"Trail to Self Reliance II"

International Youth Exchange
“Trail to Self Reliance II”

01.09– 10.09.2018
Munébrega, Spain



The project “Trail to Self Reliance” is a Youth Exchange in the frame of Erasmus+, is the second part of the project done on March last year, we did so many thing (but we run out of time for many others….) and have so much fun that we decided to do the second part. We want to share experiences and practical solutions, going back to the countryside and improving the value of natural resources and products. Increasing in self-reliance, where everybody will participate actively, building and creating things that everybody could do by itself, trying to get materials from the Nature or re-used. Getting away from consumerism and approaching the environmental sustainability. It will take place between 1st and 10th of September (1st and 10th are just for arriving and departure). We will have 25 participants from Bulgaria, France, Greece, Romania and Spain.

It will be hosted in a rural hostel in Munébrega, a village few kilometers away from Calatayud (Zaragoza). This project will have as main final work a dossier in PDF that will be published on an online platform.

This dossier will gather the final templates and manufactured created and showed during the exchange to collect all the information needed to edit an open source manual for opening steps to the self-reliance..

The project is supported by the Erasmus+ funded by the European taxpayers. Just to inform you, without this support, the real cost for each participant would be around 600€.

We kindly invite you to:
– Get involved: We need everyone active and participate!
– Self-reliance: You are responsible for yourself and to make a positive impact on the event.
– Respect each other: Different cultures can be tricky. Be patient, respectful and cooperative.
– Learn and share: Share what you know, absorb everything and spread it back home!

What is it all about, your time !!
In this project we propose to exchange of ideas and experiences about the different needs that you can build by yourself, facing self-reliance in different ways:
– Solar instruments to process natural products (solar ovens, dryers, stoves, water distillers, etc).
– Processing and transformation of natural products or grown for food, cosmetics, etc. (Preparation of preserves, creams, soaps, etc.)
– Knowledge of aromatic and medicinal plants and how to use them.
– Natural Building with cane, clay and straw (construction of greenhouse, walls, etc.)
—–> We will finish the greenhouse, the clay wall and the solar oven that we started last year!

This meeting we want, as long as it’s possible, that the techniques and solutions are provided by
the people attending the meeting and in any case the Foundation will provide experts in those
sections that are not covered.

-> So think about how you want to contribute.
Keep in touch with us and with your sending association to help you to prepare the workshop and for any support. Your sending association should collect your ideas on August in order for us to be able to collect the materials and organise the schedule.
Probably you will guide the activity with another participant with similar knowledge, so consider now about:
– how long will take
– how do you want to organize the time and working groups
– how will you get that 25 people will be able to work hands on, if need it, you can organise t in different working groups.
– how much material and the costs you will need.

Participant`s profile required:

The project is open for 4 young people age 14-30 and a group leader 18+ (no upper limit).

From Bulgaria, in the seminar will take part 4 participants + 1 group leader. Be aware that this activity will be in English.
Participants are expected to be part of the full duration of the project .


The project will take place in Munébrega. 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.

To bring or not to bring…

To Bring…
• Warm Sleeping Bag! (on September nights are cold)
• National ID or Passport (must be valid 6 months after you travel)
• Your medicines for allergies or medical issues (we will provide the basics)
• Working clothes and shoes to get dirty
• Long and short-sleeved T-shirts
• Long and shorts trousers
• Sweater & Jacket (Windbreaker or raincoat)
• Walking shoes and sandals
• Cap (Hat), sunglasses & Sunscreen
• Flashlight (Torch)
• Towel, toiletries & Earplugs (keep in mind that you may be sharing the bedroom)

Bring if possible…
• Working gloves if you already have them
• Musical instrument
• Some local staff for the “Intercultural Nights” , see details below.
• Information about your work and organisation

Some things to know about…

Clothing : Dress should be simple, and comfortable. Temperature range is between 3° and 15°during the day, so please bring clothes accordingly. The weather is usually sunny with some thunderstorms. It is dry and often windy. There are thin blankets on the beds, but probably they won’t be enough, so bring your sleeping bag.
Laundry and bathing : No washing machines or dryers are available, so participants should bring sufficient clothes. Small items can be hand-washed. Bathing and laundry may be done only in the break periods and not during activity hours.
Mobile phones: During the activities we will leave the mobile phone at the hostel, although you can use it at the free time.

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.

Reimbursement of the travel costs will only be done after submitting all original tickets, receipt/invoices, boarding passes and later sending of the return documents and boarding passes. Save the boarding passes from your airport check in as well. Please, be aware that in case you loose any invoices or tickets we will not be able to reimburse the cost. Reimbursement will be done in EURO, regardless of the currency indicated on your ticket and receipt/invoice according to the official currency exchange rate of European Commission.

! Note: in case of higher travel cost, you will need to cover excess yourself.

Please note that full completion and attending to the programme is mandatory to qualify for a refund. There can be no late arrivals or early departures. If you wish to stay longer for a touristic visit, please consider that the extra days prior or after the seminar are at your own expenses as there will be little time for this during the programme.

Important: It will be send only one bank transfert per Country . The recipient of the reimbursement is the partner association, not the participants according to the funding National Agency rules. To receive reimbursement participants should attend all the planned progamme elements (before, during and after the project activities).

Financial support:

Project is supported by “Erasmus+” program. Accommodation, meals, program and travel cost (based on distance) are covered from grant. There is NO participation fee. However, 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 not mandatory but it is highly reccommended. 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)

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. Fill in the application form and send it to: stanimir.chukov@gmail.com – APPLICATION FORM
  6. Check the conditions your participation will be evaluated – Final evaluation form

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