Erasmus + : KA1 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: United Kingdom, London

Activity Dates: 15/01/2018 - 23/01/2018

Countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, ,

Participants per country (incl. leaders): 5

Project Description:
There is much discrimination in Europe and most of it is based on ignorance and fear of the unknown. Stereotypes are created and this project will allow young people from different countries to learn about each other in order to overcome these common problems. The main objective of the project is to overcome different forms of discrimination through methods of giving the opportunity to young people to learn from each other and to develop friendships.

In order for the EU to be more united and united in diversity, we need to learn about each country, its people, its customs and its traditions and its history. When we know and understand our neighbours and they understand us, we build respect and only then can we start building a united Europe. This project will focus on young people getting to know each other so that they can be the future generations that bring Europe closer together, making it a unified Europe and breaking any borders that are created from ignorance.

The greatest identifier of any country is its culture, and this will be the biggest focus of the project, learning about our own cultures, the roots of our cultures and then being able to share our culture with others. Creating a unified European culture would be counterproductive, as we are all unique, but promoting the diversity of each individual culture and sharing it so that we can embrace the best elements of each culture, and at the same time allow us to respect the differences and diversity of the different countries we will allow our youth to be the building blocks of a closer more unified Europe.

The main objective of the project is to overcome different forms of discrimination through methods of giving the opportunity to young people to learn from each other and to develop friendships. Also exchanging good practices between each other to allow for a stronger approach to combating discrimination and xenophobia in youth. We will cover various fields of discrimination and marginalisation that youth experience today, including gender equality, bullying, various forms of discrimination and we will also review EU policy regarding equality and discrimination.

Also exchanging good practices between each other to allow for a stronger approach to combating discrimination and xenophobia in youth. We will cover various fields of discrimination and marginalisation that youth experience today, including gender equality, bullying, various forms of discrimination and we will also review EU policy regarding equality and discrimination.

We will look at active citizenship and how we shape the world we live it, we will look at citizenship and the EU democratic system from the perspective of human rights and how these laws and rights are designed to prevent discrimination and how we can make the difference to stop discrimination starting from home.

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Testimonials

Thank's to the Youth Exchange „Where do i Belong?” organized in Romania, in a wonderful area, named Predeal, i would like to think that i just found out where my soul and heart feels the best. 

In the first days were more relaxed and had enough space and opportunities to get to know each other and to accommodate.

So we took baby steps at first but I feel like we learned how to communicate better with people from other cultures (develop our social skills) and the most important aspect is that we were all the time encouraged to make friends through cooperation.

Personally i feel that there was not a single person with who i didn't interact with or had a dynamic activity with. 

I had the opportunity as well to organize a first workshop regarding the asylum seekers procedure from Romania together with Mihaela which decreased my fear for public speaking and also helped me to reach full potential when i want to transmit an idea in front of a numerous people.

Each activity that we had (name games, role play, creating a video, a magazine, a song about our experience during this days, building a country together, migrating to another cultures and become minority, crocodile game, game of thrones, etc) had a moral story behind, a problem that people are facing in different situations. 

This activities helped us to synchronize as a group, to realize all the barriers that a migrant, a refugee for example needs to go through, or maybe how all the stereotypes regarding genders affects our daily life without even recognize them. 

After all, I am pleased to say that this project has been really useful to share our experience, to overcome our fears, to learn to work as a one mind group, to connect everybody with everybody. Even the hosting place was amazing and the staff has been delighted and implicated.  

I am taking a picture in my memory palace to be sure that i will never forget this experience and the beautiful people which actually made this happen.

Thank you, my friends!

Anita Toth from Romania

 

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