Refugees welcome es un intercambio juvenil que tiene como objetivo despertar la empatía y comprensión de los jóvenes participantes con respecto a las dificultades que experimentan los refugiados, al mismo tiempo que los apoyaba en la sugerencia de medidas para respaldar la integración de los jóvenes refugiados. Además, buscaba crear conciencia entre los jóvenes sobre el valor de la solidaridad europea y fomentar una red de jóvenes dispuestos a trabajar en pro de la integración de los jóvenes refugiados en sus realidades locales. Este proyecto fue financiado por Erasmus+ a través de la Agencia Nacional Húngara para Erasmus+ Juventud, Tempus Közalapítvány.

Durante su desarrollo, el proyecto logró alcanzar los siguientes objetivos:

  • Sensibilizar a los jóvenes sobre el valor de la solidaridad europea.
  • Apoyar a los jóvenes en la formulación de medidas para respaldar la integración de los jóvenes refugiados.
  • Fomentar la empatía y comprensión de los jóvenes hacia las dificultades que experimentan los refugiados.
  • Establecer una red de jóvenes comprometidos que continúen trabajando en la integración de los jóvenes refugiados en sus comunidades locales.

A través de esta publicación, deseamos compartir los logros y el impacto positivo que este proyecto ha tenido en la vida de los participantes y en la promoción de la solidaridad y la integración de los jóvenes refugiados.


Day 1

During our first day of an exchange we focused on the integration of participants. After having a breakfast, we had an official opening, during which we were able to get to know each other, play multiple games, which helped us to become a proper group.

After first round of introduction we had a coffee break, that allowed us to have conversation in smaller circles. Later on, we made cards with our expectations towards the following week. At the same time, we have set rules that we would like to follow during an exchange to be able to communicate better and make the cooperation smoother. At the end of the day, it helped us to solve any small issues and improve communication.

Finally, we were divided into multinational smaller sub-groups, with which we had to accomplish multiple tasks, that relate to our cultures, Erasmus + and exchanges in general. It was an amazing experience, as for instance we had to record videos and answer question from many fields.
At the end of the day, we had a intercultural night, that was hosted by Italian participants. We got to know the Italian culture a bit better and also try some Italian food.

To conclude, the day was packed with many activities that helped us to get to know each other and taught us how to cooperate highlighting relevance of a group projects in life.

Day 2

Firstly, we learn new definitions and concepts of sustainability that is going to be used during all week.

In the second part of the morning, we engaged in theatrical activities. We had to create a short play about a sustainability problem of our choosing, such as fast fashion or recycling, and propose a solution to it.

In the afternoon we watched the short videos about the recycling in our city or state and then we commented them.

We have faced the problem of Ethnic enclaves in our cities through a game. Each group of 3 people was supposed to create a monthly budget of a given family. Each group had a different background. After that, it was presented an imaginary city where we had to find an accommodation. Subsequently we reflected upon the topic.

In all the activities we finished late, because the participation was nigh and topic was interesting to people.

Day 3

We started our 3th day with an active energiser that helped us wake up and prepare for the long day. 

The first workshop was called «future energy». We were divided into 9 groups and each one was assigned to a different renewable energy. Our task was to make a poster with the most important informations and then explain it to the rest of groups. 

After the coffee break we had a Wealth distribution workshop

The workshop was opened with another energiser (“Ping Pong”). Afterwards the whole group was divided into four different groups which all represented the government of one country for a game. The task was to produce certain goods out of paper and sell them to Brisa in order to make the most money. With the earned money they could also buy new resources which helped them producing more and better goods in order to earn even more. What the groups didn’t know was that their starting points in terms of resources were very different. So in the end, the richest group had more than ten times more money than the poorest group – depending on the starting position. Then we discussed how that can be adapted to real life and how to possibly solve these issues of wealth distribution.

After the lunch we continued the day with a workshop Industrial Symbiosis.

We commenced the activity by dividing into various groups, where every group was assigned an industry and was tasked to manufacture a particular product by using 3 raw materials. Once the product was ready we could sell the product and in exchange you’ll get the money and a residue material. We have to get rid of this residue either by selling it to other groups or by paying the recycling company.

So we learned that Industrial Symbiosis is an innovative approach that aims in bringing together companies from different industrial sectors in order to improve the resource efficiency and sustainability by sharing and reusing resources. This involves raw materials, products, energy, water and also expertise and infrastructure.

Last but not least the SDGs bingo we were given a paper with 8 slots, and we randomly chose numbers in groups of 3, each corresponding to one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Then, each team selected 4 SDGs that interested them the most and researched them. After playing bingo, the team that completed a line or the entire card discussed some of the 4 SDGs they had chosen, engaging in a conversation about the goals and their feasibility to be achieved by 2030.

Day 4

Today at the 4th day of the project we were able to work in groups at the morning. During the workshops we were divided into the parties with different program for elections and local people based on their age group , future goals and current preferences.

We all agree that Aren’s speech was extremely captivating and all of us made our own choice based on the way how the parties presented their program.

In the 2nd part of the day we had pool evening where and when we could enjoy sunny weather, swim and play some interactive games amongst everyone.

Day 5

During the morning of the 5th day we had the chance to explore our natural surroundings.

We went on a hiking trip that led us to some natural pools in the middle of the mountains, where the bravest amongst us decided to have a bath in the freezing cold water.

In the afternoon we analyzed the water quality of the places of residence of the participants and we designed a possible urban garden for our local community.

Day 6

Today we started the day with an interesting energiser where each of us represented an molecule and had to change pace as temperature changed (colder- slower pace/ warmer- faster pace) We also had to build  an atom with different number of molecules after which we stayed separated in groups of 6 for the next task. 

The following activity was a Sustainable challenge in which we had to complete a number of tasks that included, creating charts, memes, drawings and more and the most interesting part was the musical one- each team had to perform a song. 
What followed was a lunch break and after it each of us had the opportunity to attend or lead a specific workshop as per personal choice during the Open Space. 
Some of the options were different games, theatre class, hiking, public speaking, debates, exercises and body relaxation practice.

Day 7

During the last day we had the opportunity to learn more about Erasmus+ and European SOlidarity Corps. Through a hilarious presentation using memes from the project, the facilitator presented the different programs offered by Erasmus+ and CES, their target group and how can we apply.

Later we were divided in groups and created our own project ideas. 

And finally the time to say goodby came! We had a very emotional closing ceremony where we were able to say our goodbyes, or better, see you soons!

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