Name of the project: “Together for SDG’s’’ Youth Exchange
Date: 01st July – 14th July 2022
City/Country: Oeiras, Portugal.
What was the main topic of the event?
Bamba Orusov – The main purpose of the project was to explore each of the 17 goals and the question of sustainability in all its areas. (for ex. health, environment, poverty etc.)
Damir Nuriev – Raising awareness about Sustainable Development Goals among young people
Ekaterina Agapova – Sustainable development
Karl Aaron Adson – UN sustainable development goals
Markus Meinhart Rego – As one could guess from the name of the project, the main focus was on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This included goals regarding the environment, social and economic justice, healthcare etc. In total there are 17 SDGs, but we didn’t work through all of them. Nevertheless we received basic knowledge regarding this incredibly important topic.
Semjon Letov – Team building
What were the biggest learning moments of the event for you?
Bamba Orusov – The learning moment i’d like the most is volunteering and street action. Each countrey’s team prepared their own national meals and after that we donated it to people on the street action. We did that to show and share other countreys’ culture.
Damir Nuriev – It was fundraising management from Bulgarian team that could help you to tackle with some social problems in your community
Ekaterina Agapova – A trip to a recycling plant
Karl Aaron Adson – Workshop about different issues regarding the climate and environment where we had to discuss about among other things, greenwashing. It was very interesting because some of the types of greenwashing other participants suggested had never occured to me, such as souvenir shops selling flipflops made with some oart of ocean plastic
Markus Meinhart Rego – Probably the biggest learning moment for me was the realization that Europeans have a lot in common despite all the cultural differences. Since this was my first youth exchange, it was the first time that the term ‘European’ actually started to have a real meaning for me. I also learned a lot of new things about the ways that we are destroying our planet, and what everyone can do in their daily lives to fix that. As well as how to combat inequality in different forms.
Semjon Letov – Team work, it was a good experience how to work, connect with people from different countries
Do you have any plans to continue being active in the field? If yes, what?
Bamba Orusov – Of course I’d like to continue to have relationship with Erasmus projects and training courses, cause it’s always good opportunity to try and explore something new for myself.
Damir Nuriev – As a primary school teacher I’d like to share these global issues about SDG in my classroom
Ekaterina Agapova – I really would like to continue being active as a participant or organizer
Karl Aaron Adson – Yes, I’ll keep going to projects and developing myself
Markus Meinhart Rego – Sustainable Development Goals, in my view, are not something that an individual can work on alone. It requires a common effort of the people, the governments, and the industry. So if you ask me if I have any plans to continue being active in the field, then yes, by being an active citizen in my community, I will keep advocating and fighting for these goals to be fulfilled by our political and economic system.
Semjon Letov – Yes sure, it motivated me to search more information about erasmus, youth exchanges and NÜH
Would you recommend it to your friends? If yes, why? If not, why not?
Bamba Orusov – Yes, I would recommend it to all my friends cause it has a lot of advantages to improve yourself and get some new friends from different countreys
Damir Nuriev – Sure, especially because of receiving organisation. Very kind and welcome people from ProAtlântico 🙂
Ekaterina Agapova – I would, because it’s a unique experience;)
Karl Aaron Adson – Absolutely, it was one of the best opportunities for people who are interested in activism or just starting out.
Markus Meinhart Rego – If you’re someone who likes to travel, is looking for an exciting experience, and wants to make new friends from different European countries while learning something new on an important topic, then yes, I would 100% recommend this experience for you!
Semjon Letov – Yes. I’ve already told about this great experience to a lot of my friends. Because it’s really nice opportunity to be involved in discussion about nowadays topics and problems
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme