Advanced Culinary Training - ACT
Start date: Nov 1, 2016,
End date: Dec 31, 2017
The main objectives of this youth exchange are to help young people develop their skills in the culinary field in order to increase their employability and also to help them understand the importance of healthy lifestyles with food being one of the main factors addressed. The target group and the participants in this project are young people from poor families and from remote areas who do not have the same opportunities as others and as a result will gain the most from this project. The main issues covered in this project is dealing with food on a budget, preparing food which is healthy and tasty and developing the skills of these young people to be able to find employment in the various culinary fields. Many young people have basic skills about cooking and we hope to help them develop these skills so that they can increase their chances of employment in these fields and at the same time promote healthy diets and lifestyles.The profile of the participants is vital for this project and we will select the participants best for the project but at the same time giving priority to those who are disadvantages.In order to achieve these goals the activities foreseen for the project are important. As the topic is significant to all the participants we anticipate that all the participants will be extremely active in the project offering as much as they can but also taking back as much as possible. Discussions and debates will give the youth a different perspective of the problems and perhaps even new methods of addressing these problems. Workshops will be designed to maintain a European dimension as all groups will be made up of at least one person from each country allowing for cultural learning during the workshops. Workshops are designed around the various subjects allowing the different youth to discuss the issues and work together to solve problems and share experiences.Role playing will also be used to allow the participants to get another perspective of different problems. This has proven to be very successful as it allows for the youth to see common problems from the viewer’s point of view rather than the actor. This also allows for innovative ways showing problems.Simulations are also done during the project, allowing people to take on roles which are opposite to their real roles. During the simulations the participants will take on roles to re-enact a real situation based on events and problems in the real world. The participants will work together in their different roles to solve problems and to find solutions to these problems. Important here is that the participants take on random roles which add additional learning tools as they need to think and act as the person they are simulating. Using all the above tools and methodologies the youth learn through fun activities which are real, but are within a safe environment allowing them to learn from each other, make mistakes which can be corrected through discussions and not put themselves at risk. In real life when making these choices the results could be destructive but these activities simulate reality and allow for learning in a safe and secure environment.They will also be able to discuss and evaluate problems with their peers and help them by giving them guidance and support when it is needed. We hope that the information gained during this project is shared within all the communities and especially with the youth of these communities so that more youth can increase their employability in each of the partner communities.In addition to learning about the problems the youth will also exchange cultures and traditions and learn about the different cultures from the different countries allowing for better understanding of each other and therefore creating a more unified EU, fighting xenophobia and also discrimination.
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