When: 15th – 22nd April 2011
Where: Strnadovský mlýn, Vršovice, Czech Republic
Who: Youth and Environment Europe
The Youth Exchange 'Learning from each other - Methods of environmental education' took place in an old mill located 70 km south of Prague. It involved 7 different organisations which work in the field of environment and youth. 27 participants from Armenia, Finland, Macedonia, Latvia, Portugal, Ukraine and Cezch Republic spent a whole week sharing their knowledge and tools in methods for environmental education.
Every day one of the participating organisations presented its best practises and the most effective methods they use in their work with youth. This was done through practical workshops and games, basically outdoors and always through 'learning by doing'. The aim was to transmit the most successful and inventive practises to other organisations and to improve and vary the everyday work of the youth NGOs. All the methods and ideas shared during this youth exchange will be gathered together in a booklet so many other organisations will have access to them.
Opinions from Participants
"It was a successfully accomplished project based not only on my personal observations, but also on the opinions of other participants. As the leader of one of the reflection groups, I received regular feedback from other team leaders, and when summarizing the discussions of team leaders' meetings, it was evident that there were more positive opinions about the program than negative ones. I definitely share the overall positive evaluation of the program.
"I think the Youth Exchange - learning from each other - gave more or less what it promised: we surely learned many things from each other. Whether it was information about a never-heard-before NGO, a new environmental game, a national slogan or some concrete tools for environmental education, it all made a great mixture that spiced our multicultural and - lingual soup and also provided us with a nice week in the middle of nowhere with good company!"
"I took part in this YE as the Latvian group leader and I was very surprised about work of the organizers. That was not my first YE and I can say that Czech team has done a great job. First of all, the program was very interesting and well organized. There were no boring moments or moments when you need to ask yourself: what am I doing here? I liked that we had reflection groups every day and leaders meetings where participants had a chance to say out loud what is wrong or what is not. It was great that we stayed in Strndovsky mlyn because of the beautiful place and atmosphere."
Guna Dauvarte (Radi Vidi Pats, Latvia)
"This was my first project so I don't have such a huge experience and anything to compare with. But all together I really enjoyed it. Firstly because of people, that was interesting - so different cultures like Macedonia and Finland or Ukraine and Portugal working together and sharing experience. About the organisation part I enjoyed that it was not too despotic but in the same time it was not too chaotic. Just how it should be. Of course I got tons of new ideas and inspiration. What would be really nice would be to get some reviews about how participants are using their new knowledge."
Linda (Radi Vidi Pats, Latvia)