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WC (We Can)
Start date: 15 Jun 2016, End date: 14 Apr 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project WC (We Can) is the continuation of the previous project "First things First". The participants till now are very active on Facebook sharing impacts of previous exchange, so partners decided to continue to work on ecological issues. This time they've chosen more narrow theme- Awareness of Water resources and consummation. The idea came while participants in previous exchange had to use small amount of well watter for showering, for washing dishes, hands and having toilet just with sawdust and it gave a lot of thoughts. Besides we understood that because of melting ice (and rising sea level) a lot of people will have to leave their houses. Also in the reflection came out that Europe is getting more floods or dry period which possibly will influence our future a lot and we should now start to think-act about that. So previous partners from Macedonia, Portugal, Lithuania, Spain and Turkey invited one new Austrian organization (involving also Central Europe) and seriously want to work with growth of youngsters in personal and communion levels.Project which will consist of 3 phases :a)Preparation phase (activities- one day national group buildings, setting personal goals, getting know principles of NON formal education+ research about water-person connected challenges+ small investigation/visit to places where natural water resources are preserved and conversation with main ecologist about water pollution and other issues in the participants countries+ preparation of presentation to others).b) Exchange phase (20.08.2016-29.08.2016). Activities 1st day-creating atmosphere of learning 2nd day-sharing national challenges on the theme 3rd day- interdependence between person's life quality and water resources 4. day -Going to experience in rural nature (setting tents) 5. day- self directed hike in Neris river national park (+ personal outcomes of it) 6. Volunteering in Neris regional park (working in arranging for visitors and cleaning natural water resource places) 7. Experiencing Ancient crafts 8. Back in civilization- creating activities/presentation for event for local community 9. Water issues raising festival for local community organized by participants 10. Reflecting and documenting results of the project, (evaluating the exchange, producing Youth pass, personal feed backs) p.s. The days 1-3 and 8-10 will take place in Vilnius city (one seminar center) and days 4-7 will take part at Neris regional park (living in tents with very few civilization aspects) .c) Follow up phase: after coming back at least one participants initiated action at their living place based on results of the project (interdependence between community life quality and awareness of behavior with water)The learning outcome of participants will be reached by having these aspects (methodology) in the project:-Open space where participants could influence theme aspects and content of the program;-Diaries, with which participants would document their learning;-Enough structured spaces in the program for reflecting experiences personally, in national or international groups;-Creative methods, which push out participants from their comfort zone;-Volunteering for Neris River Regional park;-Interaction in the participant‘s group between mental disable youngsters and youngsters with other abilities;-Several days of experience in nature with very few things (sleeping in tents, making food on fire);- Non formal education methods, which involves into learning process participant's bodies, feelings and minds;-On Experiential learning methodology based activities at Neris river regional park (f.e. self organized hike, rope activities,ancient crafts) ;-Participants initiated event in local community;-Working in small international groups. Impact on the participants:On the preparation phase:-Competence to find out individual needs and to set personal goals.-Skill to collect some facts about the topic and to make small critical analysis of it.On exchange phase:-attitude of being proactive in life and local community;-competence of self reflection out of interaction with different nationality people;-competence of presenting your needs and expressing your feelings (+ to do it in foreign language);-competence of taking risk (going out of comfort zone) and being open for unexpected things;-competence of critical thinking about processes in society;-competence of living "friendly" with water and nature;-knowledge of D.Kolb's experiential learning circle and importance of using it in daily life;-attitude of overcoming prejudice (especially with disable people);-competence of noticing small things and finding joy -skills of working in international group: listening, knowing your role; expressing your opinion (+English language)On Follow up phase-competence of showing initiative and implementing actions which solves some challenges of local community.-competence of presenting personal change/growth and results.
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