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🇮🇹 "Culture on the Menù: Flavors of Unity!" / 10-18.04.2024 - Marina Di Davoli (CZ), Calabria, Italy


YE "Culture on the menu: Flavors of Unity!"

📆 10-18.04.2024

📍 Marina Di Davoli (CZ), Calabria, Italy

🔎 Main Objectives:

The project aims to foster cultural appreciation and understanding among young people through culinary experiences, highlighting the richness of diverse traditions while promoting sustainability, inclusivity, and cross-cultural collaboration.

👥 6 Participants (18-28yo) + 1GL (18+)

🇪🇺 Partner Countries: Italy, Turkiye, N. Macedonia, Greece, Spain, Lithuania.

✈️ Travel reimbursement max 275€ (Check the info pack)

💶 Food and accommodation 100% covered by the hosting organization

📧 Deadline for selection: 5th of March 2024

ℹ️ Application form: https://bit.ly/3w2Z9HF


📩 Please note that only selected participants will receive official communication regarding their selection for the youth exchange. 🌟 Each Partner organisation may use as well another form for the selection and apply their organisational policies 👁️ Keep an eye on your inbox for this exciting news about joining us on this adventure in Italy! 🇮🇹


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ℹ️ "Culture on the Menù: Flavors of Unity!" Project Information Pack


Welcome to "Culture on the Menu: Flavors of Unity!" This info pack is your ultimate resource for all details regarding the upcoming Youth Exchange in Marina Di Davoli (CZ), Calabria, Italy between the 10-18th of April 2024. In the following sections, you can explore the project's goals, accommodation, travel details, and other important information to guarantee you're ready before applying for this project hosted by us, Arte Diem Calabria.


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Project Overview

The "Culture on the Menu: Flavors of Unity!" project invites 36 young participants and 6 leaders from Italy, Turkiye, N. Macedonia, Greece, Spain, and Lithuania, to explore cultural diversity through the universal language of food. This initiative aims to bridge cultural gaps and foster understanding among diverse backgrounds. Participants will engage in cultural culinary workshops, sharing their national dishes and stories, thus promoting intercultural exchange. Podcast storytelling sessions will connect food with personal narratives, highlighting the emotional and historical significance of cuisines. The creation of a digital cookbook will further emphasize the shared aspects of food across cultures, showcasing the power of food in bringing people together. Workshops on sustainability and food waste will equip participants with knowledge of eco-friendly practices, while cultural evenings and city hunts will provide immersive experiences in local traditions. Supported by experienced facilitators from Italy, the project aims to empower the participants through the Erasmus+ program and YouthPass certification, encouraging the spread of tolerance, diversity, and sustainability.


Working Methods

"The Culture on the Menù: Flavors of Unity!" is based on non-formal education methods to enrich participants' understanding of diverse cultures through culinary arts. 🍴🌍 Interactive workshops and presentations facilitate active engagement and peer learning, emphasizing the exchange of experiences and knowledge in a supportive atmosphere. 🤝📘 Participants will explore culinary diversity, enhance digital storytelling skills, and participate in reflective activities for personal development. 📲💡 Evening sessions offer relaxed opportunities for cultural exchange, deepening connections and fostering an inclusive community spirit. 🌙🎉"


Participant Profile

Diverse Participation: 🌍 44 participants from Italy, North Macedonia, Greece, Spain, Turkiye, and Lithuania (6 participants + 1 group leader per country) + 2 facilitators.

Inclusive Mix: 🤝 The exchange welcomes students, young activists, NEETs, and at least 3 individuals facing geographical, economic challenges, cultural differences and/or social barriers.

Age Range & Interests: Participants aged 18-28 with a keen interest in improving digital skills, creativity, arts and culture. 🌱🌐

Group Leadership: Each team is led by an experienced youth worker, with no age limit for group leaders.

Language: The working language is English. Don't worry about perfect fluency; understanding and being understood is what counts! 🗣️🇬🇧

Commitment to Engagement: Participants are expected to be actively involved in follow-up and dissemination activities post-exchange. This involvement is crucial for sharing experiences and knowledge gained, and for furthering the project's impact. 📢🤝

 

The Location & Travel Arrangements 🏖️✈️


Accommodation 🏨

The project's venue is “Hotel Rivabella” (https://www.hotelrivabelladavoli.it/), located in Marina Di Davoli (Catanzaro) right in front of the beach. 

