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“GENERATION Y, Between Dystopia and Utopia” Youth Exchange, February 2014, The Netherlands

Application procedure for participants.

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One last spot available

Dear friends,

We are happy to announce that the selection of participants for the GENERATION Y, Between Dystopia and Utopia youth exchange has just started. Break The Couch is the Greek partner of the training.

GENERATION Y, Between Dystopia and Utopia is a Media Youth Exchange program developed and organized by the Small House Productions.

It is happening between 1st-12th of February 2014 (excluding traveling days) in Ommen, the Netherlands, in the group-accommodation buildings of Olde Vechte Foundation and it is funded by Youth in Action.


For the GENERATION Y, Between Dystopia and Utopia Youth Exchange we are looking for 5 young people from Greece (18-30yo) that will travel to the Netherlands and during this 12 working days they will have the chance to work in an intercultural environment on how to work by media and be an example. This is a youth exchange about you, us and media. It will involve storytelling and it will bring in front the power of example. We believe everyone has a story to tell – and now more than ever young people should stand as an example for past and future generations. From personal stories to the story of a generation.

We invite youngsters from Greece that they are motivated to make a difference in their community or their surroundings through media and the power of example. If you are interested in working with video, photography, storytelling and exploring cultural diversity then this exchange is most probably for you.

Olde VechteIn the project, the 5 Greek young people will meet and work with youngsters from the Netherlands, Croatia, France, Lithuania, Romania, Latvia and Turkey.

For more information and application forms click the following links:

Generation Y Info Pack
Generation Y Application form

if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at BreakTheCouch@gmail.com

This project is funded by Youth in Action and participants have to cover 30% of their travel expenses and 50€ of the participation fee. Accommodation, food, program costs are 100% covered.

Yia NJI

“New Mountain” Basic Synergy Training, January 2014, The Netherlands

Application procedure for participants.

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Selection is over

Dear friends,

We are happy to announce that the selection of participants for the NEW MOUNTAIN training has just started. Break The Couch is the Greek partner of the training.

NEW MOUNTAIN is a Personal Development training or else called Basic Synergy Training.

It is happening between 19th-30th of January 2014 (excluding traveling days) in Ommen, the Netherlands, in the group-accommodation buildings of Olde Vechte Foundation and it is funded by Youth in Action.

Olde VechteFor the NEW MOUNTAIN training we are looking for 5 young people from Greece that will travel to the Netherlands and during this 12 working days they will have the chance to learn by experience about themselves. The main theme of the NEW MOUNTAIN is “How to Create fulfillment in a jobless economy” and we invite youngsters from Greece that they are unemployed or threatened by unemployment or they are not satisfied with their job to participate in this training.

In the project, the 5 Greek young people will meet and work with young people from BulgariaCroatiaHungaryLatvia, Spainthe Netherlands, and Romania.

For more information and application forms click the following links:

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NewMountain_ApplicationForm

if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us or the organizers at the email: newmountain.exchange@gmail.com

This project is funded by Youth in Action and participants have to cover 30% of their travel expenses and 50€ of the participation fee. Accommodation, food, program costs are 100% covered.

Yia NJI

Finding a New Mountain in the Netherlands

“NEW MOUNTAIN” Preparation meeting

New Mountain logo smallAs you might already know  Break The Couch team decided to get involved in several European programs. All of us as experienced youth leaders we feel that Breaking the Couch is coming while traveling, experiencing and meeting people from other cultures and other countries.

This summer we started with the Youth in Action exchange named Levers of Change and now it is the second time that we are involved in a Youth Project in the Netherlands.

This time we are are involved dually in the project with the name NEW MOUNTAIN which is a Basic Synergy Training. Our role is double because not only we will bring 5 youngsters from Greece to participate, but our member Panagiotis is one of the three main trainers of the project.

