Getting to know more about Erasmus+ and developing future project ideas

Our last training day started with Erasmus+ presentation. We found out that all the participants of our group have some knowledge and experience with Erasmus+ program, but still we had many questions.

When young people think about the Erasmus+ the first things, which pops up to their mind is traveling, fun and  new friends. It is all of it and much more. Erasmus+ gives opportunity to get useful skills, to get to know new cultures, to exchange contacts between different organizations and leaders, to spread European values.

There are different type of Erasmus+ youth projects. If you need to improve your skills – trainings, if you interested in new cultures – youth exchanges, if you want to make a difference and to get new skills by working in another country – EVS (European Voluntary Service) volunteering.

It was interesting to hear our group members experience about all these fields.

In our group, there were people, who already have attended more than 10 Erasmus+ projects and still have more to learn, take and gain from new projects. As they said, Erasmus+ is interesting, because it combines formal and non-formal education, interactive learning and involves different age people form various countries.

More information about Erasmus+ is available on the its official website: while the presentation used during this session can be found in the “Materials and tools” section of this webpage.

After the Erasmus+ presentation, we formed groups according to our ideas and fields of interests and started developing our ideas for future youth projects that could be applied within the programme.

    – Vilija, Lithuania


Presenting communication strategies

During the second session about communication strategies we worked in teams where each team had a specific scenario for which they were supposed to answer a series of questions and prepare presentations for the others.

Our team was working on promoting a big national agency which wants to organize trainings for future international trainers. Our online campaign would have been realized mainly through Facebook and Twitter where we would put calls for international participants. However, the potential participants would be assessed so as to make sure that we have only those of them, who are really interested in becoming trainers themselves.

Other groups had their own scenarios for which they developed communication strategies which later on were presented to the others, discussed and evaluated in the plenary.

    – Marika, Slovakia


Interview with Wojciech Kawulka about communication strategies and Stay Tuned Online

The first two sessions of today were reserved for creating communication strategies on given scenarios connected with youth work and youth organisations in which we needed to use the knowledge gained from the Training course until this moment. The strategies needed to include: what are our target group(s), what are the values and messages we want to spread, what social media we will use to transfer/share the messages, with whom we will cooperate in the process, assessing the possible risk and create concrete action plans and task division.

On the first session we were were working in 5 mixed group, brainstorming ideas, discussing and preparing our communication strategies. After the session, we used the coffee break to do a short interview about the session and the whole project with Wojciech Kawulka, an experienced participant from Poland.

[Q] One of the topics of the part of the training course Stay Tuned Online in Dakovo in Croatia 2015 was communication strategies. Wojtech, how did you understand the main idea of doing presentations for the mentioned topic of the course?

[A] Because of the fact that we were working in international groups, we can see the differences between the answers in our countries and share ideas, experiences about this topic in our countries.

[Q] You are quite experienced participant of the training course. I have information that you participated in many similar projects. Did get a new information which can help you for preparation your own organization?

[A] LinkedIn is quite professional tool using by many organizations and people. Before I came here I didn’t t know anything about it and here I got good information about how to use LinkedIn in the work with young people and youth workers.

[Q] Did you learn in different projects how to start and built your own organization?

[A] I have participate in project about entrepreneurship and this project we have learnt a lot how to start my own company, organization and business. We had a lot of practical information how to do it and we shared a lot of opinions, thoughts and differences about how to start with organizations in our countries. In every TC you can meet a lot of experienced people who can help you to create your own organization and they really want help you.

[Q] Wojtech thank you for answers on my questions and I wish you luck with starting your own organization in the future.

    – Lenka, Slovakia


Presentations of other online platforms, networks and apps

In this session we needed to prepare presentations about other online platforms, networks, apps and tools such as: LinkedIn, YouTube, Google plus, Instagram, Google maps, Swarm and Foursquare.

I worked in the team “Cats” and our task was to make presentation about Google plus in order to introduce it to the other participants. At first we had to establish account on Gmail but if someone has already account on Gmail, he or she can use it. Than you need to connect Gmail account with Google plus because it works mutually. We have explored how Google+ works, how we can create page on it for our organisations and what are all the options it provides.

Other groups have also been working and exploring their given platforms which lead towards very informative presentations about the above mentioned online platforms, social networks and mobile apps. After each presentation we were discussing furthermore about the usage of the platforms and were provided with additional input by our trainer.

I liked this session because I gained new information which can be useful in my future life.

   – Renata, Slovakia


Groups presentations for Google+, LinkedIn and Google maps, Swarm & Foursquare are available for download below while Instagram group prepared a video that can be found HERE:

Exploring other online platforms, networks and apps

In this session we explored other online platforms, networks and apps like Google+, Youtube, Instagram, LinkedIn and geo-mapping apps such as: Google maps, Swarm and Foursquare.

Divided in mixed groups, we needed to explore the possibilities of these platforms, networks and apps by using them and creating profiles/pages and finding how they can be connected with other networks.

The important is that we learned that with these online platforms we can promote our organisations and activities, reach and involve our target groups, connect with other organisations with the same interests and with media as well.

    – Aikaterini, Greece


#StayTunedOnline photo shoot and fun at the end of the day

Hardworking and productive days deserve some fun at the end of the day!

That’s why we have made a photo shoot to relax ourselves, but in the same time to promote the project in a creative way by sharing our photos on our organisation’s social media pages and on our own social media profiles.

