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Small Community - Big Diversity
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jan 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project "Small Community - Big Diversity" will be conducted mainly in Latinovac and Čaglin, Požeško-slavonska county. Activities will last from 3rd of October till 30th of November 2016. Project will gather 14 participants from 7 countries (Portugal, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey, Romania, Latvia and Poland) and local people from Croatia. Overall objective of the project is to create sustainable community with all its diversity, to develop rural area and to improve quality of life of local people.Specific objectives:- to support solidarity, intergenerational exchange and mutual understanding- to connect different generations and cultures, to empower community spirit- to empower children to be more involved and participate actively in their community - to embrace cultural differences through cultural exchanges (decrease prejudices) - to make life in Latinovac more dynamic (to support development of the community)- to empower young people to use their opportunities (mobility projects), to promote mobility and voluntarism- to promote sustainable, active way of living and healthy life styles- to introduce work of Eko centar Latinovac to wider community and inform people how to be more active and involved in community development (make our work more visible)- to promote Greenway route (to support rural and sustainable development of the community)- to promote European values (like youth activism, professional growth etc)Project will include following activities: - Fall fest- Help in the local community - Promotion of mobility - Workshops for children - Intercultural gathering and exchange - Project newspaper "Škakljikaš"- Healthy food workshops - Greenway - promotion of bike and hiking routes We will use different methods in our work: interactive, practical, physical, individual and team work, presentations, performances, interplay with the local community, social interaction, theoretical education, themed movies, cooperation among villagers and volunteers, exchange experience, participatory learning, experts experience etc. The emphasis of the project is on promotion of rural development, sustainable living and youth mobility. Very important issue is promotion of diversity and interculturalism. We will work on connecting different generations and introducing different cultures and traditions. We want to present a value of living in a small community and importance of active work within such community. Volunteers will gain knowledge and experience about healthy life styles, European values, sustainability, community work, team work, public presentations etc. This will be achieved through practical and theoretical work. Those knowledge and experiences they'll be able to use after they return to their communities (important for their personal and professional growth). Activities that will include villagers and volunteers will encourage community spirit and sustainable development. Local people will start to be active and participate more in community development (by support of EVS volunteers). We will spread information about mobility projects, EVS program through regular updates of our web and Facebook page and through informing local media about project activities. Volunteers will have an important role in this activity with our support.
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