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Erasmus + : KA1 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: Latvia,

Activity Dates: 23/07/2018 - 31/07/2018

Countries: United Kingdom, Cyprus, Romania, Croatia, Latvia

Participants per country (incl. leaders): 6

From July 24 to July 30, 30 young people from Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, the United Kingdom and Latvia gathered in the guest house "Ērgļi" to implement the youth exchange project "Your Health, Your Wealth", reported by  Liepāja Youth House Project Manager Daira Knipse

The project was saturated with various activities. Mornings began with yoga, breathing and stretching exercises, but during the day, activities developed in other health-related directions. Young people themselves took the initiative and formed their master classes from physical training to natural toothpaste workshops.

Youth participants had the opportunity to work in agriculture and prepare healthy meals from the collected rural goods. Active engagement in the fieldwork encouraged young people to participate in open debate and create interactive nutrition presentations, all of which were immortalized in a special, cookbook set up by each.

Youth also had an opportunity to get acquainted with the active lifestyle of Liepaja by mastering the wakeboarding and trying out the "Tarzan trail" in Beberliņš, as well as visiting the baths and saunas developed by the Latvian tradition.

Participants who were driving away expressed their appreciation for their achievements and experiences. “It was an opportunity to learn, gain knowledge and new healthy habits based on the essential principle of the non formal learning - learning to do.  They were open and sympathetic, so friendship was born right away. Spending time in nature and in the cities made me fall in love with Latvia as a country and I believe I will come again - either as a participant of another Erasmus+ project or just like a tourist" Iva from Croatia.

Adrian, team leader of Romania expressed his thoughts saying: “The project was a fantastic opportunity for young people from five different countries to learn from each other about how to live healthier, and to try different activities that would never have been experienced, such as wakeboarding, sauna, yoga, meditation, etc. We learned that it does not matter where you are from - we are all people who share the desire to live healthy. "

"I can not express my gratitude for the opportunity to have such a wonderful experience. We lived close to the forest and the sea, which is rare in my country. In the project, we have also found the heartfelt, so the frustration was a sad note. The most important lesson I learned - it's important to try to make yourself more happy, to be among the healthy people and to always remember that I deserve more than a mediocre life, "said Spyridon from Cyprus.

"Last week I was among the great people in a beautiful place in Bernate, where I had a unique experience," says Nicole from Cyprus. "Exploring the Latvian forests, dipping in the Baltic Sea, tasting local  cuisine and participating in all health-related activities, created memories that I will fondly keep for life."

The project was also attended by the Latvian Anna Audere, who taught master classes in making natural toothpaste, as well as yoga and meditation classes. “Although I have been active in my daily life, I learned a lot about healthy lifestyle”. Jordi Evans from England adds:  “I gained so much knowledge in these areas, but i will leave you with a nugget of information.  I found out that it matters not which country you are from or what your background may be, there will always be people willing to stay up until obscene hours in the morning and dance the night away.”

"I was really pleased to work with young people who are so open and full of positive energy," says project promoter Monta Norkuse. "We ourselves, young people, created this unique experience and believe that with such enthusiasm, true values ​​will not disappear among different cultures."

The "Your Health,Your Wealth" project is funded by the European Commission's "Erasmus +: Youth in Action" program supported by the Youth International Program Agency in Latvia.

 

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

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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