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Project in Istanbul


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PLACE AND DATE FOR EXCHANGE: (19-26 April 2019) in Istanbul, Turkey

PARTICIPANTS: 60 young people (1 group leader + 6 participants from each countries)

WHO: 15-30

COUNTRY:  Partner countries will be UK, Macedonia, Turkey, Denmark, Slovakia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and France.

LANGUAGE: The working language will be English.


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Youth exchange ‘HUMAN BEING’ will be held in Istanbul, Turkey with contribution from all partners.

Dates of Youth Exchange (excluding travel dates): 19-26 April 2019

Participants countries: UK, Macedonia, Turkey, Denmark, Slovakia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and France.

Number of Participants: 60 including group leaders.

Principle inspiration of Youth Exchange ‘’HUMAN BEING’’ is to raise comprehension of the participants on gender and gender related issues and to make the participants more gender sensitive. During the Youth Exchange the participants will participate in intelligent lectures, exchanges, debates, simulations or theatre-based exercises and they will chip away at making arrangement of short films on gender issues with plan to aim increase awareness among youngsters on gender and gender equality.

Targets of Youth Exchange ‘’HUMAN BEING’’;

– To raise learning of the participants on gender and gender related issues (gender mainstreaming, gender equality);

– To give the participants a chance to think about the substances in their nations and to recognize steps prompting gender equal society;

– To enable the participants to address gender inequality;

– To build community mindfulness on sexual orientation issues through mindfulness campaign made by the participants during the Youth Exchange;

– To build information of the participants on Erasmus + Program and to urge the participants to participate in youth mobility.

By coming to previously mentioned targets we believed that Youth Exchange ‘’HUMAN BEING’’ will add to making gender equal societies, bringing issues to light among groups on gender-based issues and also will prompt gender strengthening of youngsters in participating countries.

Youth Exchange ‘’HUMAN BEING’’ will be founded on various non-formal education strategies and systems: becoming more acquainted with procedures and techniques to make open and strong condition and break the obstructions between the participants; discussion on the significance of gender equality, introductions of gender realities in participants nations, contrasting the substances and distinguishing the underlying foundations of gender balance, reproduction with intend to increase better comprehension of the result of gender inequality and the part of youngsters during the time spent tending to it, work in mix- intercultural groups on the recordings mirroring the gender issues over partner countries.

Key effect of the Youth Exchange will be on singular level of the participants who will turn out to be more gender sensitivity and prepared to address gender-based discrimination.                


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Working methods Youth Exchange ‘’HUMAN BEING’’ will be founded on various non-formal learning strategies and procedures: becoming acquainted with systems and techniques to make open and strong condition and break the obstructions between the participants; discourse on the significance of gender equality, introductions of gender realities in participants nations, contrasting the substances and recognizing the underlying foundations of gender inequality, recreation with mean to increase better comprehension of the outcomes of gender inequality and the part of youngsters during the time spent tending to it, work in mix-intercultural groups on the recordings mirroring the gender issues over partners countries. Every day the participants will meet in their national groups and think about the project. After meetings in national groups group leader will meet and examine the input from the participants. Other than meetings in national groups the participants will have a chance to ponder advancement of their abilities and reinforce their insight about the part and utilization of Youth Pass. Toward the finish of the project, every participant will get Youth Pass as acknowledgment of their learning comes about.


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The project will host participants from the following 6 countries;

The partners are from UK, Macedonia, Turkey, Denmark, Slovakia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and France.


