Call for Participation "Roots and Borders" - Training of Trainers

10.04.2024  |  Call for applications

Develop skills that allow you to address the topics of refugee movements, migration, borders, and identity in educational activities.

Date: 28th May to 3rd June 2024

Place: Thessaloniki, Greece

What is "Roots and Borders" about?

According to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, 130 million people are currently displaced globally. This number illustrates the dramatic situation many people are currently facing all over the world.

Roots and Borders is an international, non-formal education training programme focused on the situation of people who have been forced to flee for a variety of different reasons, including war, in a geographically diverse set of contexts. By presenting various methods of non-formal education we want to show how to engage young people on this topic and how to give them a better understanding of the dynamics that shape it.

The training consists of content-related as well as technical and creative workshops. The content part addresses opinion and idea formation and draws on the topics of identity, migration, and flight. The learning process is accompanied by the method “Restorative Circles”, that allows to analyse, comprehend and illustrate how opposing opinions exist in a community and shape it. The technical and creative part introduces the method of participatory photography and provides tools to creatively express diverse thoughts about the topics of the training. Additionally, we will introduce you to a new toolbox that features a range of innovative activities for working with young people on the topic of decolonisation.

As a participant, you will benefit from the exchance with other participants and your trainers, all of whom bring together a wealth of experience. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to join the pool of trainers working with young people in our future "Roots and Borders" youth exchanges.

In the training course, you will:

  • learn to bring together different perspectives on the topic of flight, migration, borders, and identity
  • get to know new educational resources that allow you to address sensitive topics effectively
  • further develop your critical thinking skills and bolster your awareness of the situation of people with a background that is shaped by flight, displacement, and migration,
  • learn how to promote tolerance and better understand the perspectives and stories of others
  • get a chance to connect with like-minded educators, teachers, and facilitators, and to share best practices

The training is for you if you:

  • are an experienced practitioner: a teacher, an educator, a youth leader, or a professional working in the field of youth work, citizenship education, or history
  • are a motivated newcomer: If you are interested in the topic and historical non-formal education but have no experience, you are still welcome to join the training
  • are at least 18 years old
  • live in one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Malta, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, or Türkiye
  • are fluent in English

Language: English


The participation fee depends on the country you live in. Full board and accommodation are included.

  • country group 1: 120 € – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg
  • country group 2: 80 € – Czechia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Malta
  • country group 3: 50 € – Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Türkiye

Travel cost reimbursement:

We reimburse travel costs in accordance with the distance band of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The distance band of maximum
reimbursement per participant is based on this distance calculator.

  • Between 10 and 99 km: 23 € rate of maximum reimbursement
  • Between 100 and 499 km: 180 € rate of maximum reimbursement
  • Between 500 and 1999 km: 275 € rate of maximum reimbursement
  • Between 2000 and 2999 km: 360 € rate of maximum reimbursement

Reimbursements of travel costs will be issued in cash or per bank transfer to you exclusively during the training course. We do not provide any type of pre-payments or post-payments for the reimbursement of travel costs.

Travelling to Thessaloniki:

We will help you to find the best itinerary. We strive to protect the environment and act sustainably. Therefore we encourage you to consider travelling to the event venue on land as much as possible.

How to apply?

Please fill in the application form by 28th April 2024

The participants will be selected on the basis of motivation and the available number of places per country.

All admitted persons for participation in the training will be informed before the 30th of April 2024. Persons who were not contacted on 30th April 2024 are on a waiting list and will be contacted subsequently if spots become available.

Contact information:

René Wennmacher (


You can download the Call for Participation here.

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