Open Call for 5 Participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina for Youth Exchange in Green Entrepreneurs
- Name of the project: “Green Entrepreneurs”
- Date of Project: 30.09.2021 – 12.10.2021.
- Hosting organization: “ASOCIATIA PENTRU DEZVOLTARE ACTIVA ADA”
- Sending organizations: “BRAVO“
- Place: Slanic Moldova, Romania
- Participants age: 18 – 30 (participants) , 18+ (leaders)
- The number of participants: 5 participants + 1 leader
- Working language: English
- Deadline for applying: 14.08.2021
This project is financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus Program. This publication reflects the view only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. By Erasmus+ rules organizers will cover travel costs, accommodation and food.
Green Entrepreneurs is initiative of ADA’s volunteers who have become aware of the importance of professional development and the difficulties young people face after completing their studies in finding a job and who, motivated and inspired by Greta Thunberg’s actions, want to promote an environmentally responsible behavior in entrepreneurship. Thus, taking into consideration the climate change and the impact of the economy on the environment, young people need to develop green skills and green behaviors, but also to get to know the opportunities they have to start environmentally sustainable businesses.
To develop the entrepreneurial competences of 40 young people between the ages of 18 and 25, from 8 different countries, and to guide them towards green, sustainable and responsible in relation to the environment businesses.
To increase the opportunities for personal, professional, and social development of 40 young people and to promote positive models among them.
To involve the 40 young people participating in youth exchange in the preparation and implementation of a campaign aiming to promote a green and responsible behavior towards the environment, among young people and young entrepreneurs.
To achieve the social inclusion of 24 young people with financial difficulties in the youth exchange and to promote the social entrepreneurship among them as a solution to overcome their fewer opportunity status.
PROJECT’S MAIN ACTIVITIES
The project’s main activity is a youth exchange with participants from partner countries, which will take place in Slanic Moldova, Romania, between 30th of September 2021 and 12th of October 2021 (30th of September 2021is the arrival day and 12th of October 2021 is the departure day) and which will be attended by 40 young people and 8 group leaders from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Malta, Romania and Turkey.
Main themes of the exchange: Entrepreneurial education and social entrepreneurship; social inclusion and youth; the environment and climate change.
The first day’s sessions aim the group’s teambuilding and to set the framework for the entire mobility, as well as to promote the Erasmus + program and the understanding of the importance of the Youthpass Certificate by the young participants.
On the second activity day, the participants will better understand the concepts of entrepreneurship and green entrepreneurship, the trends and benefits of a green economy, the profile of an entrepreneur and its challenges.
On the third activity day, the participants will exchange information on the main environmental problems caused by different industries in their country, discuss how business and pursuit of profit alone can affect the environment and develop knowledge about European regulations regarding the environment.
On 4th and 5th activity days, participants will learn how to become entrepreneurs step by step, how to make a business plan, how to promote their business, financing programs for young people, but also how they can develop a green behavior, which then to promote among other young people and entrepreneurs.
Day 6 will begin with an interim assessment of the mobility and will continue with a Living Library activity, in Bacau, where they will have the opportunity to “read” different entrepreneurs from Bacau area. The event will also be open for other young people from Bacau, being held at Bacau’s Youth Centre.
On the 7th activity day, the participants will develop skills in the field of social entrepreneurship, but also practical skills to do various handmade objects (example of a social business model).
On the 8th activity day, participants will make a series of study visits to various companies to learn more about business management and green business models.
On the 9th activity day, participants will work on their own business ideas and they will develop business plans.
On the 10th activity day, participants will develop a series of visual tools to promote green, environmentally responsible behavior among young people and entrepreneurs, which will be part of a campaign in the follow-up phase of the project.
On the last activity day, they young participants will update the follow up and dissemination strategy and they will also assess their learning process and will evaluation the whole exchange.
PROJECT’S EXPECTED RESULTS AND IMPACT
A series of visual tools (posters, videos, articles), made during the exchange through nonformal education methods (video voice, graphic facilitation, photo-voice etc.) for promoting among young people and local entrepreneurs a green, environmentally responsible behavior + an awareness campaign.
A booklet with “green” practices in everyday life, for young people.
A brochure with “green” practices in the office, addressed to entrepreneurs, which will include the EU regulations regarding the environment.
The project’s film – with interviews and sequences from the youth exchange – to promote the project, the Erasmus + program, non-formal education, social entrepreneurship and “green” entrepreneurship.
Project promotion materials: project blog, roll-ups, but also other promotional materials.
8 “green” business plans drafts, which will be further developed by the participants, with the support of the partners.