According to new Erasmus Plus rules, the reimbursement of travel costs will be calculated used a specific program called Distance Calculator:

Country of Origin Country of Destination Distance Band No. of Participants Travel Grant per Participant
UK Istanbul, TR 2000-2999 km 7 360.00
Czech Republic Istanbul, TR 500-1999 km 7 275.00
Denmark Istanbul, TR 2000-2999 km 7 360.00
Macedonia Istanbul, TR 500-1999 km 7 275.00
France Istanbul, TR 2000-2999 km 7 360.00
Lithuania Istanbul, TR 500-1999 km 7 275.00
Slovakia Istanbul, TR 500-1999 km 7 275.00

After sending their tickets and boarding cards, participants will receive reimbursement of their travel costs. Travel expenses (flights and other means of transport) are compensated (up to 100%) based on the actual expenses incurred and the distance from your location of residence to the location of the project (Istanbul, Turkey). These distances must be calculated using the distance calculator supported by the European Commission. We will not send money to each participants. We will send money to the sender organisations which in turn will reimburse the participants.

Accommodation, living and other project-related expenses: 100% funded by the EU. Visa fees are to be covered by participants.

Please note any extra days you wish to stay will be your own responsibility and food etc.



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Istanbul (Turkish: İstanbul)), once known as Constantinople and Byzantium before that, is the most populous city in Turkey, and the country’s economic, cultural, and historical center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. The city is the administrative center of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (coterminous with Istanbul Province), both hosting a population of around 14 million residents. Istanbul is one of the world’s most populous cities and ranks as world’s 5th-largest city proper and the largest European city.

Note: Organisers will not provide accommodation for any additional stay in Istanbul. If participants plan to arrive a few days earlier or depart a few days later, they are kindly requested to inform us and we will be glad to offer assistance with booking a hotel. 2 days before project or 2 days after project only allowed. This is no holiday, so please respect the Erasmus+ projects rules.



Kumburgaz Mh. Milli Egemenlik Cd.

48/1, 34530


T: +90 (212) 885 60 60 T: +90 (212) 885 67 67 F: +90 (212) 885 09 05

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You can see pictures from hotel ;


We can pick you up from airport. We can collect all participants in one place and take big bus to hotel (if you want us to pick you up). If you want to come yourself, You can take tramway/metro from airport to Yenibosna station. From Yenibosna station you can take bus to Kumburgaz.

Remember that travel costs from the airport to the hotel is part of your total travel budget. We can pick you up from airport if you want, but each participants must pay for travel costs.


When you come to the hotel, you will find your name and room number at the reception desk.

There will be 2-6 persons per room. Some of the participants must share a double bed with another participant.

We cannot arrange special room for couples. COUPLES ARE NOT WELCOME TO THIS PROJECT.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the hotel.

You do DO NOT NEED to bring your own towels. Note that the special events are not included in accommodation facilities. If you want to take a sauna or enjoy the spa, you will have to pay from your own pocket.

                                   WHAT TO BRING

Bilderesultat for what to bring

Since there is going to be an international evening, we will ask you to bring something traditional, famous or delicious from home. Something that you would like to represent your country with, and share with the others, it can be any kinds of food, drink etc. Check the weather forecast and be prepared for all kinds of weather.

                                HEALTH INSURANCE

Bilderesultat for HEALTH INSURANCE

Health insurance is not provided and will not be reimbursed by the organisers. All participants are strongly advised to purchase private travel insurance, as the cost of private health care in Turkey is quite high if you do not have insurance.


Bilderesultat for PREPARATION

The organizers will not provide the participants with any kind of insurance! Therefore, we strongly recommend every participant to acquire travel insurance at their own expense for the whole duration of the course. Also, please have a valid EU healthcare insurance card (if applicable).

Each of the participating countries should;

  • Bring all your travel documents as presented above. Print out all your documents even if they are online. We don’t have printing opportunities.
  • Prepare a presentation about the sending organization (initiatives they have previously participated in, non-formal learning methods used, etc.). We want to get to know each other, to find out how people work with youth in other countries, and maybe to cooperate in the future.
  • Prepare a presentation on diversity in their country.
  • Find interesting videos / games / exercises / educational activities on diversity.
  • Prepare energisers that could be done in the morning.
  • Prepare for your country’s cultural evening. Please, try to be fun and creative for this! 🙂 No one likes regular .ppt presentations! Any kind of activities are welcome (e.g. video presentations, dances, songs, games, quizzes, posters, flyers etc.). Don’t forget to bring your national drinks, dishes or snacks to share with others. Also, please prepare a mini (and, of course, fun) language course for the others. We count on you to make these evenings as interactive and fun as possible.
  • check the weather forecast before arrival and bring adequate clothes. Please also bring clothing and shoes that can be used for strenuous activities (such as dancing).
  • Bring good spirit, joy and happiness!!!

