Practicing critical reflection

International youth workers mobility activity ‘Practicing critical reflection’ financed by Leargas under  European Union Programme Erasmus+

1th-8th of September 2019, Clare Island, Ireland

Countrys: Ireland, Lithuania, Armenia, Albania, Romania, UK, Ukraine, Belgium, Georgia, Italy, Spain.

 img_7007The Critical Refection is one of the methods that can be used to relieve some of the tensions and to improve the well-being

of the Youth Work practitioners. Critical Reflection provides both: theory and process (framework) that enables youth work

practitioners to manage tensions and work complexities effectively and helps to articulate the value of knowledge that is

generated from the practical experiences. The Critical Reflection can also be used to develop or articulate a model of supervision.

Thus, this project is aiming to demystify the ‘Critical Reflection Model’ and to provide practical tools to navigate through the

fast-changing youth work context. The main objectives of this Youth Workers Mobility Activity are:

  • Present the theoretical frameworks of the Critical Reflection Models;
  • Create spaces for participants to critically reflect on their current Youth Work, Project Management and Training practices;
  • Use critical reflection to develop or articulate a model of supervision (to be implemented in participating organisations as a
  • follow-up action);
  • Support the development of competences in a field of the reflective practice and the intercultural learning;
  • Introduce the European Training Strategy Competence framework and the YouthPass frameworks.img_7009

Learning outcomes:

In this training course was designed to meet the needs, interests and expertise this group. Trainers
provided a frame, methodology and support when it is needed. The training process was highly participatory, led by the participants group.



The team: 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏽🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏽

Aiste Slajute – Project coordinator and Trainer

aiOriginality from Lithuanian, Aiste have been living in Ireland since 2005. She is a founder and a director
of ‘Eurobug, International Youth Work Training and Collaboration’ NGO that is focusing on social
inclusion of the ethnic minority youth. Additionally, she has co-coordinated No Hates Speech
Movement in Ireland, and worked as a freelance trainer in the European field of Youth for the last 5
years. Her formal education background is in a Youth Work as she holds BSocSc degree in Youth and
Community Work from University College Cork.
‘My work has a holistic and person-cantered approach with particular emphasis on empowerment
through active participation. As a trainer, I use creative and engaging non-formal education methods
that can challenge groups, as I am always up for a challenge myself! I believe that Youth Work is about
standing in solidarity with marginalised groups and walking that extra mile towards building a more
inclusive society where diversity is celebrated, and every single person is valued for who they are. And
I feel truly privileged to be a part of so many incredible journeys!’

Amel Yacef – Trainer

amOriginally from Algeria, has been working in the youth and community sector in Ireland for almost 20
years; she has been, throughout her career managing and coordinating projects with a focus on social
justice, equality and human rights. She has significant experience working with minority ethnic young
people and young people facing injustice and discrimination. She has been a voluntary board member
of organisations working on migrant health, migrant Rights and migrant women issues, anti-racism and
people power lead social change.
Amel is presently a full-time trainer and facilitator and focuses on transformative and compassionate
communication, community building and development, understanding diversity and solidarity building.
She also has extensive experience in contributing and facilitating processes to enable the voice of the
grass roots to sit in its power, and impact political discourse. She is a Muslim feminist and anti-racist
who believes in transformative justice and its values.


Cristina Iancu – Trainer

inOriginally from Romania, but now living in Ireland, Cristina is a trainer and facilitator who holds a
Diploma in Youth and Community Development Practice, as well as a Ba in Theatre Studies and Ma in
Theatre, Film, and Multimedia. She is a founder of ‘Retold Narratives’ an enterprise that designs and
facilitates socially driven educational programmes for Youth and Community groups and practitioners.
‘I am currently facilitating Creative Writing workshops for children and young people. I am also a part of
‘Making Links’ network that supports minority lead youth and community organisations in Ireland, and
additionally, I am an intercultural trainer for Yellow Flag Programme which is a part of an Irish Traveler Movement.


