Sharing backgrounds

The people coming from rural areas are manifesting a lower level of acceptance for other cultures, being determined by a low level of contact events with people from other countries, representing other cultures, beliefs and traditions.
People from these communities are coming from mono-cultural environments, so they have limited chances to develop tolerance, intercultural and social competences in relating with people from different cultures. Also, the relative isolation of these communities tangle down the development of competences in foreign languages or public speaking, in the same time blocking the access of youths to Erasmus+ information and benefits and to other transitional programmes. All these factors lead to a low level of intercultural knowledge, skills, abilities and limited positive inter-cultural attitudes among themselves.
Our project had the aim to raise the level of intercultural knowledge, skills and abilities among young people from rural communities by organizing a 7 days youth exchange in Balan, Romania, between 19-25 November 2017 on developing intercultural competences and promoting the importance of cultural diversity among 36 young participants aged 16-28 years old coming from the same communities.

Objectives:
O1. The project has contributed to increase the level of speaking skills in English and communication in an intercultural environment, of the 36 young participants.
O2. The 44 young participants and group leaders have improved their level of cultural understanding and tolerance, becoming more open to other cultures.
O3. The 6 partner organizations have increased their capacity to organize youth exchanges, especially those that promote interculturality among young people coming from rural areas.

All of the participants are came from similar backgrounds: young people who were still in high-school, aged 16- 28 who didn’t have any previous intercultural contact- making experiences and need to develop their intercultural competences.

Methodology:
To fulfil our activities, we included participative non-formal and interactive educational methods like: reflection sessions, animation of the participants, learning by doing, games individual learning, active participation in group activities, presentations, simulations, debriefs, brain storming, storytelling.

Result and Impact:
The participants have developed multidisciplinary skills that they can use throughout their lives. They were actively involved in discovering intercultural understanding, being motivated by this first international experience. Through non-formal activities, young people have discovered a new form of education.
Participants have become more open to other cultures and have discovered the importance of intercultural understanding, overcoming stereotypes and prejudices. They have improved their level of English language as well as public speaking skills. Interacting with the locals from Balan and Miercurea Ciuc, the participants became aware that they have an important role as European citizens and can make a change at the local level. They found valuable information about Erasmus+ and are still motivated to participate in other projects of this kind.

 

Asociatia Young Europe Society – Romania. Y.E.S. is a non-governmental non-profit organization that aims to contribute to the development of the youths by inspiring them a sense of active citizenship. Y.E.S. promotes mobility within and beyond Europe, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the employability and inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background. Y.E.S. mission is to promote and bring added value to participative education and active citizenship, while developing solid partnerships with institutions, organizations and individuals that are active in the same field. Y.E.S.’s goal is to facilitate exchange of experiences between young people in order to raise the level of information, and tolerance, as well as to increase youngsters’ awareness with regards to different cultures and attitudes, promoting unity in diversity.

 

 

Ifjusagi Nomad Klub Nonprofit Kft. – Hungary . Ifjúsági Nomád Klub is a non-profit, non-governmental organization located in the capital of Hungary, Budapest. It has been established by the fresh graduates formerly active in Erasmus Student Network (esn.org) during their university years. Therefore, our organization consist of people who are highly motivated and dedicated to the promotion of active lifestyle as the main key leading to the healthy and quality life. We employ informal and non-formal teaching as well as learning methods to broaden the outlook of young people and increase their involvement regarding their choices on a healthier lifestyle, active sports, outdoor activities such as mountaineering, hiking, camping and other.

 

 

NERIBOTA ATEITIS – Lithuania, is a non-governmental, non – profit organization, dealing with non-formal education activities among youth and adults. Purpose of the organization is to carry out exchange programs in Lithuania, participate in trainings and to solve problems that are relevant to today’s society, based on non-formal education methods in which people from different cultures have the opportunity to share personal experiences, learn to work in teams, to create, to express their views, to reveal their expression ways, learn to believe in themselves, not to be afraid to make mistakes and fully develop on their own. Organizational values is constant improvement, teamwork, common purpose, to result – informative society, fostering immediate communication, tolerance, self-expression and leadership. The organization’s mission, based on values, is to develop well-rounded personalities, through various forms of expression and methods.

