Training Course
YOU.CO.DE. Young community developers
Palermo (Italy), 11th - 19th of April 2016

In recent years, there have been a growing number of initiatives promoting and strengthening youth involvement at very different levels – international, regional, national and local. New tools have also been created for those working in this area. Nevertheless, referring to “European Youth: Participation in Democratic Life”, Survey from 2013, 44 % of the respondents youth did not take part in the activities of any organisation within the past year. Other researches also reveal that lack of youth participation is a serious issue all around Europe. It also true that successful example of youth participation are often unknown, especially when it comes to youth-led projects in local communities.

Youth organizations have then a key role in making the society a better place and have the responsibility to give the youngsters the chance to develop themselves as better persons, first of all, and then to take the necessary space for action. This is the reason why we decided to plan a Training Course on this subject.

The training course has the main aim of empowering youth workers and young women and men leaders to act as agents of social change in their communities.

Specific objectives:

  • To develop knowledge, skills and attitudes on youth-led project planning and management
  • to foster young people’s active participation in society and encourage them to take initiative for community development
  • to create a diversified and tied network of young community developers coming from all over Europe, supporting each other for future projects.

The Training Course represents the second phase of a long term project, that has seen the development of an International Seminar from 14th to 20th of December, here is a description of the results: Practices and tools shared by the participants of the Seminar will be shared during the training course.


The training course will gather 30 youth workers/young leaders from 12 partner organizations, who are committed towards or interested in leadership and active citizenship, having volunteers experience or strong connection with their sending organization in order to act as youth multipliers and community developers later on.

There will be 4 participants from Romania, 3 participants from Spain and Hungary, 2 participants from Armenia, Turkey, Estonia, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal.

English language skills are needed to achieve the objectives of the activities.


  • CEIPES - Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell Educazione e lo Sviluppo – Italy
  • Asociación Cultural Otras Ideas – Spain
  • CEIPES – International centre for promotion of development and education – Armenia
  • Egitim Ve Kalkinmanin Yayginlastirilmasi Icin Uluslararasi Merkez Dernegi – Turkey
  • MTÜ Egomind – Estonia
  • Pistes Solidaires Méditerranée – France
  • International Centre for Sustainable Development – Greece
  • Fundacja "Instytut Aktywizacji i Rozwoju Spolecznego" – Poland
  • Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania – PATRIR – Romania
  • CEIPES Hungary Egyesület – Hungary
  • Grupo de Jovens Novo Mundo - Portugal

Travel details

The travel costs will be reimbursed within the maximum amounts established by European Commission, as following:

Maximum travel reimbursement’s amount for each participant

Spain 275€ // Armenia 360€ // Turkey 275€ // Estonia 275€ // France 275€ // Greece 275€ // Poland 275€ // Romania 275€ // Hungary 275€ // Portugal 275€

  • Travel days are 11th and 19th April 2016.
  • In case some participants want to arrive earlier or stay longer in Palermo, they have to arrange accommodation somewhere else at their own expenses.
  • According to the Italian National Agency travel reimbursement’ policy, it is not possible to arrive in Italy more than one day before the beginning of the seminar and is not possible to stay more than one day after the end of the TC. If you have difficulties in finding suitable tickets we can ask to the Agency permission to travel in different dates. First partner organizations send the participant’s application forms to CEIPES (by 29th of February), then CEIPES will confirm their participation to the project. DO NOT BUY THE TICKET BEFORE SENDING THE APPLICATION FORMS AND GETTING IN CONTACT WITH CEIPES.

Financial conditions:

  • Food and accommodation will be covered for the entire project 100%.
  • We will reimburse 100% of travel costs within the maximum amount covered by Italian National Agency (see Travel costs table)
  • Visa costs will be covered up to 80€ for each participant.

Travel reimbursement:

  • The whole project (follow-up phase included) will end in July 2016. The reimbursement will be done when CEIPES will get the approval of the final report from the Italian National Agency (delays in receiving the fund from the Agency will affect the reimbursements of travel costs), namely at least after December 2016.
  • The reimbursement will be made in presence of ALL the travel bills and documents mentioned below and relevant for your case.
  • Participants who will skip session will NOT be reimbursed.

Travel arrangements

How to reach Palermo from the three main airports in Sicily?

