Training Course Green Urban Cycles – Call for Spanish participants

GUCDates: May 10–18, 2015

Place: Liepāja, Latvia

ABOUT THE IDEA of the training course

This course is aimed at 24 youth leaders, workers, community volunteers and activists, free thinkers and social entrepreneurs who are inspired to make their own communities back home more liveable, green and enjoyable place for everyone.

During the training course, participants will discover practical tools on creating sustainable cycles of daily activities on personal and organisational level,thus fostering implementation of sustainability principles in their personal and professional reality.

Participants will come from the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Portugal, Romania and Spain.

Young people across the globe are creating urban spaces where creativity, environmental and social action join together to inspire the local habitants, encourage municipalities and empower businesses to adapt greener practices. There are so many inspiring project ideas to tackle the environmental issues urban areas face, such as: creating urban gardens for growing food, leaving wilderness areas and creating spaces for interaction between humans and nature.

During 7 days we will discover possibilities to reduce urban footprint and bring new initiatives to our own communities. We will explore effective ways to make a change in the city using various activism tools, ranging from urban gardening to armchair activism using social media. The training will provide also opportunity to network for further activities and actively experience the preparation and running of cycling-cultural festival BoltikBaik.

The activity will be based on non-formal education principles and enable participants to share knowledge, acquire competences and hands-on skills on active urban green living, tackling not only overall knowledge of green living, but also democratic competences of reclaiming spaces in cities and engaging in legal forms of activism in order to promote green values and initiatives in the cities.

Short info about Boltik Baik 2015

This will be the third year when NGO Radi Vidi Pats in cooperation with Latvian NGOs, artists and activists will organize the freak-bike workshop/festival Boltik Baik.

In previous years it had a great visibility and impact on participants and local community processes, and after two years pause we decided to do it one more time.

This time Boltik Baik will focus more on educational aspects of sustainable mobility, promoting social inclusion and active participation under Do-It-Yourself and Learning-by-Doing principles.

The main activity of the project will take place in May, 11-17 in the harbour of Liepāja where, with the help of one of the most experienced freak-bike constructor in Europe – Gatis Kreicbergs-, and volunteers from Radi Vidi Pats, a freak-bike workshop for 20 young local people will be organised.

TRAVEL MEANS

It would be great if you can come to the training course venue by choosing the most environmentally friendly means of transport posssible. If you choose to come by plane, please consider offseting your CO2 travel emmissions. You can do so, for example, in the following website: https://www.atmosfair.de/en/home/

COSTS and REIMBURSEMENT

Shared accomodation in a hotel will be provided, as well as food based on a vegetarian diet (local, seasonal products), including eggs, and milk products; meat is optional (2 times per TC upon request).

You will be reimbursed up to a maximum of 360 EUR for conveniently justified travel costs. 65% of the eligible travel costs will be reimbursed by bank transfer 1 month after the TC the latest. The other 35% will be transferred after the sucessful submission of the final report to the National Agency by the project organisers (approximately in July 2015).

ON-SITE TRANSPORTATION

It is very possible that every participant will have a bike, so knowing how to ride a bicycle is required and we might ask you to bring a lock for the bike you will be using.

WEATHER
It could be rainy, windy and quite cold in May in Liepāja, so consider to bring water-and-windproof clothes with you.

CONDITIONS TO APPLY FOR PARTICIPATION 

– Be over 18 years old at the time of the training course;

– Be a Spanish resident;

– Be fluent in English;

– Know how to ride a bicycle;

– Have interest in the topic of the TC and willingness to apply what you’ve learned once you get back to your community;

– Be a member of Biodiversa (if you already are a member, you will have more chances to be selected. If you are not a member and you still get selected, you will be requested to become a member before attending the training course). Membership costs 15 EUR per natural year.

HOW TO APPLY

Write an email to asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com with the subject line “NAME SURNAME Application for Green Urban Cycles TC” and stating, in less than 300 words:

– Why you are interested in participating in the training course;

– What are your expectations;

– How you can contribute to the success of the course;

– How you are planning to apply the skills and knowledge gained.

DEADLINE: 13th March at 11 AM Spanish time.   

WARNING: Applications will be reviewed as they come, and the selection process will end as soon as the suitable participants are found, which might be well before the deadline.

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