Whenever possible, bring your laptops, digital cameras, smart phones and tablets – we will be doing some multimedia work that requires mobile equipment!

Bilderesultat for BASIC RULES


All participants are expected to be present and active in all the activities, unless they are ill.

Unauthorized absence from the activities and workshops will not be tolerated.


Smoking is prohibited everywhere inside buildings, thus all the smokers will have to go outside or to specially designated areas for a cigarette.

ALCOHOL IS FORBIDDEN in our projects.

  Stress, nerves and bad mood is prohibited everywhere.

  Bring your best mood and big smile with you and keep it through the exchange!

  Prepare for fun! Those who fail to do that will be expelled from the exchange.

                    OUR PARTNERS MUST PROVIDE;

  • Full Police checks for staff who are working with organisation and those who are participating youth exchange.
  • Partner Organisations’ Policies relating to Child Protection, Data Protection and Health and Safety.
  • If you have participants under the 18 years old, participants must provide “Parental Consent form”.
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Upcoming project: A NEW STORY BEGINS HERE

A New Story Begins Here, is the name of an upcoming project, which will be held in Poggiardo, Italy from 2-8 of November 2018. There will be 49 participants in the project, aged between 18 and 25, thus making the project an international youth exchange. 

Danish Intercultural Organization will represent Denmark, one out of 7 countries which are partners in this project, others being: Turkey, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, France, and Italy the hosting country. The topic of the project is the European Union and its different aspects. 

The goal of the project is to bring awareness and understanding to the social, juridical and economic differences between the member states and the people of EU. The work method will be non-formal learning in an intercultural dimension, with various activities which will include: games, role-play, stimulations and discussions.

This work method will by the end of the project provide the participants with the capabilities to recognize the importance of the EU and its cultural diversity, causes of social economic problems, the power of the democratic process and the power of the right of European citizens initiative cornerstone of participatory democracy.

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So our project Umbrella had a great impact on our participants and our local residents of Nysted. We can say that the participants had a real experience of what it means to be European in rural Denmark.
We use to have our projects in places that were closer to the bigger cities but still isolated. Our Nysted Projects have benefitted in this way that when we make our projects in this small town the effects of the projects are felt. To elaborate on this, the participants influence the local residents, as well as the local residents, influence the participants. By this we feel that we capture the true spirit of the European Union, to make something that appears far and strange, to something that is close and familiar.

Through their own prepared daily workshops, the participants could live out what it means to be responsible for own and collective learning. Great experience and knowledge were attained throughout this project, especially because our participants viewed themselves as being the primarily responsible persons for the learning outcome. According to our learning-by-doing methodology the participants experienced aspects they either did not know they had or to shy to show others. By being responsible for all the different aspects that is in a project the partipants understood that they could do more than they were aware of.



At gøre ungdomsarbejdere i stand til at arbejde i et interkulturelt følsomt miljø

På den smukke kyst af Ohrid-søen I Struga, blev der afholdt et Erasmus+ projekt varende fra den 5.-14. marts 2018. Projektet tilsigtede, at øge bevidstheden omkring kulturelle forskelle og udvide kendskab til folk med forskellige kulturelle baggrunde.

Projektet ”Enabling Youth Workers to Work in Intercultural Sensitive Environment” bestod af 15 deltagere fra tre forskellige lande: Argentina, Makedonien og Danmark. Formålet med projektet var, at uddanne og udvikle ungdomsarbejdere, ungdomsledere, lærere, socialarbejdere mv. indenfor brugen af Milton J. Bennett-modellen i deres daglige arbejde og liv for at støtte unge mennesker.



Milton J. Bennet udviklede en enestående teori kaldet: “Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, som bl.a. kan sættes i praksis under ungdomsarbejders hverdag og arbejde. Den akademiske model kan tilpasses til diverse ungdomsaktiviteter, hvilket giver ungdomsarbejdere mulighed for, at støtte og styrke unge mennesker til at forstå hinadens forskelligheder, samt forbedre deres evner til at fungere sammen.



I løbet af projektet deltog participanterne, sendt fra tre forskellige organisationer: Asociacion Civil Familia Gangitana de Rosario – Argentina, Youth Council Next Generation – Makedonia og Danish Intercultural Organisation – Denmark, i en række forskellige aktiviteter. Gennem ikke-formel undervisning blev deltagerne ikke kun præsenteret for undervisningmaterialer, men også involveret i mange forskellige workshops, rollespil, diskussioner, uformel læring og erfaringsudvekling. Resultaterne var langt over forventning. Både participanter og værter var i den grad tilfredse med projektet. Vi rejste fra Struga med baggagen fyldt op med nye partnerskaber, samarbejder, god viden og ikke mindst livslange minder. Ideer blev diskuteret og muligheder blev skabt.

Dette kursus var anden del af et tredelt erasmus+ projekt. Den første del blev afholdt i Rosario, Argentina fra den 28. november – 3. december 2017. Den tredje og sidste del af dette projekt vil blive afholdt i Nysted, Danmark fra den 15. – 23. maj 2018.

European Community Project – Nysted

DIO has decided to create and nurture a European Community in the city of Nysted starting this year. You are probably wondering why in the world Nysted? A small, almost forsaken, harbor town of some 1300 resident (This is an official figure not an actual bodycount – which would likely not have mustered the same figure). The city was founded by a Danish King in the 14th century to increase the maritime trade with the North Germans. However, business has not been thriving lately and therefore this beautiful harbor town with is unique and rare architecture has been left to the history books. 

The reason why we have chosen Nysted as a place of European Community, is that it would be a win – win situation for those who are coming for the European VET and Erasmus + EVS programmes and the local community of Nysted. The city is perfectly suited to absorb the VET and EVS people because of two main factors. The first factor is that even though Nysted is a small town, it has suprisingly many small businesses and public institutions that can offer vocational and educational training.  

Second factor is that the small size of the town creates the perfect condition for a thriving community of locals and newcoming trainees. So all in all, the city offers the cosy Danish atmosphere of “hygge” and togetherness because of its small size.


United Europe, 14 -22 October, Nysted/ Denmark


PARTICIPANTS: 60 young people. (8 Youth+1 group leader from each country)

WHO: 18-30

COUNTRY:  Partner countries will be from Denmark, Turkey, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia and Croatia.

LANGUAGE: The working language will be English.

This event will bring together 60 participants from Denmark, Turkey, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia and Croatia.

The idea for the United Europe project has arisen in the wake of the growing anti-EU movement in Europe, and the desire to raise awareness among young Europeans about the EU and Erasmus +. Studies have shown that EU countries’ populations have expressed that they do not know enough about the EU project and what possibilities exist under EU auspices. The latest report was commissioned on behalf of the European Commission had shown that 34% of citizens across the member countries not feel say as EU citizens. We want to create a platform for young Europeans, where they have the opportunity to discuss both while getting to learn about their “own” European Union and Erasmus +. They will express what it means to be an European citizen, become aware of the opportunities the EU and Erasmus + has to offer them and become ambassadors for the EU once the project is over. Therein they will, through dialogue and acquaintance with other participants, understand what are the causes of anti-EU movement, why Brexit happened and how to deal with the anti-EU movement.

The goal of the project is that participants must embrace the EU for then to “live out” their inner EU in their local and regional networks, so they spread a positive image of the EU.

