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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Where Do I Belong…………………...

A great question. A question that most of us have asked our self’s, our friend everyone.

Do we have an answer though, is it possible?

Well in Romania during the course of this Youth Exchange we tried and we tried hard. For me personally I kind of know how to answer this question to myself now. And for me the answer is ‘’everywhere’’. 

And why is that because in this amazing project I learn some valuable lessons. Lessons about discriminations lessons about stereotypes. I had the chance to be in the shoes of an immigrant trying to find asylum or in the shoes of a nationalist extremist activist, that gave me the ability to understand stuff to see the world through a different eye and to realize that everything is A MATER OF PERSPECTIVE. And that perspective led me to my answer. 

WDIB was an amazing project for me one of the best I attended or probably the best. The OTI team as always was amazing with the workshops and the OTI Romania team was spot on everything through accommodation (on that lovely small and homey hotel with good food) through general organization of the entire project. An amazing team that was always there to support each and every one of us with all our needs. 

I am really grateful I took part to this magnificent project not only because I get to learn all the stuff I did but because I had the chance to mix and meet lots of new people, but I also had the blessing to make new true friends. Friends that I will cherish for the whole of my life .

Until we meet again all 

Antreas Mr.Big Antreou from Cyprus

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