Project "Some call it Europe, we call it Home" is a multilateral youth exchange with 50 participants from 4 EU (Germany, Greece, UK, Cyprus) and 6 neighboring (Armenia, Egypt, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia Federation and Jordan) countries. The project was organised in Agros viIlage – Cyprus between 27/4-05/5/2018. Its aim is the cultural diversity, inter-religious dialogue and empowerment of youth from various social, religious, cultural and ethno-racial backgrounds. In addition to workshops and presentations of the countries, the participants had the opportunity to learn more about local business in Cyprus, visit the EU house, and walk around Nicosia and Limassol.
Liudmyla: "I think almost every Erasmus project is a small life that creates an utopian world with cultural diversity and with a lots of new discoveries. This project gave me an great opportunity to understand that youth share the same values and vision of this world regardless of the country of origin."
Yura: “I want to express my gratitude to the NGO Stella and NGO Youth Dynamics, as well as to all the participants for the exceptional chance to take part in the youth exchange "Some call it Europe, we call it Home" which took place in Agros, Cyprus. I am eternally grateful for everything I’ve learnt during this week. Intercultural and interethnic dialogue with other participants has helped me better understand how to deal with stereotypes and prejudice in nowadays society. Moreover, I've learned new practices about how to spread tolerance and peace among young people and encourage them to participate in civic society.
I wish each and every one of you success in your endeavors and can't wait to see you again as soon as possible️!”
Anna: “There is a quote: "Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know." One of the best things about youth exchanges is meeting new people. It was an unforgettable life experience to become a part of this project, make connections with other participants and share ideas! Youth exchange is what makes people around the world a real team, motivates youth to be active citizens in our world. It was really interesting to find out more about the countries and cultures of other participants through intercultural evening. I was also happy to present my country together with other Ukrainian participants and share our native music, culture and food. It was a great opportunity for everyone to discover new cultures, participate in workshops and make new friends. Thank you Erasmus+ and NGO "Stella" for this unforgettable experience!”
Roman: “The youth exchange "Some call it Europe, we call it Home" lasted only one week, but this week was full of new people and impressions.
Most of all, I was impressed by the cultural diversity of the various participating countries (and there were 10 countries!), goodwill and their hospitality. We were all one big family, where everyone is learning something new from each other.
The project was aimed at intercultural dialogue, as well as on topics of discrimination, integration and human rights. We all learned together to be more tolerant and friendly to each other, to break all stereotypes and perceive each person as a unique person!”
Khrystyna: “Youth exchange is a platform where you can understand your uniqueness. This is the place where all stereotypes disappear. Where people are proud of their countries, cultures and traditions. It is hard to write the amount of my happiness. It was one of the best weeks of my life. It was a week, which changed me completely. People, who were around me returned my positive attitude to life, which was lost some months ago. I am very grateful for this opportunity.”