Simulation Games: Bricks of Hope
International Training Course
When? Where? With Whom?
Dates: March, 29th – June, 5th, 2017
Location: Sumy, Ukraine
Who: youth workers, trainers, youth leaders, educators from Poland, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Latvia, Romania, and Bulgaria
The International Training Course is designed to help youth leaders and youth workers, trainers and educators to learn how they can use simulation games (role play simulation games) to teach young people the issue of forced migration and refugees; to help their integration into local communities and to prevent or solve conflicts between the locals and forced migrants.
The European migration crisis or European refugee crisis began in 2015, when a rising number of refugees and migrants made the journey to the European Union to seek asylum, traveling across the Mediterranean Sea, or through Southeast Europe. Local armed conflicts, such as the one in Eastern Ukraine (ongoing since 2014) or in Georgia (in 2008) always lead to such consequences when people are forced to leave their homes and to seek refuge in another area in their own country or a asylum abroad. Thus the interactions between locals and migrants is a very critical issue when many open and hidden problems emerge. Communities from all over the Europe should work on solutions to overcome challenges connected with today's phenomenon of forced migration.
The participants of the TC will learn about the method of the role-play simulation games: how to use, how to adapt for the certain learning purposes, and how to create their own simulation activities based on the local realities. We will start with more abstract simulations and then will continue to develop the games and simulations that will help to prevent or to solve existing conflict between locals and forced migrants.
Aims and Objectives
- to discover the challenges which appear in the communities in Europe connected with the forced migration and refugees and to look for solutions to these challenges;
- to learn about how youth can be active on the local level to help in the integration of the forced migrants;
- to learn about the role-play simulation games method (structure, specifics, usage, adaptation for the certain needs, creation of the games) and how it can be used to prevent or solve problematic issues connected with forced migration;
- to create new role play simulation activities based on the participants’ realities which will be used in future for prevention or solving local conflicts connected with forced migration.
The participants background:
- youth workers, trainers, youth leaders, educators who have direct access to young people to multiply new experience and skills in their communities;
- coming from the community which is linked to the issue of forced migrants, refugees or coming from such group;
- having guaranteed support from their sending organisations in the implementing future activities based on the experience gained in the TC;
- motivated to take part in the TC and to be personally interested in the topic of the TC;
- motivated to implement the experienced gained on the TC in their communities;
- motivated to build and support international partnerships which will be created during the TC with the future Erasmus+ projects;
- no younger than 18 years old (due to the international travel restrictions), no upper age limits.
Each of the partner organisation should delegate their participants to take part in the TC:
- Fundacja FREYA (Poland) - 4 participants;
- Center for Euroinitiatives (Ukraine) - 5 participants;
- Student-Youth Council (Georgia) - 4 participants;
- The Change Is in You (Bulgaria) - 3 participants;
- Today Art Initiative (Armenia) - 4 participants;
- Modern Youth Public Union (Azerbaijan) - 3 participants;
- Express Yourself (Latvia) - 3 participants;
- Asociaţia Tinerii 3D (Romania) - 3 participants.
Accommodation: the participants will be accommodated in rooms for 2 in the hotel situated in the very center of the city - Reikartz Sumy (1 Voskresenska St., Sumy, 40000, Ukraine).
Food: you will have three meals and two coffee-breaks a day. Please, inform about your food habits and needs (fast, vegetarian, vegan etc).
Working language: English.
Internet Access: there will be free wi-fi available in the hotel.
Plugs: the type of the plugs in Ukraine is European. Make sure that you have adapters for your electrical devises.
What to bring with you:
- “Standard international project equipment”: an alarm clock, any dictionaries you might require, music, comfortable clothes, personal first aid kit etc;
- To present your country: food, souvenirs and other materials you'll find useful;
- To present your organisation: posters, flyers, pictures etc;
- Additionally we will inform you about the things which you need to prepare and bring for the programme elements.
Crossing the Border and Identification in Ukraine
While crossing the border you might be asked to provide information about the hosting organization:
Center for Euroinitiatives
22 Naberezhna r. Strilky Street
40009, Sumy, Ukraine
+38 (0542) 79-86-68
Participants from Ukraine: bring your national IDs (national passport, driver license or student ID card).
The day of departure: 5 April 2017
How to get to Ukraine:
We will organize your trip from the airport to the venue:
1) If you fly to Kharkiv: the trip will take around 3-4 hours (~ 5 EUR, one way);
2) If you fly to Kyiv: the trip will take around 5-6 hours (~ 10 EUR, one way).
In case you are coming to Kyiv by bus or train we will also assist with the transfer to Sumy.
Before buying any tickets, please contact Larisa Kondratenko (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide her information about your travel plans (means, place of arrival, timing, prices). She will consult you about the best travel solutions and will help you to arrange your trip to the venue.
Maximum amounts to be reimbursed (EUR):
Poland - 275
Armenia - 275
Georgia - 275
Azerbaijan - 275
Romania - 275
Bulgaria - 275
Latvia - 275
Reimbursement of the travel costs will only be done after submitting all original tickets, receipt/invoices, boarding passes and later sending of the return documents and boarding passes. Save the boarding passes from your airport check in as well. Please, be aware that in case you loose any invoices or tickets we will not be able to reimburse the cost. Reimbursement will be done in EURO, regardless of the currency indicated on your ticket and receipt/invoice according to the official currency exchange rate of European Commission.
! Note: in case of higher travel cost, you will need to cover excess yourself.
Important: the reimbursement of travel costs for participants will be done in cash at the last day of TC. To receive reimbursement participants should attend all the planned progamme elements.
You are welcome to consult with us before purchasing the tickets. Please make the copies (better scan or photo) of all the tickets and invoices before your arrival to the youth exchange. Email those to Larisa Kondratenko (email@example.com).
Currency in Ukraine
Please check the weather forecast before coming and make sure that you have an appropriate cloth.