HEALTHY LIFE=HAPPY LIFE
6 participants of our organization were participating in the project in Lithuania. The aim of the project „Healthy life = Happy Life“ to encourage 46 young people from 7 countries to change the way of life to a healthier and more active by using non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue during the international meeting (project) on April 23rd – 30th 2015 in Lithuania.
Partner countries – Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Malta, Italy, Turkey. The project involved 5 participants and one leader from each country. The main activity of the project was a youth exchange.
The project was seeking to:
1) inform about the benefits and basic principles, mistakes of healthy nutrition, the influence of society, impact and benefits of physical movement, stress management, addictions and the damage on health;
2) share best practices and teach to adapt it to youngsters surroundings;
3) interest the participants in a variety of activities, show the diversity of sports and help to find a favorite sport activity, a form of movement, to interest in relaxation without techniques without alcohol, tobacco and other addictions;
4) develop their competencies – linguistic skills, communication in intercultural surroundings, teamwork, problem solving skills, promote creativity;
5) enhance intercultural collaboration, promote tolerance of different opinions, attitudes, perceptions, nationalities;
6) establish a strong and long-term international relationships as a basis for further cooperation.
All together participants exposed the approach of each partner countries’ to human health, physical activity, were trying to understand the value of health and strengthening of health, gained knowledge about healthy lifestyle and developed the skills of healthy lifestyle.
All participants were actively involved in education during these activities: they were discussing, analyzing, creating, trying practically, presenting, providing suggestions, listening to others, involving the society, and making the (self-) assessment. Working in groups teached them to deal with interpersonal relationships, to understand decision-making process, to share the work and responsibilities. A variety of methods were used during the project – representation, presentation of good practices, discussions, simulations, meetings with guests and workshops, animation games, „mind storm” and a variety of other non-formal learning methods. Youngsters have received an extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of a healthy lifestyle, a balanced nutrition, mistakes, advertising impact on our way of life and physical activity and the benefits, how to deal with the stress in healthy ways. During the project, participants were engaged in health and sports activities that promoted physical activity, a balanced nutrition health maintenance and relaxation. The participants of the project have also improved their social skills and became familiar with other countries’ history, culture, traditions, language and the dominant approach to a healthy lifestyle, unfolded each partner country’s identity and characteristic national characteristics. It provided a platform for intercultural communication and understanding, breaking stereotypes and promoting tolerance. This reduced the social barrier that disrupts the productive collaboration. The participants of the project have had a common goal – to inform the society of a healthy lifestyle principles and to seek to improve the quality of life for themselves and people they are surrounded of.
The gained contacts will give an opportunity for participating organizations to cooperate and create future plans to involve more young people to future projects. Communication and co-operation is continuing after the main project activities, so a strong and lasting relationship will be ensured; the participants are interacting to each other in groups created by virtual instruments, the youth from other countries are able to see this information and communicate by suggesting their ideas.
The interest in these topics and the active communication with different people have encouraged the dialogue among the youth. The contacts with other youth organizations will form a strong ground for opportunities to cooperate, learn and share experiences.