Something more in Sheffield
On the 18th of July 2016 a youth exchange called Something More Events brought 25 young people from Estonia, Poland, Romania, Greece and the United Kingdom together to Sheffield, UK. In seven days the group learned to understand the process of organizing events and, in addition, volunteered at the local Tramlines music festival. The objective of the youth exchange was to discover event planning skills and to raise awareness about the different requirements for organizing different events.
The youth exchange consisted of two parts. The first included workshops, social games, group projects, debates and roleplays. The second part took place at Tramlines festival, where the participants were divided into groups to take care of various tasks in order to help manage the festival. The participants were also left some free time to enjoy the concerts and discover the lovely city of Sheffield.
The project was funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.
Check out the project video HERE
Summary was made by Laura Hääl
Problem prevention in Czech
From the little talked about country of Czech Republic in its third biggest city Ostrava a wonderful group of organisers hosted a project Youth Prevention on 17th-24th of July! Three Estonians curious about the topic made their way to this industrial town to learn about ways of preventing problems among and with youngsters. There we met about 20 more people from 8 countries who are in one way or another involved in young people’s lives and have the chance to help.
The project was full of activities, presentations, games and talks. The topic was divided into bullying, sex and affection, cyber-bullying, social inclusion-exclusion, drugs and alcohol. Each of these were discussed and addressed during this week of many intercultural activities.
From an evening if intercultural food, dancing and games to a hike on top of Pustevny mountain, the week offered both learning and fun. It was clear that the organisers (org Educator) had put a lot of effort and time in to making this experience useful and interesting for all of the participants. This was not a simple task as the participants varied from possible volunteers to youth workers to municipalities’ representatives.
All in all, it was a very diverse and yet a unison week!
Summary was made by Hiie-Helen Raju
When Peace Follows War
The study visit "When Peace follows War" Peace-building between state building and private initiative was organized for youth workers and youth leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 01.07.2016-17.07.2016. This was organized by Dinara Forum and included 33 participants from 27 organizations out of 26 countries.
Throughout the project, participants were introduced through active participation and non-formal study methods to the details and backgrounds of the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina to investigate the international and local efforts to bring the war to an end through peace treaties and military intervention. Focus was also on the investigation of the international effort to support the building of a functioning Bosnian state. During the study visit, the participants visited 15 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, also in the Federation BiH and in the Srpska Republika and met with a large number of national and international organization directly involved in the peace- and state building effort. The participants had a chance to visit international organizations such as UNHCR, World Bank, OSCE as well as BiH Armed Forces and the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The participants also had a chance to attend the annual commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide and see the consequences of the war in-depth while talking to people from all sides of the war.
Without a doubt, this was the most informative and emotional project for all the participants, which left a very strong and good impression of the country, its people and of course the organizer who made it happen – Dinara Forum. On behalf of all the participants, everyone is very grateful to have had the chance to participate in this study visit and travel in this gorgeous country.
Summary was mede by Alice Lõhmus
Brussels, the capital of Europe, the heart of the EU hosted 5 Estonians and loads of more people from several countries during 11th-15th of July to think and talk about internships and international internship possibilities.
Organised by Italians who live in Brussels, it was a project full of surprises. Even though it lasted only a few days, each day turned out to be completely different from what we expected. The participants contributed through discussions and sharing of good and bad practices.
Meeting for Education, Employmment and Training (MEET) project offered a chance to visit the EU Parliament and have a discussion with several MEPs about internship possibilities and their ideas as policy makers. The Parliament, however, sees their role as minimal in terms of improving or providing internships.
The spontaneous schedule and surprises offered different culinary experiences from different cultures and showed distinctly how different people refer to time. It was lovely to taste the famous Belgian beer and of course waffles.
Summary was made by Hiie-Helen Raju
Here are summaries of projects in 2016 with Seiklejate Vennnaskond's partnership