BeeFriendly! Course to discover the importance of bees, Spring 2015

Ecovillage Giardino della Gioia,

San Nicandro Garganico, Apulia- Italy

Dates: 17-24 May 2015

Paradiso Ritrovato and the Beekeeper association B2Bees are happy to offer a EU funded training course for professionals who want to develop and empower theoretical and practical skills about honeybees (apis mellifera). The course will offer the opportunity to discover the extraordinary world of bees and the complexity of their organization showing how to implement this knowledge in education sessions (basic concepts of bees physiology, genetics, reproduction, biophysics and natural selection, comprehensive understanding of the function and importance of the bees and pollinator species).

Deadline for application 17 March 2014.

api da vicino Honeybees are important for our Planet. No honeybees means no pollination of most of our crops. No pollination means no fruit and no seed. If honeybees are in trouble, so are we. Since all we know that honeybees are in trouble it is essential to learn more about bees and through them gain a broader appreciation of the enormous complexity of the natural world.

Thanks to this course the participants will: 

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the function and importance of the bees and pollinator species to the balance and success of their local environments

Acquire a key understanding of the life-cycle of social bees, learning their nesting and forage needs

Experience a direct approach with bees

Design educational sessions to introduce the basic concepts of physiology, genetics, reproduction, biophysics and natural selection

Increase environmental awareness for them, their organizations and communities

Get to know and exchange experiences and practices about the topic

Bring back home practical tools to develop high quality projects in their own teaching activities


In particular, the course is thought for : 

Social workers who wish to promote sessions for environmental education demonstrating the integration of biological systems and promoting alternatives to the use of chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers in the maintenance of the rural and urban environments

Natural history and biology teachers who wish to introduce the main principles upon which the biological sciences are based and the complexity of biological systems

Beekeepers who want to know more about the principles of much of the behaviour that they already know and some basic information that may lead to a reconsideration of some traditional practices

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There is no age limit for participants. All costs for this course are covered by a EU grant called Erasmus + Key Action 1, which includes course fee, food and accommodation as well as travel costs.

How to apply within Erasmus+ Programme

The cost of the courses, including course fee, organisational support, accommodation, meals and travel to and from the venue, can be funded through the Erasmus+ Programme under the Key Action 1 (Learning Mobility of Individuals).

Applications must be made by an organisation (individuals can no longer apply) so you should discuss this and get permission to apply from the Head of your organisation. The application is not specific to named individuals.

Organisations can apply for multiple places on the same course or spread the places over several course dates in different locations.

Grant applications must be submitted by your organization directly to the National Agency responsible for Erasmus+ in your country, listed here.

There is only one opportunity to apply each year and the deadline is the 17th of March 2014.

The application must be handed in either by

  • a sending organisation, that wants to send their staff to courses or intern-ships in other countries


  • the leader of a ‘consortium’ of several sending organisations (called ‘applicant’ + ‘partners’).

The application is not about funding courses of the applicant, but about sending people to training events abroad = ‘activities’ of organisations, that are receiving the trainees. It is possible to send people as well, that are not working directly for the sending organisation (freelancers), so the networks can send people from all their members and even other people related to them.

A participating organisation can be:

  • any public or private organisation active in the field of adult education (defined as adult education organisation)
  • or any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth.

For example, such organisations can be:

  1.  an adult education school/institute/centre;
  2. an establishment for adult learners with special needs;
  3. a higher education institution (including those providing educational opportunities for adults);
  4. a public or private, a small/medium or large enterprise(including social enterprises);
  5. a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations and trade unions;
  6. a public body at local, regional or national level;
  7. a research institute;
  8. a foundation;
  9. a school/institute/educational centre;
  10. a non-profit organisation, association, NGO;
  11. a cultural organisation, library, museum;
  12. a body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services.

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Contact us as soon as possible (no later than the 28th of February) we will provide you further help and guidance to submit a successful application.

tel. 0041.