Our way 2 in 1


Galyatető, 11.11.2013 – 17.11.2013


Outdoor experiential education training for trainers

Role of Élményakadémia:


Coordinator organization:


Participating countries:

Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland

Target group:

18+, having 2 years experience with youngsters – preferable disadvantaged youth using non-formal education

Project introduction

Poverty and social exclusion is an instant problem in V4 countries. It happens by the reason of social background, economical situation, learning difficulties, etc. We take part in prevention of above problems in giving an opportunity to youth/social workers to gain and exchange best practices and develop their knowledge at the field of experiential learning and social inclusion. Experiential learning is a very effective tool for approaching disadvantaged youngsters and develops their social skills thus help them to integrate into society.

In the project we use the methods of experiential learning and solution focused coaching to support young people in taking ownership for their personal and community development and for taking care that they get all the knowledge needed. After all the activities the participants reflect on their experience in structured debriefing sessions and in coaching groups. This way they also get experience in supporting each other and reflecting on events, processes on their own, without facilitator.

Outdoor experiential learning:
The mission of experiential education is to inspire character development and self-discovery in people of all ages and walks of life through challenge and adventure, and to impel them to achieve more than they ever thought possible, to show compassion for others and to actively engage in creating a better world.

Solution focus team coaching:
The basic assumption of solution-focused coaching is that for each young person specific individualized solutions for problems work best and that any person is competent to solve his or her own challenges. The solution focused approach finds it more useful to focus attention directly on building solutions for problems/challenges than on analyzing causes of problems and making a diagnosis.
Doing what works!

  • In essence it comes down to:
  • Acknowledging problems: first of all acknowledge the problem you might have. In what sense is it a problem? How does it bother you?
  • Defining your preferred future: specify how you would like things to be
  • Identifying solutions: identify what helps you make progress in that desired direction (find out what works)
  • Amplifying solutions: if something works, do MORE of it
  • If you notice something does not work, stop doing it and do something ELSE.