Strong Young Minds - Training in Romania - Infopack
Youth Workers and teachers From 2nd to 10th November 2017 In Măguri-Răcătău
FOR WHO? WHEN? WHERE?
STRONG YOUNG MINDS
STRONG YOUNG MINDS TRAINING COURSE
2nd-10th November 2017
To test a curriculum and a boardgame developed in the framework of a KA2
project, for the personal, social and emotional development of teenagers
using non-formal methodologies.
STRONG YOUNG MINDS TRAINING COURSE
2nd-10th November 2017
We are very much looking forward to meeting you and to work
together during the Strong Young Minds Training Course. It is
going to be an exciting journey, which will reunite 20 youth
workers from Iceland, Romania, Portugal and Spain.
Information about the project and partners
Strong Young Minds Training Course is part of Strong Young
Minds, a long term strategic partnership project focused on
innovation in education, proposed by five organizations from
Iceland, Spain, Portugal and Romania, from the fields of mental
health and education, supported by Erasmus + program. The main
purpose of the partnership is to create tools for mental health
education for teenagers from the participant countries and to multiply
the results among youth workers and educators at a local, national and European level.
● To increase the capacity of partner organisations to address the mental health
educational needs of young people in their communities;
● To develop tools for mental health education for young people aged 14-18:
- a training curriculum
- a board game
- a handbook
- a series of videos, to facilitate the use of the mental health education tools by
youth workers around Europe.
Objectives of the partnership:
What will happen during this Training Course?
• You will experience a series of non-formal activities targeting the social
and emotional development of teenagers aged 14 to 18. The activities
are part of an educational curriculum adapted to the school format,
which means they can be used during school classes but also outside
of school, in various programmes.
• You will get a better understanding of mental health in adolescence
and develop skills for applying non-formal education principles in your
• You will take part in the testing of a boardgame designed for the social
and emotional growth of teenagers.
• You will have the chance to deliver non-formal activities directly to
teenagers in a highschool in Cluj-Napoca.
• You will be involved in the creation of instructional clips for the
activities included in the curriculum.
After the TC and towards the end of the two-year project, you will receive an
electronic copy of the handbook containing all the activities included in the
curriculum and more information about mental health concepts. You will also
have access to the instructional videos and to the boardgame. Also, you will
be able to take part in dissemination events such as conferences,
presentations and different activities which will be held in each country by the
organisations involved in the project.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE
AND OTHER LOGISTICS
Dates and place
The training course will be held between the 2nd and 10th of November 2017. We will
have 7 working days and 2 for the travel.You should arrive in Cluj-Napoca on November 2nd before 18:00 and the departure is
planned on November 10th after 10:00.
Please plan your travel accordingly, because the training course will be held in
Măguri-Răcătău, a village located in a beautiful mountain area, 40 km away from
the town of Cluj-Napoca (where the airport is) and we arranged a private
transportation to this location.
The bus to Măguri-Răcătău will leave on the 2nd of November from a central
location in Cluj-Napoca and will bring you to the same place on the 10th of November.
The exact time and location will be announced later, depending on the times of your
flights. From the airport, you can take the taxi (you can use Uber) or the bus/trolley to
get to the train station or to the city center, if you arrive in Cluj earlier. Both bus number
8 and trolley number 5 bring you from the airport to the city center, but only number 5
goes to the train station.
How to get to Cluj-Napoca
You can arrive to Cluj-Napoca either by plane, bus or train. Depending on where you travel
from, a less expensive option could be flying to Budapest, which is 6 hours away from Cluj-
Napoca, by bus. There are many companies which offer transfer services from the Budapest
airport, for approximately 30 euro per round trip. If you choose this option and you have
difficulties in finding a transfer company, contact us, so that we can assist you. There is also the
possibility to travel to Bucharest and take a flight, train or bus to Cluj-Napoca. However, it can
sometimes be difficult to find cheap flights on this route and the journey by train/bus is quite
long, so we would not recommend this option unless it’s the last resort.
In Romania we do not use Euro yet, but our currency is Leu.
1Leu = 0.22 Euro cents
1Euro = 4.6 Lei
This is an approximation, as the rates are fluctuating and will most probably change until
your arrival, but not a lot. There are many exchange places where you can exchange your
money in Cluj, including the banks (Banca Transilvania, BRD, Raiffeisen, ING, etc.). If you
come from Iceland and have ISK, we advise you to change them to Euro in your country,
as it is highly unlikely that you will be able to change them here.
