Trainer's life and how to hack it

Erasmus+ Cooperation partnerships in youth

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The Holistic Trainer project is a strategic partnership in the field of youth work to empower trainers with the resources and support they need to thrive in their roles. In order to increase trainers’ well-being, motivation and job satisfaction, we focus on developing and curating content that provides holistic guidance and inspiration in the following key areas:

Physical Health

Through expert advice and practical tips, we help trainers prioritize their health and vitality.

Mental Health and Well-being

Mental health and emotional well-being is essential for resilience and success. We offer resources to support trainers in managing stress, maintaining balance, and fostering mental wellness.

Life the Road

A big part of the life of international youth work trainers is on the road! We provide insights and resources to facilitate smooth experiences while travelling and working abroad.

Legal Matters

Understanding contractual matters, taxation regulations, insurances, intellectual property laws and other legal and financial matters is crucial for trainers. We offer guidance on navigating legal complexities and ensuring trainers' work is safe, recognized and respected.


Effective self-management is a foundation for professional fulfilment. Our project equips trainers with strategies for personal branding, networking, and professional growth.

Explore “Holistic Trainer” and find support, growth, and empowerment. We are dedicated to assisting trainers in the important aspect of their lives – physical, mental, and professional. By nurturing their overall development, we aim to enhance the quality of youth work training, and thus ultimately to contribute to a brighter future for young people.

Check our resources, engage with our community, and join the path of personal and professional fulfilment!


1. Output “Hacks for trainers life”

A collection of tips/hacks and inspiring stories from trainers covering all the above topics.

We've got you covered, from boosting physical and mental well-being to navigating legal nuances. Discover practical advice and uplifting stories straight from the community that resonate with your journey in the youth work training sector. Join us as we empower trainers with insights that help you to face important aspect of your life as professional trainer.

2. Output “Survival guide for trainers”

Practical guidance for international trainers.

Navigate the complexities of a career as international youth work trainer with confidence. From baggage limitation on planes to tips for self-management and promotion of your brand, we provide research-based practical guidance tailored for trainers on the global stage. We equip international trainers with useful tools and advices to master their career as trainers.

3. Output “Trainers support system”

Webinars with experts and live peer support.

Join us for informative webinars led by experts, where you'll gain valuable insights and actionable strategies to improve your skills. Immerse yourself in live peer support sessions, where trainers unite to exchange experiences, tackle obstacles, and inspire one another. Build a strong support system that sparks your motivation and drives your success.

4. Output MOOC "How to hack trainer life"

A massive open online course on the topics of Holistic Trainer.

All the outputs mentioned before, embedded in an educational learning system. Discover our dynamic online course filled with useful strategies, actionable advice, and motivating stories from experienced trainers. Gain the tools to streamline your work, prioritize self-care, and tackle challenges confidently, at your own pace and based on your individual needs.



From October 9th to October 15th of 2023, trainers from Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain and the UK gathered in Sremski Karlovci, in the beautiful Vojvodina region of Serbia. Hosted as part of the Holistic Trainer project, this LAB aimed to explore the well-being, motivation, and job satisfaction of trainers.

The lab had several goals: engaging the broader trainer community in testing and reviewing developed outputs, co-creating additional tools and methods for trainer support, and increasing the visibility of the project within the European youth work trainers community. It also aimed to establish a lasting support network for trainers.

Trainers passionate about personal well-being and professional development participated actively. The lab provided a platform for learning, networking, collaborating, and fostering valuable connections within the global trainer community. It was an opportunity to gain insights, build relationships, and shape the future of European trainer development.

Transnational Meetings

The Holistic Trainer Team gathered for four intensive transnational meetings set across Serbia, Germany, Austria, and Portugal, where innovation meets collaboration!






Join us for interactive webinars featuring experts in fields relevant to our project! These online sessions will explore specific topics identified through our research. Whether you're a seasoned professional or simply curious, everyone in the field is invited to participate. Unable to attend live? No problem! We'll record the webinars and make them available as videos on the Guild website. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills!


The project has been created and implemented by an international consortium of four organisations.

International Youth Work Trainers Guild, Germany

Coobra - Cooperativa Braccianti, Austria

Magnet House / Balkan Idea, Serbia

Team MAIS, Portugal


The project is co-funded by the European Union through Jugend für Europa, the German National Agency for ERASMUS+ and the European Solidarity Corps. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or JUGEND für Europa. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.