European Citizenship and Participation to Fight Euroscepticism, Mazza del Vallo (Italy) 26th – 28TH June 2017.

The idea of going on my own to an event to Italy for two nights sounded very interesting and exciting. Two days of travelling from Sweden to Sicily in the south of Italy and then a day full of discussing and listening to presentation about the topic. We were staying in the beautiful town of Mazza del Vallo, a town full of characteristics and arts.The topic for this event was ‘EuropeanCitizenship and Participation to Fight Euroscepticism, there are 10 participating organizations from various countries and around Italy. Mittetulundushing Peipsi Koostoo Keskus from Estonia, Szczecinska Skola Wyzsza Collegium Balticum from Poland, United Societies of Balkans from Greece, and Gemeinde Wiensheim from Germany. The Italian organisations were Focus Europe, Comune di Mazara del Vallo, Associazione Rete Near Rete Nazionale Contro ogni Forma di Discriminazione and Unione Montana dei Comuni delle Valli Chisione e Germanasca.

 

Group Photo Project

 

Europsceptism is a subject that is increasing among European citizens following the economic crisis and refugee crisis.  Recently we have seen a rise in Anti-European political parties, and are gaining popularity in recent years. A country who has seen the effect of a successful Eurosceptic political party is UKIP during the leave campaign in the British referendum on EU membership in June 2016, which resulted in Brexit.

As a young person living in the UK the conference was very interesting to understand and be aware of why other countries are developing anti-European ideas. The fact that many countries would like to follow the steps of Brexit is very worrying. Each country had the chance to share information about why Euroscepticism is becoming popular in their countries, many political parties want to leave the EU is because of the economic crisis and the situation of the Euro.

When looking at why Swedish Democrats are becoming increasingly popular in Sweden because they are hoping for Swexit very soon. A worrying idea for Sweden, knowing that the political party has a history of fascism and racist views. They want to reduce immigration by 90% and to stop multi culturalism and they want to make sure Sweden keeps their traditions.

We had the chance of discussing how we could stop and reduce Euroscepticism in these countries. As a young person who went through Brexit, I strongly believe that there is a need for more information. There is a lack of information on what the European Union does today, there is enough information about why the European Union started. In education in the UK I never received any lessons in school about the benefit I could have by being in the EU. I never knew until this year that it was so easy to be able to study and work within all the different countries within the EU and receive financial support from Erasmus. It is very worrying to think that in two years I will have left university and I would love the chance to be able to travel and work around Europe gaining various experiences, but it is very worrying to think that the UK will have left the EU by then, and I am scared how difficult it will be for me to be able to work around the EU.

I strongly believe that if different countries will be seeing a EU referendum a way of decreasing Euroscepticism is giving the young people the information about the European Union, through education is schools and non-formal activities through quizzes and games. It is very important that young people understand the importance of the EU and that they vote. If young people in the UK understood more about the EU referendum and knew the importance of voting I believe that the UK might still be a member of the European Union.

IFALL IN TROPEA, ITALY!

Hello everyone!!

In this post I will talk about the project to which I had the pleasure to attend in a small but charming town of “Bella Italia”, Tropea. It is a small village on the coast of the province of Vibo Valentia, Calabria, in the south of the country

                                                                                                 

 

Our trip started very early in the morning of Sunday April 30th, although we arrived on June 1st in the afternoon… we had several complications with the plane. But after 36 hours of travel and  5 different countries… We finally arrived!!

The project was “In Dialogue with the Others – the Best Cross Cultural Practices of Refugee Integration” and the participating organizations came from different countries, ALPE from Spain, Sırrı Yırcalı Anadolu Lisesi (SYAL) from Turkey, ABROAD CONSULTING from Germany, ITAKA TRAINING from Italy and KAIROS EUROPE from UK and we, IFALL from Sweden. Why these countries? These countries are the most welcoming refugees, which refugees see as their final destination.

 

The purpose of this project is to share all the good practices and methodologies of these countries and bring them together in order to improve the quality of life of refugees in the hosting countries. Trying to look for solutions for different types of problems that can be found both in their long escape trip, in their arrival and in their stay, to develop and provide improvements of all kinds both on integration in the community.

The project lasted a week, in which we shared and discussed different methodologies of action that the participating countries applied in the arrival and stay of the refugees. We also had the chance to share different projects and activities that the organizations offer to the beneficiaries, activities related to integration, empowerment, xenophobia, racism, threats and problems that can bring social networks and / or social media, but also We talked about several online resources whose function is to warn of possible dangers on their route to European countries information on more routes.

 

We really enjoyed sharing our experience of work that we are doing in the small town of Örkelljunga with the rest of our participants and our own experiences, just as we enjoyed listening to the work of others in Turkey, Germany, UK, Italy and Spain.

