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W_UP Tour: youth work, upcycling and discovering Tibetan culture

Study Visit

11-23 September 2023 | Bandh & Dharamshala, INDIA

The Study Visit is a test of a new format of international mobility for youth workers - the W_UP Tour - to raise environmental awareness, make them aware of waste management and upcycling alternatives and create a positive impact in local communities.

This Study Visit is part of the W_UP project, an Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the Field of Youth. The general aim of the project is to create a mobility scheme, labelled W_UP Tour, to support young people and non-profit organisations to develop entrepreneurial activities on waste upcycling both in Europe and in Asia.
W_UP Tour is defined as a mixture of raising awareness tours and change-making actions organised by 3 European and 3 Asian non-profit organisations working on the field of youth, with the purpose of: offering quality-learning experiences to international participants and youth workers; raising awareness at international and local level on waste issues; financially supporting non-profit organisations and local communities through social entrepreneurship; helping the local community better manage the waste.

Since this Study Visit will coincide with the dates of an international workcamp, the Study Visit is addressed to youth workers and managers of NGOs interested in implementing similar activities and replicate the NFL methodologies in other communities, thus multiplying results and outcomes. Participants will have the chance to take part in the pilot activity, to see how international mobility is organised in the field of youth and to share good practices with youth workers and managers of the Asian and European organisations involved in the project.
During the Study Visit participants will discover the local context on waste management together with local community and stakeholders dealing with it, like experts, local NGOs, public institutions and local people, to perform educational activities with young people, campaigns and workshops on waste upcycling. In the last days of the W_UP Tour a dissemination event with local authorities and relevant stakeholders will be organised to present the outcomes of the mobility and raise awareness in the local communities.

The W_UP Tour in India is divided into two parts: during the 1st week participants will join RUCHI  headquarter, while on the 2nd week the group will move to Mcloedganj in Dharamshala, which is the Secretariat of the Tibetan Government in exile.

RUCHI is a non-political, non-profit organisation committed to the development of rural India, based in Bandh village and active in the youth field . RUCHI’s major activities range from awareness creation & empowerment of people to micro credit, preventive health care, sanitation, environmental improvement, agriculture & horticulture extension, soil & water conservation and management, utilization of non-conventional sources of energy, promotion of rural technologies and other economic activities.

The Study Visit for youth workers and NGO managers will last 13 days (arrival and departure included) and will include the implementation of the upcycling methodologies developed during the project, educational activities with young people, as well as the visit of other good practices and local stakeholders and the implementation of a dissemination event to promote the project.
The Study Visit is hosted by RUCHI in collaboration with Associazione No Borders, the Italian association that coordinates the project.


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Study Visit is

for 15 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Other countries in the world , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth project managers, NGO members interested in implementing a W_UP Tour mobility

Working language(s):



Associazione No Borders (Youth NGO)

No Borders Association is an association of volunteers settled in Milan and born in August 2014 in order to promote opportunities of mobility and intercultural learning for youngsters. The association’s aim is to give more and more opportunities to young people in the field of international mobility and intercultural learning, helping them to develop their skills and foster their active participation in society. Our goal consists also in stimulating the personal growth of youngsters, by making them aware about their role as European citizens. The workers and volunteers that decided to create it, did it in order to have new opportunities to develop their own ideas and projects. We try to educate youngsters to a peaceful cohabitation with people coming from different cultures and countries, by giving them the opportunity to confront themselves within an intercultural complex environment.


  • RUCHI (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:

Elisa Gaddò

Website: https://changemakingtours.org/w_up-tour-in-india-tibetan-culture-upcycling/



Phone: +39 0256568779


Participation fee


Accommodation and food

The participation fee is of 250€ per person.
It covers: food and accommodation, participation in all activities, technical workshops with international and local experts, transport from Bandh to Dharamshala, pre-departure assistance and support, materials arrangement and administration charge.
Please note that international flights and transports to and from the venue are not included in the above price, and nor are travel insurance, extra personal expenses and visa for India.

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs will not be reimbursed

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