international expert seminar • ERASMUS+ KA1
Payerbach (Austria) • April 6th–12th 2017


The expert seminar aims at gathering international youth work trainers in order to discuss and find new ways of responding to the needs of youth work and young people under the current realities and trends in Europe. We will also critically reflect our practices especially in light of assessing the actual impact (and lack thereof) of non-formal education, our unconscious bias in our work, and dealing with failures. Additional inputs will be provided by external experts from the business sector and psychology.

The expert seminar is endorsed by the International Youth Work Trainers Guild( and hosted by the Austrian organisation coobra – cooperativa braccianti, based on a co-operation of 16 partner organisations from 16 different countries from the European Union and Neighbouring Partner regions. Several international members of the IYWT Guild are taking care of the agenda and the facilitation of the seminar.
Some parts of the programme will also be self-facilitated, and we have invited several experts from outside the youthwork sector (eg from business and psychology) to provide inspirational additional inputs and workshops.
The event will be held in direct connection with the IYWT Guild’s ( Annual General Meeting, the results of the expert seminar will be directly reflected and implemented in the IYWT Guild’s workplan for 2017/18. In the selection of participants,
preference will be given to applicants who have had previous involvement with the
IYWT Guild (eg members) and/ or clear willingness for involvement in the future.
All costs for accommodation, food, course materials and visa are fully covered. The international travel costs are covered according to the rules of ERASMUS +KA1. The event will be free for registered members of the IYWT Guild. Associates of the IYWT Guild pay a participation fee of EUR 40, all other participants a participation fee of EUR 50.
In order to apply as a participant, please use the following online application form:
The deadline for filling the form is 13th of March 2017. A selection committee within the IYWT Guild in co-operation with the partner organisations will select the participants from all the applicants on March 14th and communicate the results on March 15th.
The seminar will take place in Payerbach (, a picturesque village in a scenic mountainous area about one hour train ride away from Vienna. We will be located at the Payerbacherhof
(, a cosy hotel in traditional Austrian style with
excellent food, professional infrastructure for conferences and attractive offers
for wellness tourism.
To reach Payerbach, the best option is totake a train from Vienna airport or a direct train from any major train station in Vienna. You can find possible schedules and prices on the website of the Austrian Federal Railways:  Most of the international participants will arrive to Austria through Vienna International Airport (, in exceptional cases also Bratislava airport can be considered.
To reach Payerbach still on the 6th by train, you need to land at Vienna airport not later
than 21:30 at night, or Bratislava airport not later than 19:30 at night. Departures on the 12th should not be earlier than 07:30 in the morning from Vienna airport, or 09:00 from Bratislava.
Do not make any travel arrangements before getting the information about your selection process on March 15th!
The expert seminar is funded by the Austrian National Agency for ERASMUS+
(YOUTH chapter, KA1 mobility of staff). Thanx to the funding received, all costs for accommodation, food, course materials and visa are fully covered.
The international travel costs are covered according to the rules of ERASMUS
KA1. The event will be free for registered members of the IYWT Guild. Associates of the Guild pay a participation fee of EUR 40, all others a participation fee of EUR 50. Participants must be residents in one of the countries of the partner organisations, and start and end their travel from there.
The travel costs per participant are covered up to the following maximum amounts
(including the local travel within Austria to reach the venue):
•100km–499km (Hungary, Serbia): EUR 180
•500km–1999km (Belarus, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, Turkey, UK):EUR 275
•2000km–2999km (Georgia, Armenia, Portugal, Russian Federation): EUR 360
To be eligible as a participants, full attendance of the event is mandatory, which means arrival latest on April 6th, and departure earliest on March 12th. You might also want to arrive earlier or extend your stay at your own costs for touristic purposes, in which case a maximum of 5 day of additional stay in Austria is eligible. Please note that you are in charge of arranging your own health, liability, accident and travel insurance.
We are very much looking forward to receiving your application forms, and to receive as many as possible of you in beautiful Austria. For any questions or concerns, please contact Jovana Vukovic and MarCus Vrecer from the hosting team of coobra by e-mail: