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This is a reference for Mateusz Górecki

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The training activity took place
in Wisła, Poland
organised by Stowarzyszenie na rzecz rozwoju gminy Bałtów "Bałt"
20-29.10.2014

Aims & objectives

The main objective of the youth exchange "ecologic" is to promote pro-environmental attitudes and entrepreneurship among young people by raising awareness among them, not only the importance of the creation of a "second life" products, once used, but also through the exchange of ideas and experiences between young Europeans that will help them in future. Connection concept of entrepreneurship and environmental issues in relation to young people, according to the present reality. Unemployment among educated young people is constantly increasing in all European countries.
Based on the research, "Eurostat", the number of young people with higher education, remaining without permanent employment exceeds the level of unemployment that does not have such education in general, or in its basic form. A side effect of the financial crisis has become a growth of social irresponsibility in the context of environmental impact, especially among the "new" members of the EU, where identity and culture environment are low. By combining the themes of entrepreneurship and the environment and to focus on strengthening young people's awareness of European science solutions and techniques for the implementation of the "second life" useless products / waste, the goal we hope to achieve by:
- Learning and the exchange of new methods on how to achieve this goal,
- Create in young people a pro-entrepreneurial attitudes, so that they can perform important step in their lives,
- Construction of the "nature-friendly"
- Pay attention to the problem of limited resources and support to promote the idea of ​​a "second life" products,
- Promoting informed choices,
- Building a creative and new solutions in relation to knowledge, which will help more people;

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

Countries: Poland, Macedonia, Italy. Our group of participants are young people, including 30 people and 6 leaders (10 people and two leaders from each country). The theme of our project is the issue of entrepreneurship in different countries. The period of the past several months made us realize that all of Europe is struggling with a huge wave of economic crisis, resulting in loss of employment or lack of job creation. The most at this point to the impact of this factor are at risk young people, only ending their adventure education, without a lot of baggage of experiences and skills. An additional negative aspect is the exclusion among young people, which manifests itself in different versions- economic, social, religious, often exposing people from economically disadvantaged areas to omit, or worse treatment to communities with large urban centers. It is for young people from the regions with the lowest income per capita and from agricultural areas we want to dedicate our project. The gray everyday life of these communities makes young people with fewer opportunities is often not appreciated by the teachers, because of the difficult financial situation does not have the right conditions to learn or is not in itself sufficient determination to make a difference in your life. Through a joint environmental workshops, working in international groups, meetings with experts and good fun we want to build a sense of unity among the participants, work out a lot of ideas and recharge their batteries for positive action. We are aware how much creating something from scratch, transforming and "giving new life" products, in the form of recycling can help us to combat negative social phenomena as such. Discrimination and in building motivation to take the initiative to change the social and economic status. We will be tuned our participants to act, eliminate the feeling of indifference and resign, triggering a good and optimistic mood. Each of us with great commitment, broad vision and motivation to achieve the proceeds to implement the same project. At the joint workshop in an accessible way, we will move the issue of social exclusion, unemployment and encourage young people to think, how to deal with the situation, not only at individual, but also society. The subject of our project is largely dependent on the participants, because that's what their problems will be measured and based on materials prepared by them. We believe that through openness to otherness, we become more active and willing to act.

Training methods used & main activities

- Activities of building a team-variety of activities that allow participants to find themselves and become part of a larger group that promotes common values ​​and goals
- "I'm from…". Its main purpose is rebuttal of national stereotypes. Young people will be able to demonstrate both the diversity and specificity to switch places of interest and cultural regions in their localities
- Evening intercultural, based on the assumptions of the theory of globalization. The theory of globalization implies that by understanding the fact that all countries are linked to the process of interdependence is created a new need of the public to present their places of origin, in particular city or region. During the "ecologic" all participants bring your thing, or any dish that is traditional in their region, then present it to the other participants of the project, by describing why it was decided to bring just pink object. If you decide to bring food, it should be for local production, or be prepared at home while if it is a dance, or song should represent their city, or to be connected with their local community
- Simulations - are based on assumptions drawn from "A manual on human rights education working with young people Compass". The selection of simulation methods will be done during a preparatory visit. By organizing the simulation we will achieve additional connection of emotion and motivation of participants, so you'll be able to achieve the main objective of the project
- National Presentations / Workshops "second life" products. During those parts of the national teams will present and learn about other participants on the various methods and techniques to "restore second life" products no longer used. In order to avoid repetition of the techniques and methods, all the national groups will be obliged to prepare them and send youth exchange coordinator before starting the project
- Meetings with experts-scheduled before the presentation of national groups. They will be organized meetings with experts who, through their experience and the enormity of knowledge will be able to provide valuable advice and guidance for the traditional implementation of the "second life" to the already used products
- "2City" -During this activity, participants will be divided into multinational teams to be entrusted with the task to perform in the city center. Thanks to this task, participants will learn better culture and tradition of the region, they will be able to meet local people and understand the importance of local history
- "Evaluation halfway through the project" -in order to examine moods and to see whether participants' expectations going in the intended direction will be organized in the mid-term evaluation of the project. This will allow for any adjustments and give group leaders the opportunity to better manage group
- "How to present it better?" - Through this activity, all participants will be divided into groups and jointly create a campaign of media and advertising, in order to better promote products "second life" / recycling. After the completion of the leaders of the groups will help them to refine and improve ideas by giving useful tips and advice from his experience, which gained on previous projects
- "Market second life" -by cooperation with local people, associated and involved in the production of recycled and upcycled products will be held "market second life". During his lifetime will be presented our projects and put up for sale the things that the participants performed during the exchange. For the money raised will purchase tree seedlings, which then plant a trees as a symbol of active young people who may have a real impact on nature conservation.
- The final evaluation - aims to summarize and evaluate the entire meeting.

Outcomes of the activity

As distribute the project plan to create:
the passage of youtube, which will be placed all the documents and short films showing different techniques of restoration / give a "second life" products who are no longer in use.
- Page on the social networking site Facebook, which will include information on creating products and instructions for those who intend to create such products themselves.
- Publication- where the collected information will be provided about the project, achievement of objectives, organization, advice on how to introduce similar ideas to the public.
Young people from the partner countries live in rural areas, in order to make sure that their commitment will operate and work together with the leaders of the groups for their integration and preparation process.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Preparation of participants. Contact with sending and hosting organisations. Implementation. Facilitation of whole process. Evaluation. Dissamination

I worked on this training for 10 days as a full time trainer.

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