⛵ Youth exchange: Aware Thinker

📌 Location: Kennington, United Kingdom

⏰ Dates: 

Phase #1: 3-12 January

Phase #2: 12-22 March 2023

👣 Number of participants: 35 participants

🏁 Participating countries: UK, Greece, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria

🚲 Organizer: Abroadship.org

🍇 Apply here: Application form

🚦Deadline to apply: Still searching for participants

📱Inquiries about this youth exchange: Justinas at hello@abroadship.org

💰💶 Costs: 

  • 100% accommodation, food and program materials are covered by the grant from Erasmus+
  • 80% traveling costs (only most economical) are covered, up to the maximum expenses:
    • €20/participant for UK;
    • €275/participant for Lithuania, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic
    • €360/participant for Greece, Bulgaria
  • For traveling reimbursement, it is mandatory:
    • online tickets: forward emails with e-tickets, boarding passes and invoices, it has to contain price and date.
    • offline tickets: bring original receipts (originals), copies will not be accepted.
  • Reimbursements will be sent as soon as possible, latest 30 June 2023, once (and if) participants take part in
    • full duration of the programme
    • fill the evaluation forms
    • present all the traveling documents

Aware Thinker

An Aware Thinker is a person who speaks from the heart, is not afraid to risk, and is emotionally present for others by connecting with their inner voice.

In this Youth Exchange, becoming an Aware Thinker is experienced through Community Building, where participants will practice the power of listening and expressing deeply, co-creating a safe space to learn to be and stay authentic and to express joy, pain, and everything in between.

This being over doing approach helps participants to learn a way of being mindful in the presence of others and to consciously remove the barriers of misunderstanding that separate them from each other.

What we learn by building a Community is both how to be more authentic when we are busy with our lives and how to create meaningful relationships intentionally.

“There is a yearning in the heart for peace. Because of the wounds and rejections we have received in past relationships, we are frightened by the risks. In our fear, we discount the dream of authentic community as merely visionary. But there are rules by which people can come back together, by which the old wounds can be healed. The purpose of Community Building is to teach these rules—to make hope real again—and to make the vision actually manifest in a world which has almost forgotten the glory of what it means to be human.” —M. Scott Peck, MD

Who Should Attend

  • Young people who wish to grow personally and discover inner obstacles to creating meaningful connections
  • Interested or passionate about the topic of bringing people together or living in a community
  • Eager to experience and learn community building process
  • Ready to risk to deeply express to create a safe space
  • Resident of UK, Greece, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic.
  • Able to work and communicate in English
  • 18+ years old

Programme

Project consists of 2 youth exchanges. You are welcome to participate in one of them. Few most active can participate in both phases. During the programme we will:

  • Improve “soft skills”, identify and let go of personal obstacles to authentic communication
  • Develop Emotional Intelligence and skill of being emotionally present
  • Build and learn to build meaningful connections
  • Practice inclusion of yourself and others
  • Experience non-violent communication and voicing displeasure and conflict, speak up for yourself, and set boundaries
  • Practice accepting imperfections

Aware Thinker

The program of the Youth exchange (phase 1) is divided in 3 major blocks.

Community circles – practicing listening and authentic expression

Supporting guided activites

Self-organized activities and group knowledge exchange

Delivery Methods

This Youth Exchange is based on an Experiential Learning approach. You will learn by doing and by reflecting upon what you did. Expect a fully dynamic program containing several methods and work formats added one on each other as bricks building the content of the program.

  • Short input & Practice: You will get short theoretical input, and you will be directly asked to implement it
    Community Theory by M. Scott Peck, Rules and Guidelines to support the Community Building processes
  • Talking circles where the Activities, Guidelines, Rules are put to practice to create the space for personal and group development
  • Reflection & Self Assessment: There are dedicated parts of the program where you can stop and look at your own learning path. This will happen in a small group context, in a plenary, and also individually

Financial Costs

  • 100% accommodation, food and program materials are covered by the grant from Erasmus+
  • 80% traveling costs (only most economical) are covered, up to the maximum expenses:
    • €20/participant for UK;
    • €275/participant for Lithuania, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic
    • €360/participant for Greece, Bulgaria
  • For traveling reimbursement, it is mandatory:
    • online tickets: forward emails with e-tickets, boarding passes and invoices, it has to contain price and date.
    • offline tickets: bring original receipts (originals), copies will not be accepted.
  • Reimbursements will be sent as soon as possible, latest 30 June 2023, once (and if) participants take part in
    • full duration of the programme
    • fill the evaluation forms
    • present all the traveling documents

Where

It is England, baby! Since the UK chose BREXIT, this is one of the last Erasmus+ opportunities. Grosvenor Hall place is 2 hours from London, set in the beautiful grounds of a former manor house. Find map of the location here.

When to Get There

Phase 1

Arrival Day: 3 January 2023

Programme: 4-11 January 2023

Departure Day: 12 January 2023

Phase 2

Arrival Day: 12 March 2023

Programme: 13 – 21 March 2023

Departure Day: 22 March 2023

Allowed to stay in UK days: This is a great time to explore United Kingdom. We will not have a lot of free time during the programme, thus if you want to explore country, please arrange extra days. You are allowed to come max 7 days before the YE or leave after max 7 days after the YE, but the total amount of the days that are not part of the programme is max 7 days. If you decide to stay more than 7 days longer than the official programme, you will have to cover the traveling expenses yourself. During these extra days, you have to find your own accommodation and no other expenses are covered (we will cover just flights on different days).

“Aware Thinker: Our individual learning journey will be in your hands,

guided by the facilitators and

supported by the group.” Agita Jaunzeme

Practicals – What to (not) Bring

  • Casual, warm and sports clothes for outdoors (take into consideration rainy British weather) and indoors;
  • Small backpack (not necessary, but very practical for the outdoor walks);
  • Towel and Hairdryer, if needed
  • Passport is mandatory! EU ID cards are not accepted after BREXIT
  • Medicines
  • Insurance – this is critical! Please bring European Health Card and Insure in other ways because we do not provide and are not liable for any incidents
  • Food and traditions to represent for intercultural evenings

Weather

In January – March temperature in Grosvenor Hall ranges from 1 to 10 degrees, sunshine lasts ± 2-4 hours and of course of course of course (not so) beautiful rain (rains ± 13 out of 30 days) is a constant friend and a mandatory discussion subject in all conversations. 

Check the weather forecast here.

Medicine, Allergies and Diet

If you have illness, physical limitations and/or use medicine we need to know about, please inform us. If you are vegetarian or have special diet, let us know, indicating what you can and cannot eat, so that we can arrange the suitable food.

How to Apply?

Fill this application form: https://forms.gle/EPdK9SJT5ZGdbKez7

In order to apply for Aware Thinker project, you must be over 18 years old and a citizen of one of the partner countries. Contact the partner organisation from the list below if you need any support.

Subtiluship CIC UK / Greece hello@abroadship.org
Inovatyvi karta Lithuania inovatyvi.karta@gmail.com
Sztukater Poland info@sztukater.pl
Smokinya Foundation Bulgaria info@smokinya.com
La Vibria intercultural Spain info@vibria.org 
Inspire Czech Republic czechinspire@gmail.com 

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