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International Circus youth exchange
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Jan 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Youth exchange and Advanced planning visit in Metsäkartano Youth center. Youth Exchange 24.-31.10. 2015 and Advanced planning visit 4.-5.9.2015. Countries involved are Finland and England Number of participants: 20 Age range of the participants: 14-19 years International circus camp is youth exchange where the main method is circus. This youth exchange will gather 16 young people between 14-18 years from Finland and England together in Metsäkartano youth center for 6 days in July 2015. Behind the idea of this exchange are the young members of Rautavaara youth Circus. The background of the idea is their needs of widen their world and get to see and to know other cultures. By organizing this youth exchange these young girls and boys want to get experience in organizing international event and getting the feeling of being an active member of Europe. During this 6 days youth exchange the young participants will learn: - About other cultures. Both groups will prepare performances from their own culture. These performances function as a initialization speech for further discussions and workshop about our cultures. - Language skills for Finnish youth. They will get more familiar in communicating in English. This project will bring them more self-esteem and courage, and makes them more competent for the future. Each group will lead a workshop to other group. - Plain language. Learning plain language is very important for English speaking youth, and it can be challenging for some. They have to learn how to speak clear and understandable English without using too much slang words. - Learning more circus skills and while that, learning giving and getting constructive feedback, learning to instruct, learning clear communication and social skills. This youth exchange will give us an opportunity to share skills and learn from other circus group. We will get to see how different way circus works in another country and get new ideas in how we can continue with our groups. This project will increase the motivation of young people to continue with their circus hobby and give them new ideas how to develop their activities in a way that they can get more young people interested in joining their group. They will get some visibility in their community and more young people get to hear from them. The situation in Rautavaara is highlighting the importance of this project: People from Rautavaara often get to read negative news from their town. The population is getting less every year and young people feel urge to move out. The young members of Rautavaara youth circus want to do their part in giving media a reason to write something positive about Rautavaara! They want to be role models to other youth and show that they can effect on their wellbeing in Rautavaara. “It will do good to our citizens to get to read something positive about Rautavaara from the newspapers” –says a member from Rautavaara youth circus.
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