Partners in play
Start date: May 10, 2015,
End date: Oct 9, 2015
The project Partners in Play and PIP is youth exchange program between youth groups from two rescue organisations, THW- Jugend from Germany and Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg (e.ICE-SAR) The common basis for these two organisations the last few years is to save people from emergency and disaster situations and this project was made to expend the common basis further and invite youngsters from THW- Jugend to Iceland, introduce them to youth work at ICE- SAR and give them opportunity to be a participant in ICE-SAR national youth camp where all ICE-SAR´s youth groups take a part in. There can participants compare common training standards and practice different rescue methods and learn from each others.
It was the plan to 24 youngsters, 12 from each country and 8 leaders, three from THE- Jugend and five from ICE-SAR but after some consideration and discussion with leaders from both parties was it was decided to give more youngster opportunity to take part in this project and have less leaders instead. So there were 13 youngsters from each country and six leaders, two from THE-Jugend and four from ICE-SAR.
Project took place in Grindavík and part of the project was participation of the group in ICE-SAR national youth camp. Participants also got opportunity to see few of the rescue stations placed near Grindavík, in the south part of Iceland and in the Reykjavík area to get more insight in the organisation and see how varied it can be. Learning by doing is the teaching method in the youth work at ICE-SAR, it was used in the ICE-SAR national youth camp and was also used through the hole PIP project.
There will be made a final report with all the results of PIP and it will be presented to the board of ICE-SAR and the board of THW- Jugend and it will be presented to all the youth leaders in both organisations.
This project has increased participants knowledge and they gained more experience on working with different people, give them more self esteem to be able to communicate in other language then their own. This project has also given them the possibility to build up their own connection to foreign rescue partners and possibility to build up a friendship that can last for a lifetime
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