You can make a difference!
Duration: 7 days
Recommended language level: A1 and above
What can I do? “What difference can one person make?”. These are common questions, especially for young people worried about the situation facing our planet. They may wish to take action, but often they’re convinced they can’t do anything or that their actions will be counterproductive. It’s not easy to know what to do in order to make a difference. A lack of information or, in some cases, information overload, limits our capacity to act. Often we feel isolated and think there this little point, for example, in sorting our recycling, especially if our neighbours don’t do it (“What’s the point, if I´m the only one taking action”). Through this programme we aim to show how everyone’s actions are important and that there are many people who care about the environment and act accordingly. We want young people to feel part of an ecological movement and encourage them to become Eco Ambassadors in their local communities.
AIMS AND ACTIVITIES
Through theoretical and practical workshop, participants will reflect on the values of nature and learn to take care of it, using this knowledge to create a list of pragmatic actions that can make a positive change and help save the planet. Each day will begin with a language workshop, focusing on vocabulary related to themes that will be explored in the afternoon sessions. Participants will first reflect on their daily lives and discuss how they can change their behaviour to make their actions more eco-friendly. The group will then reflect on local and global environmental issues and add more daily actions which will help address current problems. Through practical sessions the group will learn how to upcycle different objects and learn how to make a homemade orange candles, paint, plasticine and soap; as well as learning how to purify water and generate energy. The camp will also include recreational and cultural activities, for example sightseeing trips to surrounding cities, hiking, visits to Adventure Parks, swimming and canoeing.
Young people will become more aware of environmental problems and their ecological footprint. They will develop a strong commitment to solving environmental problems and specific tools to promote sustainability.
Young people will gain new and/or improved knowledge and skills:
-Basic information about the Greek artistic muses.
-Understanding different artforms:
-Greater emotional intelligence.
-Improved communication skills (speaking in public, expressing ideas and opinions,
knowing how to listen, giving feedback, etc).
-Improved capacity for observation.
-Ability to work with and develop an idea from inception to implementation.
-Improved artistic skills.
-Organizational skills and group management.
-Improved language skills (English/Spanish).
-Ability to identify personal strengths and how best to develop them.
-Ability to develop and realize an idea.