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Be the leader! (1. - 10. 7. 2021, Slavňovice)

In the first week of July, amazing group of young people from six different countries gathered in Slavňovice – a small village in south Bohemia, close to Tábor city for an Erasmus+ training course. As the name of the event suggests, main focus of this intensive training course was improving leadership skills, effective communication and learning about group dynamics through various outdoor activities such as debates, presentations, team-building activities and reflections. Participants from Croatia, Spain, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Turkey could learn about different approaches of leading, facilitating, manipulation, personal archetypes, developing of competences, critical thinking and much more… The topics of most of the debates were definitely not easy and went much beyond the main focus of the course I would say! Eventually everybody could put into practice the freshly gained knowledge not only among themselves but also while preparing activities for Czech and Spanish kids (6 – 15 years) on a local summer camp. Beautiful nature in the surroundings, the great support of the organizers, the delicious food and the attitude of everybody involved made this experience unforgettable! Thank you!

Ajka Štindlová, participant of the project

You can see photos from the gallery HERE and all the pictures HERE.

 

 


Digital Youth (14. - 24. 5. 2021, Yerevan)

You can see the short movies that we created here.

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

Lukáš


 

Nature and Primitive Technology (19. - 31. 8. 2020, Slavňovice)

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

Mája


 

Summer Camp Adventure (26. 6. - 12. 7. 2020, Slavňovice, Czech Republic)

Even though we were a bit stressed about the pandemic, we eventually managed to organize an internationational summer camp (as we have been doing for many years now). The Erasmus+ youth exchange was attended by participants from Spain, Slovakia and even three Turkish participants, who were studying in Slovakia by that time. The programme of the youth exchange was quite rich. The participants were spending some time with the children, playing games prepared by us, such as the "good deeds" game, during which they explored the local neighborhood and interacted with the locals. A couple of times, they also prepared their own activities for the children - a "station rotation" with funny tasks, a night game teaching the children about archetypes, etc. With the Spanish leader Isaac, they experienced various activities and debates aiming to promote critical thinking, self-esteem and communication skills. Apart from these activities at the campsite, we also organized a trip to a nearby ruin Příběnice, to Tábor and to Prague. In our free time, we enjoyed swimming in the river, canoeing, volleyball and other outdoor activities and games. We enjoyed four national evenings, during which we learned about the cultures of the Czech republic, Spain, Slovakia and Turkey and tasted their traditional dishes. Overall, we had a good time and brought home many nice memories and valueable experiences.

You can check out the photos here.


 

Beginner's Guide to Youth Work (1. - 8. 3. 2020, Říčany, Česká republika)

You can see photos from the gallery HERE.

Mája


 

Nature and Primitive Technology (22. 8. - 1. 9. 2019, Spain)

We spent the last week of August in a small village near León in Spain, where we participated in an Erasmus+ project "Nature and Primitive Technology". Apart from the Czech Republic, also Spain, Croatia, Italy, Greece and Finnland were involved in the project. The topics of the project were coming back to primitive technology, the role of nature in today's world, ecology and living in harmony with nature. We were doing many practical workshops - for example creating solar clocks or simple shelters. A couple of times, we made a trip to the mountains and once we went into a cave. We had also national evenings, which gave us the chance to taste traditional food and learn about the cultures and traditional dances of the other countries. We spent one day in the historical town of León, through which leads the "Camino de Santiago". There were a lot of participants at the project, who were really enthusiastic about the topic. I met a lot of interesting people and found new friends.

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

Honza Třeštík


 

Finger-travelling (24. 7. - 5. 8. 2019, Slavňovice)

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

You can see all of the pictures from the project here.

Mája


 

Summer Camp Adventure (29. 6. - 13. 7. 2019, Slavňovice)

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

You can see all the pictures from the camp here.

Mája


 

Critical Thinking Youth FORCE (25. 4. - 5. 5. 2019, Riga)

This Erasmus+ project in Riga focused on the topic of media and it's aim was to teach the participants to think critically. After the phase of getting to know each other, we were altogether trying to achieve this goal. We listened to lectures of people working in the field, who presented their work in media and also the importance of critical thiking. We had also interactive sessions, in which we were supposed to use the information we heard and apply it to concrete cases. We organized intercultural evenings, that were successful (although they didn't come without a few misunderstandings). During the project, we made a few trips to the center of Riga and played a city quest. 

