Be Prepared! Be Active!
Start date: May 1, 2015,
End date: Dec 31, 2015
Project;Be Prepared Be Active; was a Youth Exchange in Pona , Lagodekhi Region (Georgia), 15.-22.7.2015 involving two partners: NGO; Foreningen for Musik, Kulturforståelse samt Demokratisk og Europæisk Medborgerskab; , Danmark ( Applicant Organisation) and Association;Georgian Youth for Europe; Georgia(Hosting Organization). Each organisations were represented by 15 participants.
The youth Exchange was based on existing need of an organization that develops young people through different outdoor and indoor activities. The aim of the project was to improve competencies of youngsters in the field of experiential learning and using sport/outdoor activities as a tools of non-formal education.
The objectives were :
- to explain the main principles of outdoor education and using experience as learning tool with the main focus on outdoor activities
- through the own experience to increase motivation of participants and their involvement in organizing activities in the nature.
-promote healthy life style and sport activities.
-to experience camping and living outdoors;
During the project time it was provided extensive and various methods of out-door/sport activities for youth in order for them to enjoy participation, have fun, create a base for their future development in sport, stimulate participant mutual communication, experience exchange and discussions.
In the first day of the project, there were several name games and team building activities which helped participants get to know each other. In mornings short funny games in order to wake up participants. The basic methodology of the project will include on communication based and “learn by doing” methods.
Main activity blocks:
Olympic games - this working method promoted peace through sport, preserve human dignity and confront any form of discrimination, protect the environment and promote sustainable development, and supporting education and culture.
Orientation, mapping and compass - Navigation and field mapping skills will help us know where we are, where we are going, how we are going to get there, how long it will take, and when we will get back. These skills will help us never be lost in forest/outdoor.
Traditional/national outdoor games - discovering each other national, traditional games is the way how to share and present our culture and identity and keep cultural heritage.
Hiking - Discover the nature, discover personal weaknesses and strengths during the hike walk.
Team building - participants will be divided into nationally mixed working groups. It will promote intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and experience exchange. Working side by side to reach common goals will give an opportunity to get to know other culture traditions,
We believe the Youth Exchange has enriching participants experience that have waked up their curiosity, fostered their creativity, build their confidence for implementing their ideas and future actions and fostered their further self-development. We expect that participants later use the new knowledge and skills in their personal/professional lives and share them with other team-mates in their surroundings. The Youth Exchange have also created a space for their intercultural learning and exchanges of different attitudes, working styles and experience as for most of the project participants, this will be their first experience in Caucasus region.
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