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Youth Work / Dumánci

Youth work

Our non-profit organization works with young people since its very beginning in 2008 - long before it got its name and was officially created. The common features of the first events were activities in nature, a lot of outside and board games, singing with guitars, but also preparing food for everybody and cleaning the cottage. The goal was to lead children to realize that they can have fun without computers and alcohol – and even while working.

Since 2008 up to the present day our organization works with children in the form of weekend activities. They are mostly events at a cottage, but we have also organized a number of trips by train.

To keep improving our youth work, some of our members participate in international training courses within the Erasmus+ programme. In 2015 we managed to organize such a course in the Czech Republic focusing on the latest trends in the area of non-formal learning. In 2016 we held a similar one focusing on intercultural learning and we also took part in a youth exchange in High Tatras.

The year 2017 was a huge step forward in our international activities, since we managed to organize 5 projects - youth exchanges as well as training courses. Around 150 young people from 11 different countries took part in these projects. The most successful one was probably the project Get Your Own Picture, which brought 50 young filmmakers to Prague, where they shoot short movies together. In the same year, we also organized our first project abroad - it was a trainig course focusing on shooting short movies in the beautiful village of Patara in Turkey.

Our other main focus is the project Summer Camp Adventure, which brings youth from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Spain to our campsite on the bank of river Lužnice in summer during our summer camp for children. The young people are given the chance to experience what it takes to be a camp leader, prepare activities for children, play with them and take care of them. This year, we are organizing already the 4th international summer camp.

Our biggest success and adventure so far was a training course in Lebanon, which we organized in February 2019 in cooperation with Amel Association, which is a lebanese NGO providing help to refugees, and an experienced trainer Ieva Grundsteine. During the 8 days in Beirut, we visited a refugee camp and a refugee educational and social centre. We heard personal stories of the refugees and learned how the Amel Association helps them in their difficult situation.

For the year 2020, we are planning 2 training courses called Digital Youth, that will focus on shooting short movies and will take place in Armenia and Turkey. Concerning youth exchanges, there will be our traditional summer camp and also exchanges in Romania and Slovakia, with some luck also in our beautiful campsite.

Each year, we are sending young people also to projects organized by our partner organizations. We publish information about all the upcoming projects at this page. If you are interested in taking part in any of the projects, don't hesitate and contact us at the email address lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz.

 

 

We are currently looking for participants for these projects:

 

Beginner's Guide to Youth Work (29. 2. - 9. 3. 2020, Czech Republic)

This training course will bring together young people from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Poland and Latvia to spend 8 days working on their leadership skills. As the name suggests, the projects aims at young leaders (16-23 years), who are just starting with youth work and need to gain the basic competences of leadership, organizing activities and taking care of youngsters. During the project, they will try to organize activities on their own, they will gain useful international contacts and become more self-confident and motivated to work with youth. The project will take place in a hotel close to Prague, which gives us the opportunity to explore the Czech capital city in our free time.

If you are interested in joining the project, please contact us at:  lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz

You can read more information in the infopack.

 

GENERATIONS: Intergenerational Dialogue in Rural Tourism (22. - 30. 4. 2020, Romania)

This youth exchange will take place in April 2020 in a small romanian village Cehetel in Transylvania and it will bring together young people from Romania, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. The topic of the project is intergenerational dialogue - the participants are going to meet the people living in the village of all age cathegories, learn about their life in the countryside, its advantages and disadvantages. They are going to find out what kind of problems the people are facing and together with them look for solutions. Another goal of the exchange is to learn about "rural tourism" and it's practices in European countries. The programm doesn't forget about team-building activities, learning about other cultures and rural traditions in various countries.

If you are interested in joining the project, please contact us at:  lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz

You can read more information in the infopack:

 

Young TREEtment for Climate (6. - 13. 5. 2020, Hight Tatras, Slovakia)

The objectives of our project Young TREEtment for climate is to share ideas of the participants about the issue of forest protection, their importance, the effects of protecting green areas in the cities and nature everywhere and the benefits of sustainable lifestyle. Participants want to become environmentally conscious and active in the area of nature protection. We will use various modern and innovative methods to educate project participants – provide theory but also let them work on exercises individually or in groups, analyse problems, create problemsolution schemes, perform planning exercises. In the workshops, activities they will apply their knowledge on the concrete real-life examples and situations. We will also use the method - learning by doing – activism – planting trees accompanied by forest cleaning. The project will bring together 40 young people form 8 different countries. There will for sure be a lot of teambuilding and opportunities to get to know each other and make new friends.

