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Adventure through the lens
Start date: Jun 17, 2014, End date: Jun 16, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The TC is ADVENTURE THROUGH THE LENS. Which is aimed at youth workers active in the field, volunteers and young people who are studying to become youth workers. There is no age limit of the active youth workers but for the volunteers or young people studying towards working in the field of youth work need to be 18+. The TC will be hosted by UK Ambassadors CIC which is a not for profit community interest company. The participants will be staying in leeds /Heckmondwike and they will take part in various activities around outdoor activities some on site and some off site from camping, bush craft, basic outdoor survival skills, sports as archery, high ropes etc and using photography to explore the adventures of outdoors and capturing the experiences. The TC will have active youth workers and young people from 6 countries UK, Romania, Estonia, Slovenian Malta and Czech Republic. The participants will be over 18 yrs in age. majority working with young people from hard to reach communities or young people with fewer opportunities. The young people will be from the same background or willing to work with the above mentioned target group. The methods used in the TC will be hands on experience, transferable photography skills, activities to engage with the outdoors in a relaxed fun way and sport activities that will be good for the well being of mind and body . The TC will have visits and activities where the participants will try and feel the importance of the skills and the space to discuss issues and reflect. There will be many opportunities to share skills and experiences with each other , to learn from and to evaluate personal development. The TC will provide opportunities to reflect and absorb the learning. The aim of the TC is to bring a group of youth workers together on one platform to discuss issues around certain target groups and how to tackle or make small changes to promote inclusion in the countries they come from. The TC will provide a safe platform to share and learn from each others experiences and country dynamics and resources used with certain stereotypes that society finds hard to accept in todays day and age. The TC will help to mobilize. It will create opportunities to build partnerships and work towards facilitating more informal methods of learning. The youth workers will also take part in activities to feed the mind and soul and to rejuvenate their bodies with the positive energies to enjoy the outdoors and spark the adventure within themselves. The TC will address the issue of poverty and marginalization by using photography, outdoor adventure and sport as tools. They will look at methods to encourage young people's awareness and commitment to tackle there issues for a more inclusive society. In this context , special emphasis will be placed on equality and discrimination. All participants will use their experience in UK and create a collage or story book using their images and linking them to synopsis from their past to present. It will take them on a personal journey and highlight the changes images bring sometimes good and sometimes bad and how certain images jogg our memories . It will be a transition to use their experience of a sport or picture from the outdoor adventure or the feeling of connection towards their surrounding that will realize how difficult situations can be for young people with fewer opportunities . It will reflect how certain images can refresh your soul and give the spark of motivation to make a difference within and in a much bigger context in the world. Adventure triggers the mind and body to share the positive vibes and create peace and harmony. Photography is also a great tool to use to express worries and issues affecting young people in todays fast moving European climate. The main aim of the TC is to share good practice, learn new informal methods that could be used in their own countries, share experiences and reflect. The impact will be prolonged when the youth workers will return to their countries and use the skills learnt during their stay in UK and use them when working with their own young people. The long term benefits will help to open opportunities for other young people to become active European citizens, highlight issues and finds ways to resolve them. The skills will be soft skills but something that can motivate the young people to enjoy and take further to develop them selves and bring change in the world. The TC will show ways to sustain small projects and sustainability of skills by transferring them to others. We are hoping to use this TC as stepping stones to create more projects locally and also engage young people in international exchanges. The TC will develop good partnerships among the organisations and aim towards the same goals and priorities. It will be a great experience for everyone to learn and share.It is a methodology of activating young people by challenging them: physically, intellectually and socially.
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