The first tangible goal is a manifesto created by the young people themselves, how they determine what values they think the EU should consist of.

The second is a video where all participants are allowed to film something that they believe can be used to show the possibilities in the EU and Erasmus + auspices.

The Anti-EU movement will have a youthful opponents. Young people need to share experiences and tools with each other so that they can agree on what is best practice. Thus they automatically help to promote co-operation that exists between organisations across the country in youth mobility framework. Participants will also feel connected with each other across differences, which is important for the EU’s future.

Deltagere søges til “Active Citizens”- projektet


I forbindelse med et projekt organiseret af Danish Intercultural Organisation, søges der lige nu unge til et projekt, som skal foregå i Harebo. Projektet varer fra den 9. – 20. Juli, 2017.
Projekt type: Europæisk ungdomsudveksling / træningskursus. 
Tema: Dette er et EU Erasmus+ projekt ved navn “Active Citizens of the European Union”, som omhandler europæisk medborgerskab og samhørighed.

Varighed: 10 dage – fra 09. – 20. Juli, 2017. 
Deltagende lande: Danmark, Lituaen, Tyrkiet og Bulgarien. 
Antal deltagende: 60 
Alder: 13-30.

Projektet er støttet 100 % af DIO, som også dækker alle kost- og logiudgifter.


Second Home 12-20 December 2016, Denmark

Human migration is a global and vital issue of Europe. Annually a total 214 million international migrants are immigrating to other countries. Young people constitute more than 10 % of this sum, yet too little is known about their struggles and experiences of them abroad.
Project is created by all partners that initially worked together on different international projects before. During our cooperation in other projects, we suddenly started a conversation about migration and emigrants problems in our states and we found that all of our countries have different types of issues related to the migration of people which provoked us to create all together this exchange project.
“Second Home” will be implemented in December from 12-20 of December 2016. The aim of the project is to concentrate on the following objectives:
• To focus on the consequences of migration and reflecting on the practice of migrant integration and inclusion in European countries;
• To share best practice in tackling migration, integration and inclusion;
• To exchange experience and good practice related to international/local migration and mobility and its influence on young people in Europe;
• To prepare young people in addressing the challenges and opportunities resulting from migration for young people/society as a whole;
• To raise the competence of young people about the push and pull factors of migration and causes and consequences of migration and how to prevent negative effects of migration (such as discrimination) in society;
• To promote European cooperation between youth organizations promoting youth mobility and support engagement youth with immigrant backgrounds in participating organizations’ activities;
• To provide informal learning opportunities with a European dimension and to create innovative opportunities in connection with active citizenship, especially for the young people with fewer opportunities through the development of new initiatives in the field of migration and mobility for young people within the framework of Erasmus + (Learning Mobility of Individuals).
Immigration to Denmark has increased steadily over the past 30 years, with the majority of new immigrants arriving from Non-Western countries of origin. As of 2014, more than 8% of the population of Denmark consists of immigrants. The population of immigrants is approximately 476,059, excluding Danish born descendants of immigrants to Denmark.
Turkey has traditionally been a country of transit for migrants and, to a much lesser extent, a country of final destination. Turkey is becoming a key transit and destination country for migrants from non-EU Member State countries, including the neighboring ones.
On the other hand, there are many who want to leave Diyarbakir and seek a better life in west part of Turkey. The main problem here is that many of them are educated people who are immigrating to another cities to increase their life conditions e.g. social rights, political situation, social life, higher living standards, etc. A big number of youths see Diyarbakir as a city experiencing lack of opportunities and development. Thus this brings many complications to the business sector and development of economy of the country because de facto Diyarbakir is raising young specialists for the other market. 1 out of 8 young people, especially in the 20 – 29-year-old group in Diyarbakir has concrete plans to leave the city in a search for better life in the nearest future, data from the draft National Strategy for Youth in 2010-2020 of the Education Ministry reveals. Another pair of countries that face a huge immigration flow are Bulgaria and Italia. Those countries have a tradition of dealing with the issue of illegal migration and employment of people without documents. They have a big arsenal of methods, policies and activities which can help us all together to build a strategy of how to resolve this problem at national level and influence internationally. Italy, also faces great challenges due to the high rates of emigration. In 2013 almost twice as many people left the country than came into the country.
The exchange project “Second Home” aims at addressing (illegal) migration and help young people understand the advantages and disadvantages of being an emigrant and apply all of the set objectives. This project will bring awareness to the people and will improve their competences of how to resolve an issues of such an importance which correspond to the Erasmus + goals and KA1 for youth mobility.

