Name of the project: “Keep Baltic Sea Plastic Free’’ Youth Exchange
Date: 31st March – 8th April 2023
City/Country: Palanga, Lithuania.
What was the main topic of the event?
Adriana Loginova – Baltic sea level of pollution and ways to solve this problem.
Hlib Bondarenko – Pollution prevention of the environment and rising awareness about pollution.
Lii Lopp – What is the situation in the Baltic Sea and what can we do.
Marina Šipitsõna – The main topic of the project was to raise awareness of the Baltic Sea pollution level and its importance through workshops and discussions. Also, to educate ourselves about the environment, learn and adopt sustainable and zero waste lifestyles to make the world a better living place.
Güney Gürbüz – Waste management in Baltic Sea countries and plastic pollution.
Anett Lee Melts – Keeping the Baltic Sea as clean as possible.
Dmytro Krychevskyi – Safe Baltic Sea from pollution.
What were the biggest learning moments of the event for you?
Adriana Loginova – Visit “Po Bangom” Ocean Education organization. Learning how to reduce water pollution and new ways to monitor the state of the reservoir to clean up polluted parts. Getting knowledge about the amount of reduction of living beings and the destruction of the food chain.
Hlib Bondarenko – Lectures from professionals of marine science.
Lii Lopp – When we talked and did a game about how we can change our behaviours to already make some difference.
Marina Šipitsõna – Knowledge about the FIVE Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Rot, Recycle. The 5 R principle is an important action that everyone should follow to reduce the amount of garbage/waste in our society.
Güney Gürbüz – I learned how polluted the Baltic Sea is and what can be done about it.
Anett Lee Melts – How are other Baltic countries doing with sustainability and pollution.
Dmytro Krychevskyi – When we visited Klaipeda Port.
Do you have any plans to continue being active in the field? If yes, in which way?
Adriana Loginova – Since I am studying at the Maritime Academy, I would be able to apply my knowledge in my studies, for example, to attach importance and significance to this problem in my thesis.
Hlib Bondarenko – Yes, I would like to participate in such Erasmus projects, be the organiser of the project in Estonia, share my ideas about the topic, volunteer, and keep communication with local startups and scientists to involve them in process of education of EU youths.
Lii Lopp – Yes. I am changing my everyday habits (to avoid as much plastic as I can) and I plan to participate in World cleanup day as well.
Marina Šipitsõna – I plan to take part in the ‘Let’s Do It’ campaign to clean up the local beach in the near future..
Güney Gürbüz – I am already a volunteer in an environmental NGO and I want to use this knowledge in my work.
Anett Lee Melts – I will implement my knowledge in my studies and I want to work in some environmental field soon.
Dmytro Krychevskyi – Yes, I do, by volunteering and visiting other projects.
Would you recommend this experience to your friends? If yes, why? If no, why not?
Adriana Loginova – I would recommend this experience to anyone, I always share my experience on social networks to attract those who want to get such an experience. Youth exchanges are the most interesting since you can learn by doing. We had enough opportunities for those who are beginners to learn English besides the topic. I think this is a nice chance for those who are afraid of speaking up in front of other people to challenge themselves and gain some new knowledge from other participants as well.
Hlib Bondarenko – Yes, all Erasmus events are amazing to experience and useful time spending.
Lii Lopp – Yes. It is a very good learning way, different from how they teach us in schools or universities. That kind of project makes you want to study this topic.
Marina Šipitsõna – Yes, for sure. It was a very interesting and eye-opening experience.
Güney Gürbüz – Yes because we learned together from many people, from many countries and we shared a lot with each other.
Anett Lee Melts – Yes, already recommended, because these kinds of projects are a true learning moment, either you learn from other cultures, you grow as a person or you learn something new about the topic. 🙂
Dmytro Krychevskyi – I’m already recommended it.
Other comments or anything else you would like to share? You can answer in your mother tongue if you want!
Hlib Bondarenko – I like our Estonian team, they are all kitties <3
Lii Lopp – The project was very well organized and the activities were instructive.
Güney Gürbüz – Thank you very much!
Dmytro Krychevskyi – It was great.