Programme & action: Youth in Action programme, action 3.1.1. youth exchange
Venue: Yerevan, Armenia
Dates: 1-9 March 2014
No of pax: Anna Báborová (GL), Tomáš Trávníček, Katarína Novanská, Rudolf Daniel, Radka Szelongová
Participating countries: Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic and Turkey
We have just came back from an amazing project „Youth ABLE to live sustainABLE“, which took place from 1.3. to 9.3.2014 in Yerevan, Armenia. During this time we had a chance to meet and make new friends fromItaly, Georgia, Spain, Turkey, Moldova and of course Armenia. Altogether with the Czech group there was 35 people.
The aim of the project was to introduce a problematic area of the sustainable development to us. Thanks to many workshops and presentations we have learnt a lot about this and as a group we were coming up with ideas how to solve problems in each others country. All these activities helped us to built a wonderful team.
We also had some time to explore the city of Yerevan, we have tasted traditional Armenian food in a typical Armenian village Areni, which is well known for its wine production, we have also seen traditional Armenian dance and have visited places as Khor Virap and Noravank.
We would like to thank to all organizators from Armenian Progressive Youth – especially to Grigor, and also to guys from EYCB who gave us the chance to experience all this! Thank you all, we have had a wonderful time!
Youth Able to Live Sustainable
From 1st to 9th of March Armenian Progressive Youth NGO hosted 35 young people from Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Georgia, Turkey and Moldova in Yerevan. They gathered in Armenia to participate in a youth exchange entitled “Youth Able to Live Sustainable” within Youth in Action Programme of the European Union.
Youth Exchange focused on the concept of Sustainable development and the ways to achieve it. During the exchange young people had a unique opportunity to discuss the idea of sustainable development and learn about the interaction between the four dimensions of Sustainable Development – environment, society, culture and economy.
7 days of workshops, discussions, group works, outdoor activities, city games and field visits built up the main intercultural concerns about sustainability and green future. Furthermore, questions on the local and the global level were addressed. In order to make the content of the exchange more interesting for participants, chosen topics within the theme of Sustainable Development were connected to their everyday life. Thus they were able to bring in their own experiences and implement what they have learned later on.
The idea of the exchange was not only to give knowledge, but competences to act. Hence, mainly non-formal learning methods were applied, such as workshops, discussions, group works, outdoor activities, city game, field visits, etc.
Besides, participants strengthened their cross-cultural awareness and worked in mixed nationality groups. Exchange of ideas and experiences gave young people a platform to find areas of mutual concern and continue to work together in future.