Roman Jordán, the group leader


 

Improve leadership skills through storytelling (24. - 30. 3. 2019, Mersin)

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Youth exchange IVOTEU19 (17.-24.03.2019, Bratislava)

The youth exchange IVOTEU19 brough together 35 young people from 18 to 28 years of age. The aim of the exchange was to raise the voter turnout in the European elections, which took place two months later. During the 8 days of the project, the participants had enough time to look at the topic of European elections from various points of view - they tried to identify reasons, why the voter turnout is so low in their countries, they discussed about statistics concerning the political situation in EU and they widened their own knowledge of the system of EU and its institutions. A lot of space was dedicated to activities carried out by the participants themselves - each national team prepared a workshop dealing with the current problems of the EU - Brexit, fake news, migration, etc. The participants also experienced a simulation game of EU elections, in which they presented their political party and tried to make it win the election. During the exchange, young people learned to present and support their ideas, understand the system of the EU and feel more like European citizens. After the participants came home, they shared their experience from the project with people around them and made the impact of the project bigger by motivating them to participate in the EU elections in May.

You can read more about the project here.

You can see photos from the gallery HERE


 

The Long Way to Europe (2017 - 2019)

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Respect for Diversity - Everybody's Business (8. - 14. 2. 2019, Beirut)

Here you can read a perfectly detailed article about the project written by Lada, one of the Czech participants.

If you want to learn more about the Amel Association that was hosting us in Beirut, you can check out their website.

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

Mája


 

Kulturní toulky po Praze (2.2. 2019, Praha)

Mája

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"EMpathY Emotional Management - The Path for Youth" (20. - 28. 11. 2018, Rumunsko)

 

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Digital Youth (15. - 25. 10. 2018, Turkey)

Mája

You can check out the movies here.

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Green Youth Media (7. - 12. 10. 2018, Turkey)

participant of the project Vít Votroubek

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"EMpathY Emotional Management - The Path for Youth" (19. - 26. 9. 2018, Romania)

Mája

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You(th) Play (21. 8. - 2.9. 2018, Slavňovice - Czech Republic)

When this year's summer camp was over, we decided that we wanted to enjoy the beautiful summer weather at our campsite a bit more this year and we managed to organize one more project there before the holidays ended. The youth exchange "You(th) Play" brought together young people from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia and the topic - as is obvious from the name - were games. Our aim was to find out, how much we can learn about each other and about the world around us by playing games. And I must say that it was definitely a lot. We also enjoyed two outdoor games at night and an adventurous game that helped us to get to know the town of Tábor. At the end of the project, we were supposed to create our own games, which was a challenging task, but we had a lot of fun fulfilling it.

 

You can see photos from the gallery HERE


 

Summer Camp Adventure (Slavňovice, 1. - 14. 7. 2018)

You can check out photos from the camp here and the video here.

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

 


Through Outdoor Experiential Learning to The Best of You(th) (Slovensko, 29. 6. - 9. 7. 2018)

From 29th June to 9th July 2018 me and my friend from scout took part in a training course Through Outdoor Experiential Learning to the Best of You(th). This project focused on working with young people in nature and it took place in Slovakia. Every day we were learning how to work with young people and how to organize outdoor activities for them. We experienced many various activities and enjoyed many coffee breaks, during which we could taste food from the countries involved in the project (Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Lithuania, Croatia, Latvia and Estonia). At the end of the project we divided into several international groups and we went hiking for three days in Tatras. On the way we fulfilled various challenges (walking blind for a moment or with bare feet and more). I liked this part of the project the most. One aim of the project was to create an activity for young people, which we will later on implement in our countries.

Týna Bergelová

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The second weekend in May, representatives of our organization took part in an international training under the Erasmus+ project "The Long Way to Europe". This time the meeting took place in Krakow, because this place is in many ways connected to antisemitism and holocaust. 28 participants from eight countries got the opportunity to visit Schindler's factory (famous thanks to the Spielberg's movie Schindler's List) and also the most famous concentration camp Auschwitz. The training ended by organizing a street debate in the streets of Krakow, which motivated the participants to be more active in the society when they come home.

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

 


Street debate (Sedlčany, 12. 5. 2018)

On the 12th of May, we organized our first "street debate" as a part of an Erasmus+ project "The Long Way to Europe", which motivates young people to be more interested in what is happening in their countries and to take an active part in the society. The topic of this first debate was "difference" and our aim was to create a debate about this topic amongst random people on the street who would normally never start talking to each other. We - me (Mája), Eva Pešková, Míra Krampera and Petr Čáp - met in the morning on the square in Sedlčany, brought a big board and on it, we hung the question "Have you ever felt "different"? When?" Then we asked random people on the square and wrote their answers on the board - this way we created a kind of a collage of various experiences with "being different", which the passers-by could read and think about. The whole time there was a nice and friendly atmosphere, we enjoyed the time together and gained experiences, which we are going to use in the next debates we organize.

