Over the Hedge II – Netherlands


ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: youth exchange

Dates: 6—19 July 2022 

Venue: Ommen, Netherlands

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Hosting organisation: Olde Vechte Foundation

Czech team: Alexej Petečel (GL), Adam Janeček, Bart Brettschneider, Nina Malá, Jakub Draštík, Jan Večerník, Gabriela Pospíšilová, Karolína Hlaváčková

Project report:

Project ,,Over The (H)edge” took place in Ommen, The Netherlands from 7th to 18th July, 2022. Group participating in this project consisted of 42 participants from 7 different countries – Italy, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Latvia. 

This project was organized by Olde Vechte Foundation, non-profit organization based in Ommen, the Netherlands, focusing on methods of learning by experience. The main topic of Over The (H)edge were outdoor games. The most important aims were exploring simple ways on how to work together with others, creating a common living space and designing various games outside in nature. 

In the first days of the project, each countries’ group leaders were in charge of the program and plenty of games and activities for the other participants were hosted by them. Later on, even participants themselves had an opportunity to come up with their own outdoor games and activities. Thanks to those games, we have improved our cooperation skills. 

After many days of playing outside, learning outside, self-developing, improving cooperation, social and language skills and enjoying Dutch nature, there had been one more surprise waiting for us – a 3-day-adventure. The organizers didn’t tell us a lot about it and we didn’t know what to expect. 

The 3-day-adventure was the last and the most important part of this project. It consisted of rafting, biking, hiking, interacting with Dutch families, cooperating in small groups and having fun together, doing various entertaining tasks and simply experiencing an unforgettable summer experience in the beautiful nature of the Netherlands with the most amazing people from all around Europe. 

If you ever have the opportunity to participate in Over The (H)edge, definitely do so because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for which you’ll be forever grateful.

                                                                                                                                              Alexej Petečel

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