26th edition

We  need  to  talk  about

DEMOCRACY

July 20 - August 03

2019

European Youth Weeks (EYW) is a project that aims to foster discussion and reflection on different topics. Together, we want to get an understanding of what the democratic process means at its core and how this should inform actual politics and public debate in our respective countries. We need to talk about democracy!

 

In the face of rising extremism and populism, where easy answers, finger pointing and agitation are replacing meaningful public debate, it’s time to take a new look at democracy.

 

If you think of democracy, probably the first thing that comes to mind is politics. But what does participating in a democracy imply, besides voting? How does technology and social media influence democracy? What role does democracy play in your daily life? Is it more than a political system? And what are the consequences of remaining indifferent?

 

EYW will bring together young people from 10 European countries over a two week period. Through this process we want to provide participants with information, new experiences, insights, as well as spaces for discussion and self-reflection on the topic of democracy. 

 

Within those two weeks I felt the change on my character, my knowledge and my behaviour.

Arvaniti

NON
FORMAL
LEARNING
  • Engage in discussions;

  • Exchange your personal opinions and ideas;

  • gain new perspectives on different issues and yourself;

  • Self-reflection and self-expression;

  • be a journalist in a simulation of the European legislative process;

  • face your stereotypes in the “Living Library”;

  • reflect on your predefined views on different nationalities in a “Talkshow”;

  • promote a democratic and discrimination-free attitude.

LEISURE
AND
TRIPS
  • fun ice-breaking games, energizers and outdoor activities like campfires, barbeques, wine tastings, hiking trips etc.;

  • visit places like the Sinti and Roma Center in Heidelberg, a mosque in Mannheim, a refugee-camp in Worms;

  • theme parties in the evening;

  • visit the European Parliament, meet and discuss with members of the European Parliament;

  • explore Strasbourg.

 

 

OPEN

SPACE

The way our time during EYW will look like also depends on you!

 

You can use the open space sessions to share your skills and interests with your fellow participants.

If you have any suggestions, please let us know in the comment section of the APPLICATION FORM.

 
 

YouthPass Certificate

European Youth Weeks is an approved project of Erasmus+ which means that each participant will receive recognition for their participation - the YouthPass certificate.

 

This will be used to document your learning process and offer visibility to the skills and competences you have acquired.

Read more about the certificate by clicking here.

VENUE

You will spend two weeks in Haus am Maiberg, an education facility fully equipped with  conference rooms, bedrooms, a canteen with great food and many facilities dedicated to leisure activities! Enjoy the sun in our generous garden or play table soccer in our youth cellar.

The building is adapted to host people with physical disabilities.

Haus am Maiberg is a centre for political and social education in  Heppenheim, Germany, which organizes and carries out seminars, conferences, workshops and international youth meetings that encourage active citizenship and openness to interpersonal dialogue with people of various origins, political affiliations, religions, and cultures.

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Haus am Maiberg is a centre for political and social education in  Heppenheim, Germany, which organizes and carries out seminars, conferences, workshops and international youth meetings that encourage active citizenship and openness to interpersonal dialogue with people of various origins, political affiliations, religions, and cultures.

 

Costs

 
The fee includes:
  • accomodation in the hostel of Haus am Maiberg
  • 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) + 2 coffee breaks per day
  • health insurance throughout the project
  • local transportation
  • workshop materials
  • entry tickets

​​Travel expenses

Your travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the Erasmus+ guidelines. Don't forget to keep all your tickets and boarding passes!
Discount participation fee:
 
The EU, its countries and its people, are very diverse and EYW aims to reflect this. We recognise that our participants can have very different economic backgrounds. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you cannot afford the full fee. In this case, please describe your situation and how much you would be able to contribute in the last question of the application (Comments).
Regular participation fee:
150 €
 

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Haus am Maiberg - Akademie für politische und soziale Bildung der Diözese Mainz

 

Ernst-Ludwig-Straße 19

64646 Heppenheim, Germany

 

hausammaiberg(at)gmail.com

Tel: +49 06252 9306-30 | Fax: +49 06252 9306-17

www.haus-am-maiberg.de