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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.


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: Summer Camp Challenge

Youth exchange

Dates: 23. 6. - 2. 7. 2022 (CR) + 7.-19.10.2022 (Turkey)

Venue: Slavňovice, Czech Republic and Turkey

Countries involved: Czech Republic, Turkey

Content of the project:

This project is a cooperation between the involved Czech, Slovak and Turkish youth organizations, in which we want to exchange our experience and gain new ideas by organizing a summer camp together. The project consists of two youth exchanges – one in summer 2021 in the Czech Republic and the second in summer 2022 in Turkey. The aim of the first exchange is to plan the summer camp in Turkey, prepare the programme and teach the leaders to carry out activities on their own, so that the summer camp in Turkey can go as smooth as possible. We are looking for participants, that will be able to take part in both of the youth exchanges.

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

You can read more information in the infopack:

Looking for participants: I am OUT

Youth exchange

Dates: 6. - 14. 9. 2022

Venue: Matera, Itálie

Countries involved: Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Estonia, Ukraine, Croatia

Content of the project:

The first objective of the Youth Exchange “I am OUT” is to sensitize young people on the environmental problems we are facing today. Confronting different arguments through non-formal education methodologies we will allow them to feel fully involved, giving everyone the opportunity to feel part of the ecosystem and therefore protagonist of what must be a global change coming from each of us. The idea is to make participants understand the importance of safeguarding the nature that surrounds us, living it.

Learning objectives: ● awareness about world’s situation regarding environmental topics, and the engagement of European Union to prevent further climate change; ● taking personal commitments and being involved in a concrete change in personal lifestyle; ● deepen knowledge about topics such as the European Green Deal; ● live an immersive intercultural experience and becoming more aware about cultural richness in Europe; ● become aware about how to create an inclusive community and what to change in personal life; ● learn about non-formal education and its efficiency; ● improve English language skills and learn about italian language and culture.

If you are interested in joining the project, please fill in the application form.

You can read more information in the infopack: