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Start date: Sep 4, 2014, End date: Mar 4, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Turkish Ex-European Voluntary Service Volunteers’ Association (TREX) aims to improve knowledge of youth mobility with cultural-civil dialogsGreen Connection project which is connecting culture, art ecology and social dialog themes. It supports ecological living, cautious use of scarce world resources and recycling. At this point, art comes out as a tool. Art, as a tool, will be supporting ecological living idea. By using arts, young volunteers will get the chance to work on ecolog to be able to take one step towards increasing awareness on the topic. Pictures taken, videos shot, all relevant activities related with themes of the project, expositions, seminars, talks etc. will create the project "Green Connection". In this direction, we decided that the cultural and civil dialogs between Greece and Turkey must be improved. As TREX we would like to work in this project with our long term partner which United Societies of Balkans. As we already noticed from previous projects, we have a lot of similarities and we need to discover each other more. The project that our small group is going to run may show; conflicts of political, geographical, economics, cultural and ethnics between many neighbor countries can be solved with civil actions like touching, feeling, and talking. We would like to see active participation from our participants, so we are planning to use non-formal education methods. Also we are going to have chance to make contact with locals, take responsibilities and have brain storming with our work fields. The participants will both, learn and experience also create and share. Making connections with people has different cultural, educational and traditional backgrounds will provide that sharing ideas and experiences and getting more open minded point of views. Especially with communication, agreement and peacemaking workshops the participants will improve their knowledge about Turkish-Greek dialogs. The conclusion of new dialogs will affect us in limited fields, but these positive results will encourage us take a new step. When we consider in international level, the effects of this project can put us and our Greek Partner one step forward . Projects that we created together are going to bring youth from two sides of sea and show them to follow the common culture with same respect and mind. When we ended the project, it will show that, the youth of İzmir, Turkey and Thessaloniki, Greece will keep their common culture and history. Like an envoy of this brotherhood, they will extend it with same latitude and passion but in different languages.
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