The Island Quest

03. – 14.10.2022
Syros, Greece

Event summary

Ever wondered what everyday life could be on a small island? Have you ever visited a famous tourist destination during the off-season? What about life beyond the picturesque postcards? Rural areas often lack services, employment opportunities, leisure activities and other things that you can typically find in bigger cities. As such, it is not uncommon to see young people chasing life in more urbanised areas, many times out of the need for an adequate quality of life. But is this all there is to it?

In this project, we aim to shed light on such issues, inspiring change and having a positive impact on rural communities. Participants from Estonia, Slovakia, Sweden and Greece will get to give their own answers by actively interacting with the locals while capturing and sharing their stories through documentaries. The goal is to raise awareness about the challenges many rural areas face as well as to promote the perks of life on a Greek island. At the same time, participants will acquire hands-on experience of the whole process of filmmaking, from pre-production to editing and sharing a documentary of their own. We hope to not only have an impact on the local community but also inspire the participants to turn their focus on rural areas of their own countries and abroad. So, are you up for it?

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission Erasmus+ programme. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

International Youth Exchange

The organization will cover travel costs (Check the limits below), housing, food, and activities. If you got more questions, feel free to contact us!:)

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Where you'll be staying

Venue & Location

This Youth Exchange will take place in Syros, an island in the heart of the Aegean sea in Greece. The venue is located in the village of Galissas, 5km from Hermoupolis, the capital of Syros and only 3 minutes walking from the beach. Our participants will be accommodated in comfortable vintage-style timber huts and triple rooms each outfitted with three single beds, with a nice view of the surrounding area. All the “huts” are equipped with modern amenities yet retain a vintage style and offer a camping experience without compromising on comfort.
There is an open theatre where the workshops will take place. During October it should still be quite warm in Syros, hopefully, the weather is on our side, and we will be able to show you the beauty of this place as much as possible.

The venue also includes:
  • Swimming Pool
  • Yoga/Meditation area
  • Outdoor theatre
  • Cozy outdoor spaces to work and facilitate our activities
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the same location every day. We wish to promote different Mediterranean dishes, and thus along with our ongoing efforts to be more sustainable, the main diet during the project will be Vegetarian. We will also try to accommodate Vegan preferences.

We genuinely believe that this is the perfect place to thoroughly enjoy the company of new-found friends, big healthy doses of clean, fresh air, and participating in the planned activities. The Anassa Cycladic Village is also near some hiking trails and many more beautiful sites. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a unique and picturesque part of a Greek Island.

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What can you expect?

The Program

We will hit it off with some ice-breaking activities, and we will gradually dive into the topic. Our sessions will focus on unleashing your creativity and developing your technical skills as well as interacting with the local community, in order to create your very own documentaries for the world to see. Altogether you will not only acquire filmmaking skills but also expect to return home with possibly many new ideas and skills that you were not expecting to acquire.

The Networking

What would an international project be without the opportunity to get to know lots of incredible and inspirational people? Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, you can be sure to meet valuable contacts for your future work and new friends that you will stay in touch with long after the event has finished. All of that while surrounded by calming and picturesque Greek nature.

The Unexpected

While youth exchange projects are certainly an excellent opportunity to gain new knowledge and diversify your skill set, they can be more than that. You are more than welcome to bring added value to the sessions by sharing your own experience and insights. It’s your chance to make the event even more helpful and memorable while leaving a mark. After all, you never know what can come out of it.

Have fun while developing yourself!

Social program

In Youth Europa, we traditionally devote the evenings so that each national group can present different aspects of their culture. In order to do so, please seize this opportunity to prepare an original and fun presentation that will represent your cultural background to the rest of the participants. Let your creativity flow! It’s recommended that you bring some typical food, snacks or drinks for others to taste during the intercultural evening.

How to get to the event?


