TC “Youth resource center for employability, entrepreneurship education and community development”

TC “Youth resource center for employability, entrepreneurship education and community development”

Between 10 and 18 of June 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan an Erasmus+ learning mobility project took place under KA2 project “Youth resource centre for employability, entrepreneurship education and community development”. The training course was on entrepreneurship education. People of all age attended this event. Moldova was represented by Daniela Lungu and Corina Ersov, sent by “MilleniuM” Training and Development Institute.
The host organization (“Bridge to the Future – Youth Public Union”) helped the 24 participants from 11 countries feel like one big family during one active week. They made sure to cover all our needs; the logistic part was very well managed. Every end of day feedback was very useful to keep people satisfied and active. Our trainer: Jovan Stalevski from “CEFE” Macedonia organization managed to awaken our interest towards the business world. The great thing about our training was the fact that this course was based on the principle of experiential learning. We had some theory, but the fundamental approach was PRACTICAL exercises. The training was designed for people with different backgrounds and the main purpose of it was to empower the participants, by helping them gain confidence and skills for future entrepreneurial activities. We brainstormed a lot about various business ideas and this was helpful also because we came home after this course with new ideas shared by our colleagues from other countries.
The Intercultural night was the perfect time for exchange of knowledge about each country represented by wonderful people present at the training. We ate a variety of foods, tried some of the drinks, talked and danced till very late. The next day we were all friends. And it was much easier to work in groups during our learning process.
Besides the very useful information we learned during the practical activities and discussions, of course we also managed to discover a marvelous city – Baku – the city of fire. We had one full day dedicated to this town and all the participants agreed that this city is “a must see destination”. Baku is a clean place with a great combination of new modern architecture with old secular historical places. The food and local wine is delicious and people are very hospitable.
We had also the unique opportunity to meet some of the local entrepreneurs. They shared in details their experience and because the 3 speakers were telling us a lot about their projects, we managed also to make a clear distinction between the different types of entrepreneurship (for ex.: business versus social entrepreneurship)
I congratulate the organizers because the overall goal of the training was reached. We managed to learn many new things from our skilled trainer, but also from peers. We improved our knowledge but also felt appreciated because of the daily opportunity to have personal involvement. No one was left aside and natural leaders were encouraged to perform.
I would like to end this article by repeating the words of our trainer: “Guys, this training was only the beginning”. I am sure we will process the information we received in Baku and using this added value to our life, we will definitely all take some actions in our communities. Be it now or later, be it for our own business ideas or for the benefit of helping others.
Thank you for this amazing experience and the energy of all involved!