“Life Choices from Youth to Adulthood”

International Youth Exchange
“Life Choices from Youth to Adulthood”

19.02.-27.02.2020
Bristol, United Kingdom

 

Summary:

The topic of healthy lifestyle and lifestyle choices has been a common phrase in our lives and a lot of focus has been given on lifestyle choices. The project is a youth exchange which will focus on the impact and long term effects of our choices as young people today. Although we feel that there is a basic understanding of the importance of lifestyle choices, we also feel that as young people feel that they are very young and will live forever, they often overlook the outcomes of their incorrect choices thinking it’s a problem for someone else and not one that they will face in the future.

The project will focus on active aging, looking at the choices we make today and how they will impact our lives in the future. We have seen that medical advances have increased the average lifespan of humans compared to previous decades but we also see an increase in diseases, especially at younger ages. We have seen from the World Health Organisation that more young people suffer from obesity, diabetes, liver and heart failure. We also see that heart disease is now a disease for people in their thirties. Is the solution to health problems using more medicine in order to achieve longevity or should we try to avoid these diseases by understanding the long-term effects of our choices?

The project will focus on common concerns identified in young people in all of the partner countries, working together to find ways to combat misinformation and to promote healthy lifestyles and healthy longevity.

The idea of the project is not to force young people to make choices but to give them the tools and the knowledge to find information for themselves. To research the truth about diet choices, to see how their lifestyle choices will impact their lives and to understand the choices they have and how these will impact their lives.

We will look at diet choices, taking into account cultural elements, economic elements and geographic elements, seeing what access or limitations young have and how we can remedy any shortcomings in these areas.

We will also address these issues from the perspective of young people with fewer opportunities, these including economic, social, cultural, geographic and health obstacles. The idea is to ensure that all young people should have equal access to information and healthy lifestyle choices, allowing young people to have the same choices regardless of their background and taking their needs into account.

The youth exchange will bring young people from 12 different countries together to exchange and their ideas and learn from each other. By allowing these young people to work together on a common concern we will allow for cultural learning and for us to share the best practices as young people allowing us to share the outcomes with other young people who are the target group of this project.

Daily activities’ schedule

Participant Tasks

Participant`s profile required:

  1. Every group should prepare 4 youngsters 18-30 years old plus one group leader over 18 years old;
  2. Participants are expected to be part of the full duration of the activity;
  3. Be aware that this activity will be in English;
  4. Participants with fewer opportunities and rural areas will have priority.

Venue:

The training course will take place in Bristol, United Kingdom. Further information about the venue will be shared with the selected participants.

Working methods:

All the training will be done through the methods of non-formal education. The activities will be for example brain storming’s, plenary discussions, simulations, role plays, team building, energizers, ice breakers and many others. Non formal education we remember you that is voluntary, no hierarchical and all its methods are based on the concept of learning by doing.

What to bring with me:

  • Towels and beach/pool towel and swimsuit if you decide you want to go for a swim in the sea or in the pool during the free time.
  • You need to bring your own bedding, sheets or sleeping bag, blankets, pillow. Although the rooms have heating (during winter months) and beds, bedding is not provided.
  • Hygiene products.
  • Medicines if needed.
  • Each national team must bring at least one laptop! (for digital activities).
  • Bring your adaptors and charges for your devices as these cannot be provided.
  • Bring some slippers or sandals for indoor use and othe shoes for outdoor use.
  • We will have an intercultural evening, so bring your national food and drink.
  • Bring your national flag, magazines, postcards what will help you to introduce your country.
  • ….and your good mood. This is the most important ☺

Intercultural night:

What we expect from you to present in these nights are: local or national dances, local music, games, little sweets, drinks, pictures, etc. from your countries.
Every country will prepare a short presentation of their culture, using all kinds of methods. It’s preferred a short and FUNNY presentation, such as showing pictures and commenting it, quiz, short video (either already existing or made by you), etc. (YES – use your creativity!). For the intercultural night, we ask you to prepare in advance a brief performance (singing, your traditional music, popular dances) to present your group (typical costumes are really welcomed!).
The main idea of this presentation is: What is important for a stranger to know about my country?
Any kind of presentation is granted, better not to do a power-point presentation to avoid yawning.
The Intercultural night is the “most wanted event” on the beginning of the youth exchange. It is a sort of traditional night opened to all participant audience made up of our group leaders, youth workers, facilitators, participants to the exchange. All National groups are asked to perform briefly (10 for your NGO and country/city not more, and 10 min for traditional dances and music) in order to introduce their self. Certainly, we need your enthusiasm and energy!!
For the Intercultural evening a Swedish buffet (cold buffet) will be organized. Here every country will bring traditional food dishes. The food that will be brought must be eatable without any processing (boiling, frying, etc). The dishes must also be accompanied by a brief description (their origin and ingredients, the way they are eaten…)

Travel Costs:

100% of the participants‘ travel costs will be reimbursed within the valid budget sums calculated according to the official rules of Erasmus+ programme. If a sum exceeds the limit, the excess will be paid by the participants themselves. The reimbursement limit is 360€ per participant from Bulgaria.

This project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ framework.
Each participant is required to participate 100% in all activities described throughout the schedule sent
with this infopack. During the project activity you are required to have 100% participation in all sessions,
activities and workshops.
You will not give to the trainers or anyone at the project activity any travel documents or any other
document related to logistics or travel costs. You must provide all your travel documents to your sending
organisation. You must keep all boarding passes for each flight in original format, all tickets including
train, bus or other PUBLIC transportation ticket and receipt in original format. You must keep also all
invoices associated with these travel costs as explained in the Local Transportation Reimbursement
Guide above and in Infopack 1. On day 1, you will be asked to sign a participation pledge that asks
similar requirements during the online registration phase and sign and complete any other necessary
logistical documentation.
You are required to participate in all evaluation, dissemination and promotion activities before, during
and after the project activity.
Without respecting all the above, there is no proof of participation or travel and it can result in non or
partial reimbursement.

Financial support:

Project is supported by “Erasmus+” program. Accommodation, meals, program and travel cost (based on distance) are covered from grant. 15 BGN will be deducted from the guarantee of 100 BGN which every participant must send prior the departure, in order to be covered the different taxes, related to the participation of each representative from Bulgaria (bank transfer fees, post expenses, difference in the exchange rates, etc.). This guarantee will be reimbursed after completing all the dissemination activities, the participant is required to conduct after returning to Bulgaria.

Insurance:

The travel insurance is mandatory. It costs 1 BGN/day and covers all the common injuries during projects up to 5000 Euro. Our organization is not covering insurance, it is individual, but we are going to support you to obtain a proper insurance for the duration of the project. For more information about the insurance, contact us.

YouthPass:

Every participant is individually entitled to receive a Youthpass Certificate, which confirms participation and validates the non-formal learning (NFL) experience of Training course project. Validating the learning experiences of participants is important in itself and the document can be of benefit in terms of the educational or employment future of the participant. Through Youthpass the European Commission ensures the Training course activity is recognized as a non-formal learning experience.
(*For more information on Youthpass you may click on this page to check it online)

Applicants MUST:

  1. Read carefully the Terms and Conditions you are agreeing with, when sending your application!
  2. Read carefully the Privacy Policy page.
  3. Have a valid ID/International passport.
  4. Possess valid European Health Card.
  5. Download, fill in and send to: stanimir.chukov@gmail.com – APPLICATION FORM 
    *In order to fill it in, you should have Adobe Reader version 10 or higher – Adobe reader installer

 

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