This September we had the chance to attend the training course “Out in the Open” that took place in Rites, Latvia organized by the organization “Piedzivojuma Gars” and the self-organized educational platform “Active Rainbow”
During this week we worked a lot on the topic of LGBTQIA+ spectrum and the outdoor activities, finding ways to connect them and use them in youth work.
It all started with hiking to Rites when 15 youth workers met and cooperated, having a lot of creative challenges in between, in order to reach the place. This experience was a lot more than walking, as we got to know each other better, understand our weaknesses and strong points, give support to each other and the most important have fun while experimenting with the nature around us.
The next days were full of magical moments in this beautiful house and forest in Rites where we focused on the topic of LGBTQIA+ spectrum by sharing methods, techniques and personal stories. At the same time, we learned how to cooperate and overcome the challenges in an inclusive way through nonformal education and lastly be able to plan and implement activities with youngsters.
The most important outcomes were the feeling of being accepted and the belief that we can do everything if we are together!
The project has 3 phases and this training course was the 1st one. After that, we have the opportunity to create a follow up with our national teams in our country, which we already organized earlier in October with a “Hiking Adventure” in Ymittos, Athens, Greece.
The 3rd phase will take part in December in Riga, Latvia where we will have a bigger evaluation of the project, discuss and measure the results of the 2nd phase and create an even more sustainable impact!
The 3 phases training program is funded by the Erasmus+ program and the Latvian National Agency “Jaunatnes starptautisko programmu aģentūra”
- Posted by Yuli Zhelyazkov
- On November 15, 2019