Carpathian explore. Lviv, Ukraine, 2019Emir Shevkiev
About the project
Youth Exchange “Carpathian Explore” brought 35 participants from 7 different countries together to share each country’s culture, cuisine and nature while exploring the nature and culture of the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains over a period of 8 days. It took place on 16-23 of July 2019 in Lviv and nearby Carpathian mountains. The project was hosted by Logos Ukraine.
Organizations shared the same need of involving participants more in their work for a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly society and saw that many young people lacked the understanding of the importance of taking care of nature. Through experience with being in nature, meeting people living close to nature every day and having a better understanding about tradition life, we as organizations believe it could help to meet these needs among the young people.
Aim and objectives
Aim of the project was for participants to learn more about each others cultures, traditions, cuisine and nature through outdoor experience. We set following objectives for the project :
– to promote intercultural exchange and awareness, and connect young people from differing national, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
-To learn about different European cultures, cuisine and nature
-To promote sustainable and ecological lifestyle
-To encourage active citizenship through learning about problems and challenges in different countries
-To fight negative stereotypes about various cultures
-To discuss the needs, problems and interests of young people from different cultures
We achieved these objectives by using non-formal learning methods, involving participants in planning, implementing and evaluation stages of the project.