Project ‘A Refugee Story’

OpenEurope, together with 5 other partners from Greece, Turkey,  Romania, Italy, and Georgia, will take part in the project entitled ‘A Refugee Story’ which will be held in the area of Thessaloniki for three months, from 15-9-2016 to 30-11-2016 in the framework of the programme Erasmus+ Youth Mobility. The Youth Exchange will take place in this same city from 21-09-2016 to 29-09-2017 and 42 youngsters from the above mentioned countries, students of schools and universities of both sexes plus 1 youth leader from each country, will participate in the activities involved in it.


All the activities that will be carried out are related to the interests of young people and pulse of society. Through exrefugeesperiential methods, young people will communicate in different ways (music, songs, pictures, words, etc.) The refugee stories will sensitize the restless youthful soul, making it receptive to social callings. The participants, through playful ways, will be able to discover themselves and the forces hiden within. They will be divided into mixed inconsistent teams and play simulation games, role-playing, pantomimes… so that through dramatized stories, known and unknown, they are able to understand each culture and the situation of these groups of people. They will meet experts who can give them incentives to express their narrative skills effectively. Also, visiting the refugee centre will create the conditions to make them realise that solidarity becomes indispensable factor of coexistence; and visiting a museum of the city will give them the opportunity to become acquainted with the History. The methodology that will be used in non-formal learning will be free discussion, board games and theatrical and musical performances, as well as sports activities.

The results of the participation will be improving their the ability of opening to others, the development of critical thinking, the intercultural perspective, the practice of a foreign language, the possibility of belonging to a group, the development of creativity and organizational capacity. The impact of such a programme will be high both for themselves and for smaller communities that slowly will be like a yeast which increases the interest of the wider society and its participation in joint European actions. The long-term benefits will be the participation through dissemination to more young people for programmes of national and European and why not… global activities.


Duration:  3 months

EC Contribution in Euros: 27.916

Countries: Greece Turkey Italy Spain Romania Georgia

Key Action Type: Learning Mobility of Individuals – Youth mobility

Identifier: 2016-2-EL02-KA105-002328



Summer stories for Faces of Europe competition


Summer is the time to widen your horizons, discover diversity and meet new friends. Have you had a great traveling experience this summer? Did you cross borders, break stereotypes, merge in a different culture? Did you discover something new about Europe, or did you change your mind about what European identity is? And most importantly, would you like to share your experience? Then take part in the competition “Faces of Europe – Summer stories”.


Faces of Europe is a photoblog launched by the Your Vision for EUrope project of AEGEE-Europe that aims to show the diversity of the continent. Europe is rich of cultures, identities and traditions. The photoblogs want to share and visualize the amazing stories of everyday Europeans in an up-close and personal way. Don’t hesitate to check out the current blogs here.

The summer competition is looking for tales about unusual trips, new experiences and unexpected encounters, which express new perspectives, interpretations and viewpoints on Europe.


If you would like to participate in the summer competition then:

  • Create a photoblog of yourself or a person you met during your summertime. The photoblog should consist of a picture + a text of around 150 words which tells the story of the person portrayed. The style of the photoblog submitted should be in line with that of those published on the Facebook page of Faces of Europe.


The 15 best blogs will be published in September.

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