Y O U T H E X C H A N G E !

Youth exchanges bring together groups of young people from two or more countries, providing them with an opportunity to discuss and confront various themes while learning about each others’ countries and cultures; they help you learn new skills and improve your CV.

This is Saulė Šulcaitė from Lithuania and she is currently in Karlovac for her EVS project. We wanted to ask some questions to her about her previous youth exchange experience.

1. What was your topic of youth exchange? How did you find the programme? a
friend’s​ ​advice​ ​or​ ​you​ ​saw​ ​it​ ​from​ ​a​ ​post​ ​or..?

The topic of this Youth exchange was European identity, European history and culture,
innovative non-formal education methods delivered by the form of LARPs (Live action role
playing).
I was aware of this youth exchange, bacause this YE was created by our partner
organization, so they contacted our NGO looking for a partner organization to find
participants.
2.​ ​Why​ ​did​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​take​ ​part​ ​in?​ ​What​ ​was​ ​your​ ​motivation?
This was not my first YE, also I was quite familiar with the hosting organization and their
work, I’ve been to other project of this organization and it was never disappointing. The topic
sounded like something new and different and the delivery method they have chosen was
really interesting. Also the fact that it took place during the New Year eve.
3. Can you give us more info about your youth exchange? How many people took part
in,​ ​where​ ​you​ ​went,​ ​how​ ​many​ ​days​ ​it​ ​lasted​ ​etc.
It lasted 10 days, one of which were during New Year eve of 2017. It was taking place In
Krakow, Poland. And there were about 28 people from Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Spain,
Italy, Portugal and Romania..
4.​ ​Did​ ​it​ ​reach​ ​your​ ​expectations?​ ​Why/why​ ​not?
It did. I was well aware of the project objectives and style, also I was quite familiar with YE in
general and usually I try not to have expectations, so yes, I think it did 🙂
5. What do you think you got after youth exchange? What did you learn/ improve?
Which​ ​skills​ ​did​ ​you​ ​acquire?
I improved my knowledge about history of Europe, also the LARP (Live Action Role Play)
method of learning / playing.
6.​ ​what​ ​about​ ​working​ ​with​ ​other​ ​cultures?​ ​Advantages/​ ​Drawbacks?
While working among seven different countries we were able to look of well known history
events on many different perspectives, which in formal education we would not be able to do
7.​ ​What​ ​was​ ​the​ ​most​ ​challenging​ ​thing​ ​during​ ​your​ ​youth​ ​exchange?
There were no events that were actually very challenging 🙂 Maybe the fact that we had no
internet connection for 10 days was a bit hard, but also fun a way 🙂

 

Thank you Saulė for the interview! Hopefully this will be helpful for future participants.

Wanna learn more about Youth Exchange? Check this out! 

by Gulsah Can

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