If you are interested in joining the project, please contact us at:  lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz

You can read more information in the infopack:

 

Digital Youth (May/June 2020, Armenia)

We have organized a Digital Youth project two times already in Turkey, this time we decided to move the boarders of our intercultural exploration even a bit further and to visit Armenia. The country is changing, but the idea of the project stays the same. There are two kinds of aims - the first one is to promote intercultural dialogue and tolerance by using various activities and games. The second one is to teach the participants to use audiovisual technology (camera, computer softwares). In the second half of the project, these two aims connect and the participants get the task to create a short movie with a message about intercultural tolerance and fighting against discrimination. This way, they gain not only the experience connected to creating a movie (preparation, shooting, editing, acting), but they also learn to work in a team under time pressure and plan their work on their own.

If you are interested in joining the project, please contact us at:  lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz

You can find more information in the infopack:

 

Summer Camp Adventure (27. 6. - 11. 7.  2020, Czech Republic)

We have organized the youth exchange Summer Camp Adventure three times already in the past - if you are interested in the past projects, check out the list on the bottom of this site. The project will bring together young people from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Spain to spend two weeks together on our beautiful campsite next to the river Lužnice. At the same time, there will be a summer camp for children running at the campsite and the participants will become a bit of "camp leaders" - they will prepare and organize activities for the children, they will play games with them and help us taking care of them in their free time. They will this way understadn how summer camps are being organized and what it takes to work with children. Each of the nationalities will have their national day, when they will present their culture to the other participants as well as the children and they will also try to cook their national meals for the others. Apart form the programme with children, the participants will have their own activities as well - teambuilding, various games and debates, etc. There will for sure be a trip to Prague and another trip to some other interesting place together with the children.

If you are interested in joining the project, please contact us at:  lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz

You can find more information in the infopack:

 

Digital Youth (jaro 2021, Turkey)

We have organized a Digital Youth project two times already in Turkey, next year we are going to organize one in Armenia in spring and then in autumn get back to Turkey again. The project has two kinds of aims - the first one is to promote intercultural dialogue and tolerance by using various activities and games. The second one is to teach the participants to use audiovisual technology (camera, computer softwares). In the second half of the project, these two aims connect and the participants get the task to create a short movie with a message about intercultural tolerance and fighting against discrimination. This way, they gain not only the experience connected to creating a movie (preparation, shooting, editing, acting), but they also learn to work in a team under time pressure and plan their work on their own.

If you are interested in joining the project, please contact us at:  lukas.dumsky@centrum.cz

Infopack is coming soon.

 

So far we have organized these projects:

2015 - Magic of Non-Formal Learning

2016 - Multipliers of ICL and ICD

2017 - Get Your Own Picture

2017 - Summer Camp Adventure

2017 - Feeling Outdoor

2017 - Digital Youth (Turkey)

2017 - Eco Possibilities for Entrepreneurship

2018 - Games for Change

2018 - Summer Camp Adventure

2018 - Youth Play

2018 - Digital Youth

2019 - Respect for Diversity - Everybody's Business (Lebanon)

2019 - Summer Camp Adventure

2019 - Finger-travelling

 

And sent participants to these project abroad:

2016 - Eco-Entrepreneur (High Tatras)

2017 - Gender Awareness to be Aware (Estonia)

2017 - Multipliers of Non-formal and Intercultural Communication (Turkey)

2017 - Creative Entreprise (Italy)

2017 - 2019 - The Long Way to Europe (Romania, Poland, Italy, Cyprus)

2018 - Through Outdoor Experiential Learning to the Best of You(th)

2018 - EMpathY: Emotional Management, The Path for Youth - TC (Romania)

2018 - Green Youth Media (Turkey)

2018 - EMpathY: Emotional Management, The Path for Youth - YE (Romania)

2019 - Critical Thinking Youth FORCE (Latvia)

2019 - IVOTEU19 (Slovakia)

2019 - Improve Leadership Skills throught Storytelling

2019 - Nature and Primitive Technology (Spain)

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