We don't stop talking about youth exchange, we encourage you to come from Erasmus with Mundus, to live the experience of traveling to learn, but ... what does a youth exchange really consist of? In this chronicle, Hóngxin Busquets, who participated last month in the "Power of Youth" youth exchange in Slanic Moldova (Romania), tells us what these types of projects consist of by example of their own experience. Read on to learn more about these projects.
There are many things you can do in your life and one of them is a Youth Exchange. Youth exchanges are projects in which people from all over the world are known, specifically from the EU (European Union). The EU plays an important role in these projects, as it gives young people the opportunity to go there for free. Those who leave only have to pay first the expenses they will reimburse: transportation; accommodation and meals are included in the program (not personal expenses). These exchanges have current and different themes with which to work and reflect, in which young people are very important.
The Power of Youth exchange took place in Slănic Moldova, Romania, from February 28 to March 12, 2019. 6 countries participated in the project (Portugal, Spain, Malta, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Romania). There was a leader for each national group that was in charge of collecting the transport tickets and had the function of being the spokesperson for new ideas, activities and comments of the group every day. There are also some activities that were already scheduled, such as the following:
- Intercultural nights: There are nights assigned to each country where they have to be a kind of ambassador. Bringing traditional food and drink from their countries and showing some traditions of their cultures is part of it. After this, PARTY!
- Travel: Incredible excursions in which EU simulations and / or “flashmobs” are made to promote the main theme of the project.
- Role play: Discuss the main theme of the project by making a discourse or simulation of debate defending things for and against.
- Planning activities for everyone in the national teams: Prepare a dynamic activity on the theme of the project and show everyone how much fun something can be so serious and important (it is a good way to encourage people to participate and promote the project) THE MANY MORE, BETTER!
- Secret friend and secret killer: Those games are very funny. Each participant is someone's secret friend and another person's secret killer. The person assigned as a secret friend must be taken care of and kindly help without realizing and carefully and discreetly killing the person who has been assigned to the participant as a secret assassin without anyone knowing anything about who the objective is. If you are killed, you have to give the objectives to the one who did so to continue killing others.
I recommend that you give these projects an opportunity, because they will change your lives for good; They are really useful in many ways. You will improve your English skills, you will make friends, you will know other cultures, you will learn new things, you will improve and develop your skills, you will work as a team and lastly (but not least) FUN AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT!
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