When the Environment Creates 062188

Erasmus + : KA105 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: Greece, Florina

Activity Dates: 05/03/2020 - 13/03/2020

Countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Turkey

Participants per country (incl. leaders): 5

Project Description:
This project has been developed over the last two years from a partnership that was established from a series of youth exchanges, training courses, PBAs and Salto trainings where the partner organisations identified common concerns relating to youth and the environment, environmental concersn in the partner countries and also in other EU countries. The project was develop by youth and youth organisation from the partner countries to focus on common environmental concerns and to work together to share knowledge and experiences and to learn from each other to overcome these problems and to create awareness of the issues within all our communitites. The partners worked on the project based on concerns in each of the partner countries relating to youth.

There are many problems in our world, and natural resources are becoming less. Water is an element that we all need to survive. The problem with our youth however is that they understand little about the ongoing problems our world is facing and the impact that our actions have on the environment. Many countries today already experience problems with water shortages and have started importing and buying water from other countries. We hope to create awareness of water and water resources among our youth so that they can take care of our planet and protect it, so that they can be the future who keeps our planet alive so that more generations can enjoy life and the minerals and resources our planet has. We will see what our youth know about water, in each of their countries, how they respect water and how important it to them. We will try to put a value on the importance of water. The participants will present water in their countries and see how we can make changes in our lives, in our policy and in our Europe to make sure we always have water for life.

The participants will learn the importance of environmental conservation with emphasis on protecting the live giving resource of water. They will learn to treasure the resources our planet has and to see how the protection of this resource can give rise to employment opportunities in our countries and in the EU.

Therefore our project has two main objectives, environmental conservation and the overcoming of youth unemployment. Combining two main priorities allows us to have a greater result from our project in that we will learn to protect our resources and also create employment opportunities in doing so. We will see how abundant or scares these natural resources are and understand the economic impact of the use or abuse of these resources and from this try to find ways to create jobs and other employment opportunities to help preserve and protect them. We will also see how the various skills and competences of our youth can be used to protect these resources and adapt the skills to various employment opportunities in their countries and in other countries.

 


Cyprus residents can apply HERE until 30 of November 2019

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.

 

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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