Erasmus + : KA1 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: United Kingdom, London

Activity Dates: 12/03/2018 - 20/03/2018

 

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Project Description:
Young people often love being a part of the EU and enjoy the benefits of it, but some conflict arises in questions they don’t seem to understand the answers to. If you ask most young people what they think of the EU, they will tell you that they can travel freely, study and work in any country, travel with an ID card. Yet, when you ask about who controls the EU chances are you will hear answers like Germany or the 3 or 4 of the major countries of the EU. So are they saying or feeling that the largest economic countries are also the ones controlling the EU?

The partnership believes that young people lack the understanding of the idea of the EU, being born into a system they don’t truly understand, and yet too young to be able to compare the differences of life inside and outside the EU. Are our schools not educating our youth on the meaning of the EU and the role each country plays in the EU. Is the media affecting the understanding of what is truly happening in the EU? If the ideology of the EU is not understood by our youth, what does the future of the EU hold for us and what will become of the EU?

We have already established that young people understand some of the benefits of being in the EU, these mostly being the Mobility Treaty but what about the other rights, do we know them, do we understand them?

This project will look at the EU from the perspective of the ideology. What is the real idea of the EU and how do each of our countries play a role in this EU? Looking deeply into how each of us play a role in the EU. What does the EU expect from us as people and countries, and what do we expect from the EU? What does it mean to be an EU citizen, what are the responsibilities and what are the rewards? What rights come with being an EU citizens and how do we treat these rights? Do we enjoy all these rights or are they simply another empty promise?

We will look at EU enlargement and the democratic process of the EU and see how we can be more involved in the EU, making it a better place for all of us. The objectives include cultural understanding, seeing how every country in the EU contributes to the EU and how the EU invests in its members and its people. Allowing Europeans to learn from each other and truly being united in diversity.

We will examine the EU treaties and even EU laws and policies, see how our country influenced these, and more importantly how we as young people can influence and affect future policy in the EU.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Erasmus + Programme). These publication(s) article(s), video(s) and magazine(s) reflect the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Testimonials

Thank's to the Youth Exchange „Where do i Belong?” organized in Romania, in a wonderful area, named Predeal, i would like to think that i just found out where my soul and heart feels the best. 

In the first days were more relaxed and had enough space and opportunities to get to know each other and to accommodate.

So we took baby steps at first but I feel like we learned how to communicate better with people from other cultures (develop our social skills) and the most important aspect is that we were all the time encouraged to make friends through cooperation.

Personally i feel that there was not a single person with who i didn't interact with or had a dynamic activity with. 

I had the opportunity as well to organize a first workshop regarding the asylum seekers procedure from Romania together with Mihaela which decreased my fear for public speaking and also helped me to reach full potential when i want to transmit an idea in front of a numerous people.

Each activity that we had (name games, role play, creating a video, a magazine, a song about our experience during this days, building a country together, migrating to another cultures and become minority, crocodile game, game of thrones, etc) had a moral story behind, a problem that people are facing in different situations. 

This activities helped us to synchronize as a group, to realize all the barriers that a migrant, a refugee for example needs to go through, or maybe how all the stereotypes regarding genders affects our daily life without even recognize them. 

After all, I am pleased to say that this project has been really useful to share our experience, to overcome our fears, to learn to work as a one mind group, to connect everybody with everybody. Even the hosting place was amazing and the staff has been delighted and implicated.  

I am taking a picture in my memory palace to be sure that i will never forget this experience and the beautiful people which actually made this happen.

Thank you, my friends!

Anita Toth from Romania

 

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