Youth exchange "Postcards from nature" successfully completed

From 19th to 26th May 2017, 25 young people from 5 countries (Albania, Armenia, Czech Republic, Germany and Kosovo) participated in the youth exchange “Postcards from nature”. The project was organised by EDEN Center, in collaboration with YEE, and took place in Peshkopia, Albania. During the youth exchange we shared and developed various creative tools for environmental education and learned how to raise environmental awareness through art.

The group first gathered in Tirana, where we got to know each other better through name games and team activities. We then travelled to Peshkopia, discovering the beautiful landscapes of the Drin river basin on our way. Throughout the week, each national group prepared a workshop that presented a creative tool to make ‘postcards’ (creations such as paintings, collages using natural or recycled materials, photos, upcycled jars or bookmarks, 3D postcards). The workshops focused on topics such as: pollution, biodiversity, waste, natural resources, the connection between nature and buildings.

On 22nd of May we celebrated the International Day of Biological Diversity by upcycling cotton bags and spreading them in the local community in Peshkopia. With this activity we also wanted to tell the locals about our project and about the importance of biodiversity. 

We were also motivated to do a cleanup action, collecting garbage in the center of Peshkopia and along the river close to the town. The action brought some positive reactions from the locals and generated an interesting discussion afterwards among participants about awareness raising and waste management in various countries.

We closed our youth exchange with an exhibition of the postcards that we created. Participants organised the exhibition themselves and it took place in front of the cultural centre of Peshkopia.

The YEE group was excited to learn more about environmental topics and creative tools, together with the groups of the other organisations involved: EDEN Center (Albania), Stepanavan Youth Center (Armenia), FOJ-Aktiv e.V. (Germany), 7Arte (Kosovo).

Check out the photo gallery from the youth exchange.

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The project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

 
 
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