European School Summer Camp
The Children and Youth National Center
The Children and Youth National Center is a legal entity of public law established under the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. The Center was founded in 2007 with a view to facilitating the implementation of state youth policy through services tailored to the needs of Georgian children and youth in the age range of 0-29. To support the fulfillment of the economic, social and cultural rights of the children and youth, CYNC actively supports and implements educational, recreational, sport and cultural activities. Center was founded with the mission, of the creation of relevant conditions for the formation and development of youth’s intellectual, personal, professional and physical potential; development of international co-operation on issues regarding children and youth. Center aims Promotion of non-formal education; Increase of the vulnerable group involvement in civic activities; Promotion of healthy lifestyle among children and youth. Since 2011 CYNC has been organizing youth camps and other youth programs in Georgia. Each summer Future camps in Anaklia, Sharon, and Manavi, in addition, Eco-Camp in Lagodekhi, host thousands of youth between the ages 14 – 25 from Georgia and outside of Georgia. In sum, camps have hosted 18 600 youngsters since 2011 and CYNC is in charge of the implementation of the camps fully. CYNC organizes, coordinates, promotes, encourages and provides non-formal education, inclusion, healthy lifestyle, employability, participation, volunteering, research and policy in the field of youth. CYNC runs annually Youth Festival, which includes diverse programs, projects and activities covering all regions of the country.
Basic information about the project
Legal Entity of Public Law, of Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia – „Children and Youth National Center“ (CYNC), with of the support of the European Commission is implementing unprecedented international camp - European School Summer Camp 2018 in Georgia. European School Summer Camp 2018 in Georgia will be the preparatory phase for potential students of the Eastern Partnership European School and for other interested young representatives in EaP and EU countries. The establishment of the Eastern Partnership European School is part of the broader regional effort to address the needs of youth, focusing, however, on secondary education. It is a flagship project of the Commission in the Eastern Neighbourhood and one of the “Eastern Partnership - 20 Deliverables for 2020”. The main objective of “European School Summer Camp 2018 in Georgia” is supporting and preparing peer educators with common European civil values and to foster co-operation, multi-cultural understanding, and tolerance among young people in the Eastern Partnership region.
- Establish non-formal space to increase the occurrences of cross-national dialogue
- Expand youngsters network by using the created online platform
- Implement 8 effective training modules for the participants
- Develop youth-led follow-up projects that will promote civic education
- Improve personal and professional skills of participants in 6 out of 8 lifelong competencies in context of EU Values
- Develop group project in each of the 8 learning modules
European School Summer Camp 2018 in will start on August 9th and end on of August 29th 2018, and will gather around 100 participants aged 14-18 from the Eastern Partnership region and EU member states. The ratio of participants from EaP countries and EU countries will be about 80/20.
- Gain experience, skills, and connections
- Establish Network with a dynamic group of experts and mentors
- Expand your professional network and develop relationships with peers and counterparts
- Develop your personal and professional skills in 6 out of key
- competencies for lifelong learning
- Have fun and engage in extracurricular activities with your peers
Age criteria: 14 – 18 years old, school pupils;
- Young leaders, active youth volunteers, motivated and super enthusiastic;
- Level of skills in English (English certificates are accepted) (If applicable);
- The country of citizenship and residence should be: Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) or EU member countries.
- International profile (education/volunteering abroad, mobility, aptitude to work in an international atmosphere), if any;
- Should be interested in EU thematic and be super motivated of bringing the experience back home;
- Super enthusiastic of becoming a peer educator;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
Expenses such as transportation, accommodation, meals etc., will be fully covered by the organizers.
Required documents from participants include:
- Filled online application form – Submitting the online survey and sending all the necessary documents via e-mail.
