Europa gemeinsam erleben
Start date: May 1, 2015,
End date: Sep 30, 2015
The town of Mönichkirchen intends to participate in a youth exchange program with the participant European countries including Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary in the jubilee year 2015, "20 years Austria in the EU " to motivate young citizens for the idea of European cooperation. With the project Erasmus+ Youth all together 60 teenagers of the age of 13-18 years will be given the opportunity to make international friendships with the awareness to be young Europeans who are at home in Europe among Friends. Our intention is also to give these young people the possibility to participate in this project for who it would otherwise not be possible to participate for social or economic reasons. The central location of Mönichkirchen to the three other participating cities of Tarjan, Staufenberg and Mährisch-Trübau is geographically and economically an optimum and additionally the healthy climate and mountain air in Mönichkirchen will have a positive effect to the health of the participants.
In the main focus of this adventure week there will be strengthening of the self-perception as young Europeans, the building up of key skills, such as tolerance, organization and team spirit as well as peaceful coexistence and intercultural competence. The elimination of language barriers and joint activities increase mutual appreciation, tolerance and integration. New partnerships are the pillars of the European future. Similarly, the participation of young people in democratic life and the labor market is to be kindled. Additionally the development of the EU after the election 2014 will be a topic as well as current events like the migration and chances of integration etc will also be discussed. These topics should be handled by organizing and conducting workshops (language courses, peace education, ...), various lectures ("Europe's youth - the future of Europe", "Austria's Economy in the EU", ...), common activities for team building (sports, climbing, hiking, singing, dancing, etc.), the visit of democratic institutions such as the Austrian Parliament and the visit of an international company.
The expectations and the goals of the youngsters will be gathered in advance by the means of Feedback Rounds during the week and compared at the end of the week. A young team, consisting of 10 competent coaches from the participating towns as well as many voluntary assistants, are ready to carry out this event.
The participants will have the opportunity to reflect their own futures and develop perspectives for themselves. All together the youngsters should go home with a deepened consciousness that they are young European citizens who are informed about the dynamic in Europe and who are ready to actively help raising the understanding and cooperation in their home countries and throughout Europe. Furthermore, they should become the multiplication factors for future partnerships, youth work and building up international networks.
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