Give us a Like HERE if you enjoyed our photo shoot and the positive energy we send to you 🙂


Using WordPress as powerful and free platform for youth organisations

In the second session for WordPress we were introduced with the use of specific tools of the WordPress platform. More specifically, we learnt how to make a menu and categories, the difference between a page and a category, how to create a post and how to customize the text in it.

We also learnt how to embed links, videos, Facebook posts, Tweets, pictures, galleries and tags on our pages and posts. A very useful and productive session!

We finished the day with evaluation and discussion about what we have learned during the whole day and with a preparation for fun photo shoot.

   – Mayia, Greece

Introduced to the world of WordPress and possibilities it provides for youth organisations

In the first afternoon session we were introduced to WordPress, an interesting platform that allows people to create personal blogs or professional webpages.

At start we listened about the potential and the possibilities of using it. This was an unknown field to many of us, so this session gave us the chance to create a page and “experiment” around it.

Divided in small groups and based to the kind of page we wanted to create, we got to choose a name and how the page would look by using the available themes. We also learned how to administrate it and add content to WordPress blogs or webpages.

    – Agoritsa, Greece


Creating Twitter accounts and learning how to use it

I’ll try to KISS (keep it short and simple rule) about today’s Twitter session. We worked hard in national groups and we were firmly lead by our social-media “guru” into the depths of the secret competences about how to: make a Twitter account, create a buzz on it, build a Twitter wall and #keepcalmandnotheadbangonit.

As it turned out, working in teams is a challenging and dangerous task that requires a method and skills of its own. We tried that too, survived and maybe increased the amount of world-knowledge a tiny bit. It was a good session.

    – Dayana, Bulgaria


Second intercultural evening

Gestures and mimics, geography lessons and facts, many inventions, dances, 60% traditions and sangria, of course! What else do you need? That is just a short preview of the second intercultural night.

Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovakia and Czech Republic presentations were everything but boring! For sure they knew how to keep the audience attention. They were more than interesting and creative, absolutely full of original ideas! So what else can I say except for Mamma mia!

   – Simona, Bulgaria


Message development and Facebook presentation

During the last session of the  day we spoke about the topic we are interested and we want to work about. Choices were various and from different fields such as: international integration, promotion of volunteering and Erasmus+, organization of projects and exchanges, etc. After that we had the task to prepare a message to convince people to join each one’s action/campaign and to promote the topics we were working on.

The last part involved a presentation about Facebook as the most commonly used social network by young people and youth organisations. The presentation introduced what Facebook is, how to properly and professionally use it, what it is possible to do with it, differences and correct usage of profiles, pages and groups. We have also heard and discussed how youth organisations can use Facebook to successfully reach their target groups, got tips for usage and learned about Facebook insights, a powerful tool for analyzing who are our fans and getting statistics about how they interact with our organisation’s pages.

   – Lorenzo, Italy


The Facebook presentation can be found and downloaded from > HERE <


Introduction to communication, reaching target groups and message development

After the session about analyzing our organisation’s social media presence, filling in the form and doing reflections about our strengths and weaknesses, we had presentation and discussed about communication in general, channels of communication, online communication, reaching and identifying target groups, pyramid of participation and message development.

There are some important points I would like to share with you:

  • We should always think about choosing the proper channels of communication
  • Main ways of online communication: chat, Facebook, Twitter, Skype….
  • We should learn how to make rich and important information and know what target groups to tackle
  • How can we do it? The message has to be clear, concise, time framed, targeted, short, emotional and unique

Good points for starting to develop the communication strategies for our organizations or projects, don’t you think so?

During this session we have also starting thinking about topics that we would like to create messages/campaigns/ads for their presentation and promotion.

   – Mirian, Spain

Exploring and strengthening our organisation’s online identities

After working with our personal online identities, on this session we were working with our organization’s online identities within our national groups.

We were given forms to fill in with information about our Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, YouTube channels, LinkedIn profiles and Google+ pages. We had to answers how often we use our websites or blogs as well as the categories and information we publish there in general. Finally we also had to explain how often we post on all of our social media profiles/pages.

In addition, we were asked to analyse our strengths, weaknesses and to suggest concrete ideas what we could do better as organisations in order to increase our online presence and in that way reach more successfully and meaningfully our target groups.

After this, we had to upload all this information to our Facebook group and compare our findings with the others.

   – Maria, Spain


Exploring our online identities

First thing in the morning we were asked to draw our online identity in an A3 paper. We had to share our online presence, if we have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other social networks profiles and we also had to share our most popular posts.

Once we finished drawing it we sat in a circle and we had to share if we were happy with our online identities or not (for example if we think that something is missing about it or maybe we are too active or not private enough).

“I think that most of the people nowadays is using internet to keep in touch with their friends, that’s why social networks are so popular” said Simona from Bulgaria.

    – Ion, Spain


First intercultural evening

First  inter-cultural  evening of the training course  started at 9.45 with the Polish team. They have presented their country and quizzed us, testing our knowledge about Poland. The prize for those who knew the answers was really tasty.

Greece delighted our eyes and taste with sweets, olives and Tsipouro, a traditional alcoholic drink. Bulgaria taught us how to dance, the Macedonian team  talked about the customs and characteristics of their country.

The Romanian team showed an album of the regions, told us some facts about the myth of Dracula and gifted us with bracelets with the colors of their country’s flag.

   – Beata, Romania