are very proud to introduce you that last year on our Youth Exchange
“European Youth=European Future” we successed to involve actively our
partners from Bulgaria in Youth In Action Programme.
From 1 to
11 July 2008 they will have their first youth exchange as host
had their APV for this exchange from 5 to 8 June 2008. The name
of their project is “Friendship without borders”.
Resume of the
project “Friendship without borders”
activities will be done in the Yundola vilage, Bulgaria.
Twenty eight young people from four different countries will take a part
in the project. The participants have to communicate, to exchange
experience and ideas, to make friends. The following activities will be
included: instructive and discussible sessions, presentations, working
in teams, creativity, excursions and so on.
of the variety - worths and ideals.
Intercultural dialogue – respect, equality, justice.
democratic citizenship –the human rights, gender equality, voluntarism
and so on.
mornings- Instructive and discussible sessions, presentations and work
afternoons- creativity (manufacturing ornaments, knitting and cooking
(traditional meals and so on.), folklore club and sport.
evenings- national cultures presentations.
program- Excursion to Plovdiv, visit of the monastery in Bachkovo, the
mosque and synagogue in Plovdiv.
Name of the
applying organization: NGO “Euroalternatives 21”,
Association of Citizens”Lotos”, Bosnia and
Organization of women in Municipality of Sveti Nikole
Infourmal group “Gocmenalemi”-Bursa, Turkey.
Ten-day summer educational camp was organized for the realization of
this project with the participation of youth from the neighbouring
partner countries: Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the
programme countries: Bulgaria, Slovenia and Italy The summer camp took
place from 01.07 – 10.07.2007 in Dojran, Macedonia.
The following workshops were effectuated
during the ten-day period:
Intercultural cooperation - Familiarizing the
culture of the counterpart and accepting the differences and
-Processes of integration in EU.
From these workshops the young people were informed
about what is European Union, how does it work, which are its parts,
which are the benefits from the membership in EU, also the obligations
that each of the citizens should accomplish and respect.
-The identity, the respect of the differences and the
On these workshops the young people were find out
more about the specific identity that each person possess, the
similarities and the differences between the young people from the
countries and they found out about the influence of the specific
identities over the creation of conflicts between the young people.
Through interactive work identified the ways for finding solution for
the conflicts without using violence. Through this workshop it will be
clear whether the young people who come from different countries have
the same interests, the same problems and whether the ways for finding
solution of the problems are same or different. This will be an
opportunity to accept the differences, but at the same time there will
be a chance for sharing the positive experiences about the solution of
the conflicts especially those which come as a product of the national
and cultural barriers.
-Non-violent solution of the conflicts.
Through the workshops the young people were
identified the most common conflicts between the young people and the
ways which can be used in order to stop the violence.
-Introduction to the basic human rights and their
During the educational part, the young people were
familiarized with the basic human rights in accordance with the
International protection instruments.
-Gender relations workshop where the differences
between men and women were discussed and the stereotypes stemming from
-Presentation of the Youth in Action Programme and discussing the
potential future cooperation in one of the activities of the Youth in
-Creativity (manufacturing ornaments and plaster
-Sports club (table tennis, basketball, football);
-Music-folklore club (vocal and dance techniques) –
participants learned dances and songs characteristic for participating
-Web design – The basics in web site designing – end
result designing a web site (English version) for the activities and
participants of the youth exchange. This web site will be updates (with
information from the participants) in the following 12 months.
In the evening hours of the summer camp, each
participating country had its own national night when they
presented their organizations and countries including a presentation of
their traditional cuisine and cultural activities from the country they
come from. The participants had a preparation period in their own
countries prior to the summer camp in order to arrange and prepare for
people from local community were invited to the
final performance and exhibition prepared by participants (from
Music-folklore club and creativity workshops) so they had a chance to
meet the culture of another European countries;
More information about activities you can found in the table with
activities in the annex (daily timetable of the planned activities,
just click on link
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