Youth Exchange Opportunity in Sweden

Bauhaus Cafe CIC have an opportunity for 13 to 17 year olds interested in sports for a Youth Exchange in Orkelljunga in Sweden, in partnership with Hello Youth Sweden.  Hello Youth (HeY) is a Swedish NGO which would like to promote active citizenship and participation of young people in all aspects of society. They encourage young people to participate in European projects as they recognise the immensely powerful way they are able to help young people people to improve themselves.

The Exchange will take place from the 20th May to the 29th May and young people will pariticipate in sports activities outdoors and indoors.  If you or someone you know likes canooeing, horse riding, creative drama, circus skills and other meaningful activities please share this with them.

The project will;
– Empower young people through sport;
– Increase young people’s awareness of the importance of actively participating and
increasing a healthy lifestyle.
– Increase the knowledge of gender barriers in sports and segregation towards the
participation of young people in certain sports.
– Increase young people’s knowledge of refugee young people through inclusive sports
activities.
– Participants will learn how to organise their own learning, how to communicate, plan
and work in a team with people from different backgrounds and experiences, improve
their soft skills.

The project will involve young people from France, Turkey, Italy, the UK and Sweden from diverse and challenging backgrounds.

The young people will be staying in Orkelljunga for the duration but a cultural visit is organised.  This is where participants will be staying:

All travel, accomodation, food and activities are covered but a participation fee of 25 Euros per participant is required for the project.

Bauhaus Cafe CIC are the co-ordinating organisation from the UK and we are open to applications now.

For more information please contact us HERE.

Thanks. The team at Bauhaus Cafe CIC

 

 

Youth Exchange in Sweden

From 22nd March to 25th March, the Bauhaus Cafe CIC participated in a planning meeting for a Youth Exchange in Sweden from 20th May to 29th May.

The journey to Sweden was adventurous and interesting.  We landed in Copenhagen airport and took a train to Helsingborg and then a bus journey to Orkelljunga.  We found both the Danes and the Swedes extremely polite and pleasant, they made every effort to speak English and help us buy our tickets and find our transport.  On the journey there, we came accross the French team who will be joining us in May and travelled with them the remainder of the way.  It was great to get to know them.

Our accommodation was extremely comfortable and luxurious, located among lakes and nature and surrounded by typical Swedish homes.  The lakes were still frozen but the scenery was awesome and an inspiration for creating.  Our host Thomas was a really charming man, the food was home made and nice, we even tasted Swedish pancakes.  It’s amazing how environmentally conscious Swedes are, there were even recycling bins in stations and all around each town we visited.

We visited one of the most stunning shopping centres we have ever seen and guess what other Store was next to the centre?  Ikea of course.

However, both Sweden and Denmark are very expensive even to British standards.  A salad, coffee and water set me back £15.  A visit to Copenhagen on our way back home allowed us to see some of the stunning sites of the city.  Again, buying a souvenir or shopping come at a very high cost.  Copenhagen city centre only houses designer shops and we certainly couldn’t afford shopping but made the most of the colourful architecture of the seaside town.

The Youth Exchange is organised by Hello Youth Sweden and is for 13 to 17 year olds.  The project will be taking place from the 20th to the 29th May and the topic is Sports.  If you know any young people interested in sports or already participating in sports, please encourage them to apply for this once in a lifetime adventure as soon as possible.  There is participation fee of 25 Euros but all else is paid for, including flights, accommodation and food.  All they may need is a little bit of pocket money.  For more information, and details of activities and programme please contact us HERE.

Thanks.  The Team at Bauhaus Cafe CIC.

Back to Cyprus

This March, we were happy to be invited once again for a Youth Exchange in Cyprus by Stressball CY. Based in Larnaca, we attended Employability for all between the 7th March to the 17th March. We were also lucky enough to have it all funded by Erasmus+.This time around we were joined by new friends from Egypt, Morocco, Georgia, Turkey and Cyprus of course. The aim of the project was to learn employability skills and to explore the concept of Social Enterprise. How and why to set one up, the considerations when setting up social businesses and the differences and similarities in the participating countries. It was very interesting sharing these different experiences across the countries and learning about other cultures at a whole new level.

Participants were encouraged to work in groups made up of people from each all the different teams present. We developed ideas which will transform society by working with marginalised groups of young people, creating opportunities and transforming lives.  We came up with some great ideas, worked together to tackle some very real issues and found we had so much in common! The ideas we all created could easily have such a beautiful impact on our societies! Everyone was so passionate about change and keen to work together to implement some of the ideas.

At a personal level it was also such a transformative experience. We arrived as six people from the UK and left with friends spread across the world. Day by day we pushed our skills, our knowledge and confidence. No one likes presentations, but after nine days of presentations everyone had become so confident. And then there was Cyprus itself. The place was beautiful, and there were so many cats! We were lucky enough to take in a few cities and make it up into the mountains. The views were to die for.

Our host Stessball CY is actively involved in empowering youth locally and internationally. Although a fairly new NGO, they are experienced trainers and youth workers and we really enjoyed working with them. The workshops they put on encompassed every aspect of starting a social enterprise, from the analysis to the funding and the business plans. Even the social media was taken in.

At the end of nine days we left, sad to be leaving such a welcoming and inspirational environment but with a whole host of new friends and experiences. All of this was made possible by Erasmus + and we are even happier that until we leave the EU the funding will continue to be available for more and more of these incredible trips! New places, new friends, new growth and new knowledge – what else could you ask for?

