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Our Carpathian Stories. Lviv-Dzembronya-Babyn, Ukraine, 2021

Our Carpathian stories was an almost 2 weeks long Youth exchange, where we used outdoor education and hiking in mountains to develop and share stories. We started from our favourite Білий Слон camping and went to beautiful (and very cold at that moment) Carpathians. We hiked for 4 days and met local people, animals and of course nature.

We visited Shyptsi and Rebra mountains, cooked on the fire and told each other different stories.
It was a challenging but unique experience for all participants - those who were on their first hike and those who are experienced.
When we came down we learned more about storytelling, got to know locals and especially babushkas and did rafting!

This youth exchange was implemented by Logos, Kompetenta Unga, Lernlabor, European Integration Group, Karas, Amazing Educaiton and was financed by Erasmus+ programme

Below we want to share results of the projects made by participants

Photo story about Khata Maysternya, one of the locations that we stayed at

Drawing made by participants to represent our hike

Photo editing made in style of famous artists

Video shot by participant of the project

Video shot by participant of the project

Video shot by participant of the project

A tale written and performed by participants

Drawing by participant

Hiking can be exhausting

Video made by project participant

Carpathian stories. Lviv, Ukraine, 2019

Project description

The Youth exchange Carpathian Stories brought 30 participants from 6 different countries  - Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Belarus, Russia and Poland, together to explore the beauty, diversity and fragility of the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains over a period of 15 days. This project took place outdoors with participants hiking in the Carpathians, staying in tents and cooking food on the fire.

Project engaged participants with important themes of environmental awareness and sustainability equipped them with skills in digital media literacy and provided an intercultural exchange in an outdoor setting using nonformal learning and experiential education.

The aim of the project was to foster intercultural understanding by collecting stories based on our outdoor experience and exploring different ways of telling our own stories.

Project objectives:

  • To learn about the cultures of countries involved in the project
  • To explore the Carpathian region’s culture and traditions
  • To explore different forms of storytelling
  • To create stories during the project which could be later brought to other people and communities
  • To go for an outdoor expedition and learn about hiking

Project outputs:

At the project participants created various stories through different means of storytelling. Logos member Vadym Havrylenko created a web-site of the project, where it is possible to find all the stories made by participants and learn about the project. Check the web-site at https://carpatianstories.logos.ngo/

Below you can see some of the outputs of the project created by participants.

Project partners

"Carpathian stories" Youth exchange was hosted by Logos Ukraine and funded by the German national agency within the Erasmus+ programme. This project was implemented by a consortium of organisations:

  • Germany - Grüner Grashalm e.V.
  • Ukraine - Logos znannya
  • Spain - Arousa moza
  • Belarus - Karas
  • Poland - Logos Polska
  • Russia - INTERRA

Project chronicles