We Are Multipliers

New experiences, friendships, non-formal learning and skills-boosting. What is their common denominator? The Erasmus+ training course in Istanbul named “We Are Multipliers”. The project took place from 21/01-30/01 2016 in the Istanbul-district Bayrampaşa. In total, 44 young, ambitious people from near and far were gathered from ten different countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovak Republic, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

The hosting organisation for this training course was Danish Intercultural Organisation – DIO even though the venue was the lush four star Marnas Hotel in the 20-million-people metropolitan city of Istanbul. A splendid location for an event such as this. The participants came either in national teams or as individuals, but from the moment they arrived, we were all as one, interacting with each other and enjoying the warm and festive atmosphere, ready to explore Istanbul, acquire new skills, and much much more.  

The main objectives of the project was professional development of youth workers by enabling them to acquire new skills and professional experiences. The project included transnational activities such as seminars, training courses, contact-making events, university visit, cultural evenings, and self-made workshops. To help the participants reach the objective, two trainers from Estonia, Heleri Alles and Janar Eismann, worked as facilitators to guide the participants through the program. Furthermore, this project helped the international team of youngsters develop skills such as working with different target groups, understanding the concept of intercultural learning, and developing the personal learning process in the context of non-formal learning.

Everyday started out with a solid breakfast at the hotel followed by activities until 13:30 when we were presented with a substantial lunch consisting of salads and hot meals. After a short break the activities were resumed until 19:00 where a daily self-assessment and feedback session were held in pairs and small groups. After a nutritious dinner, the day usually ended in a cultural evening where the different countries had the opportunity to do a presentation about their country. The planned program ends around 22:30 which paved the way for us to have a party – either in the hotel or somewhere in Istanbul – or get a early night, whatever was preferred.

A lot of the workshops were designed to involve all the participants, so group assignments were a big part of the project. The workshops included: tasks to complete in Istanbul on our own, preparing a self-made workshop to present to the others and university students, ‘creating’ a distinct culture to highlight the difficulty of intercultural understanding etc etc.    

  Besides this, the activities we did revolved around some key competences that the trainers wanted us to learn or enhance. These were: communication (in native and foreign languages), mathematical, basic science and technology, digital, learning to learn, social and civic, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, and lastly, cultural awareness and expression.

The project also gave us the opportunity to eat breakfast with the mayor of the Istanbul-municipality Küçükçekmece to have a talk about youth workers, environmental issues and the importance of intercultural understanding as well as the fight against terrorism. The visit also included a tour around some of the cultural institutions that the municipality has to offer. A great day out, full of impressions.

Stepping away from the workshops and activities for a moment. Because the project also included a day out in Istanbul where we had the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Istanbul. Some went shopping, some went to a football game, others sightseeing. It was a good day out and a great experience. And it also keeps the project in a good balance between learning and having fun. We even had a  group-night-out in Istanbul’s Taksim district, famous for tourists and parties among other things.

All in all, I would say, as a participant, that the project was a great success and a great opportunity to develop skills, enhance competences, and gain experience useful in working with young people or in the professional working life. Furthermore, the other participants only added to the fun with their willingness to learn and party. As we said: “Work hard, play hard”.

By Daniel Pedersen

The multipliersIstanbul City council Trainers