In Cluj-Napoca you can also pay by credit card in most places (bars, restaurants, shops,
supermarkets), therefore it can be an option to not exchange a lot of money, except for
taxis, where you can only pay cash. If you will want to buy something (e.g. alcoholic
Venue and accomodation
You will be accommodated in the pension Valea Paradisului (Valley of Paradise) : http://www.pensiunea-
There will be rooms of two and three people, with a bathroom in each room, and a bigger room of
maximum 6 people. There is wi-fi at the location as well.
The accommodation provides one small hand towel and one big towel for each participant, soap and
shampoo, so you don’t need to bring your own.
The month of November in Măguri-Răcătău is characterized by low temperatures, fluctuating mildly
between 4 and 10°C over the course of the month. In the first week, the forecast shows relatively
constant temperatures of around 4-5°C, dropping to -3°C during the night. However, the days will be
mostly sunny, therefore the temperature can be felt as higher at times.
What to bring?
Because we are going to be in the mountainside, it’s better to be
prepared for lower temperatures, potentially rainy days (this year and
especially in this part of the country, you never know when the rain is
coming) and also for taking short walks during the breaks or in the
evenings, as the view in the surroundings is great! We recommend to
bring with you: warm clothes (sweaters, warm trousers, jackets), mountain
shoes, raincoat, torchlight.
For help with getting to Cluj or getting around in Cluj and for any
questions regarding the accommodation, contact Paula at
We recommend you to get health insurance for your travel to Romania,
as we cannot cover it from the project budget.
Accommodation and food will be fully covered and the travel costs will be reimbursed
according to the Erasmus+ regulations, within the following limits:
Iceland: € 420
Portugal: € 300
Romania: €50 (travelling from Bucharest)
If the travel costs will exceed the amounts specified above, you will have to pay the difference, so you
should look for the cheapest ways of transportation. Reimbursement will be done by bank transfer after
your arrival home and after you send us by post all the original travel documents and the proof of their
purchase (tickets, boarding passes, invoices, receipts, bank statement etc.). So please keep ALL the
travel documents. Also, reimbursement of transport will be done
only to participants who will fully attend the training course activities.
If you need more explanations about the reimbursement ask
your sending organisations from your countries for assistance.
After buying tickets please fill this travel form: https://goo.gl/
forms/raOasETFKHqwVbZi2 and send all the tickets to
Program of the training
This training will be intensive days of work mostly on testing the training curriculum, game
and learning new non-formal methods for working with youngsters on development of
Here you can see a draft of the program: https://goo.gl/Bw6q7N
The program will still be adapted according to the project’s needs and circumstances, but
the structure will remain the following:
We will start at 9.30 after breakfast and have 4 sessions of 1,5 hours with 2 coffee breaks,
lunch and dinner. We will have as well reflection time at the end of the day which can be as
well used for recording testimonial videos for the other project output.
Most of the evenings will be open so you as participants are welcome to plan any activity or
One of the evenings will be dedicated to an intercultural activity, that is an interactive
introduction to some elements of your culture. It would be great if you could bring with you
some of your traditional food, snacks and beverages, show a dance or your music, sing your
songs, play your traditional games or any other fun cultural activities that you want to
propose to us.
Please avoid powerpoint presentation by all means! The core of this training is learning by
experience, so give us experiences that we can learn from about your country and let’s have
As you know, there are 5 partners organisations involved in this project so here you can find more
information about us, our work and our contacts. The participants from each country were chosen by
the corresponding organisation so they will be your supporters and help in preparation.
Romania (Cluj-Napoca) - Minte Forte, website: http://minteforte.ro, contact person: Paula Nuțaș, e-
mail: email@example.com, phone number: 0040746311991
Romania (Bucharest) - Ask Yourself, website: http://askyourself.ro, contact person: Arhire Alexandru,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone number: +40721244431;
Iceland - Hugarafl, website: http://www.hugarafl.is contact person: Einar Bjornsson, e-mail:
email@example.com, phone number: 00354-7703799
Spain - Scouts, website: http://www.scoutsvalencians.org contact person: Javi Quilez, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, phone number: 0034652802325
Portugal - Ha Moment, website: http://hamoment.org contact person: Olga Kuczynska, e-mail:
email@example.com, phone number: 00351935345512
Please join the Facebook group which will be our
chanel of communication. Here you can also meet
other participants: https://www.facebook.com/groups/
Hope you feel prepared after reading this info pack. In case of
questions, contact us. :)
SEE YOU SOON !
STRONG YOUNG MINDS