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Schimb de tineri în Grecia: The Green Way

luni, 24 octombrie 2016

În perioada 17-25 noiembrie, 6 tineri cu vârsta cuprinsă între 18-25 de ani, vor beneficia de o mobilitate în Grecia, în zona Ioannina. Toate costurile sunt suportate de Uniunea Europeană prin Programul Erasmus Plus. Mai multe detalii despre proiect, mai jos. 


What the project The Green Way is about?

Our organisation is concerned about the natural environment in general and its’ problems, trying to promote care for the natural environment among young people. As we are actively involved within “Let’s Do It!” worldwide environmental activities, we are well aware of the environmental problems the Earth is facing and we believe that there are easy ways how individuals can help to change the environmental situation. We want to carry out this project in order to promote the value of individual and local environmental activities, “green” lifestyle and new ideas for solutions of environmental problems.

What are the main aims of The Green Way project?

To promote care of the natural environment among many young individuals from EU countries;

To create and    popularize a web site which would mainly contain information about natural

Environment care, “green” lifestyle and small scale environmental project ideas for local communities and other environment promotional materials;

To empower for young people from EU (participants of the project) to exchange their ideas, culture, traditions and to motivate and support each other for environmental ideas;

To let young people of EU (participants of the project) to acquire skills that might be very useful in their professional and private lives after participating in this project.

How do we plan to reach the aims of project?

During the implementation of this project, we plan to discuss the environmental problem the Earth faces and the environmental attitudes in our daily lives that can improve the situation. We will learn about the ways to improve the environment around us and we will do activities that will promote a green way of living.

Who will take part in YOUth for RefuGeneration project?

In the implementation of the project will participate 30 young people, aged 16-30 (youth leaders can exceed the age of 30) from Greece, Romania, Latvia, Estonia and Croatia.

Planned activities of the implementation project

Planned activities after the implementation of the project

- Creation of a website for sharing the practical results of the project

- A social media campaign for sharing the website and project’s practical outcomes

- Photo exhibition

Preparation for the project

Steps for preparation:

- Formation of national teams –5 young participants (15-25 years old, in exceptional cases until 30

Years old) and 1 team leader (experienced in youth work and Erasmus+ projects, aged 25+)

- Participants should be informed about the background and aims of this project

- Getting to know information about the environmental    situation in their country

- Preparation of the activities of your national night (presentation of your country/culture,

National/cultural games, videos, dances, costumes, snacks – whatever    represents your country

And the place you come from the best in interactive ways)

- Prepare for your travel

Your travel to Kouklioi village

You can already start planning and booking your travel. You can choose between flying to Athens or Thessaloniki, our suggestion is to fly to Thessaloniki because you will save money & many hours on

The bus since Athens is very far. Your arrival in Kouklioi should be on 17th of November and departure from the venue on 25th of November.

If you chose to fly to THESSALONIKI, you then have to take the public bus 78 that goes to the Thessaloniki bus station (KTEL Makedonias). The bus departs every 30 minutes on the arrival floor right outside the airport. You should buy the 2 Euro ticket at the ticket machine inside the bus, therefore you need to have coins with you. The drive will take around 1 hour.

At the bus station, you should find a ticket counter that sells tickets to IOANNINA (another name of the city is GIANNENA) and ask for reserved tickets on name THOMAS TSIKOS. The t icket will cost around 32 Euros and the drive will take around 3 hours.

You should inform us in advance your preferred departure time from Thessaloniki, so that we can reserve tickets for you, otherwise there is a big chance you will have no seats on the bus. The possible departure times from Thessaloniki are: 8:00, 11:30, 14:00 and 15:45.

If you chose to fly to ATHENS, you then have to take the public bus X93 that goes to the intercity bus station of Athens (KTEL Athinon). The bus departs every 40 minutes outside the airport, on the arrival level between exits 4 and 5. You should buy a 6 Euros ticket at a ticket counter next to the bus stop. The drive will be slightly more than 1 hour.

At the bus station, you should find a ticket counter that sells tickets to IOANNINA (another name of the city is GIANNENA) and ask for a reserved tickets on name THOMAS TSIKOS. The tickets will cost 49 euros and the drive will take 7 hours.

