European Trainer Network


In 2010 EEE-YFU launched the European Trainer Network (ETN).  Following the development of the Gothenburg Educational Strategy, EEE-YFU's renewed and revamped policy on bringing its educational activities closer to the needs of its member organisations and enhancing the quality of its educational activities, it became apparent that there is was a great need for an increase in quality trainers within the European YFU community.  In order to address this need, EEE-YFU established the European Trainer Network, composed of trainers who were available to their member organisations (European national YFU organisations) to organise trainings for trainers, staff and volunteers.

2013 refreshment

In early 2013, a call for new members was sent out to the YFU community. Since February 2013 the ETN now has 26 members from 11 countries, from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. This ensures that the network is representative of the broad spectrum of the European YFU community, and that a broad array of ideas and opportunities are brought to the table.

ETN activities

Members of the European Trainer Network have the opportunity to organise the educational activities that EEE-YFU is planning.  They also have the chance to work alongside EEE-YFU's member organisations by being involved in organising and leading their events.  This is particularly useful for national YFU bodies if they do not currently have people with the required expertise and knowledge within their own national structure.

The European Trainer Network also allows for its trainers to become more competent and to learn new skills, by attending further training themselves so that they can organise and facilitate high quality events for others.  This enables them to learn more about how to effectively manage and organise events and volunteers, but also provides for the trainers to gain a more thorough knowledge of specific topics that are important to national YFU organisations.

The ETN increases the capacity for multiplication of competences and knowledge within the international YFU network. It is hoped that this opportunity will be increasingly used in the future to foster a stronger relationship and closer co-operation between EEE-YFU, trainers and the European YFU network, and will continue to provide an easily accessible pool of human resources for trainings and seminars for national members.

Current ETN members

  • Adam Butter (YFU Denmark)
  • AndrásKardos (YFU Hungary)
  • Andrea Buser (YFU Switzerland)
  • Anke Scholz (YFU Germany)
  • Anne Wedekind (YFU Germany)
  • Berat Ezel (YFU Turkey)
  • Daniel Thilén (YFU Sweden)
  • Gabriella Lajtos (YFU Hungary)
  • HartmutWeissmann (YFU Germany)
  • Henning Perl (YFU Germany)
  • Ivan Vasilev (YFU Germany)
  • Jana Kohler (YFU Austria)
  • Julia DrevåsBantema (YFU Sweden)
  • Lina Kirjazovaite (YFU Denmark)
  • Marc Weiss (YFU Switzerland)
  • Matthias Meiering (YFU Germany)
  • Mehmet Öztürk (YFU Turkey)
  • Milda Lazickait? (YFU Lithuania)
  • Mona Weinhuber (YFU Germany)
  • Peter Bekes (YFU Hungary)
  • Razvan Balalau (YFU Romania)
  • Rikke Fredberg (YFU Denmark)
  • Sigrid Solnik (YFU Estonia)
  • Steffi Geilholf (YFU Sweden)
  • Tayfun Yilmaz (YFU Turkey)
  • Veronika Kissiova (YFU Czech Republic)

Do you want to have an ETN trainer at your event? Request a flying trainer. For more information see the Membership Support Fund

For further information on the European Trainer Network, and to find out how you can make use of it, please email Brian at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it





Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 February 2013 )