Mission Europe is an Erasmus+ project that aims to inspire young Europeans by uniting them during three weekends in three different countries that house a fascinating heritage of European history and current politics: Belgium, Germany & Poland. Mission Europe V will bring together 24 young people aged 16 to 18 from these countries to participate in debates, discussions, workshops and sightseeing tours concerning mainly the World Wars, the Cold War and the European Union. ”
The participants will be submerged in the wonderful world of history and politics that shaped and that is still shaping our current society and the European Union. The enthusiastic team of mentors will guide every single one of the participants on a path from war to peace in order to discover our continent’s history of the past 100 years and connect it with the present and the future. Mission Europe manages to mix loads of pleasure with education, travelling with history, biking with discussions and lifelong friendships with all of that, a bewitching, fun and interesting experience!
The project is organized by yEUth, a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 in order to bring citizens and notably young people closer to the European Union, the European Union closer to its citizens and to let young people from different nationalities meet each other. Mission Europe is set up by a motivated, instructive and heart-warming international team of young people that are passionate by Europe and that allude to develop mutual understanding in an atmosphere of free exchange of ideas through peer-to-peer and non-formal education and through an environment that encourages youngsters to actively help shape their understanding.
Mission Europe specifically focuses and two main themes: ‘From War to Peace’ and the European Union. Participants will be taken on a path starting from the trenches of the First World War in Ypres and a visit to the famous Last Post ceremony underneath the Menin Gate, over a visit to Auschwitz, legacy of the Second World War, and the enchanting city of Krakow, to a bike tour through Berlin to track remains of the Cold War and a Model European Council simulation to envision the impact of the European Union on our daily lives. Moreover, there we will elaborate on the European Union: What is the EU? How is it evolving? What are the challenges of the EU? What does its future look like? ”
The key objectives of Mission Europe are the following ‘big five’: to make young people aware of the European Union and its different aspects; to encourage young people to be an active European citizen; to give young people the opportunity to learn and to experience public speaking; to let young people study the past and the present to understand better current situations and to gain a better insight of the future and to give young people the opportunity to meet and exchange with their peers from countries that once fought against each other.
Mission Europe V will take place on the following dates:
‘Hell’ weekend, Ypres, Belgium: 21 -25 November 2014
‘In the Ghetto’ weekend, Krakow, Poland: 25 February – 1 March 2015
‘So Cold’ weekend, Berlin, Germany: 15 – 19 April 2015