Call for Applications

Youth Peace Camp 2016 – (10-18 July 2016) European Youth Centre, Strasbourg, France

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Application Deadline: April 20th 2016

The Youth Peace Camps were initiated by the Council of Europe in 2003, in cooperation with
Europa Park in Rust, Germany, to bring together young people from conflict regions and to
support them in initiating dialogue and cooperation.

The Youth Peace Camp engages young people and youth organisations from conflict
affected regions in dialogue and conflict transformation activities based on human rights
education and intercultural learning during and after the camp.
In the past years the peace camp project brought together young people from the Middle
East, Southeast and Eastern Europe. During the camp the participants followed an
experiential learning process and acquired competences in the fields of intercultural learning,
dialogue and conflict transformation, within a human rights framework.

 

Participants’ Profile
The 2016 Youth Peace Camp will bring together young people from the following conflict
affected communities :
– Kosovo*, participants coming from Albanian, Serbian and other backgrounds
– Ukraine, especially from border regions and from Luhansk and Donetsk
– The Russian Federation, especially young people directly affected by conflicts in
Georgia and Ukraine
– South Caucasus, in particular from border regions and ethnic minorities.

All participants must:

  •  be aged between 18 and 25 years;
  • be able to work in English;
  • be available and fully committed to take part in the Youth Peace Camp;
  • be curious, open-minded, appreciate diversity and learn about each other’s realities.
  •  be motivated to learn and to apply the values and approaches of the Youth Peace
    Camp, notably human rights, democracy and intercultural dialogue;
  • be involved in youth or community projects in their community and be motivated to implement youth initiatives for peace-building following the residential meeting;
  • possess a sense of responsibility for one’s own actions, a commitment to personal and community development and continue the engagement with other participants;
  • preferably be involved in an organisation or network, institution, formal and/or informal group that is ready to support them throughout the project duration and afterwards when implementing youth initiatives for peace building.

A specific priority will be given to applicants who are or have been displaced as a result of
armed conflict (refugees, internally displaced people, migrants, asylum-seekers…).
There will be a facilitator affiliated to each of the communities listed above. The group of
participants should be balanced in relation to sex and reflect the diversity of their
communities. The total number of participants and facilitators expected will be 58.

Benefits

Financial and practical conditions of participation

  • Travel expenses
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed upon presentation of the relevant receipts, according to
    the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire Youth Peace
    Camp may be reimbursed. The payment will be made either by bank transfer after the
    meeting, or at the end of the meeting in cash (in Euros).
  • Visa expenses
    The Council of Europe will issue invitation letter for the purpose of gaining visa’s to all
    participants. Costs related to the acquiring a visa, after being approved by the Council of
    Europe, will be reimbursed upon presentation of the relevant receipts.
  • Accommodation
    Board and lodging at the seminar will be provided and paid for by the Council of Europe at
    the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg.

Application procedure and selection of participants

  • All candidates must apply on-line, completing the application form under this link:
    http://youthapplications.coe.int/ .
  • Applications must be submitted by 20 April 2016. A letter of support from their sending
    organisation or institution can be uploaded on the platform or sent separately by e-mail, fax
    or post, to express support offered throughout the project to the participant and his/her
    initiatives.
  • Participants who are member of an informal network or youth group can supply a
    letter of support from their fellow members in the informal network or group expressing their
    support for the participants’ application.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Youth Peace Camp 2016

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