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Youth exchange “Youth without borders”

Last week in Slavske, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine the second Polish-Ukrainian youth exchange, “Youth Without Borders” was completed. It brought together 24 active people in order to learn more about youth with disabilities and what an inclusive society means. For seven days the participants also were given the opportunity to make new contacts, discuss pressing issues and, of course, have fun. During this short time we managed to create a spirited team, united by interest and debate and even created a social campaign on discrimination and the inclusion of people with disabilities.


Two great groups of people, living so close to one another, makes it nearly impossible for a gathering not to happen. The polish, impressed with the Ukrainian frost, hospitality and low prices, showed incredible dedication to the local residents and hotel staff. They are also seasoned champions on Trostyan Mountain now, where the snow lay knee-deep and their hearts were captivated by Carpathian tea and mulled wine. Meanwhile, Ukrainians from all over the country broke their stereotypes about Poles and tried to share their culture on a deep level too. It’s no surprise such close relations were created, a remarkable effect of informal education, another topic discussed during the project.

fotorcreated2Participants repeatedly showed their creativity, organizational skills and practiced teamwork during the preparation of various presentations and the creation of short videos. One topic caused particular interest, “Storytelling,” which can easily be used to promote social inclusion among young people.

Non-formal educational activities prompted interactive activities that undoubtedly brought together local residents, organizers and participants.  Every free minute was devoted to the enrichment of human relationships, the most important aspect of successfully understanding urgent problems. Thus, the most important aspect of the meeting was an attempt to understand each argument, because, as they say, “There are two sides to every coin.”

In addition, the team successfully held a cultural event at the local school, stepped into the role of facilitators, joined the discussion of human rights, wrote a diary page from the perspective of a person with disabilities and paid special attention to their secret friends.

The Polish-Ukrainian youth exchange was an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of others, gain knowledge and friends, and freely express opinions without fear of judgment. The intense seven days provided many topics for reflection and inspiration for social activities.fotorcreated1

The project “Youth Without Borders” was implemented through the Ukrainian-Polish exchange of young adults and was supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Ukraine.





Ukrainian-Polish youth exchange “Between Europe and Galicia”

We completed the first youth exchange between young people from Poland and Ukraine, focusing on the topic “Galicia and Europe, Let’s Discover Our Common Identity.” The participants in the project, which lasted from the 21st to the 28th of October near the town of Tarnow, Poland, consisted of 24 young people from Ukraine and Poland.


Galicia is a historical region that was once our common home, an occupied territory of Western Ukraine and South-Eastern Poland; therefore, the non-governmental organizations, “The Society Initiatives Institute” and “New Inspirations,” formed an idea to enhance regional cooperation in the context of shared history and culture of Galicia, which they successfully implemented.

The event brought together very diverse people who are working or studying in various fields (political science, law, economics, design, etc.), but who share one common goal – to build a strong and reasonable intercultural dialogue between the two countries.


During the week, participants along with active youth coaches tried to find answers to the questions: What is identity? How are stereotypes born? How can stereotypes be destroyed through new perspectives and communication?

Every day there were workshops, lectures and debates. In particular, the topics included organizational capacity, international institutions and identity of Galicia, analysis of business in two different countries, language, analysis of historical facts and many others. Participants presented the culture of their regions and had a wonderful opportunity to see and understand how similar the seemingly quite different language, customs, traditions and values actually are of the abreast countries.

There was an organized trip to Krakow and Tarnow in order to further experience the atmosphere of the local lifestyle. Participants were provided time for active, recreational activities, including, volleyball, soccer and tennis. Polish and Ukrainian cultural events including dancing and karaoke also created a fun atmosphere for participants to discuss the important topic of the project in a less formal setting.


As a result, the main goal of the project was achieved because it was important to not only find a common identity but to also develop a fruitful collaboration for future ideas, which are scheduled to be implemented in the coming months, in several stages. The next phase will launch soon and will consist of a series of educational activities in the schools of Lviv region in order to start building a platform for cooperation and the development of ideas.

The project “Galicia and Europe, Let’s Discover Our Common Identity” was launched under the Ukrainian-Polish exchange of young people and was supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Ukraine.