Tech Youth is a series of project that connects technology and non-formal education. Tech Youth: The Eye in the Sky is a youth exchange that brings together tech and human rights. Exchange itself will last for 10 days (8 activity days + 2 travel days) and involves many different workshops and other thought provoking activities. Human rights is most often connected with refugees, gender equality etc, but we wish to raise awareness about issues that are even closer to home. We interact with different technologies on a daily basis and there are many human rights concerns due to this fact alone. You have probably wondered how to stay safe online, or what will happen if artificial intelligence is created, or how the drone technologies can be used in various ways. These questions and many more will be answered on this project. This youth exchange will involve young people from 6 different countries and will create the perfect opportunity for the youth to learn from each others experiences and knowledge.
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.
- Be present and have an active participation on all sessions of the youth exchange
- Show initiative and interest in the topic and follow up activities
- Aged between 18-27
- Have a fluent command of English language
It is also important to find participants who have a clear understanding that the project does not end with the completion of activities, but continues with the dissemination and presentations of the results. Gender balance and group diversity in terms of different social and cultural backgrounds will be taken into consideration.
Accommodation and Food
Raudsilla is situated in Lahemaa National Park and is a unique venue. Home to a number of small and large wooden teepee tents. Including the largest teepee in Europe.
Raudsilla is surrounded by beautiful untouched nature and threw it flows Pärlijõgi (“Pearl river”), which is one of the last remaining habitats of the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera). Another sight definitely worth visiting is the Baltic klint and braver quests can catapult-zipline down this magnificent bank. Raudsilla is the perfect place to just unwind and unplug!
Accommodation and food will be covered by the host organization. Accommodation will be grouped by gender. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the same location every day.
The sleeping will be in 2 different houses with boys and girls separately. There are mattresses, blankets, pillows etc so you don’t need to bring these with you. Our seminar room is the biggest teepee in Europe and looks really awesome, this is where we will be spending most of our time. In addition to this there is a huge sauna and also a hot tub!
We are really happy to announce that this project will be taking place in such a special location. We believe that this accommodation will make your stay even more memorable!
The general rules are the usual – be on time, respect other people, clean up after yourself, do not disturb others late at night, follow the venue rules. In addition to this we will also talk about the rules regarding sauna, swimming and the venue itself.
Drug usage, violence, sexual harassment, theft or any other serious misbehavior will result in us calling the police, casting you out of the exchange and not reimbursing your travel cost.
We will go over all the rules in the beginning of the exchange and also have them visible on the wall during the project.
Travelling to Estonia can be done by flying to either Tallinn (Estonia) or Riga (Latvia). Riga usually has better flight connections. If possible, fly to Tallinn, if it is significantly cheaper then fly to Riga instead and take the bus from there to Tallinn. We will assist you as much as possible and ensure your safe arrival at the accommodation.
All participants must arrive at the accommodation on 23rd of September or a bit earlier, arriving few days earlier is usually okay if you confirm this with us first. If you arrive earlier, we will help you look for a cheap accommodation before the project starts. Just as you can arrive earlier, you can also leave a few days after the real departure day. The departure day is 2nd of October. You have to pay extra for the accommodation during the nights which are not included in this project. Arriving earlier or leaving later will give you some breathing space and you will have some time to check out other cities or places you wish to visit.
www.skyscanner.net and www.azair.eu are two really useful websites to find suitable tickets. www.luxexpress.eu, www.ecolines.net are two of the websites to check the bus from Riga to Tallinn. www.tpilet.ee is for the bus travel in Estonia.
NOTE: You are only allowed to purchase the tickets if we have confirmed that you will be participating in this project and if your travel option is suitable.
Travel cost reimbursement limits based on the travel distance:
- Latvia: 180 EUR
- Czech Republic: 270 EUR
- Slovakia: 270 EUR
- Romania: 270 EUR
- Spain: 530 EUR
Youth Europa will provide accommodation, food and programme activities during the project. You must keep all the bills, boarding passes and all kinds of tickets with you, because we need them in order to reimburse your travel cost. There is a participation fee of 40 euros that will help us improve the quality of this project.
NOTE: The travel cost will not be reimbursed to the people who are not taking part of the whole youth exchange or who severely break the rules of the exchange. It is recommended to bring some cash with you in order to buy some of the services offered by the accommodation.
Weather conditions: the average temperature in September is around +10 – +20 0C during the day and colder during the night. The weather in Estonia is rather unpredictable, but September will hopefully be reasonably warm.
Currency in Estonia: EURO
Dress code: Casual / comfortable, sneakers or some other sort of footwear would be nice to have indoors. Have enough warm clothes that you can also stay outdoors. We will mostly stay inside, but there are some activities planned outside as well. Do not underestimate the winter in the north.
Cultural nights: each country is expected to prepare a program to present their culture, to bring some typical local drinks and foods and prepare a cultural program like presentation of local tradition, music, dance etc.
Meals: we will provide you with three meals/day and coffee breaks. The meals will take into account all the participants dietary aspects such as allergies, intolerance and preferences. We will also have vegetarian.
Health and travel insurance: the participants are required by Erasmus+ program to have a valid European health insurance and a valid travel insurance for the period of the projects including the travel dates.
Transport: to the project venue will be arrange by the organizers the departure and arrival will be most likely be from Tallinn
Contact: For more information, feel free to contact Maanus by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by Facebook (Maanus Avik)!