Vote for Earth was a youth exchange organized by our organisation that started from the lack of information
among the young people about green-gas effects and the benefits of renewable energy sources.
The project aimed to increase the visibility of EU environmental policy by providing participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies that will help them understand the importance of reducing green-gas emissions in their day by day life.
The goal was to organize a youth exchange, with the purpose of raising the awareness among youngsters about the effects generated by burning fossil fuels, promoting the importance of using renewable sources of energy. The youth exchange brought together 48 young people and 12 group leaders from 6 countries, for 10 days in Balan- Romania.
To raise awareness among the participants about the effects generated by burning fossil fuels.
To capacitate the participants to promote the importance of using renewable sources of energy in their communities.
To increase the capacity of the partner organisations in the project to engage young people in transnational activities for protecting the environment.
Methods like brainstorming, strategic planning, besides various teambuilding games, simulation exercises, role play exercises, competitions, presentations, open discussion, facts and figures and creative work were implemented during the YE. Furthermore, the youngsters had the chance to learn more about culture in general, differences and similarities among different ones, as well as have a chance to develop a link and cooperation in the future.
The youth exchange took place in Bălan, 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?
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?
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?
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.
MK – Volunteers Centre Skopje is a non-governmental youth organization created in 2005 by former EVS volunteers.The main goal of the organization is to give non-formal educational possibilities to the young people, in different fields, in local and international level; to promote the idea of volunteerism and to connect young people without reference to their nationality, religion, political, economical or social status. We are putting effort to develop a multicultural civil society, to reinforce the existing democratic structure, to enhance the affirmation of young people through their individual abilities and skills, and to connect the young people with the purpose of their closer cooperation
SK – Obciansky Spolok aims to develop social competences, developing, maintaining and support the interests, culture and free-time activities of Hungarian minority in South of Slovakia through creative programs and events. We as well focus to promote a better understanding of cultural diversity, helping our society to evolve from multicultural substance to intercultural one. We are active on a local and regional level, but we also organize large scale international activities cooperating with similar organizations in neighbouring county. Volunteers are working with all ages from different background and also cooperate with local grammar school of the Hungarian national minority.
CZECH REPUBLIC – Four Links, z.s. is a private non-profit and non-governmental organization with the headquarters in Brno, Czech Republic. The organization has been established by formerly active students in Erasmus Student Network (esn.org) during their university studies. The members of the organization have participated and organized various youth exchanges, trainings and seminars on the following topics: professional and personal development, entrepreneurship, media impact and how it shapes society’s opinion, active participation in both local and international communities, volunteering, multimedia, photography and video making.
Stowarzyszenie “Grupa Działania” focuses mainly on internation youth cooperation in frame of non-formal education but do cooperates also with many local players and institutions. Since the association creation, they do cooperate with 2 local associations. The common cooperation make possible the process of experience crossing, common support and exchange of ideas what is giving the organisation staff an extraordinary boost of motivation. Association “Grupa Dzialania” is cooperating also with local sport club and primary school.
Ifjúsági Nomád Klub Nonprofit kft. The Ifjúsági Nomád Klub is the non-profit, non-governmental organization located in the capital of the 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 to their choices on healthier lifestyle, active sports, outdoor activities such as mountaineering, hiking, camping and other.
In Czech Republic, the participants organized a dissemination event in their high school where they presented the objectives of Vote for Earth to their colleagues and also published an article about the project on the school’s official website.
In Hungary, our participants presented to their class mates the youth exchange they took part in and implemented some of the games they learned during the project in Balan.
In Macedonia, the results of Vote for Earth were presented inside Volunteer Center Skopje organisation by one member that took part in the exchange.
The young people that took part in Vote for Earth from Slovakia organized a dissemination event inside their school. They used a presentation about the negative effects of the fossil fuels consumption realized during the exchange and also presented the Erasmus+ programme.
In Romania, the participants organized a dissemination event inside their circle of friends, where they played some games and introduced Erasmus+ to their friends.