“Pimp my Europe” in Weimar

“Pimp my Europe” in Weimar

Youths develop perspectives for a democratic Europe without exclusion – this is the goal of the ewoca partner-project “Pimp my Europe”. In February, the active youths organised a youth conference at the State Parliament in Dusseldorf, and, together with politicians, discussed their hopes and ideas. Now the participants continue their work at a four-day workshop: From the 19th to the 22nd of May, they meet in Weimar to evaluate the results of their conference, produce a music video, and plan the continuation of their project on the European level. At

Active for an Open Europe

Active for an Open Europe

From Finland to Greece, from Scotland to Turkey: From the 16th to the 20th of March representatives of 42 youth work institutions from 17 European countries meet in Hattingen. As part of the international congress, they work in preparation for a total of 14 international youth workcamps, where they will be taking a stand for an open Europe this summer. Creating organic fields in Spain, developing a theatre performance on the topic of discrimination in Lithuania, repairing hiking paths in Scotland, and renovating youth work facilities in Poland, France, and

ewoca³ speaks: Refugees Welcome!

ewoca³ speaks: Refugees Welcome!

The International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany (IJAB) published a new brochure. The title: “Refugees welcome – also in international youth work”. It presents concepts and successful examples from practice, on how young refugees can be integrated into formats of international youth work. ewoca³ project manager Katharina Teiting reports in her contribution on the experiences made as part of the ewoca³ workcamps. She describes the general conditions necessary for successful work, and gives advice to other organisation looking towards actively opening their projects for refugees. The brochures

“Pimp my Europe” – Developing perspectives together

“Pimp my Europe” – Developing perspectives together

In the project “Pimp my Europe”, the International Association for Education and Exchange (IBB e.V.) gathers youths and politicians, to collaboratively work on the future of Europe. Increasing right-wing populism in many European countries, the situation at the EU external borders, the arrival of thousands of refugees, and finally the Brexit referendum: There are more than enough reasons to discuss European values once again. The perspective of the young generation can not be overheard – it is them, who have to live with the decisions taken for the longest. For

Setting sail for a Europe without prejudices

Setting sail for a Europe without prejudices

Süsel. Youths from Schleswig-Holstein, Denmark and Ukraine together are building a sea-worthy viking boat – and in the meantime intensively deal with the role of minorities in Europe. On Thursday, 25th of August 2016, Kristin Alheit, Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Families, and Equal Opportunities of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, visited the unusual project in international youth work. „Of Vikings and other minorities – Experiencing democracy in Europe“ – this is the title of the tree-year project, realised by the association Alte Schule e.V. from Buchholz, together with two

Crisis in Turkey reaches youth encounters

Crisis in Turkey reaches youth encounters

The political crisis in Turkey now has also immediate consequences for International youth work. On Thursday afternoon, the International Association for Education and Exchange (IBB e.V.) was informed, that the youth group from Turkey will not come to Dortmund for a German-Turkish youth week, planned for August. Due to de facto travel restrictions and the uncertain situation, another Turkish project partner also pulls out of the International youth workcamp support programme ewoca³. From the 2nd to the 9th of August, youths from the Turkish cities of Muğla and Eskişehir wanted

The ewoca³ summer of 2016 commences!

The ewoca³ summer of 2016 commences!

From France to Siberia: 15 international workcamps in eleven countries! A grand European youth project will start into its 2016 action phase: More than 300 youths from 17 countries will travel to 15 international workcamps, in order to realise social and sustainable projects. Taking part are youth groups from nine cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, but also from Brandenburg, Thuringia, and Schleswig-Holstein. All of this is made possible by the support programmes ewoca³ and ewoca³(+). Youths from Cologne-Chorweiler will take the first step: On Sunday, the 26th of June, they will

Fit for international workcamps: Youth group leaders prepare for the summer

Fit for international workcamps: Youth group leaders prepare for the summer

They are preparing for a major project of European youth work collaboration:  From the 25th to the 30th of May, youth group leaders from 45 organisations from 17 European countries take part in a training event in Hattingen, in North Rhine-Westphalia. This summer and autumn, they will organise a total of 15 international youth workcamps in eleven European countries. The workcamp leader training is part of the support and qualification programme of the funding programmes ewoca³ and ewoca³(+). How can we actively shape group processes? How does intercultural learning work?

ewoca³ congress in Hattingen: Europe, now more than ever!

ewoca³ congress in Hattingen: Europe, now more than ever!

While discussions all over Europe are focused on the closing of borders and increasing isolationism, representatives of 45 youth work organisations in 17 European countries met in Hattingen on the Ruhr. Using international youth encounters, together they want to take a stand for an open Europe. This summer and autumn 15 workcamps will take place in eleven countries. From the 10th to the 14th of March, at the DGB (Federation of German trade unions) youth education centre Hattingen, the activists continued to network and plan their projects. They build an

Innivative Youth Work in Schleswig-Holstein: Minister Kristin Alheit is now an official ewoca³(+) patron

Innivative Youth Work in Schleswig-Holstein: Minister Kristin Alheit is now an official ewoca³(+) patron

Youths from Schleswig-Holstein, Denmark and Ukraine build a sea-worthy Viking boat together – all the while dealing intensively with the role of minorities in Europe. Now, this unusual project of international youth work gets additional support from politics: Kristin Alheit, Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Science and Equality of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, is now the official patron of next year’s workcamp. The project,  realised by the association Alte Schule e.V. from Buchholz near Ratzeburg in Schleswig-Holstein together with two partner organisations in Denmark and Ukraine, will run for