“Youth for Smile” —Latvia
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“Youth for Smile” is non governmental non-profit youth organization and it’s main aim is unite children’s and youth to promote their participation in non-formal education, in order to develop wide skills and abilities. They try actively to take part within social processes in local, national and international level. Their main target groups were youth and children in Barbele and in the immediate neighborhood.
Through that they are looking to reach as well adults (parents, grandparents and policy makers).
Through this project we wanted to discover similarities and differences in our cultures. We wanted to find out the meaning of Sun in our cultures in past and nowadays. Is it possible to connect past with nowadays? What is the meaning of the culture for the youth in the region? That is what we wanted to find out!!!
The theme of our project is the culture inheritance in the past and in the future, especially emphasizing the meaning of the sun and youth free time spending possibilities in regions with limited possibilities.
With this project we wanted to find out more about the meaning of the sun in different countries and regions and to share information and experience. We wanted to make it in a practical way. Our hosts showed us the Latvian traditions and culture.
By analyzing the past we wanted to look into the future.
Together young people from different nationalities proved that in future it will be possible to save our past inheritance and cultures without conflicts or misunderstandings.
We learned about the different types of free-time activities in each country. We learned also that with little efforts are can brake the stereotypes. Participants learned a great deal of information about each other’s cultures. They improved their communications skills, and they had the chance to see the life of the young people on international level also.
This exchange gave us a chance to improve our language skills. The participants learned how to take initiative and how to work independently. We consider this one of the most successful projects so far.
For more information on the schedule of activities, please download the program.