You can see photos from the gallery HERE

 


Training course "Games for Change" (Říčany, February 2018)

In the first week of February we organized a training course for youth workers named "Games for Change" in Říčany, Czech Republic. The participants had a great opportunity to learn to use games as a method in non-formal education and also as a tool for spreading tolerance and inclusion. People from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Spain and Turkey took part in the project. After the theoretical part of the project and a half-day excursion to Prague, which everybody enjoyed quite a lot, the participants got the chance to put into practice what they learned and create their own educational game. And the results were very interesting - besides using the knowledge and skills they gained during the project, they also used a lot of their own creativity and originality. The project brought together a group of great people enthusiastic about games and so we spent most of the free time playing board as well as non-board games and we had a lot of fun and gained new contacts as well as good friends.

Photos from the project are in the gallery.

 


Erasmus Plus for young eco-entrepreneurs (Říčany, November 2017)

In November 2017 we hosted our last project of the year. It was a youth exchange named "Eco Possibilities for Entrepreneurship", which was attended by young people from Spain, Slovakia, Turkey and the Czech Republic. By using the method of various games, discussions and "learning by doing" they learned about ecology and entrepreneurship and tried to find ways to combine these two areas and create their own business, which would be not only successful, but also eco-friendly. There was enough time left also for teambuilding activities, a trip to Prague and to a bio-bakery Zemanka and intercultural evenings, which everybody liked a lot. At the end of the project, we went to the local high school, where we talked to the students not only about eco-entrepreneurship, but also about Erasmus+ and the opportunities it gives to young people. The project had a very nice and friendly atmosphere, we had a lot of fun and made many new friends.

You can check out pictures from the project in the gallery.

Also, more pictures can be found here.

If you are interested in more details about the project, have a look at the bulletin:


 

Erasmus+ project "Digital Youth" (Patara - Turkey, October 2017)

In October 2017 we organized our first international project outside of the Czech Republic. Between 11th and 19th October we met in a Turkish town of Patara with more than 30 people from Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey and Latvia, who work with young people and want to broaden their horizons in this area. This time the topic of the training was using audiovisual technologies as a tool for making young people more interested in other cultures and make them more tolerant towards people who are different. During the first days the participants discussed about intercultural learning and youth work and at the same time learned to use a camera and shoot and edit videos. At the end they split into groups and created five original short movies that somehow address the topic of intercultural diversity. And because everybody worked hard and with a lot of enthusiasm, we also had the time to explore Turkish nature and culture - we visited a traditional bazar, a ruin of ancient parliament and on the last day we went canoeing. We are now enriched by new experiences, but also new friendships and common plans for the future.

You can see the movies frome the project here.

For photos, check out the gallery or here.

 


Erasmus+ project "Feeling Outdoor" (Radostovice, August 2017)

Photos from the project here.

Mája

 


 

Summer camp (Slavňovice, July 2017)

This year, our summer camp was a bit of an experiment, since we had made two significant changes in the way of organization. The first one was joining the two terms (for younger and older kids) into one. The second change was taking the international side of our camp to the next level by connecting it with a youth exchange under Erasmus+ programme, which was called "Summer camp adventure". This way, we could use the help and enthusiasm of 18 young leaders from the Czech republic, Slovakia and Spain. They were accommodated in the two cabins on the other side of the river and their main programme was exploring what being a youth worker/camp leader is about, what it is like to organize games and activities for children, but also taking care of themselves, cooking their own dinner, etc. It was a great opportunity for them to experience life in the middle of the Czech countryside, learn to canoe (God knows it wasn't easy), etc. During the camp we also organized a trip to Tábor, where the kids as well as the foreign leaders could explore the historical sights and Czech culture and then challenge themselves a little bit by walking back to the campsite. As a reward, they organized for the children Spanish and Slovakian evenings, in which they introduced to them their food, music, languages... On one rainy day we also had a movie marathon of animated movies. For next year, we have this project already approved, this time we will host also young people from Finland and Italy. 

You can find all the pictures from the project here.

And some of them also in the gallery.

 


Get Your Own Picture (Říčany, May 2017)

From 14th to 27th May 2017 we hosted an Erasmus+ project in Prague, that was called Get Your Own Picture. We had planned it together with our partners from Turkey and Germany, who already have a lot of experience with similar projects. 50 young people from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Germany, Latvia, Greece and Spain took part in the project. After three days of ice-breaking games and theoretical workshops, they started fulfilling the task for which they came - to shoot their own short movie. They were divided into groups and they could try to be in different positions - somebody got the role of director, then there were producers, cameramans and so on. The participants had the opportunity to explore Prague and to shoot their movies there. After ten days of work we celebrated our success by looking at our movies projected in a cinema at FAMU. With the same partners we are already planing more project for the future and we are looking forward to more similar experiences.

Here you can find pictures and video from the project.

Here are the movies that we created.

