Low Bank Ground, Coniston , Cumbria .
31 st July - 11 th August, 2006 .
This Multilateral Youth Exchange is organised by Low Bank Ground, the John Muir Award in Cumbria and the Cheshire Landscape Trust.
The theme for the exchange is the future of rural areas of Europe.
We will be 30 participants aged 18-25 years from England, Spain, Norway, Greece and the Czech Republic.
The participants will have the chance to explore the rural upland areas of Cumbria and make comparisons with similar areas in their own countries.
They will consider the economic, social and environmental issues, problems, challenges and opportunities facing these areas and how they can be looked after for future generations.
Issues such as depopulation (young people leaving and old remaining), lack of jobs, loss of services (shops, postoffice etc) lack of transport will be addressed.
We will look at tourism, conservation and use of nature & environment. Participants who have an interest in "remote" rural areas will be invited.
The aims of the Exchange are:
1. To encourage international understanding and co-operation by young people.
2. To share ideas on youth and life in remote rural areas.
3. To allow young people to develop their own programme and initiatives.
4. To develop communication skills and their spoken and written English
The exchange programme will include:
Lots of humour and fun
Learning about other countries and cultures
Opportunities for watersports on the lake, Coniston Water
An adventurous journey planned by participants to include travel into mountains, overnight camp and consideration of the wildlife and environment of Cumbria .
Food, music and other entertainment from all the countries
Group presentations about life in their own countries. These presentations may be
talks, displays, demonstrations, music, dance, etc.
Discussion groups to exchange ideas on the future of upland areas in Europe
A practical conservation project working with local conservation organisations
Workshops on the remote rural areas of Europe
Developing communication and English language skills
Preparation of a participants' report on the Exchange
The cost of participating will be to pay a participation fee of £ 180 plus 30% of the flight cost