Who: youth (18-25 y.o.) from Italy, Czech Republic, Latvia, Moldova, Armenia and Ukraine:
6 young people (18-25 y.o.) + 1 group leader (no age limits) representing each partner organization.
During amazing 10 days from October 10 till October 19, 2018 Latvian team of Culture Association “Alternate Reality” was visiting sunny Crete and participating in international Youth Exchange “Back to Reality!”.
Young people from Greece, Latvia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Georgia and Poland came together for the project bout green life style, environment issues, vegetarianism and healthy life.
We discussed a lot about Erasmus+ projects and non-formal education, how important it is for young people, how many possibilities it takes to see whole new world, get new friends, new skills, new vision of life.
We discussed about environmental issues in our countries and how we can reduce them. What we can do for living more green life, reducing waste and pollution, what is vegeterianism bout and how it impact our lifes.
We prepared presentations, we played games, we learned to dance, and first of all we’ve met new amazing friends from so different countries and cultures!
Also we made a funny video about our project as SKIBIDI Challenge:
For showing to local public how important is pollution issue and waste management, we went to the Chania city and cleaned streets from the waste.
Our big thanks and warm hugs to Maria – coordinator of the project, she is absolute awesome and one of the kindest people in the world!
Latvian team is ready to start a new project together!
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.
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.
Project Reference: 2018-1-LV02-KA105-002048
Location: The second phase of Youth exchange project “Action in ECO Direction” will take place at Okhtyrka, Sumy region, Ukraine.
Who: youth (18-25 y.o.) from Italy, Czech Republic, Latvia, Moldova, Armenia and Ukraine:6 young people (18-25 y.o.) + 1 group leader (no age limits) representing each partner organization.
The international youth exchange in Latvia is the second part of the bigger project “Action in ECO direction”, where youth workers and youth from different cultural backgrounds will meet and experience non-formal and informal learning in intercultural environment.International project “Action in ECO Direction” is aimed to promote eco-responsible behavior, active citizenship and sense of initiative of young people.There is 2 interconnected youth exchanges within the project: first in Latvia 16-25 June, 2018, and the second in Ukraine – 03-12 September, 2018.Young people from 6 countries will get together and learn about the most important environmental problems and risks exist in their countries and the whole Europe. Participants will discover the place of an individual in the pollution and how an individual can influence to make the situation better.
Project objectives: – to provide to young people with deeper knowledge about environmental protection; – to analyze environmental challenges in the participating countries and in the wider context, and to look for solutions on different levels; – to promote responsible and eco-friendly behavior among young people; – to promote active citizenship of young people, esp. in the field of environmental protection; – to promote inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities through providing them opportunities to participate on the equal level in the international youth project; – to promote diversity, intercultural dialogue and tolerance between young people from different countries through sharing, learning and working together in the international team; – to promote sense of initiative of young people through working on the solutions to the global issues and organizing own community actions; – to promote international cooperation between youth organisations in the sphere of non-formal education of young people through working together on the international project. As a result of the each of the youth exchanges participants will create and conduct community actions for the local youth with the purpose to promote eco-friendly behavior. Each of the youth exchanges will last for 10 days (including arrival and departure days). The objectives of the each of the youth exchanges are the same as general project objectives, but additionally each of the youth exchanges will focus on the certain specifics. During the youth exchange in Latvia we will focus on pollution and waste reduction. Participants will discover the specifics of the environmental protection situation in the hosting palce. The final activity of the youth exchange will be dedicated to raising awareness and discussion with the local community the important ecological issues and how it’s important to keep the nature. The final activity of the project will be combined with the Latvian national holiday Ligo. It is expected that some of participants will take part in both youth exchanges, so the knowledge transfer will be provided.
A draft of the programme will be added soon. It’s flexible and everyone can contribute. The programme of the youth exchange will be facilitated by all the project team, group leaders and participants. It is expected active participation from everyone to make this youth exchange a great experience!
– young people of 18-25 y. o. with fewer opportunities (some can be older up to 30 y.o.); – coming from Latvia, Italy, Ukraine, Armenia, Czech Republic and Moldova; – personally interested in the topic of intercultural learning, ready to share and gain new experience; – motivated to take active part in the project; – motivated to share the experience gained during the project in their communities and use the obtained knowledge on practice.
For the better implementation of the project, there are some tasks to do at home, so as soon as your group will be collected, you can start the preparation.
