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F.A.M.I.L.Y. Finland and Armenia Make the Incredible and Legendary Youth exchange
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Feb 28, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The F.A.M.I.L.Y. Youth Exchange will be held in Yeghegnadzor, Armenia on the 2nd - 8th of October, 2016 (includes travel days). In total 29 youth with the age of 14-18 will participate to the project. The project has been planned together by Finnish and Armenian partners. The very first idea of this common project was created during “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!” Youth Exchange in August of 2015. The cooperative roles have been clear since the beginning: Finland will send the application and will take the responsibility of coordinating. The Armenians will take the role of hosting country.The project will be based on a mutual learning situation among the participants. Working methods will primarily be those of non-formal education; participants will be creating a space for sharing and learning among groups, there will be practical exercises with debriefing, experience sharing, and learning by doing. The main types of activities include: group work, simulations, interactive exercises, and forum theatre methodology. The participants will be able to share their personal and their organizations’ practices and experiences. The project will give time for personal reflection and sharing within national/ethnic groups and will be alternated with sharing, learning and reflecting between representatives from the different countries.The aim of this youth exchange project is to familiarize youth from different countries with each other's culture and daily life, as well as to explore the roots of culturally-based behavior and learn new perspectives on understanding different people.Before the youth exchange the APV will be organized.The APV will focus on making a really comfortable and safe youth exchange. The representatives of both organizations will meet each other with one Finnish leader and one Finnish youth travelling to Armenia. The participants will discuss the program components, all the necessary practical arrangements, and visit the venue. They will also go through the workshops and run through the methods and aims. There will also be time to concentrate on the youth’ special needs, for example allergies or restricted diets. There will also be time to talk about team building, personal support, and problem solving during the youth exchange. There will be given the last suggestions of completing the pre-tasks and the project budget will be discussed.After the project, participants will conduct interactive sessions on culture, diversity, and ethnic stereotypes and will present Youth Mobility Projects in their home countries for their community, peers, and fellow youth as a follow-up to the Youth Exchange.

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