Project Overview

During “Environment, beautiful environment” we will focus on two main topics: environment and photography, although some activities unrelated to them can also be carried. Learning will be based on the following methods: debates, interactive presentations, workshops, investigations and development of little creative projects. In addition, as participants, you will be able to propose and execute some activities if they fit the exchange and organization approves it.

Besides, the program includes many interesting and funny activities such as visits, night activities, daily games, contests and so on.

Participants Profile

The participant candidates will be evaluated based on their level of motivation and interest in the topic. The most motivated individuals who wish to fully participate and contribute to the success of this project will be selected.

Participant requirements

  • To have both interest on the topic of the project and an active participation.
  • To be, at least, 18 years old. There is no maximum age.
  • To have a fluent level of English so they can participate and communicate.
  • To hold the European Health Card (EU countries) or a medical insurance (Non-EU countries) valid during the period of the Exchange. If not, you must sign a document that exempts us from any responsibility related to eventual health care costs at your arrival.

Group requirements

  • Gender balance (1 boy and 1 girl per country)

Accommodation and Food

The accomodation will be a hostel called “La Fontanina” in Mata de Alcántara in the province of Cáceres, in the west of Spain, very close to the border with Portugal. It is a rural hostel, since Mata de Alcántara has only 200 inhabitants. Alcántara, and old roman settlement, is only 6 km away, and we can find there supermarket and other services. Finally, the city of Cáceres, declared cultural patrimony of UNESCO, is 1h away by car. 

Youth Europa will provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and fruit/snacks for morning/afternoon breaks. There will always be options for people with food restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, allergic, religious reasons, etc), as long as they point it out in the corresponding form that participants will receive before the Project.

 

Rules

Basic rules about respecting each other will be mandatory: be on time, respect the others, clean up after yourself, do not make noise after midnight, follow the accommodation rules, separate wastes, follow the workshops and sessions actively. Anyway, in the beginning of the exchange, rules will be presented in detail.

Serious misbehaviors, such as drug usage, violence, sexual harassment, theft or any other, will result in us calling the police, excluding you from the exchange and not reimbursing your travel costs.

NOTE: travel cost can be partially of fully removed to the people who:

  • Do not take part in the whole length of the Exchange
  • Repeatedly break the basic rules and don’t react to warnings
  • Commit any serious misbehavior

 

Travel

Participants must be in Caceres 4th March. There will be a time range to be there which will be specified. Also, you will be back in Caceres the 10th as soon as possible. Regarding the trip, there are some guidelines and requirements you must follow:

  • As we said, travel costs are covered, but there is a limit depending on the distance:

   Armenia (4000 – 8000 km) 820 €

   Bulgaria (2000 – 3000 km) 360 €

   Estonia (3000 – 4000 km) 530 €

   Spain (10 – 100 km) 20 €

   Slovakia (2000 – 3000 km) 360 €

   Turkey (3000 – 4000 km) 530 €

   Hungary (2000 – 3000 km) 360 €

VERY IMPORTANT. This is the limit for every participant depending on the country you come from. But, first of all, as participant you have to verify that your trip is within the corresponding distance band for your country. If your trip is not inside the distance band of your country, you have to contact us because your limit will be a bit lower. For measuring distance use this link and select the city/village you come from as “Start” and Mata de Alcántara as “End”.

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/education_culture/tools/distance_en.htm

  • As a participant, you have up to 5 days gap between your flights dates and Project dates (4th March – 10th March). Example:
  1. Arrive 3rd Mar – Departure 10th Mar  1+0=1  OK!
  2. Arrive 1st Mar – Departure 12th Mar  3+2=5  OK!
  3. Arrive 27th Feb – Departure 11th Mar 5+1=6  NOT OK!
  • Your destination is Caceres; it will be us who arrange how to reach Mata de Alcántara from there.
  • Main airports destinies you should have in mind: Madrid or Seville. Lisbon is also an option, but you have to plan it carefully since there are not a lot of buses that go to Caceres from Lisbon.
  • VERY IMPORTANT. You have to keep all your tickets, because we will need them for the reimbursement. Some guidelines regarding this issue:
    • Flights: we will need both boarding passes (PDF, not the Boarding Pass from your phone!) and an invoice/receipt of your purchase which specifies the prize
    • E-tickets are valid; you don’t have to print them. In case you only received the physical ticket, scan it before giving it to us.
  • VERY IMPORTANT. You need our confirmation before purchasing your flight tickets.

Cost

There is a participation fee of 30€ which will help us to improve the quality of the Project and will be discounted from the travel costs reimbursement.

Travel, accommodation, food, materials, visits, activities… everything involving the Project is covered! So, you will only need some cash for your personal expenses

 

Participants Preparation

  • Intercultural dinner: it will be celebrated the first night. Participants from every group must coordinate to bring typical food and drinks from their country. You can also contact us in case you want to cook or prepare something in the accommodation.
  • Cultural nights: every day, two countries will make a performance about their country. You will have around 30 min to present your country through PowerPoint presentations, videos, quiz, dances, songs, contests, etc.
  • Things you have to bring: reflex photography camera and laptop. It is not mandatory for all the participants, but we should gather one camera and one laptop per country.

 

Other important aspects

  • Insurances: Youth Europa has signed different insurance policies required by the Erasmus+ program. This includes an accident insurance which will cover you facing any severe accident. Regarding health care and as mentioned in the Participants profile section, participants must hold their European Health Card (EU countries) or subscribe a medical insurance (Non-EU Countries). We can help you in this process if you need to. In case you come from Non-EU countries, the cost of the health insurance will be returned to you thanks to the funds we have been given for this purpose. If you don’t meet this requirement when you come to the Project, we will require you to sign a document where you declare that you were informed regarding this issue and exempt us from any responsibility.
  • Weather: it can perfectly rain some days, but weather is usually sunny in spring in this region. Temperatures expectations are between 10ºC to 25ºC.
  • Currency: in Spain we use European Euros (€)

 

Contact

Pablo Nuevo Duque (Coordinator)

pablo@youtheuropa.org

+34 677 40 87 62

 

 

Project Summary

Location: Navas de Alcántara, SPAIN
Type: Erasmus+ Training Course.
Topic: Photography and environment.
Organizer: Youth Europa.
Dates: 4th March (arrival day) – 10th March (departure day).
Participants: 2 people per country (+18 y. o.).
Countries: Armenia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Estonia, Turkey, Hungary and Spain.
Working language: English.

Open for participants from: Estonia, Slovakia and Spain.

Participation fee: 30€.