Erasmus+: KA1  Youth Mobility (Youth Exchange) 

Place: Cyprus

Dates: 23/02/2015 - 03/03/2015

Abuse of various substances is a major concern for our youth today.  Other than substance abuse there is also abuse of other things like social media, internet that cause additions in youth.  Many products that are readily available to any consumer could be dangerous and it is becoming easier to obtain these items and our youth are becoming more susceptible to these abusive substances. Our project is made up of young people who are susceptible to abuse, or have had experiences in the past and even some participants who are currently experiencing problems with regard to different forms of abuse and additions.  We will take the experiences and knowledge of these different young people and share this within the group in order to give our youth the tools to be able to fight against substance abuse, to be able to identify when peer pressure is pressuring them into doing things that are bad for them and to help them help others to escape from such circumstances  We will look at how easily accessible these substances are in the different regions and how authorities and policies in each country protect our youth. Our hope is to give the participants to tools to be independent and able to identify the different problems in each society and to help each other be stronger.  We also hope to share this knowledge and these ideas with policy makers so that policy reform can be made to protect our youth even more.

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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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