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European Citizenship, By the Sea We learn …

This ten-day project was a multilateral exchange involving 53 youth from nine different European countries. The participants spent four days on land and an additional six at sea on the vessel “Crioula,” a training ship of the Portuguese Navy. This was definitely a high point of the project and a unique experience for everyone involved. The young participants were divided into four multinational groups on the ship where they worked together and learned basic navigation skills and ship maintenance. Through cultural and recreational activities that promoted cooperation, they strengthened their ties and learned teamwork in an intercultural environment. “An unusual experience in an unusual environment” was how the participants commented on the project at the end. This may also be the reason why this project received a considerable amount of media interest, going beyond the ship and impacting local communities as well. Especially interesting was the closing event, where the participants gave cultural presentations about their respective countries in the streets of Portimão, in the South of Portugal.
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