Termín konání: 2-10 November 2019
Místo konání: Kaunas, Lithuania
Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: Youth exchange
Venue: Kaunas, Lithuania
Dates: 2-10 November 2019
Participants: Aneta Kruželová, Roman Velc, Julie Šenková, Aneta Tranová
Group Leader: Erika Nahlíková
Host organisation: Unique Projects EU
Participating countries: Lithuania, Romania, Czech Republic, Belarus and Poland
Final results of the project and effects of consumption of alcohol here.
Youth Exchange „Alcohol Free“ was held in the second biggest city of Lithuania, Kaunas. Together with youngsters from Belarus, Romania, Poland and, of course, from the hosting country we got to know each other by many games and energizers which made our cooperation in groups easier. Every morning we went to local university where we had our daily activities related to the topic of Exchange.
As the participating countries are European leaders in alcohol consumption, the topic was relevant. The daily programme in the first days of Exchange consisted of presentations of alcohol situation in our countries followed by discussion and the Czech team chose to talk about methanol poisonings in 2012.
Of course, we were not talking only about how bad the situation is but also how is alcohol consumption regulated in our countries. We spent a lot of time discussing the pros and contras of different policies and trying to come with an idea of how it could be improved. Later, when we had all the important information and knew our backgrounds, we had interesting guest lectures, for instance about institution called Public Health Bureau responsible for raising awareness about the problem of alcohol consumption. We had even chance to visit crisis centre for those who struggle with addictions and one day we took to the streets to talk with locals about their opinions.
The evenings we were spending together in styles of our countries, we learned traditional dances and experienced local food and beverages, of course, alcohol free. The goal of changing attitudes towards alcohol consumption and other free time spending alternatives was achieved! On the last day we were planning „follow-up“ activities and we are looking forward to present the outcomes of this Youth Exchange at high school in Olomouc next week.