- What else you should send via e-mail:
- Reference from teacher/lecturer or educational institute, with official stamp and signature;
- Signed terms and reference form by the applicant and official guardian - Annex 1;
- Scanned copy of valid international passport (A high-quality digital copy of your international passport);
- English language certificate (not obligatory);
- International Health Insurance and health certificate;
The European Union supports the creation of friendly environments for young people with different cultural backgrounds to participate in civic activities, share cultural knowledge, and promote multi-cultural understanding and tolerance. The main objective of “European School Summer Camp 2018 in Georgia” is supporting and preparing peer educators with common European civil values and to foster co-operation, multi-cultural understanding and tolerance among young people in the Eastern Partnership region. The camp will offer participants practical as well as theoretical sessions in different fields of youth work that are based on the techniques of non-formal education. Within the program, participants will become peer educators and will be able to share practices of youth activism in their own countries. At the end of the Camp, participants will prepare project proposals that will be implemented in their countries as post-camp activities.
- Participants became peer educators in their countries
- A better understanding of the EU and its values among the participants is strengthened
- Non-formal space for cross-national dialogue is established
- The network among European youngsters is supported (including online platform/blog for future partnership)
- The modules and workshops are designed which focus on the cultural, social diversity and the promotion of tolerance among the youth
- Youth-led projects (follow-ups) are expected to promote civic education in 10 participant countries
- Youth personal and professional skills are developed in 6 out of 8 lifelong competencies in the context of EU Values
- Camp participants build joint projects around each learning modules
Location and weather
All participants will be accommodated in a hotel. The hotel has a free Wi-Fi connection. You will be provided meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, including coffee brakes). If any of the participants have any special requirements regarding food and/or health issues, please inform us in advance and mention it in the application form. Weather in Georgia in August is quite warm, but you are recommended to bring some jackets for evenings. In addition, the program is full of sports activities and exercises: such as football, volleyball, tennis, swimming and etc. So be sure you bring the sportswear too. Besides, on the camp venue, you can enjoy with very comfortable swimming pool at the hotel. Bring your swimming suits as well. P.S. All participants will be provided with special materials and clothing, such as T-Shirts, Bags, Notebooks and etc.
The Intercultural Evening - European village and other activities
What should you bring with?
- During the European village/Cultural evening, different country representatives will present their traditional food, sweets and drinks which they bring with them from their country. Therefore this is a polite invitation for you to get some goodies from your country for the rest of us to try out! Apart from the food, you might also get some information (traditional costumes, flags, posters, postcards, traditional music, leaflets etc.) about your home country for us to appreciate.
- Apart from the European Village, during the camp, participants should represent themselves and their countries, on the cultural evening events. So be advised to bring anything that you might need for your performance on the stage.
- You will be allocated in the working groups, according to your interests (Marked in your application form). During the camp, you will be working with them on the joint project, which you should represent at the end of the camp, on the closing ceremony. Leaders and special trainers from the organizers side will be fully engaged in this process to assist you. So be advised to bring anything that you might need for your performance on the stage.
Georgia, a country at the meeting point of Europe and Asia, is located in the Caucasus. It is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the southeast by Azerbaijan, to the east by Armenia and Turkey. Located at the historical crossroads, Georgia connects Northern and Southern countries as well as Western and Eastern. Georgia is the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass and link trade routes. The climate of Georgia is extremely diverse ranging from humid subtropical to the eternal snow and glaciers. The landscape of the country is unique and comprises of numerous forests, mountains covered by eternal glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, and lakes. The population of the country is 8.7 million people. Georgia is a country of ancient history and culture. Georgian folklore dances and polyphonic songs provide a strong sense of national identity and reflect the Georgian spirit. It takes years to master Georgian dances.
The folk music of Georgia takes its roots from ancient times and illustrates ancestor’s lifestyle. It unites rich history, spiritual aspirations, moral high ground, purity and heroic disposition. Traditionally, national music is an integral part of Georgian spirit and it has its natural place in Georgian society. It is used to be performed during wars, labor, illness, happiness, and sorrow. The singing was a symbol and source of strength for overcoming times of hardship. A characteristic feature of Georgian polyphonic singing comprised of a mixture of multiple voices makes it unique. Different genres of folk songs, about 15, mark richness of the country’s polyphonic tradition. Georgia is also rich for its historical architecture. Out of 878 monuments of UNESCO’S World Heritage List, 0,84% are located in Georgia. More than 5 million people use the Georgian language. The Georgian writing is among the world’s 14 alphabetic systems. Time Zone – Georgian Time UTC +4. 1 EURO = app. 3.01 GEL (Georgian Lari)
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