Our courses are designed to provide practical training which teachers can apply in their schools. They blend practical learning activities with theory to transform learning; and of course we have lots of fun too. The courses are intended for teachers, teacher advisors, NGOs and educational institutes and are suited to both primary and secondary education. Our ‘Outdoor learning in nature’ course us ideal for teachers in geography, biology and civics; the ‘Entrepreneurship for schools: using green economy as context’ course is ideal for teachers in economics, business, geography, biology and civics; and, the ‘Whole school learning for sustainability’ course is beneficial for all subjects.

Each course will include a mix of activities:

  • Workshop sessions to introduce new ideas and thinking for effective learning;
  • Case studies to apply learning to the real world;
  • Visits to see learning in action;
  • Planning to explore how to integrate new ideas into your practice;
  • Cultural activities to enjoy vibrant local cultures.

Our courses can be taken as stand-alone units or integrated into longer term learning programmes. We are happy to advise you how to integrate our courses into your programme. Each course will include pre-course preparation and time to plan how to integrate the results back into your teaching.

Each course is delivered by a team of experts in the field with more than 40 years’ experience.

Richard Dawson is the founder of Wild Awake, a not for profit social enterprise. Its purpose is to develop and provide learning which inspires change towards a more sustainable planet, and support people to live healthy and happy lives which respect natural limits. It achieves this through providing learning which reconnects people with the natural world through first-hand experience. It brings educational expertise in curriculum development, writing activities, training and consultancy in pursuit of this.

Juan Diego Lopez Giraldo is an international experienced environmental educator, with background in biology, education and coastal management. He is presently managing an entrepreneurial initiative VITA XXI SLP an environmental consultancy group based in Murcia, Spain. He lead for almost 10 years Regional Environmental Volunteer program in Natura 2000 sites in Murcia. He has been working as international consultant for education and environmental issues in Europe in Latin America in short and long cooperation projects.

Stoyan Faldjiyski is a founder of Ecosystem Europe Association. In the past 10 years Stoyan has been working in environmental topics with a special focus on education and training for teachers. He has been part of many international teams working on the development of innovative methodologies and content for delivering quality and modern education. He is fascinated by nature enjoys connecting to it wherever and whenever possible, and sharing his inspiration with others.

All participants will receive a Europass Certificate detailing their learning achievements.

Our courses are delivered in beautiful locations in Bulgaria and Spain; see individual courses for details.

What is the opportunity?

Erasmus+ Programme offers the opportunity to send or receive school staff for teaching or professional development purposes.
Whether you are a teacher or support staff in a school or college, Key Action 1 is the funding strand that applies to you and your organisation.
The application process is managed by the National Agency (NA) of the country where the applicant organisation or consortium is based.

What mobility activities are possible?

Key Action 1 is about mobility which would usually mean you spend time abroad. Mobility projects can cover one or more of the following: study courses, observation, job shadowing, training, and teaching. Overall, projects last from between one to two years, but for individuals or groups of staff this can mean activity for as little as two days or up to two months in duration.
Mobility projects are transnational, and so all project activity except structured courses or training events must involve at least two schools – your own school and the partner school(s) abroad.
To successfully apply for funding for a Key Action 1 mobility project a school should be aiming to support the professional development of some or all of the school staff, as a part of the school’s European Development Plan.

School staff mobility activity could include:

  • A teaching assignment: allowing staff of school education organisations to teach at a partner organisation abroad;
  • Staff training: supporting the professional development of school staff (including non-teaching staff) in either:
  • Participation in structured courses or training events abroad;
  • A job shadowing/observation period abroad in any relevant organisation active in school education.

If you have not applied for funding before, please visit your NA website before you apply.
Please also sign up to eTwinning and the European Commission’s School Education Gateway portal.

For more information, please visit your NA website or the EC Key Action 1 information page.

In this course we will be exploring participatory approaches for developing entrepreneurship programmes and activities in schools. We will use the Green Economy as the context for learning.

In the future, young people will be required to think and act entrepreneurially to both conserve the natural world we depend on and deliver goods and services for society. We will explore how nature can be used as inspiration for rethinking how business delivers products and services. Key to this is considering how nature works and how natural principles can be applied to entrepreneurship.

There is increasing pressure for businesses to adopt sustainable models and business is responding positively. Cradle-to-cradle and closed loop production is increasingly becoming the target for all businesses who are serious about sustaining both their business and environment in the future.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Understood how nature works as a sustainable system and apply natural principles to addressing human concerns;
  • Explored green business models that are economically-sound and creates environmental and social value;
  • Developed a green business ideas that will guide the entrepreneurial journey;
  • Explored how green entrepreneurship can be delivered in schools.

The course will take place at the Deshka education centre in the village of Gorno Draglishte in the foothills of the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria. Staying in local guest houses, participants will have the unique opportunity to be part of the local lifestyle and explore how closed loop systems are put into practice and reflect on how they can transfer this experience to their own teaching.

