Youth exchange program was held by Associação Juvenil SYnergia in Pousada Da Juventude De Guimarães from 8 to 12 July 2019. During the event, the topic that were discussed is about ‘social market’, with total of 30 participants, which came from different countries, such as India, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Indonesia, this program is funded by Erasmus+ and Act Global Indonesia represented by 5 youth participants during this event.
The target group of this program is young people to develop a social entrepreneurship projects that could solve the social problems in their society. In addition to that, the event held to give a learning opportunities for the youth, to understand more about other cultures and build relationship between participants.
The first day of the youth exchange program began with the introduction game. The idea of this introduction game was to remember the names of all participants by ‘throws the ball’ to other participant and guess their name, Mariana is our facilitator from Portugal.
The next game is “Bingo”. Mariana gave every participants a paper with some questions written on it. The question is about what do the participants like, do not like, and their hobbies. Every participants need to answer the questions by asking another participant, Alternately, Participants who finished answer all of questions can say “Bingo” to finish the game. After the game, each participants wrote their fears, expectations and contributions during this event.
In the afternoon the participants went around the Guimarães city. Participants created a group consist of 6 people from various countries. The adventure began when Mariana gave paper containing instructions and maps of Guimarães . Each groups need to resolve the challenges for 3 hours. One of the challenge was that there is a story from somewhere and we must guess the name of the place correctly. Another challenge was dancing “Macarena”, singing Portuguese national song, and take a picture of groups with strangers around the city of Guimarães.
On second day, all participants had the opportunity to work out their own definition of social entrepreneurship, analyzed social problems in their country, propose a possible solutions and create a proposal for the project.
Next day, all participants walking from Pousada de Juventude de Guimarães to the cable car building named “Teleférico de Guimarães”. All participants going through the hill with cable car to the destination named “Penha Hill” . Penha Hill is located in the south eastern side of the city and is well signposted. In this area all participants passed an incredible building named Pousada de Santa Marinha church. After passed Pousada de Santa Marinha, all participants take a break and sit in the groups of their own country and then began to discuss further regarding the concept of social and solidarity economy for the proposed project.
All participants on the third day are went to the beach with train as public transportation, the total distance was around 77 km (Guimarães – Espinho) , the routes started from the Guimarães and ended up at Espinho train station. After arrived to the Praia de Espinho, all participants having a great time to spend their time to relax on the beach, to have lunch and so on, then after the lunch is over, all participants were gathered to their discuss again with their group and began to prepare the next topic on the strategy and management of the social economy organization for their proposed project and from each country show and present their discussion result to all participants.
The next activity on July 11th at the Pousada da Juventude de Guimarães hotel, Youth Exchange participants were given four hours of time starting at 9 am to discuss the presentation session “social project management and financing opportunities” to discuss the management and financial systems to be used on each project and set targets and objectives for each project involving social entrepreneurs and young entrepreneurs, then after lunch and time off, participants continue the session activities “social market (pitch with social entrepreneurs and young entrepreneurs) starting from at 4pm to 6pm, in this session each group made a summary and presentation material for each project made. Every group from each country also prepared to present each project to be carried out on July 12th. It was followed by an intercultural night event, the Indonesian team wore batik clothes and were ready to share some food brought from Indonesia such as apple crackers from Malang (apple chips), Pia Susu (typical from Bali), Kacang kue, Kopiko candy, peyek (peanut chips) and Kinnari (coffee leaf tea). It feels great when friends from other countries can enjoy the food that we brought from Indonesia, but there are also those people who are still not familiar with the aroma of the food that we brought, for example peyek (peanut chips). We also had the opportunity to enjoy some dishes brought by our new friends from other countries. It was a pleasant experience indeed!
The last day, on July 12 at 9 am we went to the museum of “House of Guimarães Memory” to present the project made by each participant from each country namely Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, India and Indonesia. Each project from each group was very interesting and received positive comments from two successful business mentors.
Project created by the Act Global team from Indonesia is Bali Kedas or means Bali clean. Bali Kedas is a proposed ideas of a waste management startup that work to recycle and to reuse the solid waste, initiated by young people in order to recover the waste problem in Bali.
The team are Reza Noegraha, who has Responsible of the operation project, Nada Sahara and Nona Au who has responsible in plastic waste sector for agricultural usage, Chika who has responsible as communication manager, Harun who has responsible as a marketing manager and Asa Onsai who has responsible as a youth and volunteer coordinator. Bali Kedas Project will also collaborating with the Government (Local municipalities) Non-Government Organization and Media (Local NGO’s , Local radio and Magazine / Newspapers) . In aim towards to Recover the waste problem in Bali.
The project from team of Portugal is “Reviving traditions: intergenerational learning” The aim of their project is to combat youth and old inactivity. It basically consists of find old and young people that are living and spending a lot of time alone at home, that have certain skills that can help people from other generations, for example , tech lessons to older people, cooking lessons for young people, etc. This way would be connecting inter-generations, and taking people away from isolation, therefore improving the life of everyone that involved. And the Promotor is Associação Juvenil Synergia.
The project from Indian team are: Youth academy. In India there is a huge gap in the education system since they follow a very old and outdated education system. For this reason they have developed a project called the youth academy which is a training center. The aim of this center is to address and fill in the gap of education system in India, and to ensure that the youth are globally competent, and ready for the future. They plan to work around the “100 monkey effect”, where when a specific action hits a critical number of people that it reaches then there is a sudden boom with an exponential growth. Through this project, they hope that specific actions or learnings will be spread to all the youth.
The team from Spain has a project called “Atelier of life”, the project is about giving work to woman in risk of labour and social exclusion. They plan to collaborate with CAVI (Center For The Attention To Gender Violence Victims) which provides: Social counseling and psychological counseling for woman. This project also cover of management on the economic resources, and accommodation to support the individual or group level for the achievement of the empowering woman as the final objective of the interventions.
The project from Greece team is namely E-Job. It is an application that helps people and especially youngsters find a job by online. The apps features will assist them check for vacant jobs in their neighborhood by using google maps. Furthermore, it will allow them have an online communication with their future employer.
The team from Italy also has a project which is called “Inclusive Re-Generation”. Their project aim is to find solution of both a social and environmental, through crafts laboratories, music and other activities aimed at urban regeneration. The main goals is regeneration of an abandoned area and integration of people with few opportunities and targeting 21 volunteers, 8 unemployed persons and 8 refugees.
After the presentations of each country finished, we went back to the hotel and spend more time with our friends. Overall, it was such an unforgettable experience for all of us.