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Euromed Without Borders in Imilchil
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Life is bringing more and more challenges for young people, such as unemployment, terrorist attacks, refugee crisis, violation of human rights, intercultural misunderstanding in a very diverse world, and these are only the major challenges that young people have. Therefore, there’s a need for self-empowerment, self-expression and youth and women participation. In this sense, this project aims at the valorisation and establishment of intercultural exchanges, arts and environment between the Portuguese volunteers and the youngsters from Imilchil valley in the Moroccan High Atlas mountains, especially the ones from Agoudal vulnerable and poor village, through their overall involvement in the implementation of small projects of social development. The objectives of this project are:1. To promote non-formal learning and cooperation in the field of youth with the Partner Countries, in specific with Morocco, while promoting equity, social cohesion, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, and preventing violent radicalization;2. To support the volunteers in the acquisition of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills andcompetences) with a view to improving their personal development (such as self-empowerment and self-esteem), enhancing their employability in the European labour market and beyond;3. To promote opportunities for young people with fewer opportunities of intercultural awareness, experience and learning European values, such as respect for human dignity; equality, human rights, tolerance, non-discrimination, justice, solidarity and equality between men and women. Volunteers will have a privileged contact with indoor and outdoor contexts which could allow volunteers interesting learning in terms of knowing how to deal and be in a world increasingly plural and diverse;4. To enhance the participants' foreign languages competence, especially of English and Arabic;5. Raise the volunteers’ awareness and understanding of Moroccan reality and culture, through music, arts and environmental activities, being at the same time ambassadors of Portuguese culture, in the basis of an intercultural and peer learning;6. To promote the experience a real sense of community, because the “tribe” is united around a collective function, mission, culture and history; placed in the top of everything and everyone: the project;7. Raise awareness about environment and climate change issues, through working in the nature related to preservation and ecology, and improve technical competences in what fighting against erosion is concerned.This short-term EVS project will take place from August 1-31st, 2016 in Imilchil, Morocco,and it will especially target 16 youngsters aged 17-30 years with fewer opportunities (Refugees, educational difficulties; social, geographical and economic obstacles, and cultural differences) sent by its partner organisation from Portugal, MEDesTU, whose mission is aligned with this project.The activities proposed are: Traditional construction and replantation; Improvement of school infrastructures and conditions; Workshops of environmental awareness for children; Intercultural, artistic and sports activities; and Touristic project activities.There will be an Arabic Course, monitoring and evaluation moments, and informal gatherings with AKHIAM members as well.The methodology will consist on informal and non-formal learning. Participative methods will be used, attending to the volunteers’ needs, contributions and expectations and feedback, relying on a co-design and co-management basis between the partner organisations and the volunteers. Volunteers will be invited to self-reflect upon their learning, using a logbook. The final results reached within one month are:1. Tangible: the developed activities (workshops), testimonies (news in 4 different languages, promotional materials such as the flyers, 16 Youthpass certificates, a gallery of photos), clipping of press releases and magazine Associar+ articles, a website resulting from the project;2. Intangible: all the learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and attitudes) of immeasurable value that were brought to light by this intercultural experience.Despite the fact that there’s a short-term EVS, it’s expected that this experience promote the self-empowerment of these youngsters with fewer opportunities, enhancing their employability and motivating them to engage in a long-term EVS and other Erasmus+ projects.The impact on the target groups (youth, in specific), the other stakeholders and the community in general, they will benefit from the fostering of intercultural mind-sets and competences through the initiatives implemented, by encouraging active citizenship and youth participation, from the promotion of a true Euro-Mediterranean dialogue, from the deconstruction of prejudices and the raising awareness of the European values. It's expected that it impacts on more than 10,000 people, directly or indirectly, i.e. word of mouth or Internet.
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