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Whispers of the Past

18.01 – 27.01.2024
Mustjõe, Estonia

Event summary

Have you ever wondered about the stories that enchanted our ancestors, the tales whispered under starlit skies or shared around crackling fires? In a world where digital connections often overshadow our cultural roots, we invite you to reconnect with the rich folklore that has shaped the tapestry of European cultures. This unique project offers an immersive exploration into the diverse and captivating world of European folklore, promising to rekindle your connection with the age-old art of storytelling. It’s an opportunity to journey through time, rediscovering the myths and legends that have been the heartbeat of communities across Europe. It’s a chance to understand how folklore can bridge gaps between communities, fostering a sense of shared identity and mutual respect.

Participating in this project is more than just a walk through history; it’s an avenue to expand your horizons and connect with others who share a passion for cultural heritage. There’s going to be 30 participants in total, from 6 different countries. As you delve into stories of old, you’ll discover the power of folklore to bridge cultural gaps and forge a sense of common identity. These tales, rich with wisdom and imagination, are not only a window into the past but also a tool for shaping a more inclusive and united future. By participating, you’re not just absorbing knowledge; you’re preparing to pass it on, enriching others’ perspectives and contributing to a more cohesive and inclusive Europe. Join us in this 8-day journey to discover the whispers of the past!

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.

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Where you'll be staying

Venue & Location

The venue is located in a secluded place surrounded by extraordinary scenery. It has a calming charm and relaxing vibe that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The big wooden houses seem like something out of Game of Thrones and make the whole accommodation very unique. When walking around the place, you will definitely meet some chickens, horses and other animals. No worries though, they are really friendly!
Our participants will be accommodated in single and double rooms which resemble small wooden cabins rather than a modern house. We will try to spend as much time outside as possible, but the venue also offers some great amenities.

Place includes:
  • Modern Finnish sauna
  • Estonian smoke-sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Rustic seminar room
  • Possibility to hike in the beautiful forests
  • Cozy indoor spaces
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the same location every day and we are also providing vegetarian options!


We truly 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. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a unique and picturesque part of Estonia.

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What can you expect?

Program

The program is designed in a way that everything starts with ice-breaking and we will gradually move deeper into the topic. The days will be filled with workshops, games and other activities that spark your creativity and make this whole experience really engaging. Experienced trainers will guide you along this journey and the event will be a collaborative experience from start to finish. We will be using non-formal learning methods, so don’t worry, no boring lectures here!

Networking

It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert or an extrovert, you can look forward to making many awesome friends. We’ll spend more than a week together with 30 fun and energetic people in the middle of vast Estonian forests, sounds like an adventure, doesn’t it? It’s common for the participants to stay in touch long after the event has finished, so don’t miss out on this unique chance. If you ever felt the need to connect with new friends, there is no better opportunity than this one. It’s also an ideal way to join Youth Europa and work together with passionate activists who want to bring non-formal education to the masses.

Guidelines

This project also has an end result. We aim to empower people with a set of guidelines to host captivating cultural evenings. This toolkit is designed to guide you in showcasing your unique traditions and cultural heritage effectively. It includes tips on storytelling techniques, selecting and presenting folklore elements, and incorporating traditional music, dance, and art for a holistic cultural experience. Additionally, it offers advice on creating an inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels valued and engaged. This resource will not only enhance your ability to share your culture but also deepen your understanding and appreciation of the diverse tapestries of others, fostering a spirit of unity and mutual respect in every cultural exchange you partake in.

Have fun while developing yourself!

Social program

Despite the more serious nature of this event (compared to youth exchanges), there will be plenty of additional activities. We have prepared a fun social program that will make sure that nobody goes home without a few new friends. No matter if you’re an extrovert or an introvert, you will find your place here. Throughout the training course, there will be small but fun games that help us become more united, learn about each other and build meaningful relationships. It’s the perfect opportunity to find international friends and even cooperation partners to become involved in future projects.

How to get to the event?

Travel

You must arrive on the 18th of January at the venue and have to participate in the full duration of the event. Departure day is on 27nd of January. You can get to Mustjõe by flying to Tallinn and taking a train to your final destination. We will provide more travelling information once you have been selected to join the project. If you need more information, please contact us for additional details. We will cover your travel expenses up to a certain limit. You will receive your reimbursement after you have provided us with all the documents within a month after the event. If you’re economical, it’s possible to get your full travel expenses covered!
The travel reimbursement limit depends on the travel distance. The upper limit per country is:

Estonia (0-9km): 0€
Greece (2000-2999km): 360€
Slovakia (499-1999km): 275€
Czech Republic (499-1999km): 275€
Sweden (499-1999km): 275€
Spain (3000-3999km): 530€

Meet the people behind Youth Europa!

Organisers

Since every project that we are carrying out is based on our own interests and skills, you can expect us to be highly motivated and energetic. Our extensive experience makes us more flexible and helps us make meaningful adjustments to the program. Keep in mind that this training course is a collaborative event where you also have the chance to help and contribute. Come and meet some of the awesome people behind Youth Europa and who knows, maybe you’ll join us one day!

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: 05.12.2023

Contact us

Ask us anything!

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.

Overview

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. 

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