Campus15 training seminar from 30.09. to 07.10.2013 in Much

From 30 September to 7 October 2013, the second training seminar conducted by Campus15 took place. In the idyllic, somewhat remote Much, 33 young and committed people from ten different countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia) met to get to know each other in a colourful togetherness and to exchange their experiences in youth work.

The core of the seminar was formed by intensive working rounds in which the different national concepts of youth work were discussed. The creation of a "Youth Gate for Southeast Europe" was chosen as the goal, which was discussed in various working groups and the next steps for its realisation were determined. The "Youth Gate" is supposed to be a platform/node, which - for the time being realised online - supports young people in organising or participating in social projects in Southeast Europe.

In addition to these discussions, speakers from outside were also warmly welcomed. There was a session on German history as well as on integrative work and the European Union.

Again and again, the sometimes heated talks and discussions were interwoven with outside activities. Here, the focus was on confidence building and teamwork. In addition, an insight was given into creative workshops such as dance, circus, theatre and land art. The results were later presented in plenary and the work was evaluated to make the experience useful for the participants.

At a market of organisations and associations, the participants presented their respective organisations and projects. Some organisations had already worked on projects with Campus15 before; others have only been in active contact with our association since this training course. The presentations remained in the lobby of the hotel for the entire week and were thus accessible and visible to everyone at all times.

During cosy campfire hours, coffee breaks and singing rounds in the evening, those present always had the chance to get to know each other and make contacts.

All in all, the training seminar was a complete success, as new contacts were made, discussions stimulated and ideas spread in a pleasant atmosphere. The participants continue to work on realising their self-imposed goal: to establish a platform for organisations from South Eastern Europe.

Reunion 2013 in Vukovar, Croatia.

This summer, the reunion of the Summer Camp 2012 took place. The participants from 6 different countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Poland, Germany) met for a second time, this time in Croatia, Vukovar.

It was a great reunion to meet again the people from the summer camp 2012 and to start again with them where they left off last year. Unfortunately, for various reasons, not all participants from the previous year could be at the reunion. For the non-participants, however, replacements came along who integrated amazingly well.

The theme of this return meeting was EU awareness and anti-discrimination. We had some workshops that dealt with these topics very intensively. The exchange with the participants and the supervisors (teamers) about these topics was very interesting and important.

In addition to these workshops, we deal with the topics "active citizenship", "human rights", "identity" and "sexually transmitted diseases", among others. Excursions to Vukovar and Osijek were also part of the programme during the reunion. In addition, we presented our countries at the "International Youth Day" in Vukovar: Each country had its own stand, which it had to design itself.

Like last year, we took part in a creative workshop of our own choice. We had the choice between dancing, photography, graffiti, preparing the social project and designing a flag. The day after the creative workshop, we worked for a whole day on the social project and finished the work with an incredible result: we painted big steps on the Danube. With the good preparatory work of the preparation group, the work went well and in the evening we had created an unforgettable work.

On some evenings, "Olympic Games" took place, i.e. a group of participants designed the evening with sports games, often based on teamwork.

This year there were also project groups: Each participant could choose between radio, newspaper, video or blog. The assembled groups met frequently to be able to present finished works at the end: a radio programme, a newspaper for each participant and supervisor, a camp video uCampus15 training seminar from 30.09. to 07.10.2013 in Much

From 30 September to 7 October 2013, the second training seminar conducted by Campus15 took place. In the idyllic, somewhat remote Much, 33 young and committed people from ten different countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia) met to get to know each other in a colourful togetherness and to exchange their experiences in youth work.

The core of the seminar was formed by intensive working rounds in which the different national concepts of youth work were discussed. The creation of a "Youth Gate for Southeast Europe" was chosen as the goal, which was discussed in various working groups and the next steps for its realisation were determined. The "Youth Gate" is supposed to be a platform/node, which - for the time being realised online - supports young people in organising or participating in social projects in Southeast Europe.

In addition to these discussions, speakers from outside were also warmly welcomed. There was a session on German history as well as on integrative work and the European Union.

Again and again, the sometimes heated talks and discussions were interwoven with outside activities. Here, the focus was on confidence building and teamwork. In addition, an insight was given into creative workshops such as dance, circus, theatre and land art. The results were later presented in plenary and the work was evaluated to make the experience useful for the participants.

At a market of organisations and associations, the participants presented their respective organisations and projects. Some organisations had already worked on projects with Campus15 before; others have only been in active contact with our association since this training course. The presentations remained in the lobby of the hotel for the entire week and were thus accessible and visible to everyone at all times.

During cosy campfire hours, coffee breaks and singing rounds in the evening, those present always had the chance to get to know each other and make contacts.

All in all, the training seminar was a complete success, as new contacts were made, discussions stimulated and ideas spread in a pleasant atmosphere. The participants continue to work on realising their self-imposed goal: to establish a platform for organisations from South Eastern Europe.