INFO-PACK

GeNquality (GenQ) Youth Exchange

GeNquality (GenQ) Youth Exchange Romania 12-22 March 2020

The GeNquality (GenQ) project of D.G.T. aims to raise awareness about gender inequality and gender discrimination for an equal society where any individual, despite gender or sexual orientation is included. Through this project, D.G.T. and the team that developed, wrote and, if approved, responsible for the implementation wants to address the need for acceptance and tolerance amongst youth encouraging initiative for equal opportunities, non-discrimination and social inclusion. The project aims to include participants aged 18-30 from Denmark, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain that have been facing difficulties in the society based on their gender or appurtenance to the LGBTI+ community and had been victims of discrimination or social bullying or had been excluded from society, educational system and family.

Organizer

Founded in March, 18th, 2011, D.G.T.’s mission focuses on national and international networking among young people, students, trainers and teachers of different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds. It tackles topics such as intercultural exchange, non-formal education, ecology, climate change, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, creativity, human rights, European citizenship, international politics (geopolitics), new media, communication. All these are added to facilitate the accumulation of experience by young people, through voluntary activities, allowing them to put into practice the theory learned in school. Thanks to the fact that our mission focuses on networking, we’ve created Do Great Things Network as an informal net of people, NGO’s, associations, organisations and institutions all over the world.

 GeNquality (GenQ) Youth Exchange

Thursday, March 12th 2020 at 10am to Sunday, March 22nd 2020 at 10am

Strada Podgoriei

Boldești-Scăeni, PH

Name of the project: GenQuality

- Type: KA 1 - Youth Exchange with Programme Countries Erasmus+

- Partners from Programme countries

- 6 participants + 1 leader from each partner.

- No. of total participants and leaders: 45 (of which 3 facilitators)

- Recommended age is 18-25, but legal age under Erasmus+ is 18-30 (one leader with no age limit)

- Dates of Implementation: 12-22 March 2020

- The project will be implemented in: Boldești-Scăeni, Prahova County, South of Romania

Venue: Casa Seciu Touristic Complex

The venue of the Y.E. is “Casa Seciu” Touristic Complex in Boldești-Scăeni a city in south of Romania 92 kilometers from Bucharest. Participants will be accommodated in rooms with 1 or 2 other participants according to their gender ensuring multiculturalism and cultural exchange.


Adress: Str. Podgoriei, Boldești-Scăeni 105300

For more information you can accces the official website of Casa Seciu:

http://www.casaseciu.ro/

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Participants

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Participants of GenQ are youngsters from Denmark, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain aged 18-30.The activities of the project are accessible to every participant as nonformal learning methods are used. The project is regarding the issues of gender discrimination and gender inequality participants being highly involved in activities that require imagination and creativity and are encouraged and stimulated to transform their ideas into actions. Selected participants are expected to participate in all the activities of the GenQ Youth Exchange.
Eligible youngsters for the participation in GenQ activities are:
- aged 18-30;
- residents of Denmark/Italy/Poland/Portugal/Romania/Spain;
- interested in the topic of the project;
- are available to travel to Romania and participate in all the activities of the GenQ Youth Exchange;
- are keen to be involved in the activities of all the phases of the project;
- are interested in other cultures and nationalities;
- are open minded and curious;
- want to acquire and develop new skills, attitudes and behaviours;
- are interested in nonformal learning methods;
- have at last beginners’ level in English as all communication is carried outh in English;
- are part of vulnerable groups (women and the LGBTI+ community);

- are facing social, economic or geographical obstacles.


Working language of this youth exchange is English.

Your English doesn’t need to be perfect, neither is ours ! Better a little English then no any language communication at all.

It’s important to respect and understand each other !


Each team leader is required to be aged 18 with no upper age limit.

Documents to enter Romania

Do NOT forget your necessary documents to enter Romania!


The citizens of Denmark, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain can enter Romania with only their valid ID Card (National Card) as the countries are part of the European Union. BUT it's the responsibility of each participant to check, recheck and double check its own travel condition(s) to Romania, from the starting departure point all the way to the final arrival destination!

