14.03. until 23.03.2022 in Bad Bevensen, Germany

Living diversity and strengthening social cohesion in Europe

  • 14.03. until 23.03.2022
  • starting at: 18:00
  • Event language: English
  • Gustav Stresemann Institut in Niedersachsen e.V.
  • Event location: European Educational and Conference Center Bad Bevensen
  • Type of Event: Miscellaneous
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Living diversity and strengthening social cohesion in Europe is a 10-day training for youth workers from 8 countries. In the context of social inequality, racism and discrimination, participants develop their skills in promoting diversity and inclusion of marginalized groups through intercultural dialogue and non-formal education. The training is financially supported by the EU Erasmus+ Programme.


This 10-day international training brings together up to 25 youth workers and other multipliers from 8 European NGOs, most of them working with often marginalized groups such as migrants or minority communities. In times of a global pandemic, increasing inequality, racism and discrimination, we want to use this unique learning opportunity to jointly discover ways to promote diversity and anti-discrimination through intercultural dialogue in youth work.

How to engage and work with youth of marginalized groups, so that "no one is left behind"?

How can youth work benefit best from intercultural learning and international exchange?

What are (educational) methods and lessons learnt to fight discrimination and promote diversity?

As trainers and participants, we will put our heads together to find answers to these and more questions and get innovative impulses for our every-day practice.


The training is open and welcomes all youth workers (employees as well as volunteers) from the listed countries, especially but not exclusively from marginalized or minority communities. The number of participants per country is limited. The main training language will be English and therefore at least intermediate skills are required. A certificate and a EU Youth Pass will be handed out after successful completion of the training.


The training will start off with an overview on approaches of diversity and democracy education, followed by an introduction into intersectional perspectives and different forms of discrimination. Thirdly, participants will get the chance to learn from best practice examples of youth work with marginalized groups in nearby Hamburg. Last but not least, they will get space and support to develop their own project ideas – on the international level.


Next to expert inputs, the team of experienced trainers will apply a variety of interactive, group engaging methods and make use of different media to convey the training contents. We will facilitate peer-to-peer learning among participants and organize project visits. Tools of project management will be drawn from concepts of international development and peacebuilding work. Room for reflection and documentation will be provided to enhance the personal and mutual learning process. There will be plenty of time for informal exchange, socializing and networking.


Participation fee

180,- € for participants from France, Germany, Italy.

100,- € for participants from, Poland, Romania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia.

The fee covers the whole program, all meals and accommodation in double rooms.

Accommodation and food

The training takes place in the European Educational and Conference Center of the Gustav Stresemann Institute (GSI) in Germany. It is to be found 80 km south of Hamburg and can easily be reached by train or car. Closest international airports are Hamburg und Hannover.

Accommodation in double rooms and food will be covered and taken care of. Accommodation in single rooms is possible for an extra fee of 15€ per night.


All participants need to have a valid international medical document (e.g. digital EU COVID-certificate or yellow WHO vaccination passport) that proves complete vaccination against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines accepted in the EU (min. 14 days before traveling) or of a full recovery from a COVID-19 disease (i.e. positive PCR-Test result min. 1 month and max. 6 months old). Additional measures such as COVID testing may be required from accepted participants before traveling.

On site, GSI applies proven hygiene and safety measures such as air filters, antigen-testing, wearing masks, keeping distance etc. to protect participants' health.

Travel reimbursement

Costs for traveling and COVID testing of participants will be refunded up to the following amounts:

Up to 180,- € max. for participants from Poland and Germany.

Up to 275,- € max. for participants from France, Italy, Romania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia.

Reimbursement will be done on site in cash or via bank transfer against receipt of all tickets and invoices.


Daniel Bernhardt
Klosterweg 4, 29549 Bad Bevensen