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YE Village Myth Busters (VMB)

Name: Village Myth Busters (VMB); Framework: Erasmus+

• Activity: 18-26 August (Youth Exchange)

• Duration APV: 2 days (2-3rd of June 2017) + 2 travel days;

• Participating countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Spain, Italy, Turkey


There a numerous challenges that European societies are facing. One of the sensitive problems that is widely seen across the EU (however, often wrongly-considered as not acute) is social exclusion of villagers in urban areas. This results in young people from villages starting studies in universities and moving to cities facing discrimination, negative stereotypes and, hence, less opportunities.

This was just proven by an email survey carried out through the network of our partner organisations in January, 2016. In short, it has confirmed that people from rural areas are seen as less educated and are less likely to make friends/contacts (Lithuania, Latvia, Spain), or even sometimes downright consider as second-class citizens (Romania, Turkey, Italy). In order to tackle this, youth organizations from the mentioned countries have united for this project. The aims of which are to change the approach to- and opinion about people from countryside, minimize negative stereotypes towards them and reduce the ensuing social exclusion. To accomplish this, youth exchange – “Village Myth-Busters” will be hosted in Lithuania on August 18 – 26, 2017. It will involve 36 participants both from rural and urban areas (18-30 years old). Priority will be given to those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with fewer opportunities.

In order to reach the key aim of the project mentioned above, the following OBJECTIVES have been set:

1) to raise youth’s awareness of social exclusion that people from the villages are facing in urban areas, as well as to provide them with specific tools and support to fight that;

2) to identify the most common stereotypes towards people whose place of origin is countryside, and find ways to tackle that;

3) to spread tolerance, strengthen equality and combat marginalisation;

4) to increase cooperation between village and city youth in order to create opportunities for joint work and social initiatives.

Financial conditions:

  • Food, accommodation and activities are 100% covered by the project
  • Travel costs are 100% covered by the project up to a maximum of  € 275
  • “Quota associativa YouNet”: €50. These membership fees should be paid only by confirmed participants and give them the status of YouNet’s member and access to all our benefits.

To subscribe the selection click here and fill the form up to June 25th.

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