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Financial conditions

Accommodation and food: 100% covered by Erasmus + Program

Travel costs are budgeted according Erasmus + conditions (using the EU distance calculator)

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/distance-calculator_en. The following amounts are per participant.


Important!

No tickets are allowed to be bought before confirming it with organizers.


Please use the cheapest possible means of transportation - second class. If you will use train and/or the bus as well, please use the second class, this is very important.


Keep all your boarding passes and travelling tickets otherwise we will not be able to make any reimbursement!

Only public transportation will be reimbursed (e. g.: taxi at your own expense).

Denmark

For Denmark the reimbursment limit for transportation is:
275 €.

Italy

For Italy the reimbursment limit for transportation is:

275 €.

Poland

For Poland the reimbursment limit for transportation is:
275 €

Portugal

For Portugal the reimbursment limit for transportation is:
360 €.

Spain

For Spain the reimbursment limit for transportation is:
360 €

Travel tips and meeting info

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The participants are allowed to arrive to Bucharest one or two days earlier (or one day earlier and leave one day later) or one or two days later, but the pick up date will be 12th of March and the drop off date 22nd of March 2020.

However, before booking the tickets the participants must check the itinerary with us, and in case they will find more affordable tickets on a specific day we may decide if we are to make an exception to the 2 day rule, as our National Agency is strict with this aspect.


Make sure you have a valid (not expired) ID card or a valid Passport. Also, make sure to have your European Health Card or health insurance for the time span of your stay in Romania. Although the insurance cost will not be covered by the project grant, we strongly recommend you to get insured for your travel to Romania. It should cost around 8-15 EUR per person for 10 days, with most of the well known insuring companies.

Pack in your hand luggage some “back-up” clothes and underwear in case your suitcase gets lost in the airport. This is not something that usually happens at Henri Coanda International Airport, but rather something that we have learnt about from other similar projects both nationally and internationally :)


Please use the cheapest possible means of transportation - second class. If you will use train and/or the bus as well, please use the second class, this is very important.


Keep all your boarding passes and travelling tickets otherwise we will not be able to make any reimbursement!

Only public transportation will be reimbursed (e. g.: taxi at your own expense).


When you arrive at Henri Coanda International Airport:

If you arrive by plane, you should take:

- either the 783 airport public bus that will take you directly to Piata Unirii station - the last stop, in the center of Bucharest. Here you can see more info about trip schedule and stops: TO PIATA UNIRII (city center) http://stbsa.ro/pdf_statii/783/783_50.pdf and TO HENRI COANDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT http://stbsa.ro/pdf_statii/783/783_0.pdf

- or 780 airport public bus which will take you to the main train station in Bucharest, which is Gara de Nord. It is the second to last bus stop, so don't forget to get off there. Here you can see more info about trip schedule and stops: To GARA DE NORD http://stbsa.ro/pdf_statii/780/780_50.pdf and TO HENRI COANDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT http://stbsa.ro/pdf_statii/780/780_0.pdf


You can purchase tickets from the kiosk near the bus stop, which is to the right hand side as you come out of the airport.

The name of the public bus company is STB (or RATB which was the old name which that may still be not updated on the panels of some kiosks or even on the buses).


If you will decide to travel by train or bus you will arrive at main (bus/train) station and will be picked up by our volunteers.

This is not settled yet, but most likely the departure to the project venue, from Bucharest, will be from main train station, Gara de Nord, where we will arrange a bus for the participants. More info on this will follow later.


If you come earlier/leave later and would like to visit Bucharest, there are quite many cheap hostels around the Old Town or nearby. The price range should be 8 to 15 euros, which is also the price range for a proper meal at an average restaurant in the area.


Important!


Romania is not part of the Euro Zone and our currency is the Leu (RON). You can exchange money in exchange offices, banks and kiosks.

You can buy a bus ticket to the city center with cred it or debit card from the Henri Coandă International Airport. One-way ticket with the Express 783 bus for city centre costs 3,5 RON. In Bucharest you can use your credit and debit cards (VISA, Maestro, MasterCard etc.) almost everywhere.

Reimbursement

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For the reimbursement you need:

- An invoice for the tickets

- Non-online purchases: a receipt (showing that you have paid the money) – only for train and bus tickets

- Document showing that the money was paid (receipt, bank confirmation etc.)