The rooms will be internationally mixed and will host around 3-4 people (It depends on the availability of the hotel).

Food will be served in loco and it will consist of 3 meals (Italian Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and coffee breaks which will be managed by the hosting organisation.


How to reach the venue 📍


Project Location / Destination (Hotel Rivabella): 🗺️

Via Ada Negri 16, Marina di Davoli - 88060 Davoli (CZ)


BEST WAY - The easiest way to reach the project venue is by flying into Lamezia Terme Airport and then taking the "FEDERICO" bus line, which departs directly from Lamezia Terme Airport (LAMEZIA TERME AEROPORTO) to "DAVOLI", as indicated at this link: Autolinee Federico. You should get off at Davoli - Stop "Bar Paola". This bus stop is approximately a 10-minute walk from Hotel Rivabella.


OPTION 2 - It's also possible to take the same "FEDERICO" bus line from Lamezia Terme Train Station (LAMEZIA TERME FS) if you have flown into a different Airport (For example, Naples or Bari Airport). In that case, you can get to Lamezia Terme Train Station in several ways:

FLIXBUS :https://www.flixbus.it/ FEDERICO: https://www.autolineefederico.it/ (National Routes)

🚆Train

Once you have arrived at Lamezia Terme Train Station, you can catch the "FEDERICO BUS" to "DAVOLI". The full schedule of FEDERICO BUS can be checked here*: https://www.autolineefederico.it/orari-regionali/ *Please note that this link directs to "Orari Regionali" (the schedule for Regional Routes), which is the schedule you need when you are already in Calabria.

If you want to stay more in Calabria you can travel for a maximum of 2 days before and 2 after the project, in this case, you need to cover your accommodation and expenses*

*This applies if there are no easier, safer and cheaper options to reach the venue.


IMPORTANT

Prepare your travel plan considering your outbound flight must arrive at Lamezia Airport by 6.00 PM, while the return flight must depart from Lamezia Airport no earlier than 11.15 AM. If there are no similar options, we are gonna find a solution together.

This scheduling provides sufficient time to travel from the hotel to the airport using public transportation. We are gonna collect all your arrival and departure info in advance and prepare the best plan, which will fit all the group.

YOUR TRAVEL PLAN MUST BE AGREED UPON WITH THE HOSTING ORGANIZATION, OTHERWISE, THE REFUND WILL NOT BE ADMISSIBLE

YOU HAVE TO PICK THE MOST ECONOMIC WAY TO REACH THE PROJECT LOCATION. 

Please note that only public transport is subject to reimbursement. If you travel by airplane use only economy class, taxi is not covered.

YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO LEAVE PROJECT ONE DAY EARLY TO CATCH YOUR FLIGHT OR BUS. PLEASE BUY YOUR TICKETS ACCORDING TO THE PROJECT’S DATE.

 

Reimbursement & Travel Guidelines


What are the dates and what does the reimbursement cover?


The arrival date is the 10th of April 2024

The departure date is the 18th of April 2024


You need to collect and keep all your physical and digital tickets. You will receive the reimbursement for all the routes related to reaching the venue of the project and going back home (not for tourist purposes). Having proof of travel (boarding passes, tickets,...) and of cost (invoices and receipts) is a requirement to get the reimbursement according to Erasmus+ rules.


The reimbursement process usually takes 60 days by the end of the project but depends even on participants or national agency duties.

Another requirement for reimbursement is to take part actively in the DISSEMINATION of the results and the FOLLOW-UP activities.


TRAVEL AGENCY COSTS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED ACCORDING TO ERASMUS+ RULES.

ONLY PRIORITY OPTIONS AVAILABLE WITH AIRLINE COMPANIES, WHICH ALLOW FOR ONBOARD LUGGAGE AND A PERSONAL ITEM, WILL BE REIMBURSED AS PART OF YOUR TRAVEL COSTS. 


PLEASE NOTE THAT LARGER LUGGAGE, SUCH AS CHECKED BAGS, WILL NOT BE COVERED FOR TRAVEL LOGISTICAL REASONS. HOWEVER, WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE LUGGAGE ON BOARD WILL BE SUFFICIENT FOR THE DURATION OF THE PROJECT. 


WE APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION IN ENSURING A SMOOTH AND EFFICIENT REIMBURSEMENT PROCESS. 


