Youth Voices: We are shapers, not listeners Youth Exchange in Denmark ( 2nd-10th April​ 2020)

Youth Shapers: Localizing the SDGs

 

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” 

– Robert Swan

General info:

“Youth Shapers: Localizing the SDGs” is an ERASMUS+ funded Youth Exchange project on the topics of sustainability, the SDGs and democratic participation among young people.

LOCATION:

Day 1 and 9 will be spent in Copenhagen.

Venue: Crossing Borders office, Købmagergade 43, 1500 Copenhagen

Accommodations: Generator Hostel, Adelgade 5-7, 1304 Copenhagen

Days 2-8 will be spent on the Danish island of Fyn.

Venue and accommodations will be at Nordfyn’s Højskole, a special type of Danish boarding school, in the town Bogense.

Address: Fælledvej 11, 5400 Bogense, Denmark

School website: https://nordfyns.nu/en/

DATES: April 2nd – 10th, 2019

PARTICIPANTS: There will be a total of 35 at the exchange, not including coordinators. Each country will send 6 participants, aged 18-30 and 1 Youth Leader aged 18+.

COUNTRIES: Portugal, Greece, Romania, Netherlands, Denmark

LANGUAGE: The language of the exchange will be English

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Provide space for solutions-oriented dialogue on climate change and climate policy among European youth
  2. Equip youth with the tools to participate in the democratic decision making processes by enhancing skills such as advocacy, political literacy, dialogue and debate

Facilitate youth in crafting climate policy suggestions or campaigns that can be used during the “national meetings” phase of the Youth Voices project

Activities & Methods:

The Youth Exchange will begin in Copenhagen on April 2nd. We will spend some time getting to know one another through ice-breakers & team building activities. We will engage with the city and take the opportunity to visit, learn from and participate in some of the many sustainability initiatives going on around town. There will also be free time to explore the city and enjoy the sights.

Late afternoon of April 3rd we will move to the Danish island of Fyn where we will stay and Nordfyn’s Højskole: https://nordfyns.nu/en/

The school has some bikes available for free usage during our stay, a game room, space for movie screenings, a woodshop, volleyball & football courts and is just a few kilometers from the seaside.

At the school, we will hold daily workshops and sessions on the topics of personal and global environmental sustainability, advocacy, dialogue, debate and climate-change policy. All activities will be non-formal. Group work, role-play, games, outdoor time, creative tasks, non-formal discussions and debate can be expected. There will also be plenty of free time to enjoy each others company and the surroundings.

During the week, we will also take a fieldtrip to a nearby eco-village called “Den Selvforsyndende Landsby” (the self-sustaining village): http://selvforsyning.dk/wordpress/kontakt/english/

We will tour the village and learn about sustainable lifestyle practices including permaculture gardening and sustainable architecture. On the way back, we will visit the Egeskov castle in central Fyn: https://www.egeskov.dk/en/castle

Each national group will also be responsible for arranging and hosting a cultural night during the Exchange.

On the morning of the 9th, we will move back to Copenhagen for the last night, where Crossing Borders office will host a goodbye dinner.

REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must be between the ages of 18-30, and the Youth Leader must be above the age of 18.

All applicants must have a strong interest in the environment and sustainability issues.

In order to become part of the exchange applicants must send a 1 page letter of motivation to gabi@crossingborders.dk and must fill out the following survey

 EXPECTATIONS:

At the Youth Exchange, all participants will be expected to be present at all activities. Active participation will be expected, as will compliance with agreed upon rules. In addition, participants will be asked to help facilitating some activities during the exchange. It is important to remember that the idea of a youth exchange is that it should be by youth, for youth. Therefore, participants will be asked to give input on activities and help create an exchange that is fun and meaningful for all. Participants should expect to meet people of different backgrounds and should come with an open heart and mind. Being kind, helpful and respectful is expected at all times.

Costs:
The project will cover up to 149DKK of transportation costs to and from the exchange. All transportation required during the exchange (such as from Copenhagen to Nordfyn, and back) and 3 meals a day will be covered by the project. Travel plans will be coordinated directly with project coordinator after application has been accepted.

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