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“Moving through Mobility” Training Course

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09 – 14 May 2016, Balbriggan, Ireland.

This Training course was supported by the Léargas Irish National Agency for Youth in Action, together with the National Agencies of: Finland, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands and Spain.


Key Action 1 (KA1) of the Erasmus+ Youth programme focuses on the learning mobility of individuals, both young people and youth workers/leaders. Young people have the opportunity to participate in youth-exchanges or to volunteer for a period up to one year in another country. Youth workers can take part in training and networking activities abroad or spend some time in a youth organisation abroad for a job shadowing or an observation.


Programme Moving through Mobility

Programme Moving through Mobility

The aim of this international training course was to explore pathways for strategic progression of projects through the range of mobility activities available in KA1.

The training:

  • Helped organisations to discover the developmental opportunities for their young people, by using one activity within the action in order to prepare for the next.
  • Facilitated organisations to realise the potential for developing their international capacity by linking activities in Key Action 1.

Other areas covered were:

  • Linking organisational objectives with local and national policies and the priorities of Erasmus+ as the basis for future projects
  • Highlighting the importance of strong international partnerships with an emphasis on the learning to be gained from such partnerships
  • Supporting non-formal learning, including recognition of learning through Youthpass

Space was given to allow participants to develop links and share good practice with organisations present


Exploring future partnerships

Exploring future partnerships

Profile of participants:

  • The programme was designed for (youth) workers who represent youth organisations, local authorities, or work in local governments or other public institutions that have experience of activities under Key Action 1 (or mobility activities under the previous Youth in Action programme).

Participants were expected to:

  • Have experience of mobility projects as individuals and within their organisations
  • Have interest and the possibility within their organisation/group to apply for mobility projects after the seminar
  • Be able to communicate and work in English
  • Be at least 18 years’ old
  • Have experience of the Erasmus+ Youth programme and KA1 in particular



Farewell evening

Farewell evening

The seminar team was composed of two trainers/facilitators, one logistics person.



Bob McDougall is a British trainer and project manager living in Leeds, England, UK. He works on the NA training pool in the UK and has devised and delivered many courses internationally on a variety of subjects relating to youth. He is passionate about non-formal learning and is an expert in European Voluntary Service, specifically with an emphasis on inclusion, having coordinated hundreds of volunteers with high support needs. Bob is also a key trainer for the full EVS training cycle in England.

Mieke McMahon is Dutch, living in Clare, Ireland for the last 25 years. She is a free-lance trainer working for Léargas, the Irish NA, and for SALTO’s implementing training on specific Youth in Action topics and EVS trainings. She is active in the youth field within a small youth organisation, Fishbowl Youth, in the west of Ireland. She works together with young people; she supports and coaches them towards setting up their own projects and activities.


Alan McMahon is Irish and living in Co. Clare for the last 35 years and originally from Dublin. He works as a Housing Manager within the Social and Voluntary housing sector for the last 10 years. Alan has worked on a voluntary basis for several organizations over the years. He is a youth leader with Fishbowl and has been involved with Fishbowl Youth for many years.

Slideshow of the training course:

Some flipcharts:


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