Deadline: 20 April 2016
Open to: young people (18 – 25 years old) from Kosovo, Ukraine, The Russian Federation, South Caucasus, in particular from border regions and ethnic minorities
Venue: 10 – 18 July 2016 in Strasbourg, France
The Youth Peace Camps were initiated by the Council of Europe in 2003, in cooperation with Europa Park in Rust, Germany, to bring together young people from conflict regions and to support them in initiating dialogue and cooperation. In the past years the peace camp project brought together young people from the Middle East, Southeast and Eastern Europe. During the camp the participants followed an experiential learning process and acquired competences in the fields of intercultural learning, dialogue and conflict transformation, within a human rights framework.
In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:
- Aged between 18 and 25 years;
- Able to work in English;
- Available and fully committed to take part in the Youth Peace Camp;
- Curious, open-minded, appreciate diversity and learn about each other’s realities.
- Motivated to learn and to apply the values and approaches of the Youth Peace Camp, notably human rights, democracy and intercultural dialogue;
- Involved in youth or community projects in their community and be motivated to implement youth initiatives for peace-building following the residential meeting;
- Possess a sense of responsibility for one’s own actions, a commitment to personal and community development and continue the engagement with other participants;
- Preferably be involved in an organisation or network, institution, formal and/or informal group that is ready to support them throughout the project duration and afterwards when implementing youth initiatives for peace building.
The 2016 Youth Peace Camp will bring together young people from the following conflict affected communities :
- Kosovo, participants coming from Albanian, Serbian and other backgrounds;
- Ukraine, especially from border regions and from Luhansk and Donetsk;
- The Russian Federation, especially young people directly affected by conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine;
- South Caucasus, in particular from border regions and ethnic minorities.
- Travel expenses: will be reimbursed upon presentation of the relevant receipts, according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire Youth Peace Camp may be reimbursed;
- Visa expense: the Council of Europe will issue invitation letter for the purpose of gaining visa’s to all participants; after being approved , will be reimbursed upon presentation of the relevant receipts;
- Accommodation: board and lodging at the seminar will be provided and paid for by the Council of Europe at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg.
How to apply?
In order to apply, register here.
Applications must be submitted by 20 April 2016. A letter of support from their sending organisation or institution can be uploaded on the platform or sent separately by e-mail, fax or post, to express support offered throughout the project to the participant and his/her initiatives. Participants who are member of an informal network or youth group can supply a letter of support from their fellow members in the informal network or group expressing their support for the participants’ application.
If you have any questions about the application procedure and financial and practical conditions of participants please send email to [email protected].
For more information please check the official call.