Youth exchange „CULTURE”

Youth exchange project „Cultural Understanding Leads To Unique Relationship Evolution”

Project participants interested in the subject of CULTURE showed willingness to undertake educational actions aiming at increasing cultural awareness and promoting intercultural dialogue in our local communities.
Project goals:

  • increasing cultural awareness among project participants;
  • promoting intercultural dialogue;
  • strengthening the position of young people and encouraging active participation in their local communities;
  • preparing a place for creative work in an international environment;
  • drawing the attention of the inhabitants of Grudziądz region to the threats of lack of the intercultural dialogue, as well as the need for education in this area and the importance of promoting their culture in harmony with the environment they live in;
  • expanding the network of contacts and strengthening cooperation between partner organizations of the project, exchange of „good practices” in the field of intercultural dialogue;

There were 4 main project activities:
1) Advanced Planning Visit that took place in Grudziądz in June 16-17, 2021. Team leaders and one underaged participant from Poland took part in this meeting.
2) Preparation of participants took place in the partner countries from the start of the project to the start of youth exchange (with intensification for the period between the preparatory visit and the exchange).

3) Youth exchange that took place in Grudziądz in October 23-30, 2021.
During the youth exchange there were getting to know each other games.

The programme included also team building activities.

To let the participants get more familiar with the city of Grudziądz and give them chance to have a direct contact with its citizens – city game was organize.

WORKSHOPS: There was a workshop about culture to understand its meaning and build up basic knowledge necessary to participate in further activities. The participants presented their unique regional cultures, focused on analysing the results of surveys (that they conducted before the youth exchange) and presented the results to the rest of the team.
Participants took part in a workshop about identity and values shaped by our culture. The participants understood the importance of intercultural dialogue. They practiced interreligious dialogue and summed up their knowledge during session about advantages of intercultural societies.

The participants learnt how to transfer their knowledge to local communities – gained knowledge about organizing educational events and practise it while a cultural trip to Malbork.

Future plans were discussed. Evaluation of the project closed the mobility.

Also intercultural evenings were an important part of the programme.

Non-formal methods used: presentations, information sessions, individual work, group work, city game, case study, learning by doing, simulations, role playing, brainstorming, debates.

4) Promotion and dissemination of results: activities took place in each of the project countries from the beginning to the end of the project. All partners were involved. Each of the partners undertook promotional activities and disseminated the project results.

Read more here: Spreading the word about Erasmus+ and CULTURE – echoczerska.pl

Also, there was a daily evaluation each evening. After that participants shared some information with the outside world 🙂

The youth exchange was attended by 42 participants from Poland, Spain, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Ireland. The participants were young people who expressed educational needs related to knowledge about cultural diversity as well as promoting intercultural dialogue. Each participant had some knowledge about their regional culture but wass willing to learn about the realities of peers’ lives from other countries that represent unique cultures (Spain – Catalans, Poland – Kashubians etc). Each participant was willing to get involved in the life of the local community by organizing educational events / actions but lack of experience in this area prevented them from taking any independent steps in this direction.
Participant profile:

  • Primary School / high school student – involved in the activities of the organization, and especially the preparation of this youth exchange project,
  • knowledge of English on a communicative level or a strong desire to learn,
  • willingness to meet representatives of other cultures and new places,
  • lack of opportunities for travelling abroad due to financial reasons (15% of participants),
  • limited access to non-formal and informal education (geographic difficulties – 35% of participants),
  • the desire to improve skills and acquire knowledge.

Współfinansowano ze środków programu Unii Europejskiej Erasmus+

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