April 15, 2011

Interregional Youth Forum “Team-2011”

The Interregional Youth Forum “Team-2011” will be held on August 8 – 15, 2011 in Vologda Oblast, Russia. The forum is expected to gather about 600 young people from Vologda Oblast, other Russian regions and from abroad.

The educational programme will be divided into several sections, one of which will be “International cooperation”. It is aimed to promote intercultural dialogue, youth cooperation, provide a platform where young people can share their rich experience, give an opportunity to develop international projects and find partners for them. The organizing committee is inviting 30 participants from abroad to the section.

Duration: August 8 – 15, 2011.
Venue: campground, Velikiy Ustyug district, Vologda Oblast, Russia.
Number of participants of the section: 60: 30 – from Russia; 30 – from abroad.
Working languages of the section: Russian and English.
Costs reimbursement: 70% of travel costs are reimbursed for the foreign participants. Food, accommodation (in a campground) and equipment are provided by the organizing committee.

Aim of the section “International cooperation”:
- to encourage young people in Vologda Oblast to be more active and involved in youth cooperation on the international level.

Objectives of the section “International cooperation”:
- to conduct educational activities on such topics as international relations and international cooperation;
- to conduct workshops and practice sessions on project design, social management;
- to provide conditions for the participants from different countries to share their experience in the field of youth policy;
- to provide a platform where the participants can discuss such issues of today’s world as xenophobia, racism, ways of solving them and promoting tolerance;
- to conduct an entertainment programme;
- to give the participants an opportunity to learn more about Russian language, culture and history and its place in the international community;
- to provide efficient communication for those participants, who do not speak Russian.

Educational programme:
1.      Lectures on the theory of international relations (international relations, international communication, globalization, global issues as ecology, interreligious conflicts, terrorism, overpopulation, etc.).
2.      Practical sessions on project development (idea generating, project design).
3.      Activities on Russian culture (Russia and Russian language in today’s world, cultural traditions of Russian people).
4.      Round tables (discussions of youth policy in different countries, youth as a global stakeholder, today’s hot issues).
5.      Intercultural events (presentation of countries, cultures, folk traditions).

Profile of the participants for the “International cooperation” section:
- young leaders who are actively involved in youth work, in social projects in their own countries;
- young people who are willing to develop mutual cooperation with the international community;
- people who have participated in international projects, events or/and organized one in their home countries;
- young people who are interested in learning about Russia, its language, history and culture, understand its role in the global community and wish to foster the international dialogue with this country;
Priority will be given to those young people, who speak both Russian and English. If a person speaks only one of the mentioned languages, he/she should be at least involved in learning the other.

The call for participants is open until May 22, 2011. Potential participants have to fill out an application form and write a motivation letter. In order to find out more about the participation procedure and receive an application form, please contact Kseniya Shorokhova, ir@upinfo.ru.

Contact person:
Kseniya Shorokhova,
International relations specialist
Vologda Oblast “Sodruzhestvo” Youth Center

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