The programme of the exchange that is going to take place in the South – Eastern part of Bulgaria, in the town of Melnik, between the 21 and 29 October 2013 is focused on the problem of youth unemployment and its possible solution through active citizenship and European citizenship in particular.
The main aim of the youth exchange “Ideas and Work for Better Future” is the discussion among young people about the problems related to youth unemployment and European citizenship – the fact that they belong to united Europe, and the opportunities that it offers. Through nonformal education, participation in volunteer activities, as well as using the liberties of circulation in the European Union, young people are able to improve their competences and skills, and thus to find a better way to develop personally and professionally. During the project, we will focus on important European issues that require the attention of youth and the active involvement of young people: European citizenship, youth unemployment, participation of youth in civic life, intercultural dialogue, etc. The participants will exchange ideas and good practices, they will meet representatives of local youth, local NGOs, the local business, etc. The participants in the project are going to be 28 young people between 18 and 25 years old who are interested in the topic of the project and are motivated to work together in order to promote the idea that united Europe offers unique opportunities to young people, which contribute in the process of finding solutions for youth unemployment.
In order to meet the objectives of the project we are going to use non-formal educational methods, such as “learning by doing”, discussions, team-building and ice-breaking games, role games, artistic and creative workshops. Through these activities the participants will receive more information about the issues we are focusing on, they will develop their competences for analytical and critical thinking, they will learn how to solve problems in an on-conflict way, how to work in a team, be creative and develop a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship. In an atmosphere that is beneficial for the creative approach to the specific topics, the participants will be encouraged to exchange their experiences, information, opinions, to develop their own attitude towards a number of issues, related to the responsibility for the personal actions, to the realization of a positive social change, to the tolerance, the understanding and appreciation of the cultural variety. They will develop a sense of empathy and solidarity to the others.
The participants in the project will establish contact and communicate with local organizations and people during the activities, e.g. the Mountain Rescue Service – one of the oldest volunteering NGOs in Bulgaria. Along with the every-day activities, the participants will have the opportunity to see and get to know different aspects of Bulgarian culture – the atmosphere, history and traditions of the picturesque Bulgarian town Melnik and its surroundings, Rozhen Monastery, the multicultural environment of the Gotze Delchev region (Dobrinishte) and its unique nature (Gotze Delchev hut, Bezbog peak, etc.).
|Projecto||“Ideas and Work for Better Future”|
|Organização||Professional Forum for Education|
|Datas||21 – 29 Outubro 2013|
|Idade||18 aos 25|
|Nº Vagas||6 +1 Group Leader|