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How to deepen the perception of Europe through international youth work

Dates: 22-28 August 2016 (22 August arrival day – 28 August departure day)

Place: Bruxelles, Belgium

Type: Erasmus+ Programme – KA1 - Learning Mobility of Individuals

2 youngsters (18+ year old) - 30 participants in total
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and United Kingdom

Lodging: You will be hosted in the youth hostel “Waterman” in Molenbeek-Saint Jean, one of the more characteristic neighbours of Brussels, in shared rooms each one with private toilet with hot shower. All facilities are provided except washing machine. Sleeping bags and towels are required

Food: There will be the catering service for the lunch and dinner- the breakfast will be self-prepared.

Summary of the project

The aims of inter-national youth encounters are often defined as providing young people the opportunity to get to know to other countries, societies and cultures. This way the participant will be given the chance to learn about the “other”, but also more about himself/herself. Yet the concept of intercultural learning too much applies to the idea of one existing national culture, not considering the plurality and diversity of each country.Therefore the seminar not only aims to discuss the impact of migration, modernization and globalization on today’s societies but also wants to provide space for debating strategies of how to integrate those developments into the methods of international youth education.Furthermore international youth education should not only focus on creating solidarity and mutual understanding among youngsters from different nations but also should open the eyes of the youngsters for the diversity and plurality existing within their own country, realizing also the discrimination and social exclusion, that different members of their own countries societies are facing. Therefore international youth education should supply a platform for youngsters from different backgrounds to find out more about cultural diversity, to create a general sensibility, awareness and understanding among the people.

The main topics will be::

1. International youth education in an immigration society.

2. Critical Analysis of existing concepts of culture.

3. Plural societies.

4. How can international youth organizations contribute to socially integration?

5. Origin and impact of Stereotypes, prejudices and how to apply to them in a more dimensional pedagogical approach.

6. Diversity Pedagogies

7. Anti-discrimination education

Target Group: Representatives of youth organizations that focus on international youth education (international youth exchanges, workcamps, volunteer-services etc.), youth workers and youth volunteers.

Download the infosheet Youth hostel “Waterman”