The Magic of Games


International training course
"The Magic of Games - A Toolkit for Youth Workers"
20.-27. February 2014

Märjamaa, Estonia


Welcome to the magical world of games!

“The Magic of Games – A Toolkit for Youth Workers” was a 6 day training course in Estonia for 24 youth workers and youth leaders which supported them in developing their skills in using and developing games as educational tools with young people and other groups. The training covered such topics as the theory and practice of game playing, workshop planning, adapting games to suit different target groups, and the use of traditional and folk games as a tool for non-formal learning. The training gave participants the opportunity to bring their own games and adapt them to a non-formal learning environment; and the opportunity to develop their practical skills in leading games workshops. Non-formal learning techniques and peer education were used throughout.

Some focus points of the training course were:

  • Facilitating groups - different styles, making contact with group, leading the energy
  • Me as a facilitator - my strengths and weaknesses, what I fear and how to develop myself
  • Games as educational tools
  • Variety of games and methods to use with young people and adults
  • Supporting learning and why it is necessary
  • Adjusting to location
  • Creative approach to methods and inventing learning tools

The training took place in a surrounding where many youth projects take place. Our aim was to raise the facilitator self-confidence of participants and inspire them to be inspiring leaders by using games in aware way to enhance confidence and participation of participants.

The background and need for the training course has been developing during previous years, where after many trainings and youth exchanges many partners and participants have expressed the wish to learn more about using and facilitating methods.

The training course aims were to improve the skills and knowledge of people working with young people, as a result also foster European cooperation in the youth field and the final long-term aim was to make youth projects more learning centred, that would help them to find their place in life and lead their lives in confident way.

The expected learning outcomes of the training course were:

  • Understanding different methods – their aims and how to reach these aims;
  • Improved knowledge of practical arrangement of sessions;
  • Improved partner finding and networking skills;
  • Improved understanding and practical experience of intercultural learning and intercultural skills;
  • Improved self-confidence to be a good facilitator;
  • Improved skills to find new ideas and develop them into activities;
  • Improved knowledge about Youth in Action program - aims, possibilities and rules;
  • Understanding international youth work as part of general youth work;
  • Develop creativity and the sense of entrepreneurship of participants.

Time: 20.-27. February 2014
Place: Märjamaa, Estonia
For Who: 18+ Youth from Estonia, Spain, Cyprus, Belgium, Latvia, Czech Republic, Italy, Holland, Ireland, Austria, Portugal.
Working language: English
Accommodation: Luhtre tourism farm (

Project is funded by EU program Youth in Action.