Four project meetings were an integral part of the project life cycle.
The first meeting was the project kick-off meeti ng. It took place in Germany in May 2011. The partners met at the Friends of Nature house in Gießübel, Thuringia. For five days two multipliers of each partner country met in order to share their experiences concerning developments since the project proposal and to discuss their integration into the project. Furthermore and more important this meeting was the possibilty for all to get to know each other, to share general working experiences and to discuss the project together. The contents, the objectives, the budget and the timeline were discussed and finalized. Tasks for each partner were made up. Besides the scheduling of the project life cycle, a “team training” arranged by the German organization was tried out. The German partner also organized a city tour through Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia, and other leisure activities.
The second meeting intented as a meeting of networking and training was held in the Czech Republic from the 20th - 25th of November 2011. The partners were accomodated in Slunakov - the “Olomouc Centre for Ecological Activiti es” - in Horkanad Moravou near Olomouc.It was a very hard, intensive and work-filled week. It soon became clear that the partner organizations had a different understanding of the “team training” and its methods, including the set-up and objectives. The discussions of the definition of central topics, such as “team training” and „methods“, were very significant. The first step was to brainstorm ideas on the term “team training” and its objectives. One example was learning social competences such as tolerance, empathy and respect, or forming a group which respects each other and can achieve something together. There were also different opinions on what methods are, which objectives should be followed and how they should be built up. After long discussions two definitions were developed together as working basis for the project. The central outcome of the Meeting was a common developed methodological tool set. It consists of five training topics: identification, breaking up / warming up, cooperation and communication, conflict awareness / resolution, evaluatin. At least five methods were chosen for each topic. Each partner organization presented some of the methods they use in their daily work with young people. After discussing them and trying them out, the most suitable methods were chosen for the “team training” concept. The methods of the partner countries were finally tested and evaluated during the team trainings in 2011/12.
At the end of the meeting Daphne III was presented to give an overview of its contents. Afterwards questionnaires for reflection for the responsible person and for the participants were presented. A further point was the publicity of the project. Each partner organization should carry out public relations work for the project in their countries. The next step was to discuss the job shadowing. Each partner was assigned a country where their job shadowing would take place. Beside the working part the hosting partner organized a lot of great activities like outdoor and ecological education inputs or a guided tour through Olomouc. A very interesting field visit to a facility for threatend children and youngsters was made. During an international evening the countries shared their different cultural backgrounds and habits.
The third meeting was an interim analysis of the trainings and job shadowings having taken place up to that point. This meeting took place in Germany and offered the possibility of a common correction, if necessary. Also, it offered the possibility to illuminate the theoretical background in deeper sense.
The fourth meeting was held in November 2012 in Verteillac in the south of France. Four multipliers of each partner met to evaluate the experiences of the “team training”. The following subjects were scheduled as a guideline for the week: + Evaluation and analysis of the training results and the order of “team training” by a best practice discussion. + Evaluation of the job shadowing activities. + Usage of the partners’ feedback instruments – Have the expectations regarding the project been fulfilled? + What kind of success and which sustainable improvements regarding the prevention of violence have been achieved?
Through the successful testing of the methods in these highly diverse contexts it was shown that the outdoor-educational methods are transferable within a European context, as well as they are widely applicable and sustainable if adjusted to the needs of the specific group.