Educated, Competent, Open-minded

International Youth Exchange

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When? Where? With whom?

Dates: July, 28nd – August, 6th, 2017

Location: Sumy region, Okhtyrka area, Ukraine

Who: youth (15-19 y.o.) from Germany, Poland, Georgia and Ukraine: 8 young people + 2 group leaders representing each partner organization.

Project idea

By this project we would like to stress that responsibility for the ecological situation concerns with every individual person, but only acting together we can save our planet. During the project we would like to discover how individual influences on the environment and how to minimise our harmful behaviour. Also we would like to learn about the activities young people can do together to promote responsible eco-friendly behaviour at their communities. The project involves young people with fewer opportunities, especially those with economical or social difficulties, educational difficulties, cultural minorities, refugees and internally displaced people.

Aims and objectives

  • to promote responsible and eco-friendly behavior among young people;
  • to promote active citizenship and to foster young people’s sense of European citizenship;
  • to promote inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities;
  • to promote diversity, intercultural dialogue, tolerance between young people from different countries;
  • to promote sense of initiative of young people through working on the global issues;
  • to promote international cooperation between youth organisations in the sphere of non-formal education of young people.
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This is the draft of the programme, but it’s flexible and everyone can contribute. The programme of the youth exchange will be facilitated by all the project team, group leaders and participants. It is expected active participation from everyone to make this youth exchange a great experience!


  • young people of 15-19 y. o. with fewer opportunities;
  • 8 young people + 2 group leaders representing each partner organization;
  • coming from Germany, Georgia, Poland and Ukraine;
  • personally interested in the topic of environmental protection;
  • motivated to take active part in the project;
  • motivated to share the experience gained during the project in their communities and use the obtained knowledge on practice.

If you are interested to join the project, please contact the partner organisation from your country (the contacts are provided below) or write to the project coordinator on


The project is supported by Erasmus+ programme of European Union.
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Accommodation: the participants will be lodged in rooms for 3 people in the bungalow park “Slavna” (Sumy region, Okhtyrka area).

Food: you will have three meals and two coffee-breaks a day. Please, inform about your food habits and needs (fast, vegetarian, vegan etc).

Working language: English.

Internet Access: free wifi is available at the venue.

Plugs: the type of the plugs in Ukraine is European. Make sure that you have adapters for your electrical devises.

What to bring with you:

  • “Standard youth exchange equipment”: an alarm clock, any dictionaries you might require, music, musical instruments, comfortable clothes, personal first aid kit, insect repellent, swimming suite etc;
  • To present your country during intercultural night: food, souvenirs and other materials you'll find useful.
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  • Make research about environmental situation and good practices in your country;
  • Prepare interactive activities to present your country during intercultural night;
  • Each country group will be responsible to facilitate two of the programme days. Detailed information is provided to your group leaders.

Crossing the border and identification in Ukraine

Participants from all participating countries do not need visa to Ukraine. Please, do not forget your international passports!

While crossing the border you might be asked to provide information about the hosting organization:

Center for Euronitiatives

22 Naberezhna r. Strilky Street

40009, Sumy, Ukraine

+38 (0542) 79-86-68

Participants from Ukraine: bring your national IDs (national passport, driver license or student ID card).

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Travel arrangements

The day of arrival to Ukraine: 28 July 2017

The day of departure: 6 August 2017

How to get to Ukraine:

The closest airport to the venue is Kharkiv (HRK). But there are not many flights, so it may be more convenient for you to fly from Kyiv: Boryspil (KBP) or Zhulyany (IEV).

We will organize your trip from the airport to the venue:

1) If you fly to Kharkiv: the trip will take around 2-3 hours (250 UAH ~ 9 EUR, one way);

2) If you fly to Kyiv: the trip will take around 6-7 hours (300 UAH ~ 11 EUR, one way).

Ukrainian participants, please plan your trip to Sumy. The trip from the venue to Sumy is around 2 hours (180 UAH ~ 7 EUR, one way).

Group leaders: before buying any tickets for your groups, please contact Larisa Kondratenko ( and provide her information about your group travel plans (means, place of arrival, timing, prices). She will consult you about the best travel solutions and will help you to arrange your trip to the venue.

