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

Lesson 34 – Training aids: Storytelling – tips and tricks

Personal examples and stories

These are two very important tools in the work of the trainer. The use of PERSONAL examples give credibility to the material taught and increases the authority of the trainer. It makes the students believe in their practical experience and creates the feeling of expertise of the trainer. The examples allow us to talk on the grounds of PERSONAL EXPERIENCE and not because “this is what is written in the thick books”. The stories are a very simple way to visualize abstract theoretical information. By demonstrating a theory with the help of a story in a clear picture is constructed in the brain of the student of what is described in the theoretical model.


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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