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We are what we eat!
Start date: Feb 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We are what we eat! is an international youth exchange program with the participation of six promoters: the Youth Forum of Odorhei from Romania, as the host organization, Youthfully Yours from Greece, GreenRope from Italy, Mikes Kelemen Fans Youth Group from Turkey, Young Beats of Lithuania from Lithuania and EDU 4 U from Slovakia. The program will take place in Odorheiu Secuiesc (Romania) between the 3rd and the 11th of April 2016. The participants will be 36 young people (18-30 years of age) from the forth mentioned promoters (5+1 group leader). 18 among those will be young people from rural areas, confronting social, economic and educational difficulties.Food is one of human beings’ favourite obsessions. Most people spend a great deal of time physically and mentally preoccupied with food: we organize and prepare meals, we daydream about what’s for lunch or dinner… And we eat, sometimes a lot… Beyond simply an enjoyable, necessary human pastime, though, eating has important implications for how we think of ourselves, and how we relate to the larger cultures of which we are part in Europe. Which foods people prefer is connected obviously not only with what grows well in a particular place, but also with culture, tradition or rituals, even scarcity and rarity of some foods.The important question is how we can discover ourselves by the food we are eating? How can we discover at the same time the benefits of the healthy lifestyle and the connection between the modern and the traditional food from some European countries? What specific cultural assumptions are reflected in the ways that people eat in Europe? How do eating practices reflect our cultural differences? How do our own eating patterns reflect the various cultures of which we are part of?These are the main questions which led us, the Youth Forum of Odorhei to apply with an Erasmus+ project to introduce youth into the culture of food and traditional meals from Europe, both for intercultural dialogue and multicultural learning purposes, communication and motivation for a healthy lifestyle among the local communities from where we came from. Also, the promoters identified one other basic aim of the project, which is to create project ideas on healthy lifestyle which will be implemented by the promoters in their areas of activity. In order to enlarge their chances to develop both on personal and professional level the participants will visit successful social enterprises active in Harghita area.If our project proposal will be a winner – and why not believe that this idea is a good one, which will be much appreciated by the European decision makers – we will have one week to visit among other interesting places from Harghita County (Romania) the milk factory, farms with herbals and veggies, traditional bakeries and a lot of visits of other unique locations. During the program we will have language lessons, intercultural evenings, training sessions and workshops, folk dances and so on.
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