Partner organisations:

imagesIRELAND –Eurobug 🇮🇪

40664548_10156334616319220_1112590722315321344_n   LITHUANIA – Eurobug Lithuania 🇱🇹

mhvszgqf_400x400       SPAIN – Europimpulse 🇪🇸

atsisiusti     ITALY -APICE – Agenzia di Promozione Integrata per i Cittadini in Europa 🇮🇹

ukraina      Ukraine – European Youth Community (EYC) 🇺🇦

13307337_700529980085351_6113005312813220142_n    Georgia – Human Rights association 🇬🇪

perspektiva     Albania – Qendrat Rinore Perspektiv 🇦🇱

romania  Romania – Asociata Young Initiative 🇷🇴

asbl-pour-tous-2      Belgium – ASBL 🇧🇪

rodykle      Armenia – Armenian Progressive Youth NGO 🇦🇲

66423545_2519186991434436_1536356208900833280_n    United Kingdom – Fantastic 4 youth 🇬🇧


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Advocacy – sustainable road towards sustainable changes

Advocacy – sustainable road towards sustainable changes training course financed by Leargas under European Union Programme Erasmus+ took place in the Republic of Ireland on the 11th-18th of July, 2016.



Youth is very important group of society, but often vulnerable, unorganised and not consistent. This training course was design to build capacity of youth NGOs to raise awareness about important youth problems such as unemployment, ineffective communication, poor involvement in making decisions which are related to young people, lack of quality representation, also – uncertain position of youth work in several countries. We believe that transparent representation of interest is a key element of participatory democratic community. Important aspects of any development are access to communication channels and information, visibility, awareness of society, ability to represent interests of different public interest groups, to raise awareness about pressing issues, to discuss publicly and look together for solution, to access decision-making mechanisms and platforms.

Advocacy is a powerful tool which youth leaders, youth NGOs can use move effectively to promote changes in civil society. The main focus of this training course was youth participation and youth involvement in different settings were public policies are discussed and priorities are set. Also participants looked in which areas can youth participation be expanded, such as public health, school councils, youth centres and created new tools and arguments to fight issues that are important in their work.

The results we achieved:
– Youth NGOs in participating countries have skills and knowledge to actively engage in decision-making processes at national and local level;
– Increased knowledge/understanding of youth NGOs with regards to national/European laws and policies concerning youth;
– Established contacts/networks between youth NGOs at international level;
– Advocacy actions planed and implemented by youth NGOs locally;
– Increased awareness among general public on relevant youth issues, especially with regards to youth participation;
– Increased communication between public authorities and youth NGOs with regards to relevant youth policies.

Countries involved in this project were: Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, UK, Poland and Spain with youth representatives from youth councils and members of active youth NGOs on the local level. We believe participants act as a multiplier and agent of change in their communities.

Training course was based on the non-formal learning methodology, learning from hands-on experience, practising things when learning, reflecting on results and own learning, realising some advocacy campaign steps during the TC and involving via social media channels their peers and members of their organisations, planning further advocacy actions to be taken in their communities.

Project’s link to Erasmus+ aims:
Project supported learners in the acquisition of 8 key competencies and specific competencies on advocacy, democracy, participation, communication which helps to promote change in participating regions. Moreover, through personal development of participants we improve their employ-ability and ably to communicate in foreign languages, awareness and understanding of different cultures, countries and democracy practices. Participants gained opportunity for participating actively in society, through promoting changes in society through Advocacy and its tools and developed a sense of European citizenship and identity.

Some examples of Advocacy campaigns planed and implemented by participants as a result of taking part in Advocacy – sustainable road towards sustainable changes training course on our Facebook Event  and Facebook Group pages


Participants about their experiences

Aistis Ramanauskas- Politikos tyrimu ir analizes institutas (Lithuania)


Yona Arike  Samuel, Godfrey Otema, Kelvin Akpaloo, Claire Cahill– Eurobug (Ireland) Andrea Accison- Youth Work Europe (UK)


Marta Mansanet-EuropImpulse Training (Spain)


Michal Kochanouski, Natalia Caban- Stowarzyszenie Universum (Poland)

Ieva Kolosova- Bauskas novada pasvaldibas interesu izglitibas iestade Bauskas Bernu un jauniesu centrs (Latvia)


Giedrius Tvarijonas-Politikos tyrimu ir analizes institutas (Lithuania)


Ines Calero-EuropImpulse Training (Spain)


Berta Radvilaite- Politikos tyrimu ir analizes institutas (Lithuania)


Esther Haro-EuropImpulse Training (Spain)


Photo diary of Advocacy training course