Budget and Documentation

Country

Travel Budget* (max/person)

Italy

0€

Spain

275€

North Macedonia

275€

Lithuania

275€

Greece

275€

Turkiye

275€

The cost given is a limit in total PER PERSON, for both ways.

TRAVEL WILL BE REIMBURSED ACCORDING TO THE REAL COST YOU SPENT, up to the amount given above per country (See the table above), but not more than that (which means that if you spend less, you will be reimbursed the money you spent or if you spend more, you will get up to limit)

EVERYTHING THAT WILL BE MORE THAN THE LIMIT WILL BE YOUR OWN COST.


Contribution*

Participation in this Youth Exchange foresees a contribution of 20€ which will cover the organisation of a trip to Tropea and Pizzo, an opportunity to discover the beauties of Calabria. This extra activity will be arranged according to the activity schedule and weather conditions. This 20€ contribution will be deduced from the total personal travel expenses or collected in loco only in case this activity is organised.



Good Reasons to Travel Light

Quick and Efficient: Avoid the wait for baggage check-ins and collections, helping you catch flights and trains on time. 🛄⏱️

Easy Movement: Navigate new cities with ease and less baggage to carry. 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️🧳

Minimize Loss Risk: Keep all belongings with you, reducing the chance of losing them during transit. 🔒🎒

Budget and Eco-friendly: Lighter travel often aligns with more sustainable and cost-effective transport options like budget airlines. 💚💰✈️


Where to book your tickets?

You can check the following links for cheap flights:

You can use Flight Search Engines as https://www.skyscanner.net/ to find your route, but we highly suggest finally booking your tickets directly from the Airline Company to not have intermediaries.

 

Project Preparation 🌍

Intercultural Evenings

Be Creative! 🎨 Participants are invited to design a vibrant and interactive intercultural evening. This is your stage to creatively showcase your country's culture. 🌟

What's Your Culture? Share your traditional foods 🍲, drinks 🍹, music 🎶, and unique cultural aspects.

Interactive Activities: Think about games 🎲, and educational activities related to your culture.

Activities

Morning/Afternoon Energizers! ⚡We'd love each group to prepare some fun energizers to uplift everyone's spirit and keep the energy high! 🏃‍♂️💃

 

What to Bring? 🎒

Essentials: Passport or ID 🛂, comfortable clothes 👕👖 for activities.

Beach Ready: Flip-flops and Swimming suit 🩳 (We are in front of the beach 🏖️🏊‍♂️ nearby).

Provided by Hotel: Towels, bed sheets, small hairdryer, and small personal care items 🧴.

For Intercultural Nights: Bring your favourite foods and beverages to share 🍽️🍾 (optional but fun!).

Other Must-Haves: Toothpaste, medicines 💊, and a positive attitude 😊.

Multimedia Work: Bring laptops 💻, digital cameras 📷 and tablets if you can. We have some cool multimedia activities planned! 📱🎥

 

Health & Travel Insurance 🏥

Ensure you have a valid European Health Insurance Card or private travel insurance. 🛡️

Health Alerts: Please inform us of any health risks, required medications, or special dietary needs 🍏🍞💊.

 

Contact Information 📞

Should you need any assistance, our project coordinators are just a message away.

Project Coordinator: 🌟  Rocco Burdino

Project Coordinator: 🌟  Emanuel Caristi


We are pleased to offer these channels to assist you once you have been selected. The selection of each national team is a responsibility that rests with our partners. Therefore, we kindly request that all communications regarding selection processes be conducted through the appropriate partners. Please note that emails aiming to bypass the intermediation of our partners cannot be considered.


📩 Please note that only selected participants will receive official communication regarding their selection for the youth exchange. 🌟 Each Partner organisation may use as well another form for the selection and apply their organisational policies 👁️ Keep an eye on your inbox for this exciting news about joining us on this adventure in Italy! 🇮🇹


Partners

🇮🇹 Italy: Arte Diem Calabria Instagram | Facebook

🇲🇰 North Macedonia: NGO EduArt Instagram | Facebook

🇹🇷 Turkiye: Strong Future Association Instagram | Facebook

🇬🇷 Greece: Lolivers Instagram | Facebook

🇪🇸 Spain: Mollina Joven Facebook

🇱🇹 Lithuania: Tarptautinis bendradarbiavimo centras Instagram | Facebook


🖨️ Remember to save this info pack as a PDF! Just hit the print button to have a copy for easy reference throughout your journey. It's a great way to keep all this valuable information at your fingertips!

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