 

 

Stowarzyszenie Wspierania Inicjatyw Młodzieżowych “FENIKS” – Poland 

Association for Supporting of Youth Initiatives “Feniks” was founded at the initiative of young people, residents of the district Pleszewski. The members come mainly students and teachers, but also other people interested in the activities of young people.

Since its creation, the main objective of the organization is local community interest in youth activities of cultural, education and sports. In pursuit of these objectives, the organization cooperation with other organizations in the country and abroad, as well as with schools and universities. The result of this cooperation shall be drawn up youth exchanges, training, seminars and charitable projects.

 

 

Iniciatíva mladých, o.z. – Slovakia 

Iniciativa mladych is young and developing NGO based in Slovakia. If was established in 2016 by young people active in Erasmus+.

Our main aims are:

– Organize and mediate opportunities for training, workshops, youth exchanges, internships and volunteer activities in Slovakia and abroad.

– Contribute to improving the social, cultural and educational life of Slovak youth.

– Help young people with personal and professional development through non-formal education.

– Encourage to active citizenship and active participation of youth.

– Raise awareness about the European Union.

– Contribute to intercultural tolerance and structured dialogue.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING –

 Bulgaria. ICDET is one of the most popular, powerful and active youth organizations in Bulgaria. It promotes the European values through local projects and participating in projects abroad. All of our members and associates have major experience in working on projects and the organization allows the creation of a perfectly balanced team. Our goal is to inspire and help youngsters for positive, social and economic changes, and dedicate our time to ensure the effective implementation of all these ideas.

Bălan is a small town which lies in the Ciuc depression. It is surrounded by the Hășmaș Mountains and provides a breathtaking view of the beautiful nature. The town’s altitude is 850 m; this rises to 1792 m at the highest peak of the Hășmaș Mountains and the town is crossed by the Olt river which originates from the near mountains. According to the census from 2011, it had a population of 5,864 of which 3,625 (61.82%) were Romanians, and 2,124 (36.22%) were Hungarians. It is situated 37 km away from Miercurea Ciuc, the county seat of Harghita County, 28 km away from Gheorgheni and 63 km away from the Red Lake, is the largest barrier lake which was formed in 1837 after a landslide blocked the Bicaz Valley. You can check the town’s official website here: http://www.orasulbalan.ro/

What is Erasmus Plus?  

 The ERASMUS Plus Programme is a European student exchange programme established in 1987 offering university students a possibility of studying or working abroad in another European country for a period of at least 3 months and maximum 12 months. The name of the project refers to Dutch Renaissance humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. He studied at diverse European universities and described the education as a chance for modern people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Since 2014 Erasmus and other programmes were included under The European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport ERASMUS+ .

Who will benefit?changing-lives

Apart from the students, the mobility offered by the Erasmus+ programme is dedicated for professors and universities’ staff as well. ERASMUS+ will allow:

>2 million higher education students;
>EU grants and training for about 4 million people and 125,000 institutions;
>500,000 young people will volunteer or participate in youth exchanges;
>650,000 vocational apprenticeships or traineeships abroad;
>200,000 Master’s degree loan scheme;
>25,000 joint master degree grants;
>800,000 educators and youth workers will acquire new teaching and learning methods abroad.

How to apply?map-erasmus

Organisations are invited to submit applications on-line to the National Agency in the relevant country or to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
The 2015 on-line application forms and related documents are currently being prepared and will be available on websites of either the National Agencies or the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency .
To assist you with the preparation of your project proposal, examples of the soon-to be released on-line forms are available here.
Individuals seeking to apply should contact their organisation, institution, or educational establishment.
I want to do Erasmus!

What should I do?map-3d

If you are interested in participating in Erasmus, contact the international relations office of your home university and ask about possibilities to go study abroad through the ERASMUS Programme. The students who had Erasmus experience can advise you and give tips.

All the partner countries have made dissemination activities, whether in their local community or during other projects they participated in.

Here are some pictures:

Bulgaria

Hungary

Lithuania

Romania

Slovakia