The youth exchange Made in, made by will take place in Cristuru Secuiesc between the 18th and the 25th of October 2015. and will bring together 36 youths coming from the rural area and from vulnerable backgrounds (orphans, raised by one parent, early school leavers, etc.) from Romania, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Bulgaria.
During the 8 days, the participants will debate the problems related to the dominance of imported goods on the market which overshadows the production and commercialization of local goods and it is not beneficial for the local development. The youths will analyse the issue both from the customers’ and local producers’ and farmers’ point of view. The main activity of the youth exchange will be the creation of 6 videos in 6 different topics related to local production: fruits and vegetables, herbs, aliments, products of animal origin, crafts and beverages. The participants will make interviews with farmers and local producers, representatives of trade unions, agronomist experts, CEOs of supermarkets, will film some of the production and cultivation phases and will include their thoughts related to the problems. The films will be presented in two locations: in Cristuru Secuiesc and in Odorheiu Secuiesc. The public will be then invited to a World cafe in the theme of the project during which they will debate the problems related to the valorisation and promotion of local products. The mobility includes more interesting activities in connection with the subject of the project: a theater forum, a workshop during which the participants will prepare a mock-up which will display how the local products should be transmitted to final consumers, a questionnaire activity during which the youths will go in front of different shops and will ask the members of the local community questions related to their shopping habits, etc.
The project also includes intercultural activities aiming to help the participants to meet the other participating cultures and to eliminate stereotypes and to accept cultural diversity.
The project fosters the personal and even professional development of youths by helping them to develop their key competences, the most important ones being the digital and civic competences, communication in English and initiative and entrepreneurship. The participants will take part on a daily basis in a self-assessment process and in the end of the mobility they will get their detailed Youthpass Certificates.
The project is funded by the European Union.