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“A STORY FOR GLORY...”
Let the stories empower you!
ERASMUS+ YOUTH EXCHANGE 2-9 September 2017
Kavalari Scout Camp, Kilkis, Greece
Our love for story is universal. And we use story all the time. Every time we understand a new set of data, learn a new skill, change an attitude, or share a part of ourselves with others, we do it through formulating some sort of a story. The youth exchange “A story for Glory”, is an initiative based on a strong partnership between 7 European Organizations from Greece, Romania, Portugal, Spain, Latvia, Finland, Poland.
It will take place in the relaxing Scout Camp KAVALARI in the foothills of the green and beautiful mountain Belles, in North Greece, 2-9 September 2017.
“You in Europe” is a NGO based in Greece. In the first place…
Because, “You in Europe” is a space for everyone who loves living through learning… and vice versa.
In fact, “You in Europe” is the formalization of the idea that each of us has the opportunity to involve in the society in a prosperous way, and foster social cohesion through personal development. And how we do that? By developing programs and actions that motivate young people and adults to involve in learning activities, support people with special needs in gaining access to education and integrate better in the society, and help volunteers to gain knowledge, help the community and obtain new skills. “You in Europe” inspires active European Citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among Europeans, through:
- ·Youth Exchanges, Training Courses and European Voluntary Service for youngsters (Erasmus+)
- ·Programs for adult practical learning
- ·Training Programs for Professionals
- ·Cultural Events and initiatives
“A story for glory” is a mobility project aiming at 35 young people between 18-25 years old (4 participants + 1 youth leader no age limit) that addresses the storytelling art as a useful tool of empowerment and encouragement of young people, in order to achieve personal and social change and to promote intercultural dialogue. In an era where youngsters in Europe and in the western world in general have to face major challenges in their everyday life (unemployement, social exclusion, passive way of life, racism, xenophobia, bulling, corruption), the storytelling art proves to be a useful tool for their personal empowerment and self - awareness. Storytelling can help them increase their self esteem and develop an attitude of active participation in the formalization of a satisfying reality by them, for them. So they can start setting goals and following the steps to achieve them.
The other axis of our attempt is use the power of storytelling in order to challenge stereotypes, to achieve a deeper understanding of cultural identity and to promote intercultural dialogue and interaction
The goals of the project are:
-To help participants explore the art of storytelling and how stories can be a powerful tool to bring personal development and social change
-To help participants discover and understand about their own potential and get inspired, motivated, empowered from each story shared
-To help participants discover how they can use the wisdom of stories on making good and smart choices
-To increase their creativitity
-To re-examine non productive concepts, to cultivate their tolerance towards the different "other" To encourage the intercultural awareness by developing an attitude of respect to the multiculturalism and its various expressionsTo help young people improve their knowledge about Erasmus+ Programme and the possibilities it can offer to young people and to people that work with them
All the methods used during the YE will be based on non-formal education activities, such as simulations, role plays, energizers, brainstorming, and discussion in small or big groups. All the participants will have the opportunity to be actively involved, discuss, share, learn from each other, critically reflect and get the best out from this project.
During the workshops, working in groups, participants will create their own empowering stories, which they are going to present in a very special event...
“Let the stories travel you!”
Near the Scout Camp, there is the train station of Mouries, where stops the train that crosses North Greece. So... we are planning to “attack” the wagons and present our empowering stories, the ones we will prepare during the workshops, to the passengers.
The trip to the next train station of Kilkis lasts about 30 minutes, so we have enough time to share with them our inspiring stories, to make a nice impact on their trip, to enjoy sharing stories with people we dont know but maybe we have so many things in common... And then we will do the same taking the next train back to Mouries!
We are looking forward to involve in our YE groups of motivated, creative youngsters that are interested on storytelling, theatre and arts in general. Also this type of exchange is focused on keeping in touch with nature and self-exploration, so if someone dreams about all night long parties or about “sun and sand Greek holidays” we are sorry but it's not the case. :)
Participants aged 18-25 years old
(4 participants + 1 youth leader no age limit). We kindly ask you to keep the gender balance for the participants (2 girls and 2 boys) as mentioned in the application.
- Capable of speaking, writing and understanding English at least at the medium level;
- Interested in the main topic of the exchange;
- Capable and willing to develop further projects.
The YE will be hosted in the relaxing Scout Camp KAVALARI in the foothills of the green and beautiful mountain Belles, in North Greece. The place is surroudend by forest and the closest shop is 3 klm away, so be sure you have with you all your necessary personal stuff.
You can see the camp here:
or visit the website (greek version only)
Participants will sleep in dormitories of 14 persons with shared bathroom and showers. IMPORTANT: Towels, sheets and blankets are NOT PROVIDED. So you will have to bring towels and your sleeping-bags with you, and if you want sheets and a pillowcase.
The program includes one mini - excursion to the mountains, so be ready for trekking to the waterfall, next to a small river, under the shadow of the trees. (total duration to go and to return 4 hours trekking). So DONT FORGET YOUR SPORT SHOES!
COSTS AND REIMBURSEMENT
“A story for Glory” Youth Exchange Project is implemented with the financial support of the European Commission and the ERASMUS + Programme. Accommodation, food, as well as activities costs will be covered from the project budget. Travel expenses will be covered after collecting your travel documents on condition that the participants use the cheapest ways of transportation and submitted original invoices for plane tickets, boarding passes, train and bus tickets. Private cars, Taxi and first class tickets will not be reimbursed. Please keep the boarding passes from your airport check in as well. Reimbursement will be done in EURO, regardless of the currency indicated on your ticket and receipt/invoice. Please note if you bought your ticket in your local currency which might be different than EUR, we will calculate your travel costs according to the exchange rates from official European Commission web-site, on the day of the purchase.
You can not buy any air ticket or any travel cost before of 1 August without authorization from the organization. If this happens, we can not efund no amount of money to these participants. .
For the reimbursement of the money, you have to bring us all original documents: • invoices, • e-tickets, • proof of payment (if you pay in cash you have to bring us the receipt, but if you pay online you have to bring us the bank statement) • Original boarding passes
Of course, if you want you can stay 1-2 days before/after the project in order to visit Thessalonik, but you have to pay by yourself for those extra days.
Travel costs for every country according to Erasmus+ rules
The closest Airport is this of Thessaloniki – (SKG). From there you will have to take the bus 78 to the city center. It lasts 45 minutes and the ticket costs 2 euros. You buy tickets from the venting machine next to the bus station outside of the airport, or also inside the bus, but you need to have coins.
We will pick you up from Thessaloniki's city center (the exact meeting point will be anounced in the last infopack we will send) and transfer you to the Scout Camp by bus. The bus will depart on 2 of September, at 18:00.
So please book your flights accordingly and make sure you arrive in Thessaloniki on 2 of September, early enough to be ON TIME in our appointment.
Otherwise you will have to reach the Scout Camp with the public transport, which is really complicated.
HEALTH AND TRAVEL INSURANCE
Health insurance will NOT be provided or reimbursed by the organizers. All participants are required to purchase health insurance individually, or get the free of charge European Health Insurance Card.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!!!
For any extra info please contact us email@example.com
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION
THE YOU IN EUROPE TEAM
Vasilis, Grigoris, Ioanna, Stavroula