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The IDEA Debate Exchange 2017 will be held in Helsinki from August 21 until August 28. The IDEA Debate Exchange aims to increase cooperation between student debate organisations in Europe and to strengthen their organisations, their reach and effectiveness. The participants exchange experiences and practices based on their work in different countries.
The Exchange offers sessions in two different tracks: debate organising and the training academy. The Debate organising track covers everything of interest to a debate club coach: pr, recruitment, fundraising, organising events, giving training. The training academy aims to provide in-depth training to trainers. The training programme consisted of sessions by experienced trainers as well as "seminars" hosted by the partner organisations: question-and-answer sessions in which organisations could brainstorm on problems they all faced or presented projects or best practices that they felt could be useful for other organisations.
In addition to all the hard work, there will of course be opportunties to see more of Helsinki, a practice day to test newfound organising, training and judging skills and of course lots of socials during the week. Previous editions of the event were held in Sofia, Ljubljana and Hoorn (Netherlands). The pictures of the event can be found here.
Participants will be able to choose whcih of the two tracks to participate in. Participation in the coaches track is free for participants from partner organisations. Participants in the training academy will be charged a fee of €250. Everyone is invited to apply in 2017. Participants from non-partner organisations are also welcome to apply, but will be asked to pay a fee.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Anne Valkering Programme Manager