EU to Green or not to Green — Germany & Belgium

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ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: youth exchange

Venue: Garlstedt, Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany & Brussels, Belgium

Youth exchange dates: 5—15 May 2023

Advance Planning Visit (APV): 22—23 March 2023. APV will take place online and will take approx. 1.5h—2h/day. 

National team size: 6 participants (aged 18—30) +1 group leader (18+) 

Please read the info-pack.

Hosting organisation: NaturKultur e.V.

Project description:

“EU To Green or Not To Green” is going to be a youth exchange organized in Garlstedt in Germany which will include 45 young people and group leaders from 6 different European Countries: Greece, North Macedonia, Croatia, Italy, Czech Republic and Germany.

This project represents the 5th edition of projects implemented by NaturKultur with the EU and Youth in its focus. Previous four projects “EU- to be or not to be” (2017), “EU between benefits and challenges” (2018) and “EU in good times and in bad” (2020) and “EU: Should I stay or should I go” (2021) have been recognized as successful stories by the participants themselves, partner organisations and all other
stakeholders involved.

During our youth exchange, we will go for a study visit to Brussels where our plan is to visit European Commission and European Parliament. The group leaders will also have the task to organize meeting with politicians from their country during our stay in Brussels, meaning that every national team should meet politician from their country that is working in EU institution in Brussels. We are going to spend 2 days in Brussels. During the online preparatory meeting, we will share more info about the Brussels trip.

We are going to stay the first 2-3 nights in Garlstedt, then we go to Brussels all together by an organized bus, we will stay there for 2 days and then we’ll go back again all together with an organized bus, spending the last 3-4 nights in Bremen. 

Project goals:

  1. Increasing environmental awareness among young Europeans, including more awareness of pollution,
    recycling, renewable resources and green footprint of individuals
  2. Strengthening of youth activism in relation to environmental issues;
  3. Rising political awareness of young people and initiating more dialogue and cooperation with politicians
    among important social questions, including environmental protection.
  4. Spreading of European values among youngsters as the main values towards bright future of the whole Europe.

Participants’ profile:

  1. 18-30 years old, group leaders 18+
  2. Resident of one of the participating countries: Germany, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Czech Republic, North Macedonia
  3. Participants don’t need to have a good knowledge in English, they just need a great willingness to be a part of a multi-cultural group.
  4. Previous experience in EU topics is not required but participants should show initiative for learning new nonformal methods and working with other young people.
  5. Group leader should be 18+ with a stable link to the sending organization and an active role in it, preferably a youth worker or at least an experienced member.
  6. All partners should do their best to create gender balanced teams (4+3 including group leaders)

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