The course is suitable for all teachers delivering entrepreneurship or sustainability education.

The cost of the course is €300 including all course materials. Full board accommodation and local travel within the course is €660.

Funding – all courses are eligible for funding through Erasmus+. We are happy to support you in your application.

Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy …

The Blue Economy …

The high price …

Education for sustainability (EfS) is gaining increasing importance in curricula across Europe; globally EfS is one of the UN Global Goals. If we are to live in a vibrant socially and economically sustainable communities then EfS has a key role to play. Recent research and practice in EfS has shown how values are critical to underpin sustainable behaviour change. In this course you will explore how to integrate values in your learning and how EfS can lead to sustainable behaviour change in school and society.

Education for sustainability (EfS) is an approach to learning, life and work. It enables learners, educators, schools and their wider communities to build a socially-just, sustainable and equitable society.  An effective whole school and community approach to EfS weaves together global citizenship, sustainable development education, outdoor learning and children’s rights to create coherent, rewarding and transformative learning experiences.

This course will introduce you to EfS in a practical and accessible way. We will explore opportunities for developing an EfS programme in you school which delivers curriculum outcomes and excites students. During the course we will carry out a whole school audit to assess opportunities for learning in both the formal and in-formal curriculum; this will lead to developing your own plan to implement within your own institution.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Understand the principles of EfS and how to apply them to your teaching;
  • Explored how EfS can enrich your curriculum and have practical tools to integrate it into different subjects;
  • Investigated how a whole school approach to EfS provides effective learning;
  • Been inspired by practical examples and good practice.

The course will be held at Centre of Agroecology and Environment, CEAMA, located in Bullas, Murcia Region, Spain.

The course is suitable for all teachers with an interest in sustainability.

The cost of the course is €325 including all course materials. Full board accommodation and local travel within the course is €690.

Funding – all courses are eligible for funding through Erasmus+. We are happy to support you in your application.

Nature says …

Caine’s Arcade …

Sustainability …

This course will explore a range of outdoor learning approaches including Earth Education and field studies. You will be able to take part in a range of practical activities as well as share good practice with other teachers.

Young people of all ages benefit from real life ‘hands on’ experiences. Seeing, hearing, touching and exploring the world help young people connect what they learn in school to their life outside it and to the world around them. Learning outside the classroom (LOtC) has the aim of improving students’ knowledge of a subject and to develop skills, values and personal development which are vital elements of students learning and achievement.

The course is underpinned by a new model for outdoor learning developed by the Real World Learning Network. The model brings together six core elements that research and practice has shown are important for successful outdoor learning (see www.rwlnetwork.org for more information).

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Experienced a range of different approaches to outdoor learning;
  • Gained a toolbox of activities to take back home;
  • Explored how to deliver outdoor learning in your institution;
  • Been inspired by what nature can teach us.

The course will take place at the Deshka education centre in the village of Gorno Draglishte in the foothills of the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria. Staying in local guest houses, participants will have the unique opportunity to be part of the local lifestyle and explore the beautiful surrounding natural environment and the traditional lifestyles what maintain it.

The course is suitable for all teachers with a passion for learning outside the classroom.

The cost of the course is €300 including all course materials. Full board accommodation and local travel within the course is €660.

Funding – all courses are eligible for funding through Erasmus+. We are happy to support you in your application.

The  mountain …

The biomimicry …

The kingdom ..

This course will explore a range of outdoor learning approaches including Earth Education, Marine, Geological and Wetland field studies. You will be able to take part in a range of practical activities as well as share good practice with other teachers.

Young people of all ages benefit from real life ‘hands on’ experiences. Seeing, hearing, touching and exploring the world help young people connect what they learn in school to their life outside it and to the world around them. Learning outside the classroom (LOtC) has the aim of improving students’ knowledge of a subject and to develop skills, values and personal development which are vital elements of students learning and achievement.

The course is underpinned by a new model for outdoor learning developed by the Real World Learning Network. The model brings together six core elements that research and practice has shown are important for successful outdoor learning (see www.rwlnetwork.org for more information).

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Experienced a range of different approaches to outdoor learning;
  • Gained a toolbox of activities to take back home;
  • Explored how to deliver outdoor learning in your institution;
  • Been inspired by what nature can teach us.

The course will be held at San Pedro del Pinatar and Cehegin in Murcia Region, Spain. Several activities will be carried out in diverse ecosystems from snorkelling on the Mediterranean to Walking at night in Mediterranean forests and Learning about old saltworks.

The course is suitable for all teachers with a passion for learning outside the classroom.

The cost of the course is €325 including all course materials. Full board accommodation and local travel within the course is €690.

Funding – all courses are eligible for funding through Erasmus+. We are happy to support you in your application.

The mountain …

Biomimicry …

The kingdom …