City Bound was launched thanks to the idea of FFA (Fahrten Ferne Abenteue), a non-profit organisation from Germany, which with youth organisations from other European countries founded the City Bound European network. The Association of Educational Programmes Open Europe from Reus (Spain) is a founding member of this network; it coordinates the activities carried out in Spain and prepares groups of young people and youth workers to participate in training courses and exchanges abroad.
The network City Bound was created with the ultimate objective to promote youth and youth workers’ exchanges across Europe for young people to discover, outside their usual environment, new methods of guidance while learning to work in team and interact with young people from different cultures.
To carry out project activities, City Bound provides a training course for those youth leaders who want to participate in intercultural exchanges. During the trainings of trainers held in Berlin in one of the FFA’s venues, youth workers learn to work as a team, study group dynamics, design activities to develop with young people, test their leadership skills and get to know other European cultures. For trainers of youth workers, City Bound organises trainers’ trainings focusing on educational approaches and methodology and specific activities aimed at transfer of knowledge and building of leadership skills.
These trainings are designed to facilitate the “star” activity of the project: youth exchanges. During these exchanges, teenagers aged 13 to 17 have the opportunity to spend a week in different European cities, which are partners of the City Bound network, such as Prague, Rome, Berlin, Reus, Leeds, Krakow or Athens acquiring new knowledge, skills, and values while discovering a new cultural environment.
Through these trainings and exchanges, young people, youth leaders, and youth workers have the opportunity to learn new cultures and knowledge, developing skills they can use in their professional future.
Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Open Europe