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Exchange project: Have your Say!

Exchange project: Have your Say!
Tata, Magyarkaniza and Alkmaar 2012
 
After two successful exchange projects, a group of young adults from Alkmaar went to Hungary for the second time. This time to see, with our own eyes, the results of previous exchanges, in the town of Tata.
 
Our group of young adults existed of a mix of volunteers, interns and old participants from the organization Kern8, Alkmaar. In the previous summer of last year, a group of young adults traveled from from Tata, Hungary to Alkmaar to participate in the events we prepared for them. We took measurements that they learned the skill of youth care. This through an interactive program. We asked the Hungarian youth to tell us their vision on youth care. Afterwards we showed and told them how youth care was envisioned by us. All of this coincided well with each other.
 
In the last week of August we went to Tata, together with a group of Hungarians and a group from Serbia, to participate in an exchange project on the theme of democracy. This was organized by the Hungarian youth. And we were expected to fill one evening with typical Dutch activities. During the next week, we learned much about he differences between the three participating countries. For example that they still teach class from churches in Serbia and in Hungary this is more so accommodated by the municipality.

We were, for example, participating in an activity in groups, in which we were presented with a number of civil-youth rights on paper, and were ordered to sort these by most important to least important. After that we had a global discussion about each of the groups and the choices they made. In the town hall we were presented with the opportunity to have a friendly chat with the mayor, after his speech.

The parliament building in Budapest was also among the list of buildings we had the opportunity to visit.It's in here that we learned a great deal about the parliament in Hungary, for example that they have 386 seats and a president.

During all of the discussions, we noticed that the other groups found greater difficulty in speaking the English language.This caused a lot of back-and-forth translating from English to Hungarian. Luckily the participants from Serbia spoke Hungarian, for they belong to the Hungarian minority living in Serbia.
 
All in all, it was a special and educative week for us. There were many opportunities to teach them about the Dutch country and for us to learn about the cultural differences between the 3 participating countries.

We will stay in touch with each other and who knows, we might organize a new exchange for next year, this time with the participants from Serbia.

Exchange project: Have your Say!
Exchange project: Have your Say!
Exchange project: Have your Say!
Exchange project: Have your Say!
Exchange project: Have your Say!
Exchange project: Have your Say!
Exchange project: Have your Say!
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