Erasmus+ Youth Exchange

After taking all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of our participants, we are finally here – in Greenland – a Youth Exchange, which gathered participants from Romania, Croatia, North Macedonia and Turkey for 9 days, in Samobor, Croatia.
The vision of this project was to contribute to the promotion of increasingly prominent social objectives such as environmental protection, sustainable development and healthy lifestyles, and on the other hand, to encourage entrepreneurship for young people.

The challange

Ice is melting worldwide. Rising temperatures are affecting wildlife and their habitats. Precipitation has increased across the globe, on average, yet some regions are experiencing more severe drought, increasing the risk of wildfires, lost crops, and drinking water shortages. It is clear that the environmental issues are not myths anymore, but realities that we need to deal with. Environmental education must be part of our future, and through this project, we want to do our part, to protect our planet.

About the project

The project approached 2 types of sessions:
1 – theoretical sessions that aimed to increase the knowledge of the participants on the topics of nutrition and its influence on their physical and mental health as well as their learning abilities, as well as support the process of exchanging their experiences and national realities regarding topics of sustainable farming and eco-tourism. 
2 – practical sessions that aimed to increase the skills of the participants in the field of gardening and farming by experiencing how to plant and grow food with their own hands. They also increased the knowledge of participants concerning the preparation of healthy meals, as they will be able to recreate their traditional dishes with healthy, organic ingredients as well as creating menus for their everyday diet. Also, through practical workshops, participants developed their intercultural awareness by interacting with the local community and creating first-hand experiences in the rural environment.

A short insight

After a long waiting, we are finally here, in Croatia, in our Greenland project. We arrived there by car, after a long road and a little bit of anxiety since we were waiting so nervous to see the word NEGATIVE on our PCR tests. We arrived there and all of the tiredness disappeared, taken away by all the friendly smiles and hugs.
During the first day of the youth exchange, we got to know each other through various interactive games. We discussed the main goals of the project and the activities program for the next days. We consolidated the relationships in our group and our teamwork skills through an interactive activity that took place in a natural environment, where we did a lot of socializing and had a lot of fun.
During the next days, we had gardening workshops, talked about eco-tourism, and got to know nature on Vrhovčak. Also, we made a beautiful Mandala in the garden. During the outside activities, we started preparing the garden for planting, we decorated barrels and painted fences. We also helped with nature sanitizing, knocked down unhealthy branches, clear the forest road ensuring the view of the beautiful nature.
From the very beginning, we set out to prepare the ground for making elevated beds in which to put soil and compost to plant vegetables, so our Croatian friends can have, in a few months, some baskets full of healthy vegetables. They promised to take pictures, but we were not really happy with that, so we agreed to visit them again when the harvesting will start!
Right now, after almost more than one month since the end of the project, we can say that we are more aware of the environmental issues, we learned how to contribute to our planet’s health and for sure, we miss our friends.

The project „Greenland” was financed with the support of European Commission through Erasmus+ Programme. This blog reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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