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PDA, “Youth work in the Digital-Era”, Malaga, SPAIN/20/10 - 27/10/2023

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

Project Name: KA153YOU: Youth work in the Digital-Era

Activity: KA153 YOU - Mobility of Youth Workers in Spain for 4 Youth Workers, educators, teachers, ….. from our organisation and participants from Cyprus, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Turkey, Portugal, Croatia, Germany.

Accomodation: Albergue Inturjoven Málaga - INTURJOVEN Plaza Pio XII, nº 6. 29007 - Málaga T: 955 181 181 | M: 600 163 717 malaga.itj@juntadeandalucia.es, https://www.inturjoven.com/web/guest. Participants will be allocated in triple rooms.

Dates of the Activity: 20 (arrival) – 27 (departure) .10.2023 including travel days

Participants: 4 youth workers / educators/ teachers / ……. from 8 countries.

Total of 32 participants

The program was successful and our participants send us their impressions for the project something that we are posting here.

Training course Youth work in the Digital-Era in Málaga

  • The aim of this project was to improve the digital knowledge of youth and social workers, to shape the future of social work and to make it compatible with the coming digital era.

  • From day one until the very last day, the hosting organisation did exceptional work and showed us some very interesting ways and tools how to improve our lives using AI tools and some other applications. They gave us access to some websites and applications to experience how less time consuming it is to do or create something using AI.

  • From brainstorming workshops to energiser games, everything was amazing and we had a very special time there with all of the participants.

  • To conclude, MIGRAFICA did an amazing job and it was a pleasure for us to participate in this project.

Evaluation and experience of our participants

Miltos Savvides: During the training course at Malaga with MIGRAFICA organisation we learned a lot of interesting things, one of those was the fact that using AI in daily life can help you save time and be more efficient. There are a lot of applications and websites nowadays which I didn't know about but this training course made it available to us. We also had a lovely time exploring the city because the location was very close to the city centre. I will remember and use these tools for a long time and of course, the friends I made during that time.

Despoina Konstantinidi: My second Erasmus project was full of memories! It was a great opportunity to meet people, work with them and get to know their culture by spending time with them. The project aimed to enhanced our digital skills, equipping us with valuable knowledge about cutting-edge tools and AI technologies. It’s impossible not to come out a better version of yourself after this kind of experience.

David Photiou: This was my first Erasmus and being my first I didn't know what to expect. But I'm glad I went with it because it was full of knowledge and unforgettable memories. We learnt about Artificial Intelligence tools that could help make your life effortless and more efficient. Can't forget the mouthwatering Spanish gourmet cuisines and the breathtaking views of Spain. If you are hesitating to go to an Erasmus project DONT. You will make friends and memories that you will think about or go to your phone's gallery to relive those memories.

 

Florentia Nicolaou:



Participating in my first Erasmus+ project was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to socialize, learn, and engage in activities focused on developing digital skills organized by the program. The city of Malaga itself was fantastic, making it one of the best places for my first Erasmus+ experience. I look forward to cherishing this memory and recalling all the happy moments spent immersing myself in different cultures and building friendships with people from across Europe.



What is the project about?

According to the information from the Summary analysis of the EKCYP survey on the topic - Towards a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the youth sector, the youth sector faces a major challenge and that is digital

online work. According to the report, as many as 84% of the organizations during the pandemic did not have experience in online cooperation, which caused a positive shock, especially to the youth workers, young volunteers and leaders.

Communication and sustainable contact during the pandemic were very low and activities in the field of non-formal learning were DELAYED. In general, the non-governmental sector has faced digitalization and digital youth work and holding online meetings, workshops and webinars, which shows the new need to promote new mechanisms for digital youth work and training and education of youth workers. During the COVID 19 crisis, digital technology reached its rise and popularity. In the process of self-isolation and limited movement, citizens across the EU and the world performed their work responsibilities from home - online. The pandemic situation was a big challenge for everyone, but also for those who do not have much experience with the rational use of digital tools and programs.

Needs and issues of the project:

- Need for training and improvement of the competencies of the youth workers in the field of IT technology and improving their digital working skills

- Need to guide the youth workers how to use IT tools rationally and correctly, gaining new knowledge how to organize online activities in the field of youth work

- Need to gain new international experience and knowledge of youth workers, getting closer to new EU practices and

educational methodologies

- Need to promote marginalized youth workers with fewer opportunities, promoting marginalized youth workers in front of an international team


Objectives:

- Improving the skills, knowledge and habits of youth workers in the field of digital youth work

- Bringing youth worker closer to new EU practices in the field of IT and digital technology

- Research of new methodologies for digital youth work and exchange of national digital practices

- Organization of IT promotions for raising public awareness and promotion of digital youth work

- Promotion of the Erasmus + program as a mechanism for involving youth workers with fewer opportunities

Accomodation: Albergue Inturjoven Málaga - INTURJOVEN Plaza Pio XII, nº 6. 29007 - Málaga T: 955 181 181 | M: 600 163 717 malaga.itj@juntadeandalucia.es, https://www.inturjoven.com/web/guest. Participants will be allocated in triple rooms.

Profile of the participants:

Each national should be represented by 4 participants, gender balance 50-50 % need to be manage and organized

(4 participants aged +18)


For the participants’ selection the following criteria will be taken into consideration:

➢ Mix of existing and experienced participants but also participants who are new or newish to the topic but interested

in the process of digital technology, IT, digital youth work, networking, data management

➢ Demonstration of social sensibilities (socially active students/volunteers with a role in local communities and

interested in the topic of the project).

➢ Participants particularly active at local level, running youth empowerment initiatives.

➢ Ready to actively participate in the whole project (preparation, training course and follow-up).

➢ Ready to share personal intercultural stereotypes and experiences and analyze them from different perspectives.

➢ Experienced or interested in working with Erasmus+ program


What activities will be organized during the YE:

Ice breakers, Energizers, Presentation of the Erasmus+, Youth pass certificate, Debates, Role play, Rising public awareness campaign, Presentation of National practices, Simulation, Cultural visit, Practical visit, Video creation – Instagram Reals, and dissemination materials for promotion, Follow Up, Dissemination activities, Reflection and Intercultural night.



THE HOST CITY – MALAGA, SPAIN

The Spanish city of Malaga is a Mediterranean seaport on the Costa del Sol in the Andalucía region of southern Spain. It is the 2nd most populous city in Andalucía, the 6th in Spain and more importantly, a significant tourist destination. This birthplace of Picasso is also famous for rich architectural history, Mediterranean cuisine, local wines and sandy beaches.

Discovering Malaga is not as easy as it sounds as it loves to pass down so much of its history and richness to be uncovered slowly. For this very reason, we have compiled a complete tourist guide of Malaga including its main attractions, outdoor activities, nightlife, travel tips and means to get around the province. Malaga once a city of Moors and now a city to revel in its gastronomy and festivities is an exceptional place.


If you are interesting to be part of our groups to get involved please apply to the link: https://forms.gle/19kY8T6TKfJLpDaK9

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