Travelling to Greek islands during the off-season can sound a bit daunting, but worry not, we got you covered! You must arrive before late evening on the 3rd of October at the venue and have to participate in the entire duration of the event. You can get to Syros by flying to Athens or sometimes even Mykonos! From then you have to take a ferry to get to Syros. We will provide more travel-related information once you have been selected to join our project. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will cover your travel cost up to a specific limit. You will receive your reimbursement after you have provided us with all the documents within 2-3 months after the event. If you’re economical, it’s possible to get your total travel expenses covered!

Selected participants must contact the organizer and send their travel info before buying the tickets. It is essential not to buy anything before receiving the green light from us. We will, of course, assist you in every way possible!
The travel reimbursement limit depends on the travel distance. The upper limit per country is:

Sweden (2000-2999km): 360€
Estonia (2000-2999km): 360€
Slovakia (500-1999km): 275€
Greece (10-99km): 23€

Meet the people behind Youth Europa!


Our projects are a representation of us as people and an organization, so you can expect from us to be our most motivated and accommodating selves. We strive to constantly improve both ourselves and the quality of our projects, by staying flexible, open minded and welcoming to suggestions and new ideas. We look forward to meeting you in Syros and create something beautiful together!

Proof of participation

YouthPass Certificate

As a participant of this event, you will receive YouthPass – a certificate of non-formal education recognized all across Europe that allows you to describe what you have done and learned. On top of that, it can be a great way to stand out at a job interview or when applying to a university, not to mention the part where you get to show off to your friends:)

Send your application!

Deadline: 30.08.2022

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Frequently Asked Questions

This project is supported by Erasmus+ program. This enables us to keep the participation fee very low and even remove it for people who are in financial difficulties. We know it sounds too good to be true, feel free to check out the reviews:)

Not at all. We try to focus on non-formal learning methods. This means that all activities are interactive and you will usually work in groups.

Everyone who comes from the eligible countries and is 18 to 30 years old is welcome to apply. There are no prerequisites, we actually welcome people who have no prior experience at all. Also, this event is not political. We don’t care if you hold conservative or more liberal views. Just be friendly and cooperative, we’re all here to learn, make friends & have fun!

Click the “apply now” button below if the deadline has not passed. Fill the form and answer all the questions as sincerely as possible. We will get in touch with you if you have been selected. Make sure that @youtheuropa.org mails don’t go to your spam!:)

The participants are selected based on their motivation and interest in the topic. There is no catch, you just need to be sincere and honest in your application. Also, if you’re not selected in this project, it’s more likely that you get selected for the next ones. 

Questions such as this one will be answered by the organisers or your group leader. Don’t worry, we will help you find the best possible option!

We will cover your trip to and from the project destination. There are some limits that apply, this is based on your travel distance. These limits are mentioned in the information above. If you buy the tickets early enough, it’s common to get your travel 100% covered.

After the event, all participants will fill the reimbursement form where you will be asked to upload the travel cost documents (itinerary, boarding passes, invoices etc.). The reimbursement process usually takes between 1-2 months. Remember that we will help you on every step of the way.

Nope. You will not be forced to do anything that you’re not comfortable with. But it’s definitely a great place to step our of your comfort zone. This is going to be a journey in your personal development:)

No problem, get in touch with us and we will do our best to provide you some answers. You can do so by heading over to the contact page.


This is the draft schedule. Some of the activities can depend on weather and other unpredictable aspects. We will always let the participants know about the changes. 

Day 1 (03.10)
Day 2 (04.10)
Ice-breaking & Getting to know each other
Day 3 (05.10)
Introduction to Filmmaking
Day 4 (06.10)
Filming workshop | Documentaries discussion
Day 5 (07.10)
Filming workshop II | Documentaries discussion
Day 6 (08.10)
Editing Workshop | Group work
Day 7 (09.10)
Trip to Syros
Day 8 (10.10)
Group work – Documentaries Filming
Day 9 (11.10)
Group work – Documentaries Filming II
Day 10 (12.10)
Group work – Documentaries Editing | Wrapping up!
Day 11 (13.10)
Documentaries Presentation
Day 12 (14.10)

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