Erasmus + : KA1 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: Poland, Hermanów

Activity Dates: 16/09/2018 - 24/09/2018

Countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey

Participants per country (incl. leaders): 5

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Project Description:
Most young people have a blue print of life hammered into them from a very young age. We go to school, we try to get into the best school, working hard to get into the best universities or colleges and then we have the prestige of a degree and we can find a job. If only it was this simple though. With so many young people competing for the same jobs, a university degree is simply not enough anymore.

We have identified that with the pressures of schools and universities, young people are no longer trying to discover and develop their natural talents. They don’t explore their given talents and try to fit within the norms of modern education. Studies have shown that some people are better equipped, mentally and physically, for certain jobs, so should this not be the focus of their education and training?

This youth exchange will address the subject of youth unemployment from the viewpoint that we need to understand our natural skills and develop these so that we can overcome unemployment by being the best version of ourselves that we can be. We will explore the hidden talents that we have and see how these can be used to make us more employable and also to help us find the best jobs based on these talents. We will look at our options when it comes to education, and if we already have an education, see how we can combine our education and our talents to explore our options of the labour market, its needs and how our talents, skills and education can meet these needs.

In addition to the above we will also explore the labour markets of our countries and those of the EU, to understand what they need and how we can fit into these needs so that we can increase our chances of employment by meeting the needs of the labour markets.

This youth exchange will address the challenges of young unemployment in the partner countries with an emphasis of creating better understanding of our hidden talents and understanding the needs of the labour markets and creating a bridge between the two in order to turn young people into skills and employable youth.

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"Where do I belong?" Youth Exchange - Romania was one of the most beautiful and succesful experiences I have had so far. I feel truly grateful for each and every person, story and moment we shared. The knowledge gained, the learning outcomes and engagement of participants was inspiring. The quality of each national team stood out throughout the entire project as the group dynamic grew with each day. WDIB was yet another amazing chance to work close to OTI representatives, to absorb their know-how and to gain new skills, as the involvment of each participant was taken care of, offering a feeling of empowerment and involvement. On a logistical level, the organising was spot on and each impediment was solved in a natural way, as part of the learning process. The chemistry we, as facilitators, felt was impressive and it gave us even more reasons to feel like it is worth it to keep going and to make the change we wish to make. After participating in many Eramus + projects, I can truly say this was one of the very best. This gives me hope and excitement for what is yet to come. Where do I belong? Where people as beautiful as those on this project are :) Thank you, OTI!!!

Teo Sarbu from Romania - "Where Do I Belong"

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