ГО “Інститут Суспільних Ініціатив ” спільно з NGO “Youth For The World” проводить відбір учасників/учасниць на молодіжний обмін у Грузії “You-th For Hiking”. Метою цього молодіжного обміну є підвищення спортивної активності молоді, соціальна інклюзія та альтернативна освіта.


APV (Advanced Planning Visit) – Arrival: 6 July / Departure: 08 July, 2018 (Only for Group Leaders)
YE (Youth Exchange) – Arrival: 15 August / Departure: 26 August, 2018


Pona Campsite – Full Outdoor in Low Mountainous District of Kakheti Region


ue to the extraordinary situation related to the mass migration in Europe & neighboring countries, youth-Educational organisations “Stichting Schoolclash” (The Netherlands) & Network of youth-Educational organisation “Youth For the World”-YFW (Georgia) & “Inovativy Karta” (Lithuania) together with partners initiates a project “You-th for Hiking”, which is based on sports, outdoor education & social inclusion.

We noticed that Europe citizens are very frustrated because of current changes & new wave of discrimination, hate & anger is starting in the continent again. Huge number of racist crimes in Europe has risen as well, especially hate crimes against Muslims following Paris attacks. There is an urgent need to reduce social tensions, to raise the level of tolerance, to promote the understanding & accepting each other despite the cultural & religious differences. We believe that sport(we will use various sport & outdoor education methods but hiking as the core)through its universality, can transcend cultural, socio-economic & political barriers, which is very important in a international context. Sport is powerful tools for development, within international communities. Moreover, sport reflects on different values & can create a bridge between different social groups forming better mutual understanding. The answer could be reaffirmed by citing United Nations, which “recognize that sport, as a tool for education, development & peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion & health at the local, national & international levels”.

* To reach personal development which helps to understand ourselves and reflect on own & others behavior;
* Challenge the perception of the structures within our society that undermine social inclusion or foster discrimination;
* Overcoming the stereotypes of different religious & raise awareness on the topic of discrimination;
* To build a broader understanding of what an inclusive attitude means;
* To understand the connections between culture, sport and inter-cultural aspects of sport in religious dialogue;
* To raise the sense of empathy towards other people


Expected participants: youngsters, youth workers & young leaders who are already active but aim to develop as youth leaders, concretely in the sphere of motivation & Outdoor Education
AGE limit for Group Leaders: NO Age Limit / AGE limit for participants: From 18 – Till 29


*We kindly ask our partners organisations & group leaders to prepare participants according the needs of the Youth Exchange (will be discussed during the APV).

*All participants have to be ready for sport & outdoor activities, As we are planning to have lot of outdoor actions. Participants need to be prepared for various weather conditions. (Please bring comfortable shoes or sneakers, outdoor suits & rain coats). We will start all days with morning sports, we will go for hiking (day & night) few times during the YE.

*All participants should be ready to present their organiations during the NGO Fair.

*All participants should be ready to present their countries during the intercultural evenings.


In August in Georgia usually is very hot weather. Normally temperature is around 30/35º C, but because of we go to mountains, evenings will be chilly, or can be rainy, so be prepared 😉 We strongly recommend checking the forecast before coming or to write the coordinators to consult. Please don’t forget  that we will be sleeping in Tents.


The Youth Exchange will take place in Pona eco village. The Camping Place is surrounded by nature and situated in the low mountainous region of Kakheti in eastern part of Georgia (around 190km far from Tbilisi city). Venue is hosting local and international camps since summer 2013. Campsite is good location for the outdoor activities with all the necessary facilities for living and working. Participants will be living in tents shared by 6 & 8 people depending on tent size. Organizers will provide matrasses, but we are expecting participants to take their own SEEPING BAGS. Hosts will provide participants with three times meal per day & two Fruit/coffee breaks also Picnics and food packages during the hiking.

Ukraine (per participant) – 275€

Application form goo.gl/vrZqW6

Application deadline – 18.06.2018

Only selected candidates will be contacted!