09 - 20 October - Izvoare, ROMANIA

A youth exchange about emotional intelligence and empathy

By exploring the issues of the young people from different communities we concluded that they have a low level of awareness of their emotions, they confront with poor understanding of others’ messages, have little adaptability in unfamiliar contexts; do not have opportunities to open up in a safe and trusting environment and have a low quality of their relationships.

The project will address the following needs of the young participants: understanding and managing their own emotions, coping with emotions in stressful situations; building self-esteem; increasing adaptability in unfamiliar contexts; improving communication; increasing accuracy in interpreting others’ messages; interacting in intercultural context; practicing their English; creating friendships that cross the barriers of the country; learning about Erasmus+ programme and the opportunities that it offers.

For whom?

The project is available for anyone who is interested in the topic of emotional intelligence and empathy and is willing to work on the needs described above. NO high level of English is required to participate; moreover, the project will help in the development of English speaking skills. None of the participants or facilitators is native English speakers, so there is nothing to be afraid of 😊😊

The group componence will be the following:

Romania: 10 young participants aged 18-25 and 3 group leaders aged over 18.

Hungary: 10 young participants aged 18-25 and 2 group leaders aged over 18.

Slovakia: 10 young participants aged 18-25 and 2 group leaders aged over 18.

Czech Republic: 10 young participants aged 18-25 and 3 group leaders aged over 18.

If there is a school joining the project, the age of the participants can be lower

Location

The youth exchange will take place in Izvoare, a small town which lies in the heart of Transylvania. It is surrounded by the beautiful Transylvanian mountains and provides a breathtaking view of nature. The accommodation is one hour walk to the Zetea dam and lake. It represents the perfect place to connect with nature and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the place.


For the accommodation, we will face the facility of “Pension Irgo”, which provides modern looking but in the same time traditional decorations, free time spaces and a conference room. It is a place sourounded by nature and beautiful landscapes.

Accommodation will be arranged in rooms for 5 people each, gender separated. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served at the same location every day, plus the coffee breaks. Each room has its own bathroom. Please bring your own towels, as the acoomodation won’t provide those.


Being located in an isolated area, the venue won’t provide internet. However, if you have roaming you will be able to make calls or use internet. The good news is that in Romania you can get a SIM card with 100GB of mobile data for as low as 6 EUR. Please check in out here.


You can buy the SIM card in any Orange Shop in Romania and ask there for activation. You do not need an ID card to buy it and you do not need to connect a credit card to it in order to pay. Once you leave Romania the SIM card will be deactivated automatically because you won’t top it up anymore.

Meals

We will provide you with three meals/day and two coffee breaks. The meals will take into account all the participant's dietary aspects such as allergies, intolerance, and preferences. If you have any special requirements regarding food (allergies, intolerances, vegetarian, vegan, etc.) you are obliged to inform us in writing through the application form prior to the beginning of the mobility. Otherwise, we might not be able to accommodate your requirements. If you do not eat pork, we will provide you with a vegetarian menu.

Transport

Arrival in Izvoare: 09 October 2022

Departure from Izvoare: 20 October 2022


For participants coming from Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary the transport will be arranged by us with a contracted bus. The bus will depart from Czech Republic and make a stop in Slovakia and Hungary. The meeting points and departure hours will be communicated to the travelers once the groups are selected.


Participants from Romania have to arrange their own transportation to the project place, the costs will be reimbursed up to 20 EUR for each participant after the project. No participant can arrive later than the arrival day or depart earlier than the day of departure. Skipping activity days is also prohibited.


How an Erasmus+ project looks like?

Before getting into more general information, have a look at the experience of other young people who took part in a project organised by us and get a feeling of what is to be there. Be part of our next adventure and sign up now.

General aspects

DEOR.

Groups of participants from each country are required to organize a dissemination event in their community or school to communicate the result of the youth exchange to the community. Participants are encouraged to do a presentation of any kind in order to show their learning process and experiences they had in the project.

A special introductory preparation on how to do this will be presented by the project team in one of the activity days.


Weather and dress code


In the area of Izvoare, the average temperature in October is between 05 °C and 15 °C. Please check accuweather.com for more updated information about the weather. Please bring casual comfortable sportswear, slippers or sneakers for indoor and comfortable shoes for outdoor activities, we suggest you to bring hiking boots. According to the meteorological release, we do not expect rain during our mobility, but you never know, so you could pack a waterproof jacket just in case.


Intercultural evenings


Each country is expected to prepare a short program to present their culture and eventually to bring some typical local drinks and snacks. The intercultural evening is the time when participants have the opportunity to get to know each other’s culture better in an informal context. We encourage the participants to be as creative as possible in presenting their culture, to use theatre, dances or live presentations. We do not provide video-projector for this event and any kind of promotional video or power point presentation will be presented exclusively in spare time.


Travel insurance and covid-19


All the participants are required to have a valid travel insurance for the whole period of the projects including the travel days. The insurance must cover:

  • Third-party liability

  • Lost or stolen baggage.

  • Accident and serious illness.


We cannot accept participants without travel insurance. Supplementary, we also recommend our participants to get the European health insurance card. To minimize the risk of covid-19 infections we will hold as many activities as possible outside. The whole accommodation unit will be rented only for the purpose of our project, without foreign guests. Being a project applied in 2019, our budget does not cover the potential cost of covid-19 tests or other quarantine costs. We highly recommend you to get a covid-19 vaccine to minimize even more any risk connected to covid.

Please check with your Emabssy whether or not you are required to have a covid negative test result to enter Romania and to go back to your country without restrictions. If necessary, we will help you to get tested in a centre before departure from the project.

Team

Bogdan Vilcan - project manager Contact

Vivien Racz - Group leader Hungary Contact

For any info regarding the project, you can reach us via Telegram here or via email at info@yes-eu.ro. Make sure you use "Smart Emotions" in the subject of the email for any message you want to send us.

How to apply

In order to apply it is enough to click the link below and fill in our form. Once you press submit we will have a look on your application and get back to you with an answer as fast as possible.