First of all, the project’s impact at participants’ aims to satisfy their learning needs (the project being built based on these needs), while also pursuing the personal, professional and social development of the young participants.
Short term speaking, the PARTICIPANTS will find their motivation and inspiration to develop their own local communities through “green”, sustainable and responsible in relation to the environment businesses. By interacting with the other participants in the exchange, they will develop social, interpersonal and intercultural competences. They will understand the concepts of “green” entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship, the tendencies and benefits of a “green” economy. They will know the main environmental problems caused by different industries in their country and will assume a responsible behavior in relation to the environment, while also they will understand how businesses influence the environment (and vice versa) and European and international environmental protection regulations.
By actively participating in the thematic sessions organized within the youth exchange, they will develop: the ability to develop a business plan, but also marketing and self-marketing skills, creativity, practical skills, critical thinking skills (through debates on the negative effects on the environment done the pursuit of profit alone) and the ability to develop media and social media content.
Long term speaking, we want all participants to continue their training in the field of entrepreneurship and with the help of partner organizations, to identify sources of financing their own “green” business ideas, thus concretizing the business plans started during the exchange into future “green” businesses, which will respond to their communities’ needs.
For your trip from Bucharest to Slanic Moldova, we will rend a bus to bring all participants from Bucharest/Otopeni Airport straight to the hotel in Slanic Moldova on 30th of September 2021 and then, from Slanic Moldova to Bucharest/Otopeni Airport on 12th of September 2021. The rented bus will leave on 30th of September 2021, first from Bucharest Gara de Nord (the main train station) and then from Otopeni Airport.
We will have volunteers waiting for you in 2 different meeting points, at both, Gara de Nord and Otopeni Airport. Most probably the rented bus will leave from Gara de Nord around 5 pm and then from Otopeni Airport around 5:30 pm, but we will decide together the departure hours taking into consideration the participants’ travel plan and when they will land in Bucharest.
If people are landing earlier (in the morning or about lunch time) they can visit Bucharest city. To arrive from Otopeni Airport to Gara de Nord (the main train station) people should take the bus no. 780. More details about the trip from the airport to the city you can ask at the airport information point. Also, at Gara de Nord (the main train station) there is a place where people can leave their luggage.
Travel cost for participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina – 275 EUR
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
The accommodation is 100% covered by Erasmus+ Programme, between 30th of September 2021 (Check in after 14:00) and 12th of October 2021 (Check out before 12:00).
During the Youth exchange participants will be hosted at Pensiunea Poiana Verde from Slanic Moldova. The rooms will be shared between 2 or 3 people. Some of the rooms have 3 beds, others TWIN beds and a couch, others have a matrimonial/shared bed and a third bed, a matrimonial/shared bed and a couch or just a matrimonial/shared bed. If you want to share the room with someone in particular, please let us know in time.
The food and coffee breaks are 100% covered by Erasmus+ Programme.
There will be three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and 2 coffee breaks per day. On the arrival day it is included just the dinner and on the departure day it is included both, breakfast and lunch. It is very important to tell us if you have any allergies or if is there something that you do not eat, if you are vegetarian or vegan, have a diet, etc. This is why it is important all participants to fill out carefully the application form and to not forget to send it to us before 1 st of August 2021.
Please bring confortable warm clothes. The average temperatures are usually oscilating between 15 and 25 Celsius degrees during the day and 5 and 15 Celsius degrees during the night for the period when the project will be held. We will give you further information about the weather as the youth exchange gets closer.
Also, please bring your favourite music and anything else you consider necesary, including slippers, hairdryer (not all the rooms have an hairdryer) etc. At the hotel, there is internet access and towels. We also recommend some of the participants to bring a laptop.
Bacău is the main city in Bacău County, Romania.
If you get to Bacau, make sure you don’t miss the Precista Church, built by the son of Stephen the Great at the end of the 15th century, or the ruins of the Princely Court in its vicinity. There is also the modern art Roman-Catholic Cathedral, the biggest church in Moldavia with over 70 metres height. The Ethnographic Museum in Bacau displays the ethnographic areas of the region, while the History Museum houses an important collection of antique objects from the ancient Dacia.
Bacau has several shopping centres available throughout the city, and there are also available plenty of places to buys souvenirs, the most common being related to Romanian folk. Apart from the occasional events that take place in Bacau, there is always a theatre or a cinema to go to for entertainment, as well as art exhibitions. Nightlife in Bacau has a lot to offer on its own. Bacau has something for everyone, like bars and clubs, discos, or even casinos.