One week youth exchange started on 14 and ended on 22 of May 2022, in Hotel Niš City View, in Niš, Serbia. In this project 56 youth representatives from organizations participated from 7 different countries: United Kingdom – Youth Mappers, North Macedonia – Youth Council Next Generation, Turkey – Youth Season Association, Bulgaria – Academy of Success, Poland – Just do it, Serbia – Youth Association Bell and Latvia – Do Great Things.
In those 7 days, participants got to know each other, they worked on exploring the positive and negative sides of social media, they tackled the topic of cyber bullying, they were part of fun sessions where they had opportunity to show their acting skills, their opinion and to express their creativity, they had many discussions, simulations, and other workshops.
The main aim of youth exchange “Bully free starts with me!” was to raise awareness of young people on the danger and negative effects of cyberbullying and hate speech online. Also we wanted to empower young people to be leaders in their local community and to open critical debate on the impact of social media.
Every day was starting with fun energizers, after which the participants participated in sessions with a good concentration in a mixed groups. The sessions contained examples of young people everyday life, where they exchange different ideas from their countries.
The main thing that the participants learned during the sessions that even if they are coming from the different countries, cultures and nationalities ,they are facing similar problems after which they focused on same ideas for resolving those issues.
In the end of every day they had fun activities like intercultural evenings where each country presents part of their history, traditions, music, dances and food, and after that they had competitions in dancing, karaoke, and night for social games where mobile phones were forbidden for few hours.
In the end of the project participants went away with good memories, new knowledge, increased presentation skills, improved English language, and new friendships that will last so many years.