 


Erasmus+ in Turkey (Antalya - Turecko, April 2017)

Training course named "Multipliers of Non Formal & Intercultural Communication" that took place from 15th to 23rd April in the Turkish city of Antalya was attended by four Czech participants from our organization. During a week full of non-formal learning we learned how to work with prejudices and intercultural stereotypes, we got to know how to approach topics such as discrimination, social exclusion, our identity and values. We tried to understand various types of learning and in the end we tried what it takes to lead our own workshop. Besides learning, during the breaks we got to know food from the participating countries. Each national team prepared their own coffee break with snacks and a short introduction of their country. We also had the time to explore the beautiful city of Antalya and the surrounding. We visited the town of Termessos, which was not conquired even by Alexander the Great. We left the project with many new experiences and also many new friendships which we hope will last as long as possible.

Here you can find pictures from the project.

Lucie Firlová

 


Erasmus+ in Italy (Molinterno - Itálie, May 2017)

In march of this year (2017) a group of three Czech studets, me, Anna and Jaja, attended Erasmus+ project in Italy. The project took place in Moliterno(PZ) and was named Creative Enterprise. Our main focus was on creating a realistic business plan, making realistic idea of how business works. Everyone enjoyed this project because it was entertaining.

Vojtěch Matouš

 


Erasmus+ in Estonia (Pärnu - Estonia, March 2017)


2016

Erasmus+ in High Tatras (Slovakia, November 2016)

In November 2016 six people from our organization took part in an Erasmus+ project that took place in High Tatras. It's name was "Eco-entrepreneur", so obviously the main topics we were dealing with were entrepreneurship and ecology. We discovered the opportunities young entrepreneurs have in different countries and tried to come up with our own ideas. Although the programme was quite bussy, we also found time to go walking and explore the beautiful nature. On our way to Slovakia we visited Machocha - the deepest chasm in the Czech Republic - and on the way back home we made a stop in Oswiecim.

 


Erasmus+ - Multipliers of ICL and ICD (Tábor, August/September 2016)

From the 27th August to 4th September 2016 we organized our second international training course for youth workers in Tábor. 28 people from 9 european countries took part in it. The topic was this time intercultural learning and designing activities for youngsters on this subject. The participants themselves were lead to question and break down their prejudices towards other cultures. There was also a practical part in which the participants had the opportunity to try what it's like to prepare educational activities for others. During the week we also made an adventurous trip to our campsite, where we enjoyed a few outdoor games and an evening by the campfire. The program also included a visit to Tábor, sauna and football. Just like last year, this project has been a big motivation for us to keep preparing new events.

Mája

 


Summer camps (Slavňovice, July 2016)

In the first session, there were again children from Spain - two girls and a boy. Two young camp leaders also came with them and helped us with games. This means the children had a great opportunity to improve their Engish and get to know the Spanish culture a little bit closer. The topic of the whole session was Game of Thrones. The children had to protect their kingdom form the threat of Targeryens and white walkers. At the same time they competed with each other in order to win the iron throne and become the ruler of the Seven kingdoms.

The second session was as usually for younger children. But they could also try some English, because two of the Spanish leaders decided to stay with us a little bit longer. This year our topic was indians - we looked for a hidden treasure, saved a captive and made our own dream-catchers. As always, we played a lot of games, bathed in the river, went on trips... and made a lot of memories we are not gonna forget.

We hope the children enjoyed the camp at least as much as we did.

Mája

 


Erasmus+ "Magic of Non-Formal Learning" (Tábor, October 2015)

In October 2015 we managed to organize our first Erasmus+ project in Tábor, Czech Republic. It was a training course for youth workers named "Magic of Non-Formal Learning". Five of our camp leaders took part along with 21 youth workers from other european countries. While we were taking care of the organization and logistical support, the programme had been designed by two experienced trainers from Latvia and Romania. Not only that we learned about non-formal approach to learning and discovered a lot of new games, we also got to know a group of great people and experienced unforgettable 10 days.

Soon after the end of this project, we already started creating a new one. You can find more information in the "youth work" section.


Summer camp (Slavňovice, July 2015)

In July 2015 we organized two summer camp sessions - the first for older children and second for the smaller ones.

This year we managed to host an international summer camp for the first time, 5 children from Spain and one leader from Slovakia participated in the first session. That meant that the children had a unique opportunity practice their English and learn something new about life in other countries. We also made a trip to the nearby town Tábor, so that also the Spanish kids could get to know the Czech culture better. 

The theme of the whole session took palce in the Middle Ages, in the times of kings, knights and princesses. The children were divided into two teams and had to win games and fulfil various tasks to improve their half of the kingdom and protect it from its enemies, who were about to attack it.

The second session was designed for younger children and so it was a little bit more relaxed. We spent a lot of time swimming in the river, playing in the water and singing songs at the campfire. One day we went on a trip to a ruined castle Příběnice. This session was as well set into the Middle Ages.