Beyond borders (Bez hranic)

RADKA z. s.

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Organisation:

RADKA z. s.

Country:

Czech Republic

About organisation:

RADKA z. s. is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 to support all generations in many types of their needs. Our mission is to provide missing services in the region and improve life-quality of local children, youth and adults. Our goal is to be a professional NGO focused on leisure, education and volunteering. The organization is divided into 6 centers according to its focus and target groups: Intergenerational center, Swimming Center, Volunteer Center, Education Center, Youth Center, International Cooperation. Since 2007 we have been cooperating with foreign partners in various international projects. Thanks to these we share good practices, inspire each other and exchange experience. We are a verified lead organization for European Solidarity Corps, accredited Erasmus+ organization and since 2021 we are part of the Eurodesk network.

Contact person:

Jitka Doboszová

Title of the project

Beyond borders (Bez hranic)

Start date:

October 5, 2023

End date:

October 20, 2023

Source of funding:

Eurodesk grant co-funded with own resources.

Objectives:

As part of the Time to Move campaign, we organized a comprehensive workshop called "Beyond Borders," aimed at presenting opportunities for young people, particularly in activities of the European Solidarity Corps and the Erasmus+ program, and motivating them to engage in such activities, for example, by visiting our youth center. The workshop consisted of an interactive presentation, an activity titled "First Day on Youth Exchange" - demonstrating communication games and activities to set group dynamics, and the game "Travel Across Europe from West to East" - an educational board game. The presentation covered topics such as Youth Exchanges, Youth Participation Activities, DiscoverEU, volunteering, and solidarity projects. Program priorities were also mentioned and explained. Students further met long-term ESC volunteers from Lithuania and Spain, who now participate in our organization, and had the opportunity to view videos and photos from previously implemented projects. At the end of each workshop, students evaluated the workhop using reflective techniques. We conducted a total of 7 of these workshops, including 5 school-based workshops as part of regular classes, 1 school-based workshop as part of a so-called project day, and 1 workshop for the general public at our organization, in total approximately 150 people attended. From the feedback, overall satisfaction with the workshop and high motivation to engage in the presented activities of the participants was noted.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

Our implemented workshop was designed to be interactive and engaging, incorporating activities inspired by experiential pedagogy such as communication and educational games. This creative approach of information delivery ensured that young people were actively involved and had an enjoyable learning experience. By providing information in an interactive format, the initiative empowered young people to explore and engage with presented opportunities. By highlighting the benefits and possibilities of participation, the workshop encouraged young people to take initiative and get involved in meaningful activities. Introducing volunteers directly facilitated firsthand experience with the given activities, and presenting our organization provided an opportunity to start engaging in these activities in a safe and familiar environment. School and public space ensured accessibility to a diverse audience of young people therefore inclusivity was ensured, making presented information available to a wider range of youth.

The impact the initiative had on young people and the local community:

The workshop helped to increase awareness about presented programs, empowered young people to explore these opportunities for their personal and professional development and motivated them to contribute positively to local community. By participating in the workshops students developed a range of skills, including communication, teamwork, problem-solving and intercultural competence. Students also increased their knowledge about European Union. The present educators had the opportunity to engage in the activity, and they can now further spread awareness about these activities among other students or colleagues. The organization has established ongoing collaboration with the participating schools and will continue with the activities in the future. As the organization is active in all presented activities, it has expanded its potential client base, and active involvement of participating students in project activities is expected in the future.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

The promotional materials (online and printed) and presentation featured relevant logos and unified graphic design. Promotional materials from the Eurodesk network and the Time to Move campaign were used in the activities.

How it respected the green principles:

All activities implemented by our organization are governed by our internal Ecology/Permaculture guideline and advocate environmentally friendly behavior. Measures concerning energy and water consumption, print minimization, the use of recycled paper, waste management, and more are adhered to. Green travel was used to reach the activity venues. Students were acquainted with the priority of Sustainability during the workshop.

As part of the Time to Move campaign, we organized a comprehensive workshop called “Beyond Borders,” aimed at presenting opportunities for young people, particularly in activities of the European Solidarity Corps and the Erasmus+ program, and motivating them to engage in such activities, for example, by visiting our youth center. The workshop consisted of an interactive presentation, an activity titled “First Day on Youth Exchange” – demonstrating communication games and activities to set group dynamics, and the game “Travel Across Europe from West to East” – an educational board game. The presentation covered topics such as Youth Exchanges, Youth Participation Activities, DiscoverEU, volunteering, and solidarity projects. Program priorities were also mentioned and explained. Students further met long-term ESC volunteers from Lithuania and Spain, who now participate in our organization, and had the opportunity to view videos and photos from previously implemented projects. At the end of each workshop, students evaluated the workhop using reflective techniques. We conducted a total of 7 of these workshops, including 5 school-based workshops as part of regular classes, 1 school-based workshop as part of a so-called project day, and 1 workshop for the general public at our organization, in total approximately 150 people attended. From the feedback, overall satisfaction with the workshop and high motivation to engage in the presented activities of the participants was noted.