But what is Basic Synergy Training? The Basic Synergy Trainings started and developed in the Netherlands by Olde Vechte Foundation and they are Personal Development trainings. The main theme of the NEW MOUNTAIN is “How to Create fulfilment in a jobless economy” and we will invite 5 youngsters from Greece that they are unemployed or threatened by unemployment or they are not satisfied with their job to participate in this training.

From the 14th to 16th of October 2013 already selected participants of the project visited the Netherlands and specifically the Olde Vechte Foundation. During two full working days they had the chance to get introduced to basic media skills. Vasilis, who is member of Break The Couch and participant of the project shared with the rest of the participants some of his media skills. For 2 days participants were busy with media input and assignments. Soon we will post some of the results in our facebook page..

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The NEW MOUNTAIN project will take place from the 19th to 30th of January 2014 and 5 young people from Greece will travel to the Netherlands and during this 12 working days they will have the chance to learn by experience about themselves and focus on how to create fulfilment in their lives.

In the project, the 5 Greek young people will meet and work with young people from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Spain, the Netherlands, and Romania.

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All the participants of the APV left satisfied and happy looking forward for the Exchange. Very soon there will be more details and information about the preparation and the exchange.

Stay tuned cause the information letter and the application form are coming

This project is funded by Youth in Action and participants have to cover 30% of their travel expenses and 50€ of the participation fee. Accommodation, food, program costs are 100% covered.

Yia NJI

Levers of Change (3-13/8/2013) [Ommen, the Netherlands]

Call for Participants

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Break The Couch team invites you to the Youth in Action 1.1 Youth Exchange which is taking place in Ommen, the Netherlands and it is happening between 3-13 August 2013. Break The Couch is the Greek partner of this project.

scan 9We are looking for young people (18-25 years) who are motivated to make a difference in their community or their environment through media and the power of example.


If you got selected in this program you will travel to the Netherlands and work with people from Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, Lithuania, Croatia and Hungary. There in the group accomodation of Olde Vechte foundation you will experience 12 days of a program. If you are interested in working with video, photography, storytelling and cultural diversity then this exchange is most probably for you.

The working language of the project is simple, easy to understand English.

If you are interested on this program you can find the information letter here:

Levers of Change Info Letter.pdf

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If you went trough the information letter and you feel that you are suitable for this project, download the application form from >>here<< and sent it to our email BreakTheCouch@gmail.com

 

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The website of the exchange is: http://locexchange.wordpress.com/
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Firestarter** sparks Break The Couch

Olde VechteSince one of our members currently lives in the Netherlands, we had the chance to get involved and participate in a very interesting meeting located in the picturesque setting of Olde Vechte foundation. Olde Vechte Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with a long experience in social and cultural work based in Ommen, the Netherlands.

Between the 12th and the 16th of December 2012 20 people from 13 different countries gathered up in Ommen in order to realize the second meeting of the Firestarter Network. This network started sparkling in Cork, Ireland, when under the funds of EU many performance artists gathered and created an informal network between organizations & informal groups connected to theater & performance that work in the social field. The aim of the Network is to collaborate on new projects in order to develop and enhance the use of theater within different social contexts.

FirestartersPanagiotis, one of our team members participated in the meeting being invited by the Small House productions as a representative from the Break The Couch team.

During the 4 days of the meeting the participants had the chance to form a manifesto regarding the network, to discuss about future plans, to deepen in already running projects, to evaluate past activities and in general to create an unique atmosphere. They managed all together to build an administrative committee and to formulate the channels of communication of the network. They scheduled a detailed strategy plan for the upcoming months until the 3rd meeting of the network, hopefully in Berlin in September 2013. Of course there were many surprises by Small House productions, concerning a 2 days movement workshop and many cheerful nights indoors and outdoors.

Break The Couch decided not to get involved as a partner on any of the near future programs but we decided to help by documenting some parts of the meeting on video, and gain from the whole experience as much as possible. Our goal is to get ready as soon as possible to try to get funds in order to invest them in youth work, trying to motivate youngsters to break their couches.

More news to come soon…

Thank you Olde Vechte foundation and Small House productions for the opportunity!