The non-formal learning approach intends equal involvement of all participants with the contribution to the learning process. The second part of the project will be dedicated to the creative upcycling – reusing discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.
Therefore, some preparation before the project is required.
1. The product of the project will be upcycling exhibition, each group is asked to propose the idea for the workshop to conduct with the participants. Describe your idea in such a way:
· Materials needed for 1 product;
· Number of participants for the workshop (minimum 12);
· Short description;
Group leaders, post your idea to the FB group till August 10th. The materials for the workshops should be easy collected and the idea should be easily implemented.
2. Each group is proposed to make the research how the waste management is organized in your country. For that you need:
– to have some data;
– know main mechanisms of dealing with waste;
– to search for the best practices of reusing, reducing, recycling and upcycling.
You do not need to make PPT or any other presentation, just collect the information. On one of the sessions the format of the presentation will be proposed to the groups, each group will prepare the presentation and we will discuss them.
3. Some preparation is needed for the intercultural nights. We plan to two intercultural nights:
Intercultural Karaoke Night:
– You are welcomed to prepare TWO songs for intercultural karaoke. The text of the songs should be in transliteration, as all the participants will sing them.
Food and Drinks Night
– We propose each country to present traditional food and drinks. There will be a unique format of presentation. Bring traditional in your countries food, smacks, cookies, sweets and drinks.
4. Each group is proposed to make a short video about the project. For that find one person form your group who will be responsible for this part of the programme. At the end of the project your video should be posted in the FB group.
5. During the project the will be the opportunity to add the information to the blog of the project. Think about the approach of your group to blog writing.
6. Souvenirs: Each participant needs to bring 1 souvenir from your country 7 in total from each group. There will be a special activity in the project where you will have the chance to exchange the souvenirs.
Youth exchange will be conducted in the cottage park “Slavna”, near Okhtyrka city, about 5 hours drive from Kiev. Within the programme it’s planned to have trip to Sumy.
Accommodation: All the participants will be lodged in mixed groups 3 people in a room.
Food: you will have three meals and two coffee-breaks a day. Please, inform about your food habits and needs (vegetarian, vegan etc).
Working language: English.
Internet Access: free wifi is available at the venue.
Plugs: the type of the plugs in Ukraine is European. Make sure that you have adapters for your electrical devises.
What to bring with you:
Participants from Czech Republic, Italy do not need visa to Latvia. Please, do not forget your international passports and insurance! Participants from Moldova, Ukraine, with BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS do not need visa to Latvia. If you don’t have biometric passport, you can get it now before coming to Latvia, otherwise you have to get visa in nearest Latvia embassy in your country based of our invitation. In that case we will need your personal dates as soon as possible to get visas in time. Groupleader has to collect personal dates of participants for visa and send it to coordinator of the project Irina Kurpniece (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) More information about visas to Latvia please see below: http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/consular-information/countries-whose-citizens-may-enter-latvia-without-a-visa!!! Please note that foreigners entering and residing in the Republic of Latvia must have a valid health insurance policy, which guarantees the covering of expenses related to health care in the Republic of Latvia, including the transportation back to the country of residence in the case of serious illness. Participants from Latvia: bring your national IDs (national passport, driver license or student ID card).
Please be sure you have a health insurance for crossing abroad. All participants should have private travel insurance. Also the costs of private health care in Latvia are high. While crossing the border you might be asked to provide information about the hosting organization: Center for Euroinitiatives
The day of arrival to Ukraine: September 3, 2018. The day of departure: September 12, 2018
How to get to Ukraine:The closest airport to the venue is Kiev Boryspol airport (approx. 5 h from venue).
At September 3 will be organized 2 transfer buses from Kiev city center and Boryspol airport to venue (Okhtyrka). All detailed information about transfer buses will be published in Facebook group for participants and partners of “Action in ECO Direction”.
For emergency keep contact number (+371) 22189430 Irina Kurpniece
If you have any questions or issues about arriving in time, please comment in Facebook group Action in ECO direction or call.
If participant is arrived 1 or 2 days before project starting date, he/she should find hostel and pay it by himself. Accomodation during this extra days not supported and reimbursed. We will inform in our Facebook group about the place and time, where this participant can pick up transfer bus at June 16.Group leaders: before buying any tickets for your groups, please contact Iryna Novak
email@example.com and provide her information about your group travel plans (means, place of arrival, timing, prices).She will consult you about the best travel solutions and will help you to arrange your trip to the venue.
