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International Youth Exchange
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The seven day residential camp will take place at Essex Outdoors Mersea, Essex England. This international youth exchange will look at Outdoor Education across Europe, bringing together up 70 young people age 14 – 19 from three European countries to include groups from England, Bulgaria and Romania. The exchange will allow young people to participate in a series of outdoor activities and sports that will help them develop team building and networking skills, to improve confidence and self-esteem. These activities will help the participants to develop creative imagination and also provide opportunities for social mixing enabling the participants to building relationships with people from different social and cultural backgrounds. Likewise, this group of young people will participate in a ‘National Day’, preparing and cooking foods from their culture for other nationalities to try, and with time young people will be given the opportunity to teach a traditional dance or sport from their culture. These objectives foster mutual understanding and promote tolerance among young people. The involvement of a youth group from Bulgaria and Romania in the project will lead to the promotion of cooperation of youth work between international groups and the understanding by young people of the relationship between countries in the Union and their role in the development of the European Union. Young people will also take part in visiting local festivals and towns to enhance learning of different cultures. Within the project we will have a visit to a local town where a UK MP or MEP will help to facilitate a debate on some of the founding principles of the European Union which would include democracy and the respect for human rights. Throughout the six days, time will be set aside for youth workers to meet and talk about specific issues relating to their work.
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