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Word of Power:
Speak Up

22.03 – 31.03.2020
Taevaskoda, Estonia

Event summary

Although a human may speak about 370 million words during its’ lifetime, public speaking is still the most feared activity among many. Why is that so? Why does speaking – something so mundane make us anxious, shaky and uncomfortable? How can this be overcome? Find it out through a variety of interactive and fun workshops and activities. You can lay out the very foundation as a beginner or challenge yourself and work out your own way to teach others.

The aim of “Word of Power: Speak up” is to connect young people who wish to work on and improve their public speaking skills in an international and accommodating environment. We will spend 8 activity days working together on exciting tasks, fun cultural events and many other activities. The project connects 45 people from 5 different countries – Estonia, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Slovakia – helping you forge long-lasting friendships and facilitate future cooperation. Participants are young people aged 18-30 who are interested in this projects’ topic and wish to explore it more.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission Erasmus+ programme. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

International Youth Exchange

This event has been canceled, we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us to take these drastic measures to ensure the safety of our participants.
  • Topic:
    Public speaking
  • Activity Dates:
    22.03 - 31.03.2020
  • Application Deadline:
    CLOSED
  • Location:
    Taevaskoda, Estonia
  • Participating Countries:
    Estonia, Sweden, Slovakia, Spain, Greece
  • Participation Fee:
    50€

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Where you'll be staying

Venue & Location

This event will take place in Taevaskoja, Estonia. The venue is located in a secluded place surrounded by extraordinary scenery. It has a calming charm and relaxing vibe that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The accommodation is recently renovated, a modern cabin with lots of light. It’s only 700m away from one of Estonia’s most famous natural sightseeing attractions. Hopefully the weather is on our side and we will be able to show you the beauty of this place as much as possible.

Our participants will be accommodated in comfortable renovated houses with triple or quadruple rooms, where you can find a nice view of the surrounding nature.
Place includes:
  • Modern Finnish sauna
  • Hot tub and cold tub
  • Indoor seminar room
  • Possibility to hike in the beautiful forests
  • Stay in the cozy indoor spaces which have lots of light
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the same location every day and we are also providing vegetarian options


We truly believe that this is the perfect place to thoroughly enjoy the company of new-found friends, big healthy doses of clean fresh air, and participating in the planned activities. The Taevaskoja holiday center is also surrounded by nearly 40km of hiking trails. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a winter wonderland, unique, and picturesque part of Estonia.

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What can you expect?

The Program

The program is designed in a way that everything starts with ice-breaking and we will gradually move deeper into the topic. The days will be filled with workshops, games and other activities that spark your creativity and make this whole experience really engaging. Youth Exchanges are not about pumping people full of factual knowledge, the learning will happen through a more interactive approach.

The Networking

It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert or an extrovert, you can look forward to making many awesome friends. We’ll spend more than a week together with 45 fun and energetic people in the middle of vast Estonian forests, sounds like an adventure, doesn’t it? It’s common for the participants to stay in touch long after the event has finished, so don’t miss out on this unique chance!

The Unexpected

Youth Exchanges are not something that just a small group of people contribute to. Each participant has a chance to shape this event into something really memorable and useful. We highly encourage you to come up with new ideas and elements that can be added to the program even during the exchange itself. We will never force you to facilitate an activity, but perhaps taking this step out of your comfort zone will teach you something valuable.

how do we do it?

Social program

In our organisation, it’s become a tradition that each national group will take turns presenting different aspects of their culture during the national evenings. In perspective to helping this project to be as memorable as possible, take this opportunity to prepare a unique and extraordinary presentation and think of it as a good way to represent your cultural background for the rest of the participants. Don’t be afraid to be creative! It’s highly recommended to bring some typical food, snacks or drinks for others to taste during the intercultural evening.

how to get to the event?

Travel

You must arrive before late evening on the 22nd of March to the venue and have to participate in the full duration of the event. You can get to Taevaskoja by flying to Tallinn or Riga, and taking a train or a bus to Tartu. From there you will continue by train or by bus to your final destination. We will provide more travelling information once you have been selected to join our project. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will cover your travel cost up to a certain limit. You will receive your reimbursement after you have provided us with all the documents within a month after the event. If you’re economical, it’s possible to get your full travel expenses covered!

Selected participants need to contact the organizer and send their travel info before buying the tickets. It is really important not to buy anything before receiving the green light from us. We will, of course, assist you in every way possible!
The travel reimbursement limit depends on the travel distance. The upper limit per country is:

Estonia (0-9km): 0€
Sweden (100-499km): 180€
Slovakia (499-1999km): 275€
Greece (2000-2999km): 360€
Spain (3000-3999km): 530€

meet Youth Europa

Organisers

Since all of our projects represent us as people and as an organisation, you can expect us to be highly motivated and accommodating. Having had the chance to improve ourselves and the flow of our projects for such a long time, we are flexible and look for meaningful adjustments which can improve the program even more. If we reach a point, where something doesn’t fit or leaves people bored, we will always have plan B and C.

During the youth exchange you might not even notice a difference between the participants and the organisers, because we always aim to be very close with the group. See you on our project and let’s make 2020 a year to remember!

Proof of participation

YouthPass Certificate

As a participant of this event, you will receive YouthPass – a certificate of non-formal education recognized all across Europe that allows you to describe what you have done and learned. On top of that, it can be a great way to stand out at a job interview or when applying to a university, not to mention the part where you get to show off to your friends:)

Frequently Asked Questions

This project is supported by Erasmus+ program. This enables us to keep the participation fee very low and even remove it for people who are in financial difficulties. We know it sounds too good to be true, feel free to check out the reviews:)

Not at all. We try to focus on non-formal learning methods. This means that all activities are interactive and you will usually work in groups.

Everyone who comes from the eligible countries and is 18 to 30 years old is welcome to apply. There are no prerequisites, we actually prefer people who have no prior experience at all!

Click the “apply now” button below if the deadline has not passed. Fill the form and answer all the questions as sincerely as possible. We will get in touch with you if you have been selected. Make sure that @youtheuropa.org mails don’t go to your spam!:)

Questions such as this one will be answered by the organisers or your group leader. Don’t worry, we will help you find the best possible option!

We will cover your trip to and from the project destination. There are some limits that apply, this is based on your travel distance. These limits are mentioned in the information above. If you buy the tickets early enough, it’s common to get your travel 100% covered.

After the event, all participants will fill the reimbursement form where you will be asked to upload the travel cost documents (itinerary, boarding passes, invoices etc.). The reimbursement process usually takes between 1-2 months. Remember that we will help you on every step of the way.

No problem, get in touch with us and we will do our best to provide you some answers. You can do so by heading over to the contact page.

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Deadline: CLOSED

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Overview

This is the draft schedule. Some of the activities can depend on weather and other unpredictable aspects. We will always let the participants know about the changes. 

Day 1
Arrival
Day 2
Ice-breaking
Day 3
Introduction & Improvisation
Day 4
Public Speaking 101
Day 5
Presentations & Storytelling
Day 6
Trip to Tartu
Day 7
Research and Critical Thinking
Day 8
Debating & Dissemination
Day 9
Reflection & Final Evaluation
Day 10
Departure