The organizers will reimburse 100% of participants’ travel costs from your home city to the venue within the limits defined by Erasmus+ program.
Maximum amounts to be reimbursed (EUR):
Armenia – 275
Czech Republic – 275
Italy – 360
Moldova – 275
Ukraine – 20
Latvia – 275
Reimbursement of the travel costs will be done by Latvian applicant organizationKulturas biedriba “Alternativa Realitate” only after submitting all original tickets, receipts, invoices, boarding passes and later sending of the return documents and boarding passes. Save the boarding passes from your airport check in as well. Please, be aware that in case you lose any invoices or tickets we will not be able to reimburse the cost.
Reimbursement will be done by transferring to bank account regardless of the currency indicated on your ticket and receipt/invoice according to the official currency exchange rate of European Commission.
! Note: in case of higher travel cost, you will need to cover excess yourself.
Important: the reimbursement of travel costs for participants will be done via bank transfer to the bank account provided, upon presentation of all required original travel documents.
Group leaders: you are welcome to consult with us before purchasing the tickets for your group. Please make the copies (better scan or photo) of all the tickets and invoices before your arrival to the youth exchange. Email those to Irina Kurpniece (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The national currency in Ukraine is Hryvna. Other currencies you can exchange in currency exchange points at Kiev airport or in any Ukrainian bank.
In September in Ukraine is usually warm, but party rainy weather. Average temperature on the dates of the youth exchange will be around +14 +20 degree Celsius. Please check the weather forecast before coming and make sure that you have an appropriate clothes.
Irina Kurpniece – coordinator of the project, logistic support of the project from applicant and hosting organization Kulturas biedriba “Alternativa Realitate” (Latvia), email@example.com
At June 16 – June 25, 2018 was started 1 phase of youth exchange project “Action in ECO Direction”. Project is supported by Erasmus+ programme and is based on creating and forcing eco-friendly behavior and life style among young people.
Aim of the project: to give young people 18-25 y.o. with fewer opportunities more chances to know about saving environment, saving the nature, about ecological thinking, waste management, recycling and upcycling issues in the community.
Project was applyed by Culture Association “Alternate Reality” and approved in Latvian National Agency of Youth Programmes.
In the 1st phase of the project participated 42 young people from 6 countries: Moldova, Armenia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Italy and Latvia.
The 1st phase of the project took place in amazing place Kesterciems, Engures region, Latvia, near the Baltic sea, in ecological region with pure nature.
During the first phase young people in non-formal way was learned about the topic of the project, facilitated and presented their own ideas about how to improve situation with saving environment and waste managements.
Also during the 1st phase of the project our participants all together made great playground for children using re-used and wasted materials.
Project “Action in ECO Direction” is a great opportunity for young people to communicate with new friends from another countries, improve foreign language skills, public presentation skills, to know more about culture and traditions of another countries, to became an active member of community actions.
We are expecting the 2nd phase of the project in Ukraine will be also very active, friendly and important for participants!
The 2nd part of the project will take place at Sept 3-12, 2018 in Sumy region, Ukraine.
Meet you soon, guys!
During the 1st phase of project “Action in ECO Direction” we together created amazing playground for children with fireplace and flowers in Kesterciems, Latvia. Playground was created from natural and re-used materials, designs was created by participants of the project themselves.
All our 42 participants helped to build and paint parts of the playground.
We had used old car tyres, parts of old benches, stones, broken tables and so on.
After the playground was finished, we created an interactive performance for local children with eco-games, promoting eco-friendly behavior.
Participants of the project – 42 young people 18-25 y.o. from Armenia, Moldova, Italy, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Latvia.
A project “Action in ECO Direction”was applyed by Culture Assotiation “Alternate Reality”(Latvia) and approved by Agency for International Programs for Youth of the Republic of Latvia, and supported by Erasmus+ programme.
During a youth exchange project “Action in ECO Direction” in Kesterciems, Latvia, organized by Kulturas biedriba Alternativa Realitate, we will prepare a pottery workshop. Every participant will make his own ecologically clean cup.
Workshop will be organized by well known Latvian pottery master Leontins Cirulis, master of pottery class in Latvian Academy of Arts. He will also make discussion with participants about how important to be eco-friendly and try to be close to nature.
