Youth Exchange “Culture In Your Dna”

NGO Youth Club Active (Izum youth club)

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Organisation:

NGO Youth Club Active (Izum youth club)

Country:

Estonia

About organisation:

NGO Youth Club Active is a mobile youth organization, which was created with support of the Youth Center Vihasoo, whichis working since 1994 in the field of youth in Tallinn, Estonia. Youth Club Active is a youth organization that has existed formore than 10 years, and also has the status of an open youth center since 2018. We involve youth from the age of 11thyears old and provide variety of activities for self-development. The role of our organisation is to promote the non-formaleducation, to involve youngsters in different social activities on local and international levels.Our main activities we coordinate on 5 different fields:* PROJECTS (local and international level)* VOLUNTEERING (sending and hosting volunteers, local volunteers club)* NON-FORMAL LEARNING EVENTS, WORKSHOPS, HUMAN-LIBRARIES, YOUTH FORUMS, TRAININGS,SEMINARS AND ETC.* CAMPS* YOUTH LABOUR MARKET* WORKING PRACTICE (media, coordinating of the volunteer’s club, project writing)

Contact person:

Darja Djatsenko

Title of the project

Youth Exchange “Culture In Your Dna”

Start date:

August 22, 2023

End date:

August 29, 2023

Source of funding:

Erasmus+

Objectives:

The youth exchange goal was to increase the interest of the participants in getting to know the culture of their own country and the cultures of other countries in different ways, through activities, workshops and cultural evenings. The problem that the participants faced and tried to solve is that the boundaries between different cultures are blurred , people forget their traditions and the characteristics of their ancestors.Throughout the project, 30 participants (15-19 years old) from countries such as Portugal, Moldova, Georgia, Greece and Estonia, immersed themselves in the topic of culture through various informal methods such as: group discussions, improvisations, cultural evenings, debates, and master classes of various formats. Participants shared interesting facts about their countries, compared situations, discussed and looked for reasons, and also learned about the opportunities of young people, broke stereotypes about other nationalities and strengthened relations between countries. The leader of each country conducted workshops throughout the project, where participants created culturally themed products:- Performance;- Book of legends;- Puppet and Mandala;- Escape box;The project was very intense and fascinating. The participants got a lot of unforgettable emotions and memories and of course expanded their knowledge about the culture of the participating countries.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

This initiative, the youth exchange "Culture In Your DNA", fully corresponds to the thematic category "Creative Youth Information". The project was organized by members of the youth club - Marem, Polina and Nikita, with the support of youth worker Vera Egorova. The purpose of the exchange was to increase the participants’ interest in the culture of their country and the partner countries of the Erasmus+ program, using non-formal education.The problem that the participants set for themselves was blurring the boundaries between cultures, forgetting the traditions and characteristics of their ancestors. As part of the project, 30 participants from different countries (Portugal, Moldova, Georgia, Greece and Estonia) used a variety of informal methods such as group discussions, improvisations, cultural evenings, debates and master classes of various formats. Participants shared facts about their countries, compared situations, discussed reasons and learned about the opportunities of young people. The project included the creation of cultural-themed products, such as a book with legends of the participating countries, a mandala and doll, a quest box and an immersive theater performance.

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

Our initiative has had a significant impact on young people and the local community. Leaders from each country organized workshops that resulted in participants creating cultural products such as a legend book, a mandala, a doll, a quest box, and an immersive theatrical performance. This project became an intense and exciting experience for the participants, bringing them many unforgettable emotions and memories. In addition, participants significantly expanded their knowledge of the cultures of the participating countries, facilitating cultural exchange and strengthening ties within the local community.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

At one of the sessions, participants explored opportunities for youth through theater, which allowed them to better understand the goals of Eurodesk. Engaging in theatrical activities not only provided a creative outlet but also served as a dynamic way to delve into the diverse opportunities available to young people. By using the medium of theater, participants gained insights into the multifaceted aspects of Eurodesk's objectives, making the information more accessible and memorable. This experiential approach fostered a deeper connection between the participants and the goals of Eurodesk, enhancing their comprehension of the potential benefits and resources offered to the youth community. The session further encouraged a sense of empowerment and inspiration among the participants, motivating them to explore and utilize the opportunities provided by Eurodesk to actively shape their personal and professional development.

How it respected the green principles:

We used more environmentally friendly materials and sorted waste as part of our commitment to sustainability and eco-conscious practices. By opting for eco-friendly materials, we aimed to reduce our environmental impact and contribute to a healthier planet. The conscientious sorting of waste allowed us to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills and promote recycling efforts.This eco-conscious approach was not only aligned with our organizational values but also served as a valuable educational tool for participants. Throughout the initiative, we emphasized the importance of responsible waste management and the positive impact it can have on the environment. By incorporating these practices into our project, we sought to inspire participants to adopt similar eco-friendly behaviors in their daily lives, creating a ripple effect of positive environmental stewardship within our community.Media Materials https://izum.ee/youthclub/cultureinyourdna

The youth exchange goal was to increase the interest of the participants in getting to know the culture of their own country and the cultures of other countries in different ways, through activities, workshops and cultural evenings. The problem that the participants faced and tried to solve is that the boundaries between different cultures are blurred , people forget their traditions and the characteristics of their ancestors.
Throughout the project, 30 participants (15-19 years old) from countries such as Portugal, Moldova, Georgia, Greece and Estonia, immersed themselves in the topic of culture through various informal methods such as: group discussions, improvisations, cultural evenings, debates, and master classes of various formats. Participants shared interesting facts about their countries, compared situations, discussed and looked for reasons, and also learned about the opportunities of young people, broke stereotypes about other nationalities and strengthened relations between countries. The leader of each country conducted workshops throughout the project, where participants created culturally themed products:
– Performance;
– Book of legends;
– Puppet and Mandala;
– Escape box;
The project was very intense and fascinating. The participants got a lot of unforgettable emotions and memories and of course expanded their knowledge about the culture of the participating countries.