: English, French, Finnish and Russian. Three anniversaries were celebrated during the stay so we sang "Happy Birthday" in the four languages each time ...The young people of the Finnish group come from Turku, Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Hamina, Huittis and Vanhalinna.Each group had two adult companions, four in total: Ludmila, Elena, Yann and Servant.We stayed at the cottage of the small Frésnay, Le Bourgneuf-la-Forêt (http://www.lebourgneuflaforet.fr/-) in Mayenne, in the Pays de la Loire, France.
In the program :
- Cooking workshop: the young people have prepared the evening meals themselves. Each group of cooks consisted of two Finns and two Frenchmen. The "Finnish-French dumplings" were all the best.-Excursion to Mont Saint-Michel. It was a great experience!
- Art workshops: music, video, dance, graphics and photography.