“Wake up in the morning – clean up your planet!” Erasmus+ Youth Exchange for eco-responsible behavior


 42 youngsters from 6 countries was taking part in the 2nd phase of the international project – Youth Exchange “Action in ECO Direction”. Latvian group of 7 participant and 1 group leader was taking part together with 5 other groups of young people 18-25 y.o. from Italy, Czech Republic, Moldova, Armenia and Ukraine, in Okhtyrka, Ukraine at September 10-19, 2018. 

The project was aimed to eco-friendly behavior, responsible thinking, understanding and solving environment issues, green life style was also aimed to reducing, recycling and upcycling wasted materials to create more responsible attitude to resurses of the nature.

The first past of the project was held in Latvia at June 16-25, 2018. Participants had discussions about environmental problems, possibilities for reducing waste, and reuse wasted materials. They also have build a playground for kids using wasted and reused materials.

The second part of the project was held in Ukraine, where youth exchange participants had organized upcycling workshops for school students in Sumy. During the master class process, the students, together with the project participants, learned to create candlesticks, bags, school accessories and other useful and beautiful things from secondary materials.

  • We have amazing experience to explore different upcylcing workshops, to try them by ourselves and then to make these workshops together with Ukrainian children from Sumy city – said participant from Armenia Mishel Yeghizaryan
  • If we look around, we will definitely see a number of things that we can use in some other way, rather than throwing out, increasing garbage – said participant from Ukraine Anna Karas.

As the great writer Antoine de Saint-Ekziperi described in his book The Little Prince: “Get up in the morning – clean up your planet!”

International Youth Exchange “Action in ECO Direction” was organized by Culture Association “Alternate Reality” together with Partners from 6 European countries and Partner countries.

The project “Action in ECO Direction”was financed with the support of European Commission’s “Erasmus+: Youth in Action” administered in Latvia by the Agency for International Programs for Youth. This publication reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there in.

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