Erasmus + : KA1 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: United Kingdom, London

Activity Dates: 06/09/2017 - 14/09/2017

 

Project Description: 

This project is a follow up project build by the partnership as a direct result of the successful completion of other youth exchanges. The problems identified in these projects allowed us to build this project with the hope to help more young people learn more about the European System, the European democratic system and the importance of active citizenship and active participation of youth in policy and society.

We discovered that young people don’t really understand how the EU works, what their place and role in the EU is or should be and what their obligations are or how they can facilitate change in their communities and in the EU. We want to help young people understand the concept of the EU, how it works and how important their role is in the EU. We have chosen sports as a medium to help them understand this concept better. The EU is currently made up of 28 countries, some are major players, but the majority are minorities within the EU and sometimes feel insignificant, with a feeling that they are too weak as countries, either economically or in numbers to have any impact or effect on EU policy. We need to show that every country regardless of how big or small, is a contributor to the EU and plays a vital role in the EU. The objective is to allow the youth to better understand that by being active members of a society and by working together and also contributing to the growth of the EU they can be key players in the EU. The idea is to allow all youth to feel equally important in the EU and in their countries.

The project will adopt sports as the medium to simulate the workings of the EU allowing participants to work together in international groups to utilise individual strength to make the groups stronger and also to understand weaknesses so that we can help each other be stronger as a whole.

By taking this approach we will understand how the EU works and how we as youth can make a difference by working together for a greater unified EU. Many aspects need to be analysed during the project including cultural differences, local resources and strengths of each country and also the knowledge available in each community.

We believe this project is a great way to show young people how to work together and take advantage of the different strengths of each country and person to help them work together just like the EU does.

 

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 Magazines:

1. Babel

2. Donald Daily

3. EU Spectre

4. EU Times

5. Insight

6. Youth for the EU

7. EUexposed

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Erasmus + Programme). These publication(s) article(s), video(s) and magazine(s) reflect the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Testimonials

"Where Do I Belong?" Youth Exchange - Romania was an experience I wish everyone could have. The project focused on many topics that we deal with on a daily basis such as migration, refugees, inequality, barriers of different kinds that we both face and place for others to overcome. All activities were interactive and challenged the participants to come up with creative ideas, solutions or performances in a short period of time. The activities were made in a way to interact with people from different nationalities, religions & backgrounds and to question all our beliefs and cultural norms. 

Everything we did was inspiring and entertaining, a way to learn by doing and a way to learn from the others. I enjoyed every single moment and strongly recommend participating to anyone who enjoys international environment and learning in unconventional ways. 

Thank you all for being who you are, sharing your thoughts and ways of doing and special thanks to the organizers who outdid themselves! :)

Maria Kovalenko from Bulgaria

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