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CALL FOR EXPERTS - ILAB

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Venue: Tortona, Italy
Start: 16/11/2017
End: 20/11/2017
Deadline: 25/09/2017 23:59 (CET)
Description of event: YEU is opening a call for Experts who will take part in the Experts' meeting foreseen in the project "ILAB".

About the Organizer:
Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) is an International Non-Governmental Youth Organization established in 1986 and member of the European Youth Forum in Brussels as an INGYO. YEU looks forward to increase tolerance and awareness between different countries, cultures and traditions, and to promote a greater level of comprehension through the development of various youth activities. The main aim of YEU is to promote peace, understanding and cooperation between the young people of the world, in a spirit of respect for human rights. YEU is a non-profit making youth organization independent of all political affiliation, run by young people for young people by means of a democratic structure. Visit our website for more details about YEU: http://www.yeu-international.org/

About the Hosting Organization:
APS La Fenice is a youth organisations based in Tortona, Italy, and born (in 2012) by the expertise and commitment of a group of young people grown up together through European projects, volunteering experiences, the national civic service and the local youth centre. The aim of the organisation is to promote culture, active citizenship, youth participation and non formal education, targeting specifically young people aged between 14 and 25. From October 2015, the organisation also runs and manages the Youth centre of Tortona - YoutHub. From December 2016, La Fenice is an observer member of YEU. Visit the FB page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/LaFeniceAps/

About the Meeting:

Place and dates:
Tortona, Italy - 16th to 20th of November 2017 (including Travel dates)

Short description of the project:
Intercultural learning (ICL) constitutes one of the most important dimensions of the European project and of the Erasmus+ Programme. And it is soon becoming a fundamental feature of modern societies. Intercultural learning was tentatively defined in different studies and conclusions during the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (2008) as a process "that comprises an open and respectful exchange or interaction between individuals, groups and organizations with different cultural backgrounds or world views; whereas among its aims are: to develop a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives and practices; to increase participation and the freedom and ability to make choices; to foster equality; and to enhance creative processes" (European Parliament resolution of 19 January 2016 on the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values - 2015/2139(INI)).

ICL helps youth to better comprehend cultures in modern societies and respect them. It reinforces the communication between people from different cultures and stimulates social interaction. It also helps young people recognize the cultural diversity and recognize the common heritage of humanity. It is therefore a key competence in order to read and adapt to the challenges that Europe is now facing, referring in particular to a generic crisis of values and references and to the continuous influx of migrants and refugees.

However, as educators, youth workers and organizers of youth events and activities at the local and at the european level, we feel that this dimension, so important and fundamental, is often given for granted in these projects or it's diminished in what is usually called "the intercultural night". We fear this is not how true ICL can be fostered and promoted, we see instead the risk that these practices of competing to present our own countries as touristic offices could be counterproductive, nourishing young people nationalism and radicalism. Therefore, we think it's the moment to act and to go beyond intercultural learning, by experimenting new tools and approaches (I-LAB)!!
We want, together, to renew our educational approach to ICL: we live in the first globalized society, where everything and everyone is interconnected and where stereotypes are everywhere... but to understand and internalize true ICL we need explanations, debriefings, debates and what we call a "human touch". We are all (all our members, educators, trainers, youth workers, volunteers) feeling this need and we are all eager to contribute to the innovation process. The aim of our project is therefore to develop a new innovative approach to ICL and to consequently equip youth trainers, youth workers, organizers and volunteers with the necessary competences, knwoledge and practical tools to foster a human and true intercultural dimension in all the projects they deliver (especially the ones under the E+ framework and especially those addressing refugees and migrants).
In this way, we will train active multipliers able to intervene at the local level and to develop new events, raising social awareness towards true interculturalism in society and above all in the youth sector.

Attention! The current call aims at bringing together a pool of 10 expert trainers and youth workers who could analyze and discuss the theoretical and methodological background and who will develop a draft of the innovative approach in the following two months. The project, in fact, consists of two different activities: an expert meeting (November 2017) and a subsequent training course (February 2017) that will aim at creating practical tools for intercultural learning based on the theoretical and methodological inputs developed and given by the experts meeting.

Overall objectives of the project:
- to start a shared and dynamic lab aimed at creating innovative methodologies and tools for intercultural dialogue and learning, with a specific attention to the inclusion and integration processes of young refugees and migrants in the local communities and in the youth organizations;
- to contribute to the professional and personal development and to improve the competences of the youth workers and educators of partner organizations, providing tools, knowledge and skills useful to face the need for intercultural dialogue among young people and their communities
- to contribute to improve quality in youth work, at the local and european level, keeping into consideration the changes and challenges of today’s society as for the inclusion and integration of young people with different cultural backgrounds;
- to contribute to fight radicalization and xenophobia among young europeans and local communities, providing with opportunities of intercultural dialogue and real and true encounters.

Methodology:
Non-formal education methods will be used and developed throughout the whole meeting. The activities are organised according to the needs of the participants while the sharing of experiences in healthy environments of trust and mutual respect is encouraged. Specifically, we will use, explore and develop innovative approaches and tools for ICL.

FINANCIAL MATTERS:

YEU will cover food and accommodation for the events you will be attending. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to the travel limit maximum set by Erasmus Plus distance calculator. Reimbursements will be done based on actual travel costs upon presenting the original documents and in accordance with conditions described in this call as well as with YEU standard reimbursement procedure.
Selection criteria: PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS:
The project targets EXPERT youth workers, educators, trainers and representatives of youth organisations aged between 18 and 30. Applicants will need to demonstrate their prior experience within the project topics:
-intercultural dialogue/learning,
-international events,
- creation of NFE tools and methodologies, etc.

Personal commitment for pilot tests of the tools before the second activity and availability to take part in the TC as trainers and/or participants will be considered an added valued for selection.

Participants will be selected by YEU on the basis of their applications. Priority will be given to members of YEU Pool of Educators and Trainers (PET).

Gender balanced among participants will also be ensured through the final selection.
Number of participants: 8
Additional infos: The meeting will take place in Tortona (Italy) and will involve 10 different experts from Belgium, Greece, Italy, Spain, FYROM/MAcedonia, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Dates: 16th to 20th of November 2017 (including Travel dates)

Travel limits (100%) are the following:

- Belgium (2 pax) : 275.00 EUR per person;
- Italy (2 pax) : 0.00 EUR per person;
- Spain (1 pax) : 275.00 EUR per person;
- U.K. (1 pax) : 275.00 EUR per person;
- FYROM/Macedonia (2 pax) : 275.00 EUR per person;
- Turkey (1 pax) : 275.00 EUR per person;
- Greece (1 pax) : 275.00 EUR per person.

Applicants from nearby countries can contact YEU administrative office if willing to participate.

Travel costs will be reimbursed up to the travel limit maximum set by Erasmus Plus distance calculator. Reimbursements will be done based on actual travel costs upon presenting the original documents and in accordance with conditions described in this call as well as with YEU standard reimbursement procedure.
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