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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.

In 2021, we again managed to widen the reach of our activities when we organized a training course in Yerevan, Armenia. It was a very valuable project, thanks to which many young Europeans had the first chance in their lives to learn what it is like to live in the middle of a war conflict.

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.


Erasmus+

The international projects that we organize are co-financed by the European Union through the Erasmus+ programme.

 


Dům zahraniční spolupráce

Therefore, we cooperate with Dům zahraniční spolupráce, which is the Czech National Agency for Erasmus+.


We are currently looking for participants for these projects:


Looking for participants: World in Your Hands

Type of project: Youth Exchange

Dates: 15. - 27. 6. 2023

Venue: Slavňovice, Czech Republic

Description:

As our European society is becoming more and more multi- and intercultural, it is becoming more and more important to learn about other countries and cultures and learn how to work with people coming from different backgrounds. After the teambuilding activities are done, we will spend 4 days (since 4 countries are involved in the project) “travelling” to each country and learn about its culture, habits, languages and more directly from the people that actually live there in an interesting and playful way. This way, the participants of the project will also gain valuable experience of organizing non-formal learning activities for other people, taking responsibilities and become confident leaders.

You can find more information in the infopack: