Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 25 years old from conflict areas
Venue: 15-23 June 2014, Strasbourg, France
The European Youth Centre in Strasbourg will host the Youth Peace Camp 2014 between 15-23 June 2014.
The Youth Peace Camps were initiated by the Council of Europe in 2004, in cooperation with Europa Park in Rust, Germany, to bring together young people from conflict regions and to support them in initiating dialogue and cooperation.
This project promotes and supports the role of young people in peace-building activities that contributes to living together in dignity and dialogue and brings in the perspective that youth work and youth policy can bring to peace-building processes in Europe, especially through its preventive and educational nature.
The 2014 Youth Peace Camp will bring together young people from:
- Kosovo, participants coming from both Albanian, Serbian and other backgrounds Israel
- Palestinian Authority
- Georgia (including Abkhazia and South Ossetia)
- The Russian Federation, especially young people directly affected by the crisis with Georgia
For each group of three to six participants there will be a facilitator affiliated to the community with which those participants identify to support participants. Each group should be balanced in relation to sex and reflect the diversity of their communities. The total number of participants and facilitators expected will thus be 50.
All participants must:
- be aged between 18 and 25 years;
- be able to work in English;
- be available and fully committed to take part in the Youth Peace Camp project;
- be motivated to learn and to apply the values and approaches of the Youth Peace Camp, notably human rights, democracy and intercultural dialogue;
- be involved in youth or community projects in their community and be motivated to implement youth initiatives for peace-building following the residential meeting;
- preferably be involved in an organisation or network, institution, formal and/or informal group that is ready to support them throughout the project duration and afterwards when implementing youth initiatives for peace building;
- possess a sense of responsibility for one’s own actions and a commitment to personal and community development;
- be curious, open-minded and appreciate diversity
Travel expenses and visa costs are reimbursed upon presentation of the relevant receipts, according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire Youth Peace Camp may be reimbursed. The payment will be made either by bank transfer after the meeting, or at the end of the meeting in cash (in Euros).
Board and lodging at the seminar will be provided and paid for by the Council of Europe at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg.
The recruitment of applicants will be made through an open call in the communities or regions concerned. All candidates must apply on-line, completing the application form under this link: http://youthapplications.coe.int/ .
Applications must be submitted by 24 April 2014. If the participant is affiliated with an organisation, a letter of support from their sending organisation can be uploaded on the platform or sent separately by e-mail, fax or post, to express support offered throughout the project to the participant and his/her initiatives.
Participants who are member of an informal network or youth group can supply a letter of support from their fellow members in the informal network or group expressing their support for the participants’ application.
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