Youth Exchange 'Snapshop to Environment'
When: 10-17 June, 2013; APV 1-2 May, 2013
Where: Stepanavan, Armenia
Who: Stepanavan Youth Center (Armenia) and YEE
Impressions from participants:
"The "Snapshot to Environment" youth exchange totally met my expectations for three main reasons. First, I learnt a lot about environmental issues in participating countries and got inspiration not only for my personal life but also for some local projects. It actually inspired me to make several changes in my approach to the environment. Second, the diverse group of participants was very enriching. Sharing, networking and socializing enhanced my understanding of other cultures. Last but not least, I have improved my photo taking skills which I will be using in my daily life. Thanks
'It was an amazing project. We learned from each other which environmental issues are in our countries, share the photos, learned about different countries, had practical skills, how should be the good photos and videos, and how we should make it more impressive and useful, and as a final result we had exhibition in Yerevan park. It was 8 memorable and useful days. Thanks to all.'
'Armenia and the project was just amazing, all the organization - I guess it couldn't be any better. We were always listened, asked for our opinion. Not only I learned a lot about the other countries of the project, but improved my Russian, English and communication skills overall, as well as got an inspiration to keep exploring environmental field and sustainable lifestyle.'
'Our project in Armenia was just perfect! There was a good mixture of different kinds of activities: photography and enviromental questions, evenings of cultures, personal activities, lections and non formal conversations. As a result a lot of new skills and impressions, new friends and knowledge. No, really I left Yerevan with a tears in my eyes! Also I want to say words of gratitude to organizing team: they did everything to help us! Thank you!'
'I attended such a project for the first time, so I had no idea what it would be like. But I was really impressed by the whole project, by the inspiring group of people we had and by Armenia itself. It gave me a totally new perspective on photography and environmental issues in other European countries that I do not know so well. I really appreciated not just the official programme but also the fact that all the participants were sharing their own experiences. It was very enriching and I really enjoyed it!'
'I would like to send a big thanks to all organizators of "Snapshot to Environment" . The organization was perfect! I totally enjoyed this event and I absolutely recommend all people who are interested in environmental issues to take part in such projects. In Armenia there are hospitable people and marvellous landscape! When it comes to the project, I really liked workshop on photography and presentations about ecology and nature. I learnt a lot of them, for example how to reduce my ecological footprint or which problems have other countries and how they try to solve them. Finally, I would like to mention, that there was a perfect group of people too!'
'Snapshot to Environment' happened to be useful for me because of the possibility to make new contacts with eco-activists from different countries and to know about their environmental issues and the ways of their resolving at first hand. Besides it was interesting to have collective practice in photo and video making and editing. Perhaps it would be better the next time to invite more professionals in the sphere and invent some more tasks for the participants to motivate them and let them gain more practical experience. I consider photo and video in the context of ecological activity to be a fruitful idea worth developing. It's also a great idea to suggest the participants a week of collective ecological way of living during the project. It's eally inspiring!'
'It was my first youth exchange and I'm really impressed. Project was perfectly organized, I gained a lot of new skills, program was really interesting. I met many nice people from different countries and had a great experience in communicating with foreigners. I am very thankful to the organizers for such a great exchange, and I am very glad that they presented me Armenia.'
'Well, this project was just perfectly organized. I was participating in many exchanges, and this one actually is one of the best I've been to. Program was very interesting, workshops were very useful, and accommodation was OK.
"First time at Youth Exchange. And here in front of me opened a new world! Stunning Armenia and the new people from six countries. Everyone is different, with its own customs, traditions and culture. In the beginning I did not know, that we'll become so close during 8 days, and that in the end will be so hard to say goodbye. I am thankful to the fortune for the fact that all we met under the welcoming skies of Armenia.