Play the Way! Training Course

18. – 24. 11. 2020 (excluding travel days), Czech Republic, Chotěboř

Play the Way! Training Course will be focused on the GAMIFICATION and its importance in education. 
You will discover how to make learning fun and enjoyable for you, and others as well.
For residents of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, The Republic of North Macedonia, Romania and Spain.
The project is financed by Erasmus+.
 
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About

You will meet with 30 Youth Workers and Youth leaders (trainers, facilitators, animators, pedagogues, managers, etc.) from 10 different countries in a venue in the Czech countryside. 

During the 7 days program, you will learn generally about gamification – what it is, its elements and usage in business, marketing, etc. – and about how to create educational games.

Sessions will combine outdoor activities (there are beautiful forest and river nearby), indoor sessions, body movement workshops, working in mixed teams, and – of course – a lot of games.

  • The principles of gamification
  • Power of gamification in various context
  • To acquire a toolbox of games concerning the topics of the labor market and entrepreneurship
  • How to turn any learning topic into a game for your team
  • How to design educational games, how to test them, adjust them, and offer them to your participants

Plus, you will develop your facilitation and professional skills, broaden your network, and establish a new cooperation with other youth workers.

We search for 3 participants per country. The profile of our participants is as follows:

  • 18+ years old
  • resident of one of the partner countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Romania, Spain, The Republic of North Macedonia, Poland or Czech Republic)
  • Youth Worker or  Youth Leader (includes  anybody who is working with other people as a pedagogue, leader, teacher, facilitator, etc.)
  • Dedicated to take an active participation in all phases of the project  including the dissemination. 
  • Contribution of €50 as a participation fee (if it should be an obstacle for you, contact your partner organization that will support you).
  • Full participation in the whole program
  • 1 report (e.g. article) per country (will be published by the partner organization)
  • Implementation of educational game in your country until the end of 2020
  • One participant from your country – maybe you! – will come for a follow-up activity – Play the Way! Youth Exchange – as a group leader.

In case you would like to come also for the Youth Exchange:

  • see here for practical information;
  • you won’t pay any participation fee for the Youth Exchange;
  • we expect you will support your national team during the whole process;
  • we expect you will support us with the implementation go the whole Youth Exchange as a part of the team of group leaders;
  • contact Project Supervisor for more information.

Start with filling the application form

Partner organization (see below) will select 3 youth workers to send on the trip. We will inform you if you had been selected by 31st of August

If you are selected, you will receive a Confirmation Letter with more information regarding your participation. ONLY then you can start booking your tickets!

If you have any questions, contact Project Supervisor

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Program & Methods

DAY 1. FORMING
Getting to know each other, setting up community and its agreements, learning goals, support systems (reflection groups, buddies, open-door policy). Meeting gamification elements and experimenting with them.

DAY 2. STORY
Experimenting with the elements ACHIEVEMENT + FEEDBACK.
Kolb’s Cycle. 

DAY 3. GOLD
How to design games, focus on target groups. 

DAY 4. PERFORMING
Preparation of educational games for yours target groups.

DAY 5. TESTING.
Testing of games. Feedback. Celebration.

DAY 6. TESTING
Testing of games. Feedback. Q&A, plein air.

DAY 7. CLOSING
Summarize. Evaluation. Planning for the future. Saying goodbye.

GAMES
There are a lot of different learnings in games if the proper debriefing is done, plus our general behavioral patterns manifest in them as well.

(Self)-REFLECTION, COACHING & MENTORING
Including setting up learning goals and tracking of their learning progress to bring awareness to participants learning.

PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING
Including the positive (empowering) feedback as a tool focused on one’s successes, not failures.

LEARNING BY DOING
Participants will be immediately putting into practice everything they learn and giving/receiving feedback from others upon it.

MEDITATION
As a tool to raise self-awareness. In its essence, it helps to still the mind, while guidance can bring you to places you never thought you’d go, discover hidden blockages and take steps to release them, as well as open the space for new inspiration to come in.

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Accommodation

The venue is a modern resort located in semi-solitude surrounded by the beautiful Iron Mountains, by the rocky canyon of the river Doubrava in a nature reserve.

Each room will be for 4 people. The rooms are equipped with bedsheets.

Website (in Czech)
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  • There will be 3 meals a day + 2 coffee breaks, with mainly traditional Czech cuisine.
  • If you are having a special diet, LET US KNOW in the application form, so we can arrange your needs in time.

The nearest shop is 5 km by walk in the Chotěboř, but we offer soft drinks and snacks at the buffet.

Travel Reimbursement

The project is financed by the Erasmus+ program.

The costs of the program, including meals, accommodation and travel costs (according to the maximum amount of money allowed per country) will be covered by the Erasmus+ program. Please contact your sending organization to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets.

Very important!
The travel expenses will be reimbursed on the base of tickets, bookings and invoices so remember to keep them all with you!

Erasmus+ calculated maximum amount of travel reimbursement you can receive based on the distance band.

€275          Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Romania, The Republic of North Macedonia
€180          Poland 
€20            Czech Republic

There is €50 participation fee paid in cash upon arrival. We perceive this fee as a proof of your motivation to take part in the program which will be used for financing the local dissemination activities after the training. 

If it is an obstacle for you, contact your partner organization or Project Supervisor, and they will support you with figuring an alternative.

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Involved organizations

CountryOrganizationCONTACTwebsite
BulgariaABSabsociety.info@gmail.comwww.activebulgariansociety.org/
GeorgiaYouth Association DRONIgiokika@gmail.comwww.droni.org
GreeceRoes Cooperativaroes.cooperativa@gmail.comwww.facebook.com/roes.coop/
Latviare:viewannnamarijaberzina@gmail.comwww.facebook.com/ReviewLatvia
LithuaniaAsociacija Tavo Europavaziuokiprojekta@gmail.comwww.facebook.com/TavoEuropa/
PolandFundacja Wspierania Rozwoju “Innowator”kontakt@fundacjainnowator.plwww.fundacjainnowator.pl
RomaniaForcamp Associatonoffice@forcamp.euwww.forcamp.eu
SpainXuventude verde polo cambioxuventudeverdepolocambio@gmail.comwww.facebook.com/xuventudeverde
The Republic of North MacedoniaYouth Association YMCA Bitolaviktor@ymcabitola.org.mkwww.ymcabitola.org.mk

INspire, z. s. is a young NGO focused on personal and professional development of individuals and groups. 

Contacts

vojta zak

Vojtěch Žák

Project supervisor

I am a trainer, facilitator, coach, storyteller, and writer. I am designing education games for more than 10 years already, and I know my share about stories and their impact. 

In PW!, I will be taking care for your well-being and I will be your main contact regarding all practicalities.

Marton Szilard

Szilárd Marton

Main Trainer

I am a freelance facilitator, an outdoor instructor at Outward Bound Romania and Outward Bound Netherlands, and learning strategist. In the PW!, I will be responsible for the learning curve and for creating the proper context for insightful playing. 

I believe, that we all have a loud, joyful and free part in us, who wants to spread his freedom and joy, and maybe sometimes his loudness over our everyday adult life and my personal experience is, that this wish could become a reality easier in nature. For me: nature is the ultimate opportunity for growth. I have facilitated many events using elements of gamification, I have the first-hand experience that learning can happen once we have fun, and we perceive learning as a game.