„Young people for the countryside”

International Youth Exchange
„Young people for the countryside”

11th-20th of April, 2018
Tiszaladány, Hungary



In frame of the project we wish to implement a 10 day long (including the travelling days) youth exchange that is initiated by young people who actively participated in our 10 previous programmes. The programme is implemented together by organisations of 4 countries (Hungary, Czech Republic, FYROM and Bulgaria). The youth exchange programme is implemented in Tiszaladány and its topic is mainly connected to rural development. By acquisition of the methods of community development and community planning young people will learn how to form an own community and how to act for the development of their own community. Using non-formal pedagogical methods we develop the abilities of the young people, which are needed to base their welfare in the future. During the exchange the young people will discuss about what they can do in favour of the future of their own town and community in order to make it more liveable and attractive, contributing with this to the reduction of emigration. They will learn how to plan and how to have a positive effect on their coevals and the inhabitants of the towns by forming informal and formal community. They consider it necessary because their living place as disadvantaged, lagging area, is less attractive for the investors bringing economic boom, one reason of which is the low level of the knowledge and human capacity available locally. The young people emigrate from these towns and with this letting space to ageing. But young people are determined to change this and form towns that are safe, the community supports each other, helps and lets appropriate circumstances to the self-organised, as well as to community and free time activities besides the development opportunities. In the programme from each country 8 young people will participate who consider it important to live in a town that is liveable and attractive for young people.

Participant`s profile required:

  • 1 youth leader/group leader 18+ and 7 participants age 14-30
  • English level ( at least Medium level speaking and writing);
  • Committed to contribute to the follow up of the project;
  • Be interested in developing competences and implement follow-up initiatives;
  • Be aware of the characteristics of the learning environment (non-formal education);
  • Some priority will be given to youth belonging from minority groups or facing economic difficulties, coming from rural areas or with other disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as participants from Tryavna or the region.

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:

  • You need to bring personal hygiene stuff (like shampoo, gel, etc.)and your personal items
  • There is not hairdryer at location, so you should bring it if needed
  • You need to bring towels for the shower
  • Shower slippers
  • Sport shoes that can be used for general outdoor activities
  • You should bring some shoes and clothes appropriate for cold mountain area
  • There will be drinking water in location
  • Any medicine you think you will need during your stay
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Your European health card
  • Please bring one laptop in your team!
  • Your positive energy  !!!!!!!!!!!
  • Boarding Passes (Original)
  • Tickets from bus, train, ferry (Original)
  • The original receipt of travel agency and the e-ticket with the amount of the travel expenses
  • Your Visa and original receipts of any related costs (if available).
  • Pocket money – all the expenses during the project activities (accommodation, food, coffee breaks, materials) are covered by the project funds, but side expenses, such as accommodation and food for the extra days staying after/before the project, magnets, museum visits, snacks and drinks in the free time, etc. are each participant`s responsibility. It`s up to each participants to decide on his own how much money is he/she going to need.

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…)

Rules and Procedures:

  • Fully participate in the project activities;
  • Be on time for the project activities;
  • Not disturb the working process;
  • Not use cell phone/tablet/PC unless it is related to a project activity;
  • Respect the other participants and cultures;
  • Not discriminate anyone based on any kind of differences;
  • Attend the preparatory meetings, if there are such;
  • Inform the group leaders about any issue that might appear;
  • Participate in the evaluation process during and after the project;
  • Participate in the dissemination process after the project;
  • Send a report to CYA describing the project activities and what the participant learned/gained from it within 1 month after the project ends. The report could be either written or a video report, but both in English and Bulgarian language;
  • Provide ~30 pictures taken during the project in order to be uploaded on the website of CYA for the purpose of the dissemination process, within 1 month after the project ends.

Travel Costs:

Participants will be transported by minivan. All the travel related costs will be covered by CYA. If the group decides, everyone can travel 2 days before/after the project with touristic visit purpose, but the expenses for it are responsibility of each participant (accommodation and food).

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 deductuted from the travel costs or paid to the sending organisation from each participant, 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.). In case the organisation is covering the tickets, each participant must transfer a guarantee of 100 BGN, to the organisation`s public bank accont to ensure his/her`s participation and if he/she cancels his/her`s participation, the sum will be used to cover the change of the name for the flight ticket, which has been bought already.


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. Have a vilidе ID/International passport.
  2. Possess valid European Health Card.
  3. Fill in the application form and send it to: stanimir.chukov@gmail.com – APPLICATION FORM
  4. Fill in and sign this Participant Agreement.
  5. Check the conditions your participation will be evaluated – Final evaluation form
  6. For participants under 18, it is mandatory to posses a notary signed and verified permission from BOTH of the parents/legal guardians – ORIGINAL AND 2 COPIES!


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