„Leaders need skills”

International Training Course
„Leaders need skills”


Here is the personal impression of our participants about the project:

“It is the 07 September. Three happy and exhausted Bulgarians have just returned from an amazing training course in Poland. During the last 7 days they have been constantly in touch with different cultures, personalities, characters and temperaments. People from Sweden, Denmark, Croatia, Poland, Latvia, Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, of course, were the main participants to experience what it is to be a good leader during the project “Leaders Need Skills”. Through a variety of creative workshops a lot of conclusions have been made, countless ideas have been proposed, hidden skills were revealed. What brought all these people together in Budy Lucieńskie, far from the big city and the wi-fi was one common goal – to challenge and train themselves how to be good leaders in order to be able to influence their communities, cooperate, communicate, understand and transform ideas into actions”

Official project page

Project Summary:

The TC “Leaders need skills” brought together youth workers, trainers and project organizers from
different EU countries with the purpose of equipping them with necessary skills to grow as a youth
leader, whilst introducing the project method of training. The project aimed at acquiring new skills and
knowledge, professional and generic competencies, which will help them boost self-esteem, learn
how to work and improve coaching skills in order to transfer their knowledge and skills to young
During the week participants had the chance to go through an intensive training in which they will
test several practical tools that aim at fostering various skills and abilities such as team work,
leadership, coaching skills, effective learning and others. The Training Course was based on various
techniques such as presentations, discussions, role plays, exchange of good practice, and it used
several approaches that were all based on participant-centred methods. The TC was  based on
project method way of training, which ensured effective transfer of skills between youth leaders.
The objectives of the training course were:

  • To provide youth leaders with the opportunity to exchange good practice and expertise in the field
    of youth work
  • To increase professional and generic competencies of youth leaders
  • To introduce the project method way of training to youth leaders, whilst enhancing their coaching
  • To develop follow-up projects for maintaining and strengthening long term international
    cooperation and exchange
  • To develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular to contribute to
    the social cohesion in the European Union.


Organizations involved:

  • “The Change is in You” Association – Bulgaria
  • “Opus Humanum” Association – Poland
  • Mladi za Marof – Croatia
  • ECRC Denmark – Denmark
  • Green Spirit  – Greece
  • Still Running – Latvia
  • Integration För Alla – Sweden
  • Istanbul Genclik Girisimi Dernegi – Turkey



Budy Lucieńskie is located in central Poland. It is about 100 km to the North-West of Warsaw, near a nature reserve in Gostynin Lake District. It is a beautiful, ecologically clean region with stunning landscapes, lovely lakes and pristine forests.

The venue was a guest house situated near a lake, in a calm place where we could focus on work. Participants stayed in triple rooms with bathrooms. Participants from the same country stayed in different rooms to foster team building.

Guest house facilities included free WiFi, sauna with Jacuzzi, towels, a restaurant where we had the meals and a training room. There was a possibility to rent kayaks and bicycles.

Website: http://www.slonecznafarma.com/  



We were provided three meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner )daily and coffee breaks.


Financial support:

Project was supported by program of European Union – ERASMUS+. Accommodation, meals, program and travel cost (based on distance) were covered from the grant. There was no participation fee.


Travel cost reimbursement:

100% of the participants‘ travel costs were  reimbursed within the valid budget sums calculated according to the official rules of Erasmus+ programme. If a sum exceeded the limit, the excess was paid by the participants themselves. The reimbursement limit was 275€ per participant from Bulgaria.



Every participant was individually entitled to receive a Youthpass Certificate, which confirms participation and
validates the non-formal learning (NFL) experience of Training course project. Validating the learning experiences of participants is important in itself and the document can be of benefit in terms of the educational or employment future of the participant. Through Youthpass the European Commission ensures the Training course activity is recognized as a non-formal learning experience.
(*For more information on Youthpass you may click on this page to check it online)




3 Responses to “„Leaders need skills””

  1. Many change initiatives are doomed from the beginning because leaders spend all their time listening to each other and third parties with impressive resumes when they should be listening to their front-line people—if they did, they’d hear exactly what needs to be done.