Last update: December 12, 2010
XENA is a non-profit, cultural association for social promotion which was set up in the autumn of 1994. Its name derives from ancient Greek meaning “foreign things". Its main objective is to increase and improve the level of contact and interaction amongst different cultures. It promotes projects mainly within the frame of European Programmes – such as “Youth in Action” (i.e. “Youth for Europe”, “European Voluntary Service”, “Group Initiative”, “Support Measures”), “Lifelong Learning” (i.e. “Leonardo da Vinci” and "Grundtvig") and others - with the following principal aims: to offer young people the possibility to join mobility programs in educational, professional and cultural spheres and to promote awareness of different cultures and systems; to promote opportunities for meetings between different cultures and to encourage greater knowledge of foreign languages also in the local sphere; to promote intercultural learning dynamics, and to prevent and combat racism and prejudices; and to encourage the active and responsible participation of youth in society.
Xena is a training board accredited by the Veneto Region in the guidance sphere
AREAS OF INTEREST
Intercultural learning, youth mobility, youth and adult education, non-formal education, information to youth, participation, transnational vocational training, racism and exclusion prevention, communication between youth, animation, care of the environment, protection and promotion of artistic and cultural heritage, integration of immigrants, citizenship.
Xena's workforce is formed by experts and trainers of European programmes: Lifelong Learning (i.e. Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig) and others; youth workers/educators; youth information experts; trainers. This group is supported by young Italian and foreign people, with different skills, united by strong ideals towards the basic aim of the association. Volunteer work of all the members plays a fundamental role in the organisation.
SOME ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT ON THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
Through out the years, Xena has carried out many youth exchanges and intercultural activities on a local and also on an international level, with the strong involvement and responsibility of youth with the goal to develop active participation and to create a greater sense of participation among the citizens in their society.
Since the beginning, Xena has looked after the formation of their workers and educators, thanks to the participation in courses and seminars promoted by other organizations, and has been directly involved with the organization of many programs and initiatives.
Union Programme Youth in Action (Youth for
Organized a Study Visit
in Padova for 12 European youth workers, on behalf of the National
1996 – Collaborated and produced– in Conegliano, TV – a regional course for the training of international youth exchange workers, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1997 – Organized an international course (Action B of the European Union program “Youth for Europe”), for youth exchange workers dealing with disadvantaged youth, titled “Europe for someone or Europe for all?”, which involved 20 youth workers from 8 different European countries.
collaboration with other organizations of the Veneto Coordination
Europe” (that we co-promoted) a contact seminar (Action B) with Eastern
European countries in
1998-1999 part of the traning team of the National Agency of the Programme - with one trainer – in 7 regional courses made in collaboration with different regions/institutions (Trentino, Abruzzo, Sardegna, Veneto, south ern Italy, Calabria, Tuscany) for the training of intercultural exchange youth leaders.
In the sphere of Action D (projects with third countries not part of
European Union) we organized in
meetings in different areas, including
In the Youth
organized a feasibility visit and a course for youth workers in
out a feasibility visit
a course in
carried out a
course with activities in
2003-2006: Partner, with other Eurodesk points from Veneto, in the cross-border projects “Vene-To-Europe” and “Vene-To-Europe Oltre” (Beyond) for the information and development of projects by the youth of the border areas in the regions of the 10 countries joining the EU in 2004.
Organized of a feasibility
visit “Globa-l-inks” to
May 2004 –
April 2005 “A Boat in the SEE”: a long
term course for youth workers coming from European Union countries and
Balkans. The course was made in the sphere for the Youth Action program
5 in collaboration with the Seland Association (
training for volunteers hosted by organizations in
From 2003 we were part of a team from the National Italian Agency (Ministry of Work and Political Socials) for the training activities organized for the participants of the Voluntary European Service: pre-departure and on arrival, intermediary evaluations.
Participation and coordination – as trainers - in international contact seminars and courses.
We produced and managed different local youth initiatives (also in the sphere of Action A II I) with intercultural parties, workshops, and courses. The most recent: Action 3: Group Initiative project “Migrant Moon” (i.e. production of an intercultural magazine, courses of ethnomusicology, film reviews).
By request we are able to supply information on our experience with the youth in the exchange spheres (Action 1) and of the European Voluntary Service (Action 2) from 1995 until present.
