The first LOOP Implementation training, LOOP Reloaded took place in Brussels with 14 participants from Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, France and Spain. Marzena from EEE-YFU, Mareike from YFU Germany, Marta from YFU Poland and Denizhan from YFU Turkey guided them through this training and showed them all that it’s new about the LOOP.
During the first day, after the participants got to know each other with a team building exercise, they were presented with the concept of Global Citizenship Education and how it connects to the new YFU Educational Goals.
The second day, started with a fun energizer to get everybody awake and ready to learn, because the new LOOP was finally ready to be unveiled. Mareike and Marzena, who have been working closely with the team that redesigned the LOOP, answered the omnipresent questions about the new LOOP: Why is it important to have LOOP? Why was LOOP revised?
They also presented the LOOP Manual and how to use it. The participants practiced reading the grids and working with them and they also had time to ask specific questions.During the last part of the day, the participants were divided according to their experience with YFU orientations. The beginners’ group went in depth about what Non-Formal Education is and practiced the Kolb’s Learning Cycle. The other group learned about Advanced Group Dynamics.
The last session focused on Debriefing. The participants got familiar with various debriefing models (e.g. 4F, WISER, ORID, T-act) and were provided the opportunity to practice their debriefing skills in 4 small groups, each accompanied by a trainer while running one of the exercises from any orientation from the new LOOP Manual. During the evening the entire group went on a trip to discover Brussels. La Bourse, the Grand Place, and the Manneken Pis were all checked off the city sightseeing list. The tour ended with a nice dinner at a cozy restaurant downtown.
The third day started with a good friend of YFU, NAOMMIE! The participants got a chance to familiarize themselves with this model and had the opportunity to practice writing SMART objectives. Afterwards, the group separated once more. One track practiced Public Speaking, in order to get more confidence in their facilitation, and the other track went with Couching and worked with a variation of the Wheel of Life for Trainers.
After a well-deserved break, the participants went into their national groups and started redesigning orientations according to the NEW LOOP! Each group had, of course, one of the trainers as a mentor. In the evening we all had a lot of fun hanging out in the lobby of our wonderful hostel and testing the famous “Belgian beers”.
The last day was dedicated to feedback in groups & sharing experiences of working with LOOP. We also drew up concrete actions plans and promised to keep in touch! After many many hugs, we said goodbye, and everybody went back home to spread the news about LOOP.
If you want to take part in the next LOOP Implementation Trainings, there are still places available! Check them out here!!!