Training of trainers – NFL and interactive methods in Youth work – ACHIEVE

Lesson 32 – Training delivery: Guidelines for the use of interactive games and activities – tips and tricks

Guidelines for the use of interactive games and activities

  • Try it yourself – experience the games and the exercise before you “cause” the to someone else
  • Clear aim of the game – make sure that you understand well the goals of each activity. If the answer to the question “Why am I playing this game?” is not related to the training/process do not make the game.
  • Sensibility towards the participants – introduce the activities sensitively – consider the situation and the mood of the group
  • Clear and understandable instructions – give instructions in a clear and easy to understand manner with examples and demonstrations
  • Motivation – encourage the participants to get involved but do not bribe/ force them. The principle of voluntary participation has to stay into force.


The training program “Training of Trainers” is an educational product that is currently missing in the partner countries – Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania. Due to the early stage of development of the youth sector and youth work in these countries the educational materials aimed at non-formal learning are still limited and insufficient. The lack of adequate educational framework for training of youth workers in the field of formal education leads to inefficient use of the capacity of professionals.

This course fills a gap in the youth sector, namely the need of methodologies for the preparation of trainers, who are able to train youth workers. This course will set the basis for the preparation of teams of trainers of youth workers. The course will serve the goal of development of youth work in the participating countries and other interested parties. A large number of youth workers can be trained according to the methodology at national and international level to use and promote non-formal learning as a tool to enhance the realization of young people in the labor market and increase their social cohesion.

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