  • 1. From Palermo International Airport ‘Falcone e Borselino’

    You can reach Palermo’s city centre from the nearest to the city airport “Falcone e Borsellino”(which is located on 35 km away) and the best options are:

    • By bus

    The service is managed by the company “Prestia e Comandè” ( the buses leave every half hour and stop in the most important spots of the city (Politeama, Via Libertà, the Port, the Central Railway Station), the one way ticket costs 6,30 € and can be purchased on the bus. The first departure from the airport is at 5.00 a.m. and the last one at midnight at 12:00 a.m. The last stop is in Piazza Giulio Cesare (this is in front of the Central Railway Station) in the Palermo’s very city center.

    You can reach Palermo also from the biggest airport in Sicily – Catania International Airport ‘Fontanarossa’:

    In this case you can get the bus of ‘SAIS Autolinee’ company directly from this airport (

    The journey takes approximately 3 hours and a single ticket costs 12 €. Go to the airport exit and turn right, there will be a square where you can find the bus and two stands where you can buy your ticket.  

    Here is the timetable for buses from Catania airport to Palermo centre and viceversa, from Monday to Friday: 4.30, 6.30, 8.30, 10.30, 12.30, 14.30, 16.30, 17.30, 18.30.

    • By train

    If you prefer to travel to Palermo by train, firstly you must to go by bus to Catania’s Central Station and from there you can get the train of Trenitalia to Palermo’s Central Station, but please note, that the journey time from Catania to Palermo by train lasts between 5 and 8 hours (with one change of the train in Messina), depends from the type of train, and the price for one way train journey is between 13 and 26 euro.

    The departure ‘s times from Catania Central Railway Station to Palermo are: 9:20; 9:33; 13:56; 15:21; 16:20; 17:44;

    From Trapani International Airport you can get the bus of ‘Autobus Terravision’ to Palermo's Central Railway Station. The price is 11euro for one way ticket and 22 euro with return. The journey time is 2 hours.

    Departure times from Trapani airport to Palermo (see the link below):

    • By train

    Firstly you can go to Trapani's Central Station, and from there take to Palermo's Central Station a train. The prices varies between 8 and 40 euro for one way ticket, depends from the type of the train. The journey time is between 3 and 4 hours.

    Departure times from Trapani's Central Station: 05:43; 09:38; 10:48; 16:00; 17:48; 18:30;

    Note that at your arrival you can already buy a return ticket for the bus(or train).

    Remember that the training course is NOT a touristic visit or a holiday. This way your participation will be required at all sessions without exception.

    Credit cards:

    Please keep in mind that not all shops and cafes in Palermo accept cards (credit or debt). For such please bring with you some cash.


    Participants will be hosted in a hostel in Palermo city centre, the Domus Carmelitana Siculorum: This hostel is located in a Catholic structure but we are independent from that and no religious practice will be done. You will find some images and religious symbols, so we kindly ask you to be tolerant and respectful since it will not be possible to change them. The rooms will be shared between 3 or 4 people from different countries. All rooms are non-smoker and it is only possible to smoke in the cloister. The hostel provides towels and sheets but you have to bring your own soap and other hygiene products. WIFI connection is available just in the activity room, and not in the bedrooms.

    The hostel is located in the most multicultural area in Palermo called Albergheria, near to Ballarò market. Ballarò is visited daily by hundreds of people, animated by loud calls of the sellers that, with their characteristic and high-colored local accent, try to attract interest of the passers-by.

    Within the market the greengrocers sell cooked foods, typical of Palermo’s cuisine, such as boiled or baked onions, “ panelle”, “cazzilli” (potato croquettes), boiled vegetables and octopus.

    How to reach the hostel:

    Address: Convento dei Carmelitani, Via Giovanni Grasso 13A

    You have to reach the last stop “Palermo Centrale” for both train and bus (from Palermo airport, Trapani and Catania).

    Map to reach the accommodation from the Central Station:


1. Piazza Giulio Cesare (where the train and bus arrive)

2. With your back to the Central station, turn left and go towards Corso Tukory

3. Continue on Corso Tukory until you reach Porta Sant'Agata Square

5. You will see an ancient "door", pass under it and continue in Via Porta Sant'Agata

6. Turn right to Via Giovanni Grasso 13 . The hostel is on the left side (Ring the bell that says ‘Jonny’ or knock on the door).

Hints to find the hostel:

  • 1. Big brown door (you can see it on the picture on the left angle)
  • 2. There is nothing saying it is a hostel
  • 3. It is in front of a bar called "Dolcevita"


In case of questions please contact Irene Capozzi to the email