Agile Mindset for Solidarity


Do you like to learn new ways of working with young people and to test innovations in educational projects on your own? Then focus your attention on the Agile Mindset for Solidarity training. Over the course of five days, you will learn how to foster a growth mind-set in young people, how to manage projects developmentally, how to support teams to be proactive, flexible and open to change, and opportunities for further growth and peer learning.

Why this training?

The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace and with it the way projects are managed in the working world. More and more people are not only talking about agile teams and agile thinking, but also putting it into practice. Agile thinking is a thought process that involves understanding, collaborating, learning and remaining flexible to achieve great results. By combining agile thinking with established project management processes and individual and team coaching tools, real-world teams can better adapt to the changes that everyday life brings.

We have found this approach to be highly applicable to youth work, specifically in the design and implementation of European Solidarity Corps (ESC) projects. Thanks to the agile way of thinking and the tools mentioned above, young people have the opportunity to experience everything first-hand and thus better prepare themselves for the working reality of the 21st century. From last year’s pilot trainings, we have verified that building agile thinking and using specific tools from other areas, i.e. the eduScrum framework and team coaching, is very functional in young people’s project work and increases the efficiency and quality of the implemented projects as well as their educational effectiveness (in the Czechoslovak context). Therefore, we decided to offer our experience to others interested in new ways of working across Europe.

We believe that the more organisations learn to use agile project management in European Solidarity Corps projects and develop agile thinking in young people through coaching and the eduScrum framework, the better world the young generation will create for themselves and for the next generation.

The aim of the course is to improve the quality and increase the impact of existing and future non-formal education and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) projects by developing the competences of youth workers who work directly with young people.

What will you learn?

  • Explore, understand and promote opportunities for individual and group learning within the EU European Solidarity Corps (ESC) training programme.
  • Learn how to promote agile thinking and how to use eduScrum project management in the learning process of children and young people.
  • Experience in practice how to use professional coaching tools to develop individuals and whole teams in the context of educational projects.
  • Reflect on ways to effectively apply coaching tools and eduScrum methodology to improve the quality of educational projects, with a focus on examples from the practice of the European Solidarity Corps.
  • Explore how to better stimulate self-directed learning for individuals and whole teams through the use of eduScrum methodology and the coaching approach in practice/direct work with children and young people.

In addition, we want to strengthen the exchange of experiences and examples of good practice, cooperation and mutual support between participants and their organisations/networks in EU Member States and Western Balkan programme countries.


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  • On June 2, an introductory online meeting will take place on Zoom.
    September 4 – September 10, 2023, residential training will take place at the Penzion v Park hotel in Český Šternberk.
    A final online meeting will take place in spring 2024. The date will be specified during the residential training.


It is possible until 28 April 2023 at the latest.


Methodology used

We work in an interactive, experiential way, but in a safe environment. We support each participant and reflect their learning needs. We draw on the rich experience of the group and focus not only on learning outcomes, but we want everyone to enjoy and take pleasure in learning together and to promote intrinsic motivation for all participants. The programme is built on a range of methods and tools relating to individual and team coaching techniques, agile project management, eduScrum methodology, peer learning, competency development (including the YouthPass tool) and articulating learning outcomes. All this in the context of a deeper understanding of the European Solidarity Corps programme and practical examples of how to turn an idea into a project.

Profile of participants

Youth workers who have already been involved in ESC projects or are interested in getting involved in the near future and come from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovakia.

Participation fee

Each selected participant will be asked to pay a participation fee of 50 Euros. Finances should not be a barrier to participation in our training, so please contact us in advance if the amount of the fee is a barrier to participation for you.

Travel costs

Once you have received an email confirmation that you have been selected, you can book your travel (2nd economy class). Reimbursement of travel costs will only be made after full participation in the project and submission of original tickets with boarding passes and receipts/invoices. Unexcused non-participation in activities and workshops will not be permitted and if this occurs, may result in cancellation of travel reimbursement and/or exclusion from the event. We will reimburse travel expenses according to actual costs, up to a maximum of the following travel budget for participating countries.



Trainer Mark Postema. He has worked as a teacher in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Since 2017 he has been actively using eduScrum in formal and non-formal education projects. He trains teachers, youth workers, coaches and facilitators in the Czech Republic and Slovakia online and offline in the use of eduScrum.

Trainer Jolana Dočkalová. She is a certified gestalt coach (GPO) with the European Association for Gestalt Therapy and Coaching EAGT. Since 2008 she has her own private coaching practice for individuals and teams. She trains aspiring coaches in the annual Gestalt Essence TC certified course. She has been facilitating non-formal education and capacity building for NGOs and personal development of youth workers and teachers for over 20 years.

Trainer Kasia Szajda. Trainer & facilitator passionate about learning & supporting the process of growing & development of individuals, organisations and communities. She has experience of initiating & implementing educational projects within the international youth field for over 20 years. Within the last 12 years she had an opportunity to explore international volunteering (both within EVS & European Solidarity Corps) as mentor, project coordinator, trainer of Training & Evaluation Cycle for volunteers hosted in Czech Republic and in Poland.

Organiser Magda Wagenknechtová Svobodová. She has long experience working in European youth programmes in different roles (former EVS volunteer, EVS coordinator in Czech NA, EVS accreditor, trainer, project consultant). Since 2006 she has been working for SALTO SEE RC as EVS/ESC accreditor for the Western Balkans. In 2017-2021 she worked as a supervisor of the network of Quality Label (QL) experts in the Czech Republic. Since 2018 she has been working for SALTO EECA RC as an ESC accreditor for Eastern Partnership countries and Russia. Since 2021, she is also working as a coach of newcomers and future ESC coordinators* for SALTO EECA RC.