Dave James Horn, Volunteer – Bauhaus Cafe CIC

To find out more about Erasmus + and Youth Exchanges please email us info@bauhauscafe.co.uk or send us a message on Facebook www.facebook.com/bauhauscafeuk.

More information about Erasmus + HERE.

Cyprus here we are

Georgina and I were in Larnaca for ten days taking part in a Youth Exchange project with @stressballCY #improveyourself, and we couldn’t contain our excitement. Cyprus was beautiful and we enjoyed warm weather. Our accommodation was on the sea front, we were really lucky. The Flamingo Hotel and Resort was a great place to be spending time learning and enjoying Larnaca.

The project idea was to share cultural skills, knowledge and attitudes in order to have a rich common experience.  A number of volunteers from the UK and other European countries were there with us.  We were keen to share our experiences and knowledge and learn from other participants what makes a valuable volunteering journey. We met participants from Roumania, Spain, Macedonia, Estonia, Georgia and Cyprus. The group’s youngest was 16 years old.

We shared our days together participating in structured exercises that promoted reflection, creation and sharing of ideas and knowledge which helped with development and growth. Evenings were set aside for outings and enjoyment. The town of Larnaca had many bars and restaurants to enjoy a night out. Frozen yoghurt seemed to be pretty popular, it would be interesting to find out why?

As luck would have it, we were invited to meet the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, at the Presidential Palace where he took time to speak to representatives from a number of NGOs in Cyprus.  We were then treated to a presidential buffet and had the opportunity to migle and speak to very interesting NGO representatives.  We had the pleasure of seeing some very interesting works of art at the Palace too.

We took part in exercises for first days to learn more about each other and our cultures.  The project aimed to address youth employment and mobility by teaching communication, entrepreneurship, life and basic skills, digital and social competence, communication skills and cultural skills to motivate young people and help them become more employable. Our research showed that only one other organisation that we could locate in Kent participates in Youth Exchange projects, and Georgina and I aim to change this. Although the future of funding for the UK after Brexit is uncertain, we are keen on developing and participating in as many Youth Exchange projects as we can, and encourage Kentish youth to take part. We’re particularly keen on finding out how NGO’s abroad tackle youth unemployment. Youth unemployment in Cyprus is among the highest in Europe along with Spain, France, Italy and Turkey.

We were amazed at the amount of creativity that we saw and learnt a lot about how youth in different countries perceive and express themselves in everyday life, what their dreams and aspirations are, and how they go about learning skills. We hope to be able to do a comparative study of Youth Exchange take up between the UK and other countries in Europe (showing how participants experience the exchange, what they feel they have gained and how it helps them with education and careers) and create a number of  creative Youth Exchange projects, predominantly using music, arts and creativity,  inviting youth from around Europe to visit and learn in Kent. After all Kent has so much to offer in that respect, and is only an hour away from London, which could be very appealing to creative young people from abroad.

It’s been really wonderful to hear different languages and experience other cultures, learn new words, find out about some truly extraordinary careers and work that people around the word do (I met a young lady who is at university studying for a Masters in crypto currency law/regulation, how interesting).

We would like to thanks Yiannis Kanaris of Stressball CY for hosting the project and making our trip a very enjoyable and educational one and we hope to participate in future projects in Cyprus.

We left buzzing with ideas of projects we would like to deliver here in the UK and abroad and we are now working on a number of them.  If you’re interested in helping, or in traveling and learning new skills, please contact us to find out how HERE.

More about our projects and plans later.  For now, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and ask you to spare a thought for those who will be out in the cold or alone this time of year.  Love and blessings. Betsy and Georgina.

Youth in Action Ashford

The Bauhaus Cafe CIC is now working on a number of youth exchage projects, working to encourage transnational volunteering by young people whilst helping to build confidence, motivation, knowledge of how to actively get involved in organising and funding travel abroad by UK youth and travel to the UK by European youth.

Georgina Cooper has been actively involved in setting up projects, fundraising and developing Youth in Action Ashford and has set up a workshop so that you can learn more about the project and how you can contribute.  This is what she has to say:

So what is it about?

Youth in Action Ashford aims to inspire youngsters, focusing on their skills and interest so that they can pursue projects under Erasmus. These projects will encourage young people to boost the local development of Ashford, as well as travel abroad and gain cultural awareness of other places. It is aimed at 18-30 year olds who wish participant in Erasmus activities and also provide knowledge about the youth exchange bid application process.

Youth Exchanges allow young people to: develop competences; become aware of socially relevant topics/thematic areas; discover new cultures, habits and life-styles, mainly through peer-learning; strengthen values like solidarity, democracy, friendship, etc.
Youth Exchanges are based on a transnational cooperation between two or more participating organisations from different countries within and outside the European Union.

Every day, youth in action projects are being set up all over Europe and further afield, for participants to get involved in. These projects can be a stand for preserving a certain style of dance, or it could be health and food safety; testing out many different styles of cooking. There are projects out there worth getting involved in, if they haven’t been made yet, then it should be.

If you’ve ever fancied running non-formal education workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities that relate to your field of interest or you had an idea that could have a quantifiable result, then getting involved in an Erasmus project could be your next step.

For more information and to start your steps to setting up a youth exchange, please come to our next workshop on the 7th of November and Berwick road conference room.
We will be exploring:

-How to participate in a youth exchange
-Good examples of youth exchanges.
-How to create a youth exchange

We would be delighted if you could join us then and find out more about the projects, and see how you may be able to contribute.