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TAVASZI SZÉL CARE WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM

As a youth organisation, the Academy of Experience PBO is engaged in training, skills development, and educational activities in several fields. Some of these activities are socially oriented, geared towards supporting marginalised communities and youth, and we also strive to educate and train experts working with underprivileged communities and individuals.

In Project Tavaszi Szél, we wanted to combine our experience in these two areas (working with underprivileged youth and training social work experts) to develop a new, independent training programme and knowledge base.

Project Tavaszi Szél serves two purposes, connecting four partnering institutions:

Children’s home, which are directly involved with youth groups:

● Fundatia Sfantul Francisc

● Special Children’s Home in Rákospalota

Training institutions with professional care worker as clients

● Societateapentru Tineret Outward Bound Romania

● Academy of Experience

The goal of establishing these partnerships in Project Tavaszi Szél is to develop a platform for professional cooperation, the exchange of ideas and experience, and to create a collection of good practices based on the research of the four partnering institutions. We hope that they will be of use to experts working with underprivileged youth outside the Project, as well as the training institutions that will promote their professional development.

The duration of the project: January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2016.

 

Project Tavaszi Szél has four phases:

1. Research phase – surveying the situation at the partnering institutions, identifying problem areas and finding professional solutions to these challenges, utilising the other partners’ and external parties’ good practices1. Research phase – surveying the situation at the partnering institutions, identifying problem areas and finding professional solutions to these challenges, utilising the other partners’ and external parties’ good practices

2. Training and implementation phase – In response to the problem areas identified by the situation report above, developing a training methodology for the staff at the children’s homes and the training institutions, based on the collection of good practices.

3. Test phase – practical application of new methods in a period of 4-6 months, supported by the presence and mentoring of training institutions.

4. Public engagement phase – publishing the results and achieved goals of the project for a wider audience, including a conference.

SUPORTERS – PARTNERS

THE PROJECT CO-FOUNDED BY THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

PARTNERS

Magnificat – Szent Ferenc Alapítvány, Déva

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EMMI – Rákospalotai Javítóintézet és Speciális Gyermekotthon

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Outward Bound Románia

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EVENTS

TAVASZI SZÉL CARE WORKER TRAINING

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MAY-SEPTEMBER 2016
The goal of the Road Show is to provide opportunities to care workers participating in Project Tavaszi Szél for practicing newly learnt methods with the children and youth in their care, on their home grounds, under the expert supervision of an experienced trainer. It’s one thing to try out experiential education in the course of a training, but it is an entirely different challenge to put it to good use at a children’s home with the care workers’ own charges. We are there to support them in this endeavour. Our mentoring program facilitates the effective application of acquired skills to promote long-term change in their professional lives.

The ROADSHOW will have thirteen three-day stops at the children’s homes participating in the project

JUNE 28-30, 2016 RÁKOSPALOTA
Csaba Kis-Kopárdi, trainer of the Academy of Experience at the Rákospalota Children’s Home during the Tavaszi Szél Training Road Show.

JULY 14-17, 2016 RÁKOSPALOTA
András Csapi and Dávid Skaliczky, trainers of the Academy of Experience at the Rákospalota Children’s Home during the Tavaszi Szél Training Road Show.

JULY 5-8, 2016 DEVA, ORĂŞTIE
Zsuzska Juhász and Dávid Skaliczky, trainers of the Academy of Experience at Orăştie during the Tavaszi Szél Training Road Show.

JUNE 9-12, 2016 DEVA.
This weekend, the Academy of Experience Team was mentoring Éva Páll, a care worker in Deva, who is trying out new methods acquired in Tavaszi Szél with her young charges.
21 residents of the Deva Children’s Home have participated in the three-day-long experiential education event.
Our trainers’ impressions:
“It was a real miracle, just being there, the children are so loving.
It was hard to say who learnt more from whom, because we got so much out of it.
We are proud of Éva, who excelled as a team leader during the whole event.”

JUNE 29 – JULY 1, NADAP – near Lake Velence

An amazing road show event with amazing children.
A taste of Project Tavaszi Szél’s repertoire at the Nadap summer camp of the St. Francis Foundation’s Szent Imre Schoolhouse in Székesfehérvár.
Another good example demonstrating the truth of our motto: “There is more in us than we know” – Kurt Hahn

The children were so cute, and they struggled mighty hard at the expedition in the extreme heat. At first, they kept saying that this won’t work, they cannot do this, and then they completed every task successfully on their own with no outside help.  🙂

And that is precisely why we do it 🙂

WATCH SÓVIDÉK TV’S REPORT OF THE EVENT A

The Hungarian non-profit organisation, Academy of Experience successfully launched their strategic partnership project, Tavaszi Szél, for which they have secured a grant from the Erasmus+ Programme. In this programme, they are partnered with Outward Bound Romania, the Rákospalota Correctional Facility and the Saint Francis Foundation of Deva.

TAVASZI SZÉL – CARE WORKER TRAINING III.

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TAVASZI SZÉL – CARE WORKER TRAINING III.
DATE: IDŐPONT: April 25 – May 5, 2016
LOCATION: Sovata, Outward Bound Romania Centre.

Application in practice – During a 10-day camp event, where young people living at the homes of the St. Francis Foundation and The Ministry of Human Capacities’ Correctional Facility and Special Children’s Home in Rákospalota participate in a skills training programme devised by experts trained during Tavaszi Szél. This is financially, professionally and materially supported by Outward Bound Romania and the Academy of Experience.

TAVASZI SZÉL – CARE WORKER TRAINING II.

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TAVASZI SZÉL – CARE WORKER TRAINING II.
DATE: March 9-13, 2016
Location: Helyszín: Sovata, Outward Bound Romania Centre.

While working on Project Tavaszi Szél, we saw that our training responds to the professional and methodological needs of our colleagues working in children’s homes.
The goal of the training is to broaden the professional repertoire of care workers and other experts working in children’s homes with new methods of experiential education, and also to facilitate the wider application of known practices.
In the next training event in March 2016, care workers meet in Sovata to learn how to handle specific crisis situations, acquire stress and anger management skills, a deeper working knowledge of experiential education, more team-building exercises as well as other outdoor activities – and how to apply it amongst youth living in children’s homes.

 TAVASZI SZÉL – CARE WORKER TRAINING I.

TAVASZI SZÉL – CARE WORKER TRAINING I.
DATE: February 10-14, 2016
Location: Galyatető, Fogadó a Táncoló Kecskékhez

 

As Project Tavaszi Szél went on, we saw that our training satisfies the professional and methodological needs of our colleagues working in children’s homes.
In accordance with our previous evaluation of needs, the goal of the training is to teach new professional tools and methodological know-how to care workers.

 

REPORT:

 

In February 2016, we held the first training event of Project Tavaszi Szél, in which 27 colleagues from 4 partnering institutions participated.

The learning curriculum included experiential education, team formation, team development and learning theory, facilitating outdoor activities, evaluating care workers’ self-knowledge and competence levels and promoting their development, exercising communication and decision-making processes, and an exchange of experience between the staff of the Rákospalota Correctional Facility for Girls and the Saint Francis Foundation of Deva.

By the end of the training, 23 care workers dedicated to our methods returned to their home institutions, some of them already applying the newly-learnt experiential education methods the very next day, after night bus rides of over 8 hours.