competence development

  • How to facilitate learning during youth exchanges

    Designing and leading workshops During the training course “Tools for Youth Exchanges” participants were asked to design and implement a workshop. They received a fictional scenario of a youth exchange and their task was to design a 60 minute workshop to address one of the topics relevant to scenario using participatory working methods. The workshop […]

  • How to choose effective tools for youth exchanges

    “A youth exchange is more than a holiday!?” This was the opening statement for the international training course “Tools for Youth Exchanges” in Finland. A rather provocative statement for the youth exchange organisers attending this training course, but very fitting to the idea behind this training. Many young people who take part in the youth […]

  • Different realities, different approaches to digital youth work

    The programme of the seminar “Developing Digital Youth Work” was structured in a way to try to illustrate the point that digital youth work has many different available approaches. Like previously stated, digital youth work methods have been developed very differently in different countries. This goes to show how youth work, whether online or offline, […]

  • Youth social media realities

    One of the most important principles of youth work is to be where the young people are. When Facebook was growing in popularity among young people, youth workers were still stuck on discussing pros and cons of interacting and engaging with young people on Facebook. Now, when finally youth workers are there, online and ready […]

  • Online youth participation

    The rapid advance of Internet technologies and online environments gave promise to lower the barrier for young people to engage in civic affairs. Survey data concluded in the EU Youth report 2015 shows that virtual spaces frequented by young people can be compared to the physical ones and thus be “a great resource for political […]

  • Defining the concept of “Digital youth work”

    Although we naturally sent out lots of material to our participants from 16 countries beforehand, we also had some unexpected help to “set the stage” for our seminar. The in-flight magazine on the flight from Helsinki to Oulu featured an article eight pages long about the changing curriculum and teaching approaches in schools across Finland. […]

  • Playing catch-up with the digital (r)evolution

    In Europe digital youth work methods have seen a significant growth in interest over the last few years. This is a direct result of the increasing prevalence of technology and increased pervasiveness of digital tools and networks in young people’s lives. The use of digital tools is now more commonly than ever accepted as a […]

  • Next Urban Adventure is Just Around the Corner

    You work with young people in urban environment and want to create a learning experience that is exciting, happening outdoors and uses digital technologies? With ‘Expedition’ you can make the usual and familiar urban environment a base for unusual learning experiences. 20 people from 11 countries (Italy, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, USA, Germany, […]

  • Virtual reality is entering non-formal education

    By Giedrė Simanauskaitė Giedrė Simanauskaitė is a member of the Lithuanian Association of Non-Formal Education and communication expert. With a cardboard box on their eyes people stood one by one and shook their heads. “This is strange,” I thought to myself. “What are they looking at?” Later, when talking to participants of the “Off Roads” […]

  • Learn with and about digital technologies

    “Nectarus” team collected into one collection educational workshops to learn with and about digital technologies. You can download this manual and organise worksops to learn interesting technologies and better understand their impact on our learning. Download workshop manual in English. Write to us info@nectarus.lt should you wish to organise similar workshops at your place.

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