The third Erasmus+ youth exchange took place in Smolyan, Bulgaria 18 – 22 February 2017 and included youth and youth leaders from Bulgaria, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, and Northern Ireland (UK).
These partners are also part of the Erasmus+ Euro-Youth MediaLab project which includes partners from Croatia, Italy, Poland and Slovakia.
The 5 day youth exchange was hosted by the Bulgarian partner in Smolyan a town and ski resort in the far south of Bulgaria near the border with Greece.
Based in a youth centre which was originally a school the youth started each day with workshops to explore migration, integration and inclusion through activities, drama and games.
Five Youth and their youth leader from Vineyard youth group, Dungannon participated in the youth exchange. Every evening the youth took it in turns to host a cultural evening to present their city, country and their music, culture, traditions and foods.
The youth all enjoyed tasting each other foods. There were lots of activities, games and fun throughout the week and many friendships were formed by working together and sharing each others cultures.
Bulgarian youth leaders facilitated the activities throughout the week so the young people could get to know each other as well as explore and share their views and options on migration and what they want from Europe.
The local youth guided the group around Smolyan and the museum of traditional culture to share Bulgarian life and culture.