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For the 7th time we want to do our German-Egyptian youth exchange to get to know each other and exchange ideas. The subject this year is „Mobility“ and we will visit projects in Germany and Egypt, meet experts and work on our ideas for a more sustainable mobility in Germany and Egypt.
Roads, rails and canals are the veins of our world. Every day people use all kinds of transportation to access their work, education or healthcare. Meanwhile trucks, boats and planes deliver food and products. Our basic human rights dependents on the access to this system of lifelines.
As this system grew heavely in the last decades, it also showed it’s downsides. The veins are congested with polluting Cars. Tenthousands of flights are killing our climate. Instead of providing access for everyone, many transport systems contribute to inequality.
But there are many people and projects that want to change this. They are willing to clear these veins, find efficient and cleaner ways of transport and establish a system that reaches everyone. This year, we want to get to know them in Germany and Egypt, get inspired and dedicate the four weeks of our exchange to the future of mobility! Yallah, move it!
28 young people between 18 and 26 years from Germany and Egypt will live together for four weeks. We care and cook for each other and create a space where people with different perspectives get to know each other and stimulate an exchange of thoughts. Since everyone will be a foreigner and local at some point, we will have the opportunity to learn from each other and share our experience fostering a mutual understanding.
We want to approach the topic of future mobility in an interdisciplinary way: Why is public transport so expensive? How much does my everyday travel contribute to climate change? In which way is mobility different for women? These are just some of the questions we want to address in our sessions with politicians, experts or activist, while visiting projects and workshops or making excursions.We have a packed program ahead, but you will enjoy some free time to explore your surroundings and have fun together!
The exchange will take place from the 4th to the 17th of August 2020 in Germany and the 17th of September to the first of October 2020 in Egypt. We will divide the German part into two sections: From the 2nd to the 11th of august we will stay in a guest house in the center of Berlin, where we organize our communal life together. The other days up to the 15th we will move to a self-organized guesthouse in the woods on the edge of the city (and possibly do a day tour to a bike-festival.) In Egypt we will stay in basic hostels together in Cairo and possibly in another place. Both Egyptians and Germans have the possibility to prolong their stay in the foreign country for one more week and travel on their own expense.
The applications für the german participants will start in the beginning of April and will be announced here. You might want to register for our newsletter (Germans) or like our Facebook page (German-Egyptian exchange on Facebook or BUNDjugend Berlin on Facebook) and on Instagram to keep up to date.
The application process is not meant to find the most intelligent or experienced person. We will rather try to create a group with people from all kind of different financial and educational backgrounds with diverse perspectives. It is not important whether you already know a lot about the topic, but that you are motivated to learn and engage actively in the program.
To apply you must be between 18 and 26 years old and live permanently in either Germany or Egypt. It’s not necessary to be fluent in English, but you should have a certain level because the whole program will be in English. Please note that the exchange is a full-time experience and we require your full attendance during the whole four weeks mentioned. If you have an inevitable obligation during the time, please tell us beforehand. The exchange fee for German participants is 450€ and includes flights, accommodation, food, and the program. If you are not able to pay this amount, don’t hesitate to contact us in advance. We can find a solution.
The dates and duration may be liable to change due to the current global uncertainties with COVID-19. In case there is known information that having the program this summer holds any health risks on us or our participants, all accepted applications will be honored and deferred to the program next summer. In the meantime, we are accepting applications for the program this year as usual. We ask you to rest assured that we are closely monitoring the situation and will keep you updated with any changes on the event page, so please keep a close eye on your notifications. That said, we highly encourage you to apply, and we are excited to have you on board.
The exchange program „Growing GRASSroots“ is a Youth-led environmentally-focused exchange program between Egypt and Germany with the main aim of building bridges between both countries through sharing environmental knowledge, practices, and initiatives; in order to create a base of conscious youth capable of thinking sustainably and critically. Workshops, group discussions, DIYs, field trips, and much more take place throughout the program with this year’s main theme “Mobility” being discussed thoroughly in both durations in Berlin and in Cairo. The exchange highly depends on active participants using and filling the space we are creating and taking responsibility for the group (including facilitation, cooking, cleaning and trustful communication).
The project is organized by participants of last year’s exchanges and coordinated by BUNDjugend Berlin (Young Friends of the Earth Berlin), the Arab Youth Climate Movement Egypt (AYCM) and GreenISH Egypt. We hope to be funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
What? German-Egyptian Youth Exchange “Move it“
When? 4.8. – 17.8.2020 in Berlin, Germany & 17.09.-1.10.2020 in Egypt (probably Cairo + Alexandria). You have the opportunity to extend your stay for one week (7 days) in Egypt and in Germany on your own expenses.
Who? 14 participants each from Egypt and Germany between 18 and 26
Theme? Move it- Let’s find ways for future mobility in Egypt and Germany
Participation fee? For Germans participation fee is 450€ (including accomodation & food for 4 weeks, program and flights from and to Berlin). For Egyptians participation fee will be between 5.000-6.000 EGP.
How to apply? The applications will start in the beginning of April and will be announced here. You might want to register for our newsletter (Germans), like our Facebook page (general) to keep up to date.