You should inform us in advance your preferred departure time from Athens, so that we can reserve tickets for you, otherwise there is a big chance you will have no seats on the bus. The possible departure times from Athens are at 6:30, 8:30 and 11:00 (in the morning).

When you will arrive in Ioannina bus station, there will be a local volunteer to guide you to a bus that goes to Kouklioi village. There will be only one bus reserved for us and we will choose the departure time when we will know your travel details (especially, arrival time in Ioannina). You will need to wait for all participants to arrive and then depart together (latest around 8pm). As the bus will be reserved and prepaid by our organization, the ticket price will be split on all participants and then reduced from the travel cost reimbursement (its around 8-10 euros per person). The drive to Kouklioi village will take around 1 hour and our local volunteers will meet you at the bus stop and guide to the venue of the project.

Remember to plan also your departure the right way! The bus from Kouklioi will depart as early as you will need on 25th of November and the buses from Ioannina to Thessaloniki depart at 7:00, 11:30, 14:15, 16:00, 20:30, the buses from Ioannina to Athens will depart at 8:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:15 and 17:30.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE: In case all groups will travel through Thessaloniki, we will be able to reserve a private bus from Thessaloniki airport (or city center for those who plan to arrive earlier) to Kouklioi. The bus would pick you up, have no stops/changes of bus, would be able to depart from Thessaloniki as late as 17:00 and depart from Kouklioi anytime needed by the ones that have the earliest flight and bus would cost slightly cheaper than public transportation.

AN EVEN MORE IMPOTANT NOTE: Before booking your flights, you must first get a confirmation of our organization that your arrival and departure times are right and possible to combine with the bus schedules in case of public transportation.

Covered travel costs

Travel costs up to a certain limit are covered by the Erasmus+ programme. The covered amount will be reimbursed to the participants after the project, when participants will send all the travel documents to our organization. The travel documents must include: your plane tickets + your plane boarding passes, Greek bus tickets and any train or bus tickets that you will use in your country, therefore we suggest you take good care of all your tickets and don’t lose them.

The travel reimbursements will be possible only if the most economic ways of travel were used (economy class, no taxi), only if the original tickets were send to our organization and if the participant attended the whole project from 17th to 25th of November and takes part in all activities during and after the implementation of the project.

The max amounts of reimbursement were defined by the Erasmus+ programme. Max amounts for each participant depends on their departure country:

Estonia: 270 Euros

Latvia: 170 Euros

Croatia: 80 Euros

Romania: 170 Euros

Things you should know about the venue of the project

Kouklioi is a very small mountain village in a rural area; apart from the beautiful nature and locals, there are very few local cafeterias and a mini market. There is free wifi in the village, which doesn’t work very well inside the accommodation place and is very slow in general. For a good wifi, you will have to visit the local cafeteria.

During the project, we expect the weather to be very cool, around 10-20 degrees. It might feel warm during sunny moments and very cool during rain and the nights so take warm clothes and umbrellas with you.

We will have activities and stay in a house, where we have hosted many youth projects. Participants will stay in mixed national groups by 5-6 people in each room which will have a private bathroom with a shower, single beds and a balcony. There will be all necessary but participants should bring their own toiletries (shampoos etc) and towels.

During the free time, participants will have a chance to play various table games we have in the house, sports games in the nearby sports fields, visit cafeterias and if the weather is very nice, we can organize a mountain hiking. Any games, musical instruments and free time activity suggestions will be very welcome!

Until 25th of October the latest, we expect the organisations to send us a list of their team members, including their names and surnames, food preferences (vegetarian, allergies, etc). We need this information to prepare logistic aspects of the project (their accommodation, and wellbeing) and for being sure that the groups are completed and the preparation process is going on.

If you face any problems ensuring a complete group of participants or there are any questions and/or problems with the preparation of the participants, please let us know as soon as possible so we can avoid/fix the problems.

In case you have any questions, contact our group via e-mail address - youthcenterofepirus@yahoo.gr

Or phone number – 00306975200586.

A Facebook group for this project will be created very soon, we will invite all the organizations to join through e-mail and all participants should join the group too. It will be a quick way how to exchange information and to be in touch.

You can get information and read about experience of our organisation in our web site – http://www.youthcenterofepirus.org, you are also welcome to visit and like our Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/Youth.Center.Epirus    .

Our team is very excited about this project, hoping to have a good time

And lots of fun! See you soon in Greece!!!

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