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07.09.12 12:20

International Training Course “Loudspeaker” in Armenia: sharing impressions


"LOUDSPEAKER - recognition and promotion of value based youth work" is an international training course for youth workers, which took place in Dilijan, Armenia, from August 11th - 20th of 2012. It was organized by Biedrība "52 Franki" from Latvia in co-operation with YCCD (Youth Co-operation Centre of Dilijan) from Armenia.

There were 20 participants from 13 different countries. For 10 days we enjoyed fresh mountain air, beautiful nature landscapes and picturesque views of Dilijan. Due to the scenic views and gorgeous mountain chains of the lower Caucasus, Dilijan is also known as the Switzerland of Armenia.

The program of the training course was informative and interesting: we discussed value-based concepts in the work of NGO’s and analyzed the local realities of each one; raised the problem of PR in general and non-governmental organizations in particular. I believe that public relations issue shouldn’t be underestimated, since it has been proved to be a powerful tool in reaching the public audience. Among the topics presented there were social marketing, advertisement and promotion, web 2.0 and video-blogging, campaigning and public actions. We had a meeting with a PR manager of the local on-line newspaper PanARMENIAN who shared useful hints regarding the accurate usage of internet resources for the upgrowth of any organization.

We also created our own internet blog and run it by posting self-made videos, presentations, news, events and interviews.

One more thing that should be noted is the efficient work of our group leaders and the variety of teaching approaches and methods integrated: different games, ice-breaking techniques, discussions and debates, individual work and workshops. Everyone was involved and participative.

The program of the training course was not only educative but also eventful one: we went for the sightseeing to the ancient monastery (XII-XIII century), Sevan Lake, enjoyed the atmosphere of overnight Yerevan with its stunning architectural buildings.

Thanks to this project we acquired new friends, unforgettable impressions, gained new experience, useful skills and loads of positive emotions. Although time passed quickly, the recollection of pleasant memories in Dilijan will last long afterwards!

Karina Nechak,
Project's participants
Volunteer of the Center for European Initiatives