Being part of a youth exchange program undoubtedly offers numerous advantages and benefits. It’s the best opportunity to “Learn” – seen through its educational perspective, but also “Earn” new skills and capacities.
Participants have the chance to:
- become aware of multilateral aspects of historical and political facts;
- exercise their critical judgement;
- experience multifaceted approaches to learning (non-formal, informal etc.);
- refine their language skills through practice.
But this is not all there is! Empowering young people through youth exchanges to develop critical judgement and participate confidently in society involves teaching personal, social and conflict management skills, which include:
- self-confidence and self-esteem;
- broadening of personal perspectives;
- personal flexibility and ability to reach compromise;
- tolerance of frustration and ambiguity;
- self-awareness, awareness of others and empathy;
- communication and interaction skills;
- awareness of personal and cultural attitudes to conflict behavior;
- practical skills to manage and overcome conflicts.
IT’S WATCH O’CLOCK!
Still doubting the learning aspect of a youth exchange for reconciliation in post- and frozen-conflict areas? Clear all clouds through the “Neighbours” by N. Mclaren (1952):