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Sailing Through Cultures
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: Feb 28, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Sailing Through Cultures" is the Erasmus+ Key Action 1 Project - Youth Exchange aiming to raise awareness on open dialogue, inter-cultural understanding, human rights, mutual respect and acceptance of diversity between young people in Europe. We would like to empower European youth, by enabling them to raise their cultural awarenesses through a mix of methods of Non-formal learning and using different tools for learning and sharing information. By this Youth Exchange we provide space and time to our participants to share their life stories and experiences to enhance their mutual understanding, better inter cultural communications, networking, and friendship.Project objectives are:- to learn about problems that young refugees are facing nowadays- to identify the opinions of youngsters from different countries are regarding migrants best practice in integration and inclusion of migrants- to counter the emergence of negative portrayal of migrants and migration in media by meeting and sharing information with young refugees - to develop future projects ideas for young migrants using Erasmus+ Programme opportunitiesThe project addresses issues and needs linked with cultural diversity, human rights, migration and inclusion. The foundation of the project is inter-cultural learning and hereby improving the image of migration and migrants among young people and to promote inclusion and integration leading to greater social cohesion in European countries. Thus by meeting different stakeholders dealing with this issue, we will try to eliminate the misunderstanding and confusion regarding the refugee crisis which is cause by sometimes, lack of communication, clear information or ignorance. Nevertheless there is a significant rate of 18-25 year old youngsters among asylum seekers who are eager to get in touch with local or international peers to share ideas, cultures, spay some sports and just spend some times together to become friends. This are the core need that we will try to address with this Youth Exchange.Moreover, by interacting and inviting asylum seekers in our program, we aim to learn directly from them about their foreign culture, norms and values. Furthermore, this is a remarkable chance for refugees to learn about the different aspects of the European Union and its citizens. Groups of of 6 participants plus one group leader will be selected in each from 5 partner countries (The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania, Spain). Project will be organized in July, 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The daily program is designed for 7 working days plus 2 travel days. Using non-formal education methods we will offer participants wide variety of interactive workshops, presentations and discussion platforms comprising blogging, graphical designing, and video production we will share information targeted at our local communities and European citizens in general, raising awareness on migration issues all over Europe.As an outcome of our project we expect that participants will use the new skills and competences to increase their intercultural sensitivity, become more tolerant and respectful toward other European cultures and become more active in their communities and organizations.The working methods will include:- Small group discussion- Group presentations- Individual presentations- Multimedia presentations- Media content analysis- Theatre methods- Energizers- Ice-breaking activities- Outdoor activities- Team-building activities,- Exchange of experiences,- Guest speakers- Discussion platforms,- Cultural activities,- Social media skills- On-going evaluationThe information about the project will be disseminated widely through Online platforms like action blogging, facebook, youtube, pinterest, twitter, instagram, partner organization's web pages. The outputs and overall results of the project will be available to anyone – all over the world. In addition, we want to make a common exhibit of the results in each partner organization after the end of the project.For the future perspective , the project will have a long term impact on locally and internationally on personal and organizational level in partner countries by multiplying effect of educating young people with ‘pass it on’ strategy. The learning outcome of the project will be an increased knowledge and experience of young people migration issues, inter-cultural dialogue, human rights and common European values and Erasmus+ programme.
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