Lets Empower Rural Areas

Tirana, Albania



SMIT "CREATOR" members were participating in a TC titled Lets Empower Rural Areas co-ordinated by Association “WOMEN TOWARDS INTEGRATION”Albania and held in Tirana, Albania. 

Let’s Empower Rural Areas (LERA) is a Training Course, Action 3.1 to be implemented in Tirana, from Women Towards Integration Association, from 15 to 22 May 2014. This training course shall bring together young motivated youth workers and volunteers from SEE and EU countries working in geographically isolated areas, in a 7 days program to be hosted in Tirana to have the possibility to acquire skills and abilities and develop competences on the topic of youth participation for a sustainable development in rural areas. 

LERA will gather young youth workers from rural areas which are less developed and remote (‘geographically isolated’ or ‘disadvantaged’) to exchange their opinions, ideas and best practices on different topics related to empowerment through active participation in rural areas.  

The aim of the project is to boost the involvement of young people in the countryside, how to overcome linguistic barriers, gain support from family and the local community, how to solve practical issues through providing them with a space to get new skills and develop existing ones.  


a.Foster & enhance the participation of youth from rural areas in social and community 


b.Promote young people’s active citizenship &  their European citizenship; 

c.Empower youth leaders and youth workers with knowledge and skills for active participation and inclusion; 

d.Help young people to create possibilities for themselves through the active youth participation.  

e.Create an inspiring week & promote volunteering and YiA as a tool to empower young people. 


The training will be implemented using the non formal education methodology, learning by doing approach and the experiential learning cycle. The program will be executed through a variety of workshops and sessions to be further enriched by the experienced team of trainers that will work on the 7 days program. 


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    Agnieszka Konopka (Monday, 11 August 2014 14:23)

    From 15th to 22th May I was participating in Youth in Action’s Training Course “Let's Empower Rural Areas” in the capital of Albania, Tirana, organized by Albanian association Women Towards Integration. There were participants from 9 countries: Poland, Italy, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Albania.
    We were staying in MyHostel were we also had all of activities and it was a very cosy and friendly place, with the atmosphere that makes you want to go back there again. We had two trainers: Ira from Albania and Francesco from Italy. The sessions that we took part in mostly were strictly connected with the main topic but we also had a lot of workshops that can be useful in our everyday life, for example about leadership and communication skills, auto-presentation, problems with youth unemployment and possibilities that EU is giving young people. We also had a chance to visit a seaside town, Durres and a village in mountains, Kruja. It was a very inspiring and busy week, but we still had time to explore Tirana's nightlife and we had a really good fun together J Thanks to our hosts, we had an opportunity to know at least a little bit of Albanian culture from the inside and at this point I would really like to say, that the president of WTI, Mrs. Bukurie Imeri is an amazing, incredibly warm and cheerful person, she was doing everything to make us feel as comfortable as it was possible and for that she deserves a big sincere thanks.
    In the end I would like to say, that I've met a lot of people, who are very committed to voluntary services and sincerely devoted to making difference - it's really inspiring experience. I'm very glad that EU gives us so many opportunities like YiA projects, by which we have a chance to travel, meet people from other countries and know their culture, learn and have fun at the same time. It wasn't the first YiA project I participated, but it was the best for me so far!