Besides meeting wonderful people we were able to enjoy the fantastic town, its culture, its gastronomy and its people!!

            

 

 

 

It has been a pleasure to enjoy this project! Thank you so much!

 

Ana Rincón.

 

 

Tell Me the World – Erasmus+ Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange in Italy 2017 På flygplatsen mötes jag av fem personer som jag inte hade tidigare sett under hela mitt liv, nervöst men glatt skakade vi hand och tillsammans begav vi oss till kassan för att checka-in på flygplatsen. Allt gick i sin ordning och flyget lyfte med fart. Tiotusen meter upp i luften märkte jag att de fem personer jag för inte längesedan skakat hand med kändes som för mig som gamla goa vänner. Vi anlände till Lamezia i södra Italien, vilket är en mycket vacker plats med höga dalar som avslutas vid ett kristallklart medelhav. En vacker plats för oss men även för många migranter samt flyktingar där detta blir det första de anländer till på sin flykt från Afrika och Mellanöstern mot Europa. Första dagen lärde vi känna alla de andra ungdomarna som deltog i utbytet vilka var från Rumänien, Litauen samt Italien.

Tillsammans var vi ungefär 40 personer som under tio dagar hade som uppgift att försöka berätta, historier från migranter och flyktingar som tagit sig till Italien. En uppgift som var svår i början men i processen när vi lärde känna de som anlänt till Italien blev det en klar bild på situationen. anledningar till flykt samt framtidsplaner hos dessa individer. Det var mycket intressant att exempelvis få höra hur Arabiskavåren var för någon som var på plats istället genom nyheterna på TV. Vi arbetade i fem olika grupper på drygt sju medlemmar per grupp med vårt projekt. Att kommunicera i gruppen var inga problem med hjälp av regeln “bora-bora” vilket innebar att vi endast kunde prata engelska, så att alla skulle kunna förstå vad samtalen handlade om. Men detta var inte vad vi gjorde hela dagarna. Vi var i ett mycket vackert landskap som behövde utforskas med utflykter till havet eller pittoreska byar uppe på vyerna. Sedan På kvällarna hade vi alltid festligheter, vi hade rumänsk/italiensk/litauisk samt en svensk kväll. Där under den svenska kvällen kunde vi visa vårt land och kultur.

Sista natten visade vi upp vårt projekt med publik som blev häpna av det fina resultatet, ja så här kan ett projekt med Ifall se ut.

Leeds Beckett Placement – Elain

Hello, I am Elain from Wales.

I am in my first year of studying Youth Work and Community Development in Leeds, England. I have joined the IFALL team for 10 weeks as a part of my university course.  I arrived on Saturday and I have been made to feel very welcomed. I am excited and ever so happy to be here, and can’t wait to see what is to come…

I am from a small village in North Wales, which is smaller than Örkelljunga, so settling down here I hope won’t be a big difference to being at home. All the greenery and lakes makes me feel like I am at home. I live on a farm and love being outside, and I am excited to start exploring Örkelljunga. I am the youngest of three girls, both of my sisters love to travel and I want to follow in their footsteps to discover different cultures, and what an excellent place to start than in Sweden.

This organisation is a totally new chapter for me, it is not like anything I have ever done before. I am excited to learn new things and develop as a youth worker. Working with others from various different countries and cultures will open my eyes to a whole different world. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I am really excited to start working and being a part of the activities.

Elain.

Here we are again!

Good Morning!!

We reload with a video with photos about our first month at IFALL. A video of the activities and projects we have done,like KulturCafé, Woman Group, Volleyball, the Music Studio, the Waffles Party, Sports for all in Lillhallen, the two international projects (National Treasure and Land of Hope) and the welcome of our EVS, Gemma and Rita.
Hopefully you like it and have enjoyed this month as much as we did.

Hi everybody!

We’re Ana and Rosa and from Mallorca, Spain. We came to Örkelljunga to do our internship and we’ll stay here for three months. At the moment we have realized how successful we were in wanting to do our internships at IFALL.

We had the pleasure of meeting IFALL a couple of months ago in the Youth Can Lead Youth 2 project in Landskrona. We enjoy it a lot and that’s why we wanted to do our intership with this organization!

 

This first week in Örkelljunga has been of contact, to know some of the activities that IFALL offers, such a volleyball, english café, music studio, woman group and sports for all in the Lillhallen. We enjoy with children, young people and adults. All of them wonderful people from around the world.

We had the pleasure to meet the people of the international project and share with them an entertaining morning  and a fantastic lunch in Caprifolen. (Thank you, Minna!!) 

Enjoying this activity in Caprifolen was also the newspaper HD of Örkelljunga which published an article that you can see below: http://www.hd.se/2017-03-17/ifall-lar-av-andra-och-borjade-med-voltige

 We had fun playing with this international team at Innebandy, here we leave you the link of our professional players: https://www.facebook.com/ifallsverige/?fref=ts 

Last Tuesday they made us a welcome barbecue with almost the entire IFALL team and the international project. With this video we would like to thank all the IFALL team and volunteers for welcoming us in this great experience. https://www.facebook.com/ifallsverige/?fref=ts 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

 

 

EVS MEHMET

 

Hello!

I’m Mehmet. I live in Turkey / Ankara. I’m EVS volunteer in Sweden. I have been in Örkelljunga almost 6 months. The first time I came, my English was very bad. therefore firstly I worked field of economy the in İfall office. It is very boring and demanding a job. It was very difficult for me because All work since last year was waiting for 1 year and we did in 1 month. Actually we could finish earlier. The team that came to check up liked the work we did and I liked the result.

Now We are checking regularly and it is eeasier and also quicker.

Despite of my English level which is not good I m trying to be active cause I m social and have some Turkish friends.
Sometimes there is an EVS meeting in Stocholm. It was hard for me cause of my language level.

Maybe you think that EVS is boring but my experiences have improved.

For example

I like to cook and try new tastes.But I saw other sıde of kitchen here.Dishes need to done and need to work clearly to have less mess.I learnt I should make economic food because here everything is very expensive.
I follow the discounts of the supermarkets on facebook. It’s better this way.

Another exapmple is laundry.Instead of doing ıron all the time I learnt to dry my clothes not with drying machine but with rope like classic way.And after drying I folded my clother properly to make them smooth in wardrope.

My English is getting better. I m working on my own but it is moving slowly because I’m not practicing. I watched a video about English yesterday.Two men had learned four languages in one year. And they learned by being exposed to that language. I guess I have the same problem. The official language of Sweden is Swedish and most of the time is spoken in swedish and Turkish friends around me that makes it difficult to learn English.

Here you can always be in sports. I like this feature of this place. I have played football in Turkey before. I wanted to try football here too. And I went Fc Örkelljunga.

I was very bad in my first training. My friends were making fun of me. but I believed and I worked hard. I wake up early every morning and ran. But I hurt my foot. Therefore I stopped running. Then I decided to go to work by bike. and this has strengthened my condition.

I was very good in my first match and I scored a goal. Then I joined the team. I was very happy.Because I saw that If you want,ıf you work and ıf you believe you can do everything.

That s all from my last 6 months.To be continued…

National Treasures: The start of something new.

A successful start to the European Capacity Building project “National Treasures”

 
Organisations from Australia, Brazil and England came together on the 13th- 17th March 2017 to begin the project. The meeting took place in Strandhem and aimed to introduce all the organisation to each other and plan the projects development

The project itself aims to; 

1.Foster co-operation between youth organisations in Europe, Latin America and Oceania

2.Up-skill education staff and strategic organisational staff to increase knowledge, skills and methodologies for inclusion in the field of non-formal education through sports, circus and performing arts

3.Inspire local partners to create new non-formal education activities for young people who do not fit in well to current educational provisions

4.Offer opportunities for long-term volunteering in non-formal education engagement projects

5.Improve the knowledge of staff in the participating institutions around Erasmus+

During the beginning of the week all organisations involved presented themselves to the group. We have worked with Everything is Possible before on an EVS project but the Australia and Brazilian organisation was a new corporation so it was important for us to learn about their organisation. 

(UK) Everything Possible CIC is a small organisation operating in the field of international youth mobility and social inclusion established in 2011 but employing staff transferred from Everything Possible, who have over 16 years’ experience working in this field. They are the coordinators of the project. 

ACER Brazil is a smallish community development organisation that started out in 1993 working with the recuperation of street children from the centre of São Paulo. 

(UK) Manor CofE academy is a local English partner. It is a school with over 1000 students. The Principle of the school has been eager to release staff on project visits, both for the purpose of risk assessment and also for staff personal and professional development. 

(Australia) Westside Circus (WSC) builds the creative capacity of young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds by encouraging physical play, exploration and analytical thinking about social and personal issues.

The project group visited the local area and visited IFALL networks including; Caprifolen Voltage Club, Örkelljunga Education Centre, Forum Örkelljunga, Örkelljunga Music School. 

 

The project will continue for 2 years and will next meet in Australia in November. 

Filmprojekt: Filmpremiär

Den 2 november hade IFALL den första aktiviteten i filmprojektet. Vi träffades på Hjelmsjövik och tittade på olika kortfilmer för att inspirera ungdomarna till att göra egna filmer. Vi hade popcorn och massor av skratt!

Vi tittade på olika filmer; Mr Bean, Pixar, animerade filmer, och en film om en ensamkommande som berättar om vägen till Sverige. Vi diskuterade idéer och teman för ungdomarnas egna filmer. 

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Titta på filmer vi sett!  Vad tror du? Vilken är din favorit? 

 

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