“Stepping up for Rural Communities – Development and Participation” Training Course

CCMS team was excited to be involved in rural communities’ and/in disadvantaged areas’ development.

During the week (3-11 December 2016, Haghpat, Armenia, “Stepping up for Rural Communities – Development and Participation” Training Course,

financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission) together with youth workers from 10 European countries we were developing ourselves professionally and personally both in theoretical and practical way.


During the sessions we had active discussions of the specific challenges and possible solutions connected to youth work in rural/deprived urban communities; enthusiastically explored the concept of participation and its connection with improving the community life in disadvantaged areas; interestedly investigated and tried practical tools and methods for increasing active participation of young people from geographically disadvantaged areas; absorbedly worked in groups on concrete plans of increasing rural communities’ participation (that can afterwards be implemented as well in our countries back home); efficiently established the network of like-minded organizations and individuals, interested in the further cooperation during the NGO Fair and developed our own new project ideas in the Open Space.

In point of fact, it is easier to tell, what we did not do. We effectively spent this week in deep conversations and thoughtless games, dancing Armenian  traditional dances and playing football (and, btw, absolutely poorly) with local children, visiting unbelievably hospitable locals for a cup of coffee with a pie, getting almost lost into the wild in the snowy mountains, gathering cozily with a pomegranate wine around bonfire and doing so many things all together!

Thanks to International Center for International Research, Learning and Dialogue for orgnazeze these training.