International Youth Exchange
“Youth Made Earth”
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 concerns in the partner countries and also in other EU countries. The project was developed 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 communities. 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.
Participant`s profile required:
- Every group should prepare 4 youngsters 16-30 years old plus one group leader over 18 years old;
- Participants are expected to be part of the full duration of the activity;
- Be aware that this activity will be in English;
- Participants with fewer opportunities and rural areas will have priority.
The training course will take place in Protaras, Cyprus. Further information about the venue will be shared with the selected participants.
All the training will be done through the methods of non-formal education. The activities will be for example brainstorming, 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:
- 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 ☺
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…)
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 235€ 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
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
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.
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.
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)
- Read carefully the Terms and Conditions you are agreeing with, when sending your application!
- Have a valid ID/International passport.
- Possess valid European Health Card.
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