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Most of the youth workers want to be good leaders and improve their leadership skills: to be more inspiring and motivating, have clear vision and goals, to be able to lead a team. You can learn about leadership from books, training courses, seminars, TED talks, and youtube videos. However, it is a long-term practice and training that is essential for becoming a better youth leader.

Braveheart is the second run of the very successful TC, which was first held in 2017. Based on the feedback of our participants and our experience, we improved some parts to be even more suitable for youth workers and their needs. So, you will experience a tuned TC!

Braveheart is what it sounds to be… brave! Joining the project really nurtured my braveness and made me believe in myself more than ever! I’m certainly more able to take reasonable risks without fear. It’s not an experience you can explain by words, rather, it’s a truly experiential training course! Don’t be afraid, the trainers are there to support you all the way! They will never let you fail, but help you find your strength when you feel weak! Do it!

Socrates Panayi, participant of the Braveheart training, 2017

The training course is based on our long-term experience in training youth, teachers and corporate leaders. We work with the methods of experiential and outdoor learning that we’ve been using since 2006. We put stress on practical training with real effects rather than learning theoretical background. The ratio of practical training to theory is 80:20.

“Braveheart is a three-phase training course for youth workers. Its aim is to strengthen and advance leadership skills.”

The training course is supported by the Erasmus+ program. Accommodation, food and travel expenses are fully covered. Participation fee is €150. The participants will get €100 back if they take part in all phases of the project.


We are looking for youth workers who:

  • want to improve in leading youngsters
  • want to feel more confident while leading activities for youth
  • want to learn and train how to give and get feedback
  • want to raise and keep inner motivation of youngsters
  • want to create own project linked to youth work (e.g. implement changes at your work; prepare and lead new project for youth; …)
  • are willing to work on self-development and reflect on learning process
  • are ready to take part in the whole project cycle (3 meetings, individual work between)
  • come from or live in following countries: Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, and Turkey
  • work with youth regularly


  • explore themselves as leaders and assess leadership skills they want to develop
  • learn about themselves from self-reflection and personal feedback from others
  • stepping out of their comfort zone (e.g. sleeping 2-3 nights outside in a tent)
  • taking part in physically and mentally challenging games
  • group reflections and sharing
  • plan and realize their personal project, prepare and lead different activities



We work with the methods of experiential learning and non-formal education. We believe the most effective way of learning is by reflecting one’s personal experience.

We also put stress on sharing, feedback and learning from mistakes and success.”

Intensive program: The training and the program will be intensive. We believe that by stepping out of your comfort zone you learn faster. We start in the morning and finish in the evening, the program usually takes from 8 to 10 hours per day. Your participation is voluntary, but the more you experience, the more you learn.

Group dynamics and peer learning: New challenging situations bring great opportunity for learning from each other. Personal experience is always unique and we enrich each other by sharing it. We will focus on the group dynamics and support the level of trust in the group to learn as much as possible.

Personal feedback: To learn from each other, we need to know how to say the right things at the right place. We will practice the skill of giving and getting feedback to be able to use it more effectively.

From theory to practice, from training to the real-life: After each phase, we expect you to put in practice what you have been learning. You might apply little changes to your everyday routines or change the way you work with youth. There will be coaching groups to support you during the inter-phases.



The training course is organized by a non-formal group Czekobanda (Czech Republic). The trainers work for Outward-Bound Czech Republic and the Czech National Agency of Erasmus+. Read more about us.


16 – 24 February 2019 First phase: Find the leader inside
22 – 26 May 2019 Second phase: Become a better leader
21 – 25 August 2019 Third phase: Leading the future

Accommodation and Food

The 1st phase and 3rd phase will take place in the beautiful landscape of Adršpach – Teplice Rocks in the Northeast of the Czech Republic. The venue is Zdoňov, Penzion Slunovrat with newly reconstructed rooms. There are shared rooms for two to four persons with showers and toilets in rooms.

2nd phase and will take place in Sloup v Čechách, Herberk Ferdinanda Dobrotivého training centre. There are shared rooms for three to five persons.

Food – we will have two experienced cooks who are used to cook meat, vegetarian and vegan food and other kind of diets. We will use as much organic and local food supplies as possible.

What to do now


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Do you want to know more?

Feel free to contact Edita at:, +420 737 736 965