We have worked with the Leonardo da Vinci European Programme since 1995:
transnational vocational training projects for youth, sending hundreds
beneficiaries abroad for projects lasting from 12 to 20 weeks: in
Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Finland, Ireland and France in the cultural
in the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Spain and France for social
animation, non-profit administration.
We have welcomed and housed youth and underprivileged groups in Veneto for periods of 3 weeks to 6 months, from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, Germany, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary (measure I.1.2.b. and mobility) in collaboration with numerous public and private companies from different sectors.
have presented and organized projects for experts (measure I.1.2.c)
to “Europe project designers” in collaboration with the City Councils
We have participated in projects in the same measure promoted by various other European partners.
Partner in the pilot project “LITE” promoted by the City Council of Halden (N), “Cronos” of the City Council of Jerez de la Frontera (E), “Biourbe” promoted by Montblauverd, Bercellona (E); “Immigrants’ Training” promoted by the City Council of Vardø (N) and in the development projects “Leo-SUSTAIN” in the local sustainable development.
QualityNet network for the quality of transnational vocational training
projects. At present, (2008-2009) we are partners with two projects:
Transfer of Innovation, “Moving – Make It Simple” promoted by
The experts at
Xena take part as
designers, selectors, information experts and trainers of the Programme
various types of boards/organizations, the target being possible
and project workers. There are active collaborations with public
from all national territories in
Examples of other activities carried out
From 1996 Xena has carried out tailor made programmes for scholastic trips on European themes, in collaboration with high schools from Padova and from other European countries.
In the sphere of the “Socrates” Programme, we worked in collaboration with a Commercial Technical Institute to have exchanges with Swedish and French classes.
1998 We organized a vocational training project in the sphere of Program 19 of the Spanish Ministry of Labour on the topic of: “Tourist Activities for the Third Age”. Placing 10 young adults with internships (lasting 2 months), on behalf of the City Council of Jerez de la Frontera.
2001 Coordination for Veneto of the project “Paideia” from the Connect Initiative for information on the European programmes in high schools with the production and supervision of the information desks and for designing workshops within the partner institutions, the selection and specific training of youth workers for working at the same desks, and the treatment of reports and contacts with the scholastic institutions and of the Vocational Training Department of the Veneto Region in collaboration with the ARCES (PA) Association, promoters of the project.
From 2001 we
actively in work groups for the twinnings with
2004: collaborated with the course “Jump on EuroMed Youth Exchanges”,
From April 2004 to year 2008: (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine) We have been the coordination organization for all of Italy for all of the events of “Follow the Women, From Idea to Reality, Pedalling for Peace” initiative, for the promotion of peace and for a greater role of women in society. http://www.xena.it/ftw_2008/ftw_2008.htm
2004-2006: Participated with our trainers, part of a team of trainers for the creation, production and evaluation of the modules on European Citizenship in the sphere of the training partnership European Commission – Council of Europe.
2006-2009: Partner in project INTERtool that lasts for 3 years for the development of intercultural competencies of the workers of European projects in the adult education field (Socrates-Grundtvig l Programme -European Cooperation Projects).
Promoted stays and living together in local communities in southern
of the world. Organized in three phases: training in
objective is to share life experiences and exchange knowledge with
communities with whom it is considered interesting and beneficial to
a bridge with. Summer
2005: Brasile, Ecuador, Mexico and
Costa Rica. “2006-2008:
Information, formations, orientation.
Xena is a training board accredited by the Veneto Region in the guidance sphere.
· External intercultural learning training activities and on departure/on arrival preparation for international mobility projects (exchanges, volunteering, internships).
· External information and training on European programmes in information centers, scholastic institutions, universities, private companies, aimed at youth and youth workers.
· Intercultural learning activities held by scholastic institutions and other companies and organizations.
· Promotion in 2006 of the Itaca job guidance project, addressed to Italian and foreign women (cofinanced by the Region of Veneto) and of the Polaris projects (yearly from 2007 to 2009) addressed to adults that have lost their work, women with hardships, and foreigners.
· We are part of the Euroguidance network www.euroguidance.net and have been in the Eurodesk from 2000 to 2009.
· Information service (back and front office) on international opportunities for the youth, for the youth info centres Territory Network of the town councils of Cervarese S. Croce, Rovolon, Saccolongo e Selvazzano Dentro (PD).
Consultancy and support for scholastic institutions, public and private organisations for the project design and production of European projects, in the frame of formal, non formal education and vocational training.
Language & Culture courses
Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Arabic, Norwegian, English and other possibilities by request, with qualified mother-tongue teachers.