Also we will make our common “good ideas pot” for sharing our ideas about how to make our life more ecological.
Dear partners and new friends!
We want to thank you for this amazing project we made together.
Youth Exchange “Splashes of Diversity” is helped to connect us in very unordinary way. Now we know much more about our cultures, countries, values, traditions, expectations and hopes. Now we know how different we are and how important to understand each person who is different in any way.
Every of us is a person with individual culture and social background, and also all of us respects traditions of our countries and nations, but also we had to learn traditions of other cultures, countries and people.
All together we’d tried to find a solution for such issues as discrimination, migrant’s issues, intercultural shock and adaptation in our rapidly growing multicultural society. Now many of us feel more self-confident in different situations meeting people from different cultures, for many of us it was the first experience in such non-formal educational program as Erasmus+, many of us had find new friends in different countries. Now we much better understand, what we mean when we say “European values”, “tolerance”, “intercultural dialogue”, solidarity and social inclusion.
As you remember, at the first part of the project in Ukraine we made a theatre scene for local children about such values as respect, love, honesty, about discrimination and tolerance, about what we believe in. Those of you who have been participated in the first part of the project in December 2017 in Ukraine – you remember how reacted the kids about all these things, which we were telling them from our hearts.
About the second part of the project at March 2018 in Latvia – it was so nice to see how you meet again like best friends, and all new participants had this warm friendly feeling around them. We learned so much about inter-culture dialogue, played role game simulated migrant’s issues, and we remember some participants was really cried because they felt these roles very deeply in their hearts. All together we prepared a photos and interviews of real migrants from different war or danger zones, and made a photo exhibition of them. These true life stories touched our souls and we wanted to share our feelings with others. A photo exhibition “From life to life” was opened in Riga till May 20, 2018. Many young Latvian people could see these photos and life stories in the café-youth center Spiikizi.
For us – Kulturas biedriba “Alternativa Realitate” it was the first Youth Exchange project as for applycant and coordinator, so here is many thigs to learn from you, from more experienced friends. With your help we succesfully started, made and reached the main objectives of this youth exchange: promoting diversity, understanding of other cultures, intercultural dialogue, tolerance between people drom different countries and with different culture backgrounds, to learn and understand more about migrant’s and refugee’s issues.
We want to tell big big thanks to all partner organizations and all participants of Youth Exchange “Splashes of Diversity”. Thank you for sharing with us your live stories, your experience, your kindness and your opened hearts.
Thanks again to all our partners in this project: ADVIT Moldova ASOCIATIA OBSTEASCA ASOCIATIA DE DEZVOLTARE VOLUNTARIAT SI INFORMARE PENTRU TINERET EUROPA FARA FRONTIERE (Moldova),Institute for Democratic Changes (IDC) (Georgia), Center for Euroinitiatives(Ukraine), YOUth Connect (Italy) and System & G – Greece / LatviaSINDESMOS SISTIMA KAI GENIA (Greece).
We will be glad to meet and make projects with you again!
Project Reference: 2018-1-LV02-KA105-002048
Location: The first phase of Youth exchange project “Action in ECO Direction” will take place at Kesterciems, Engure region, Latvia.
If participant is arrived 1 or 2 days before project starting date, he/she should find hostel and pay it by himself. Accomodation during this extra days not supported and reimbursed. We will inform in our Facebook group about the place and time, where this participant can pick up transfer bus at June 16.
Since 2013 Culture Association Alternate Reality is organizing annual Riga spring carnival – medieval fest “Count of May”. Based on very old Riga cultural tradition started in 1470, every year Riga is celebrating beginning of the spring. Knight tournaments for men, medieval costume contest for ladies, and the best warrior – Count of May – will choose the brightest Lady – May Queen.
Festival will took place at the most beautiful square of Old Riga – Town Hall Square.
“Count of May” is non-commercial festival for all city, with free entrance and participation in main activities. All festival is organized only by volunteers and enthusiasts, who is ready to help to organize big common event for all Riga sity.
During the festival we organize also charity tournaments for children “Sir’s Roland cup”. At this tournamet will participate 30 kid from orphanats and crysis centres of Latvia age 9-16.
More info about festival please read at web-site www.maijagrafs.lv
A volunteers are welcomed to participate in organization process, and tournament preparing stage!
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