Training Course "The Power of Non Formal Education" in Sofia, Bulgaria (Funded)

Open call for all actors in the youth field to participate in Training Course "The Power of Non Formal Education" for 6 days in Sofia, Bulgaria. This training is organised by the Bulgarian National Agency (Human Resource Development Centre) and funded by the European Union.

About the training

Non Formal Education has existed for as long as we know. But only ‘recently’ it has been given the clarity and recognised importance it deserves. This training course is focusing specifically on Non formal Education. This TC which is specially designed for experienced and new users of European mobility Programmes, especially the Erasmus+ Programme (section Youth in Action). This TC is not only based on a ‘one way information-flow’ but requires a proactive participation from you. Therefore the importance of this information before the start of a hopefully adventurous, challenging and inspiring TC.

Training Objectives

To stimulate the participants to feel and reflect about the power of NFE by experimenting different kind of non formal educational methods.

- To analyse the role and perception of NFE in our different countries within a common Europe.

- To understand how NFE methods and approach can be used to promote cultural diversity and intercultural learning (ICL)

- To fight against the growing consuming approaches towards young people in the non formal education field and to work on their real active participation.

- To explore meanings, roles, and complementarities of different educational approaches and methods (formal, non formal, informal).

- To reconsider daily youth work practices.

- To understand the principles of NFE within Erasmus+ and its effects on elements as programme building etc.

- An opportunity to meet possible partner groups and to make contacts in other countries.


- This training for all actors in the youth field (youth leaders, youth workers, local authorities, etc).

- Participants should be at least 18 years old, there is no maximum upper age

- Participants should have a good level of English language

-  All the European Countries are eligible for participating in this training 

Financial Conditions and Benefits 

There is no participation fee by the hosting National Agency. If you have questions about participation fee, please contact the National Agency of Erasmus+ Programme (Youth in Action) in your home country.

The hosting National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Most of the National agencies will reimburse the travel costs for the economy class tickets to the extend of 95% from the total amount of the tickets ( you need to check your National agency website about that as well)

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. 

The pedagogical process

- The TC is not limited to the couple of days the participants spend together but starts before the actual encounter. Participants should therefore be well aware that they will be actively involved from the very beginning.

A pre-training immersion

- Starting around 6 weeks before the training, through the “NFE News”, participants will receive weekly news which invites reflection on pedagogical issues and collect information / documentation. Participants are part of the building of this NFE News. Also a closed Facebook group will be created to promote interactions between participants before TC starts.

- Issues / topics tackled: perception / recognition of NFE in your country, methods you use/have used.

A fundamental flow during the training

- Experiencing: different educational settings, different non formal education methods (role play, simulation game, exercises...).

- Reflecting: on the methods and its impacts, on the power and limits of NFE, on building a pedagogical process…

- Transferring: to the own reality of participants, in order to improve ways of working with young people.

- Sharing: different perceptions, current situations and experiences.

- Developing: the building capacity of the participants, by including them in the decision process of the project designing (participants will decide some sessions they feel they need to have) but also in the implementation of the program (“Power to the People – the People who are you” moments).

The after-training consolidation 

Trainers will be available for the following 2 months through internet for a supportive and consulting approach towards the defined action plans of the participants. Each participant will have the trainers as their mentors during this period.


Application deadline: 31 December 2023

Selection result: 12 January 2024

Arrival day: 5 March 2024

Departure day: 10 March 2024

How to apply

You can apply for this training via SALTO Online Applications, but you should check with your National Agency before you apply

More Details

for more details, check the info-pack or visit the official website from HERE

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