Vitamin C boosts education!

– coaching, the non-formal education method to bring out the best from your learners.

Topic/ theme: coaching used as a non-formal education tool. Aplications, activities and tools in the formal environment to improve motivation, focus, develop European key competences

At your request, the courses can be structured for a different schedule (5 or 7  training days).

Sending partners: educational organizations involved in formal, non-formal and informal learning: schools, adult training centers, resource centers and other relevant organization active in the adult education field established in Erasmus+ program countries.

 Participants: 20-25 adults involved in education

Course fee: According to the Erasmus+ guide, including course preparation, training, training materials, administration costs, organizational costs and 24 hours emergency support.

Trainers: multinational team of trainers – Portuguese, Romanian and Maltese, SALTO affiliated, with specialization courses in more than 15 European countries.

Languages used: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French. The training materials will be provided in English. On request, Spanish and French.

Profile of the participants:

The participants are teachers, adult trainers or counsellors active in the sending organization interested in non-formal education methods, with or without previous experience, willing to develop themselves professionally not only through the course, but by involving themselves in preparatory and follow up activities. They must be interested in other cultures and in developing the institution’s European dimension.


– to develop competences regarding applying coaching as a methodology in different formal settings in order to improve the motivation and results of the students

– to enable participants to develop coaching activities, techniques and tools (a guide, a digital game etc.) through experimental teaching for their own teaching context in order to improve the results of their students

– to increase and capacitate participants’ confidence in working with at least 5 coaching methods and tools, using their own qualities, talents, differences,as resources to help and empower youths to develop their critical thinking, creativity, initiative, problem solving, risk assessment, decision taking and constructive management of feelings

– to teach how to use the collective intelligence of the groups they are working with to increase their results

– to teach the participants techniques that will empower youth with a sense of personal initiative and entrepreneurship and help them create their personal drive and learning to learn their own way (EU key competences “sense of initiative and entrepreneurship” and “learning to learn”)

– to teach the participants techniques that will allow their learners and peers to better understand themselves and empathise, leading to better social and civic competences (EU key competence “social and civic competences”)

– to share best practices and transfer knowledge and methods between different cultural zones and different learner ages

– to promote European cooperation in the field of education within the framework of the Erasmus+ program by partnership building


Most of the educational approaches are inspired from constructivist pedagogy. The project has a holistic approach and uses various tools during the different activities.

Days Module Details of activities and methodology
Days 1,2 Culture and interculturality Intercultural games. Working in an international project – how to communicate and connect. Team building: working with colleagues and parents – practical exercises followed by a debate. Stereotypes and prejudices in the classroom.Cultural Isla/Lisbon/Larnaca – project tour exploring exterior manifestations of culture
Day 3 Conscience Introduction to coaching. Coaching models.The coaching approach to education. 21 century skills in education and the 8 European key competences – debate.Perceiving the point from where you are starting your work.Techniques and tools to evaluate and frame the view of the present. The Wheel of Life exercise.
Day 4 Objectives and Goals Goal setting techniques.Reconciling goals between different actors in education: students, teachers, parents, stakeholders.The win-win approach.Self knowledge. The Johari Window exercise.Tools to realize the subject’s goals. Image board exercise.
Days 5 Creative dynamics. Intra and inter group dynamics for exploring the creative process.Tools for working with groups, group building activities.Evaluation of current solutions for current challenges and tools to structure a creative process for search of new solutions.NLP perceptual positions – source of creative solutions – role play featuring different actors in education

Midterm evaluation

Day 6 Action The call to action and the power of the minimum step. Commitment cards exercise.Motivation tools for youth. Pair coaching. The starburst of empowerment method.The W in GROW. (the Way forward) GROW or RGOW? – your personalised approach.Reassesing limiting beliefs. Increasing the comfort zone.
Days 7,8 Study visit to a local institution.Coaching in education: the whys and the hows – six thinking hats method.Dissemination of previous European projects rising motivation in students made by all partners.Groups research project followed by role play: inspiring coaches and their techniques. Project video.

Exploring the urban landscape – Isla/Lisbon/Bran/Larnaca a as an education resource.

Day 9 Evaluation Dissemination and valorization activities planning. Using European certification tools: Europass Mobility certificate, upgrading the Europass Language Passport and Europass Skills Passport. Project evaluation.Certification ceremony.