From 29 July to 4 August, an Erasmus + cultural exchange took place in Athens, the capital of Greece. This exchange took place with young people between 13 and 17 years and their corresponding leaders, two from each country, adults over 18 years and with specific training in the world of leisure and non-formal education. Participating countries were Greece, Romania, Germany, and Spain. This exchange is one of several that take place within the City Bound network, which aims to encourage citizen participation among young people, creating activities to provide critical thinking in children and creating cooperation activities between young people, or based on learning through adventure. Every year the focus changes, and this 2019 the dynamics have been based on emotional education and mental health.
Accommodation and activities were done in a centre dedicated to homeless children, totally adapted to our needs, with green areas to be able to make dynamics outdoors and with dining room and common rooms to be able to spend free time. It was well connected to the city centre by public transport.
The activities we did were diverse: from "team building" activities such as solving the enigma of an unknown path through instructions given by other participants, to cultural visits to the Acropolis museum. In addition, to combat the heat, almost every day we accompanied the reflections with more playful activities such as water wars or games where you ended up soaking wet!
Not everything was a party, we also made afternoons of reflection on the mental health working several disorders and diseases and putting in common the perspectives of the different cultures that we were there, as well as trying to investigate on the causes and consequences of these diseases or disorders. We made dynamics on the emotional education and we put in common the importance of the emotions and to know how to manage in our day to day.
Both the participants and the monitors who accompanied them had a great time and we believe that it is an experience that every young person should have the opportunity to enjoy.