ERASMUS+, Key action 1: youth exchange
Venue: Arrouquelas, Portugal
Youth exchange: 19—28 August 2023
APV (Advance Planning Visit) 28—31 July.
Czech team: 4 participants + 1 group leader
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Hosting organisation: “H2O” – Associação de Jovens de Arrouquelas
The Erasmus Youth Exchange that took place in the picturesque village of Arrouquelas, Portugal, proved to be an impactful and enriching experience for all participants. The week-long exchange program centered around the themes of inclusion, gender equality, and financial literacy. Through a combination of workshops, discussions, interactive tasks, and intercultural activities, the participants gained valuable insights and skills, fostering personal growth and cross-cultural understanding.
The Erasmus Youth Exchange in Arrouquelas aimed to create a platform for young individuals from different countries to come together, exchange ideas, and explore important topics related to social inclusion, gender equality, and financial literacy. The program took place over the course of a week and was designed to provide participants with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
Throughout the week, participants engaged in a series of workshops and discussions that delved into the core themes of the exchange. Expert facilitators and trainers were invited to lead these sessions, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the topics. Workshops on inclusion focused on breaking down stereotypes, challenging biases, and promoting empathy among participants. Gender equality discussions emphasized the importance of equal opportunities and challenged traditional gender roles.
The financial literacy (game called Plan B)workshops were particularly enlightening, equipping participants with essential skills to manage personal finances effectively. These sessions covered topics such as budgeting, saving, investing, and understanding financial systems. Participants were encouraged to think critically about their financial decisions and plan for their futures responsibly.
One of the highlights of the exchange program was the intercultural nights. Each evening, two countries would collaborate to present their cultures, traditions, and cuisines. These nights promoted cultural exchange, enabling participants to appreciate diversity and celebrate commonalities. Through music, dance, presentations, and food, participants learned about the richness of their peers’ backgrounds and cultivated a sense of global citizenship. Our intercultural dinner was attended by Mr. Tibor Králík (Slovakian ambassador) and Dr. Anna Syková (Czech embassy consul), which was a big pleasure for us.
The Erasmus Youth Exchange in Arrouquelas had a profound impact on participants. Many reported increased awareness of the importance of inclusion and gender equality in their societies. The financial literacy component empowered participants to take control of their financial futures, setting them on a path of economic independence. The friendships formed during the exchange transcended borders and were a testament to the power of cultural exchange.