For the airplane tickets:

- Flight ticket (with the name of the passenger and flight details)

- All boarding passes

- Confirmation of reservation

Please, make sure that you have all these documents when you come to the seminar (of course, the return boarding passes might be sent after the Youth Exchange).


Please DO NOT lose your boarding passes, train tickets and/or bus tickets. We will not be able to make the reimbursement anymore, if you lose them.


We encourage you to find flights which allow online check-in and also we recommend you to use the mobile check-in (when possible), as this way you can save a copy of your boarding passes easily and thus you can even make a print screen of the document and store it in a safe folder on your phone/cloud etc.


Reimbursement will be done by bank transfer ONLY in the account of your sending organization, according to the rules of Erasmus+ and our National Agency.

What to bring?

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Comfortable/casual clothing

Make sure to bring comfortable clothes. During March the weather in Romania will generally be chilly, though at night it can get a little bit cold. You will need some cosy clothes but also something to keep you warm in case the temperature gets lower than expected. The average temperature in the south of Romania in March is usually 10 degrees Celsius during the day time and can get to 0 degrees Celsius at night.

For bathrooms there will be towels available, but you may bring your personal ones for extra care. Also, don't forget the bring slippers for shower and personal hygiene and cosmetic products.


Laptops

We encourage you to bring laptops as we will need several ones to work on the final outcome of the Youth Exchange.


Don't forget at home your good mood, possitivity and open mind!

What to prepare?

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Future participants are expected to make a little bit of research, prior to their arrival, on their local community, to look into the gender equality, acceptance and recognition of LGBTI+ community’s human rights facts that are specific to their countries. These will be delivered by the participants in a presentation, by national group at the beginning of the activities.


For this you may use 1-2 news/research articles or national reports form your country about gender equality and LGBTI+ issues. Please make a short summary also in English. We will be using this information in debates on how is your country recognizing human rights and the LGTBI+ community, positive and negative aspects regarding that, future predictions etc.


Presentation of your organisation:

Please be prepared to present your sending organisation during the meeting.

Bring some informational materials about your organisation and other things which will help you in your presentation for the other participants.

General Schedule


We will send you the detailed DAILY PROGRAMME with couple of weeks before the start of the Mobility! Until then we will keep in touch on Email and Facebook Group.

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Cultural evening

During the cultural evening you will have the pleasure in your national team to promote traditional food, drinks, music, flags, games, dance in a creative way (please try to do it without using power points). It should not be expensive, but something specific to your country and which would allow you to give us an idea about your culture.

We recommend you to bring something that doesn't require long time preparation, that doesn't get spoiled quickly or never and that can be easily presented on the spot, anywhere at any time, in any conditions.


Remember: You can bring typical costumes, ornaments, leaflets, posters, flyers, food, sweets, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks… and so on !

Also, you can show videos, photos, sing music, present national legends and dance traditional dances from your countries! We are counting on you to make the evening as interesting as possible and promise to help you in any way that we can!

Unfortunately we don’t have budget to reimburse you the expenses made for the things that you are bringing, but try to be creative and funny !


We hardly wait for your national delicious food and drinks!

Youthpass

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Please don’t forget to tell us before coming here if you want to receive a YOUTHPASS Certificate.

More about the Youthpass Certificate you can find at: https://www.youthpass.eu/en/

Facebook group

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We will create a Facebook Group with all the participants and all the organisation team.

With the help of this Facebook Group we will be able to communicate faster and better with you, before coming to Romania for our project. So this is why is very important for you to share with us your Facebook account so that we can add you on the Facebook Group.

We will let you know when the time is right about the name and address of this Facebook Group.

Application form

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If you think this opportunity is for you, please click the link below, fill in the application form and press submit.


The deadline for application is 27th of December!


https://forms.app/madalinatifrea/applicationGeNqualityYE/


We can`t wait to meet you in Romania in GenQ Youth Exchange!!!

Contact Us

For more information please contact the project coordinator, Madalina Tifrea by email: madalinatif@gmail.com


Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DoGreatThingsNetwork/

Checklist

Please read again this entire Info-Pack and recheck everything once more, just to be sure that everything is clearly understood.