The 1st of september will start our Erasmus Plus project “BackPlayers” a KA1 about sustainable turism and international cooperation.
We’re glad to announce you that our international exchange will soon take place in Zagarolo, at Wiki Hostel, to run together the project! Are you curious about “BackPlayers” ?! Have a look on the project description and don’t hesitate to contact us! 🙂
BackPlayers – Project description
The “BackPlayers” project born with the idea to use the language of the game and the charm of the journey as suitable tools to spread awareness among the youth around good practice to intervene actively in society. Objective of the project is to increase the sensitivity on the issue of sustainability, and equip young participants with the tools to disseminate in their territory the project’s results. For this, from a group of volunteers of our association game fans and activators of a toy library, we chose this method, considering it as a suitable language, close to the younger generation of the globalized world: we refer in this regard to both games table as online games. The metaphor of the journey was chosen instead because inherently suited to accompany the discovery of new cultures and territories, with an approach of curiosity and respect necessary to exploit the riches to be discovered across the world and at the same time to preserve them: we speak of social and sustainable tourism, namely that attention typical of conscious traveler to love the places and the people he meets and to recount memories. Right from here, the name BackPlayers as fusion between the figure of Backpackers, travelers often just alone with their backpacking to meet people and to face their own adventures, and Players, gamers who playfully confront and solve puzzles and questions, in each time finding the best solutions to win. Activities are planned in the run-up that will allow young participants to exchange ideas and to get in touch, to make sure that the main activity of the project’ll be performed in the best way: the transnational exchange will be hosted in a hostel, which will provide the structure and, we hope, will be the place to immerse participants in the right mood. During the exchange activities will be mixed, meetings and workshops, as well as outdoor activities, role play and, as the main theme, the design of a game, in which young people will approciate collectively and collaboratively. The game is about managing an hostel developing a sustainable strategy to fit desires of the guests in the hostel’s management needs. In these 10 days, then will develop tools such as a small manual of best practices and the prototype of the game, functional to the dissemination of the project and its objectives once finished the exchange. In fact, after the exchange, the follow-up stage involves local initiatives that will be the engine itself to a wider spread of sustainable practices and expertise to do so as protagonists in their local community, but will also somehow indicators operation of the project, as the success and the participation of these initiatives will serve as feedback from the results and involvement in the exchange.
The associations who run the projects:
No Border Onlus – Zagarolo, Italy
No Border is non-profit association active since 2004 in the promotion of projects related to: SOCIAL TOURISM (& Hostelling), INTERCULTURA (& Anti-racism), SUSTAINABILITY ‘(& Reuse and Recycle). No Border (No Border Line NPO / NBL) association is operating in the province of Rome and Milan, registered since 2008 in the regional register of voluntary organizations / culture section of the Lazio Region. No Border develops actions aimed at propagation of the interactions between people from different backgrounds and cultures which act as prevention against racism, environmental destruction and war. No Border also proposes paths of self-training useful to the sharing of knowledge through projects and workshops, in particular by promoting responsible use of new technologies and the network in particular through experimentation talk-active with regard to projects and purposes of the association. No Border triggered numerous projects, self-funded or carried out with the support of programs such as the Youth in Action Programme (Youth in Action Programme), the Youth Local Plan of the Province of Rome, the Project Eco-Festivals. The association is continuously protagonist of avenues for self-education regarding its aims and projects and ongoing actions. Just in January 2015 NoBorder was in the Winter Camp of Patchanka academy, week dedicated to the meeting of the associations network Patchanka where dozens of volunteers have shared responsibilities with respect to project design and presentation meetings and deepening the local area. Finally, No Border is the protagonist of the activation of a project SOCIAL TOURISM and hostelling called Wiki Hostel (Wiki Hostel & Greenvillage // www.wikihostel.it) international hostel Zagarolo-Rome award in 2012 and 2013 with the prestigious “Hi -5ives Award “as one of the best hostels in the world 5. And in 2013 and 2014 Excellence Award (“Certificate of Excelence”) TripAdvisor, as well as ever in 2013, a recognition of merits by the “Pro Loco of Zagarolo” and “City of Zagarolo” << To have contributed to knowledge of our country in the international arena >>
Viaje a la sostenibilidad – Zaragoza, Spain
We focus on sustainability, permaculture and social entrepreneurship. We work to promote environmental and social values among the youth. Viaje a la Sostenibilidad is an independent, environmentalist and social non-profit organization based in Zaragoza (Spain). We are experienced as host and partner organization in diverse projects of KA1 and KA2 actions. Our main objective is to empower young people to engage in a making society more sustainable. We promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding between young people and local youth participants. We organize awareness-raising actions with talks, meetings and graphic materials. We have a great network of local contacts related to sustainability and youth, but we are committed to establish an international network about bio-construction, permaculture, rural life and green economy. We are increasingly involved in Youth in Action program and we are committed to promote meaningful projects.
Servircomsol – Seixal, Portugal
Servircomsol, crl was created in 2014 by a group of qualified technicians in employment, lifelong learning and VET, micro and social enterprises entrepreneurship and youth work for citizenship, inclusion, employment, culture and community development areas at Seixal county at the south bank of Tagus river. Our mission is to help creating conditions for individuals, social groups and communities, locally and across Europe, human progress balancing democratic participation, responsible working, welfare society access to benefits, boosting social solidarity to enhance sustainable development challenges and goals. Our objectives are: 1) to facilitate citizens civic participation and proactive initiative to generate self-sustained solutions for inclusive and quality life; b) to participate at county social networks, a) cooperate to generate solutions and dynamics by 3rd sector and civil society organizations; b) to bridge members access and development of European programs projects for education, VET, youth, citizenship and enterprises competitiveness, giving free consultancy and share management and implementation activities; 2) To promote and give consultancy for inclusive entrepreneurship –self- employment through micro- enterprises creation and social area services through social enterprises- associations, cooperatives. Our priorities and guide lines emerge from territory social diagnostic needs and endogenous potential, mobilizing all the authors and actors cooperation and integrated intervention. Our operational structures are: 1) An integrated resources center for 3rd sector and county social networks information, support and consultancy of European youth, citizens, education and training programs ( diagnostic, study, partnerships. design and management of projects); 2) A residence and coaching unit for European internships and EVS; 3) An inclusive entrepreneurship consultancy office. Our target are individuals and groups at risk, namely young people, women, elderly, unemployed, ethnic minorities and migrants.