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Travel costs

The organizers will reimburse 100% of participants' travel costs from your home city to the venue within the limits defined by Erasmus+ program.

Maximum amounts to be reimbursed (EUR):

Georgia - 275

Poland - 275

Germany - 275

Ukrainians will not be reimbursed, so the estimated travel costs should be considered as participants own input.

Reimbursement of the travel costs will only be done after submitting all original tickets, receipt/invoices, boarding passes and later sending of the return documents and boarding passes. Save the boarding passes from your airport check in as well. Please, be aware that in case you loose any invoices or tickets we will not be able to reimburse the cost. Reimbursement will be done in EURO, regardless of the currency indicated on your ticket and receipt/invoice according to the official currency exchange rate of European Commission.

! Note: in case of higher travel cost, you will need to cover excess yourself.

Important: the reimbursement of travel costs for participants will be done via bank transfer to the bank account provided, upon presentation of all required original travel documents.

Group leaders: you are welcome to consult with us before purchasing the tickets for your group. Please make the copies (better scan or photo) of all the tickets and invoices before your arrival to the youth exchange. Email those to Larisa Kondratenko (

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Health insurance

The health insurance is not provided and will not be reimbursed by the organizers. All participants are strongly advised to purchase private travel insurance, as the costs of private health care in Ukraine are high.

Currency in Ukraine

The national currency in Ukraine is Ukrainian Hryvnia. Euros and US dollars can easily be exchanged across Ukraine.


In the middle of summer in Sumy region is usually quite hot and sunny weather. Average temperature on the dates of the youth exchange will be around 25-30 degree Celsius.

Please check the weather forecast before coming and make sure that you have an appropriate cloth.

Hosting place

Youth exchange will be conducted in the resort in Sumy region situated near Okhtyrka town. Within the programme it’s planned to have trips to Sumy and Okhtyrka.
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Sumy is in north Ukraine is situated between Kharkov and Kiev, the country’s two biggest cities. With a population of around 300,000 the city hosts its own cultural life, has several universities and is the economic centre of the Ukrainian Province called Sumy Region. Founded in 1655 Sumy is 361 years old, and combines great history with modern life. The central street, Soborna, after reconstruction in 2001, is an exact copy of the street's image at the beginning of the twentieth century, and the centre of Sumy is dominated by three big cathedrals. Outside of the small old town the city consists of large apartment buildings built in soviet times. The city is very green, lies on both sides of the Psol River, and is surrounded by lakes and forests. A city of beautiful churches and historical sights, Sumy also has a wide choice of the restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs.


Okhtyrka or Akhtyrka is a city located in Sumy region of Ukraine. It is an important cultural, historical, and spiritual center of the country. The city is standing on the left bank of the Vorskla River. Population - 49,000 (2012). This district is the major producer of Ukrainian oil. Light woolen stuffs and domestic industries production, food-processing (corn, cattle and fruit) are among the other local industries. Also, there is a brewery of Obolon CJSC in the city. The settlement was founded by Poles in 1641. In the period from the 17th to the 18th century, it was one of the centers of Sloboda Ukraine, being almost as powerful as Kharkov itself. Okhtyrka was the place where the first Ukrainian tobacco manufacture was built in 1718. In 1781, the town received its coat of arms from the Russian ruler Catherine II.


Hello. Доброго дня. (DO-bro-ho dnia')

Hi. Привіт. (prih-VEET) [informal] Вітаю. (vee-TAH-yoo) [formal]

How are you? Як справи? (yak SPRA-vy?) / Як ty? (yak ty?)

Fine, thank you. Добре, дякую. (DOH-breh, DYAH-koo-yoo)

Please. Будь ласка (bood' LAH-skah)

Thank you. Дякую. (DYAH-koo-yoo)

Yes. Так. (tahk)

No. Ні. (nee)

Do you speak English? Ви розмовляєте англійською? (vih roz-mow-LA-yeh-teh an-HLEE-skoh-yoo?)


Anna Kovbasyuk – coordinator of the project from hosting organization Center for Euroinitiatives,

Manuela Demel – coordinator of the project from applicant organization pewobe g GmbH,

Larisa Kondratenko – logistic support of the project from hosting organization Center for Euroinitiatives,

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