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Summer Camp 2009

Central Europe meets South East Europe

Three weeks of Summer Camp with participants from the Western Balkans and from Central Europe ended on August 15th. 35 young people and 10 counsellors returned safely to their home countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, the Netherlands, Poland and to their homes in the Rhine-Sieg District. The Malteserhof in Königswinter was the home and starting point for all activities. Everybody made new experiences, learned a lot and found new friends.

The heart of the programme of those three weeks aimed at building trust and confidence. Focus was on rafting and climbing activities, discussion rounds about the situation in their home countries, Europe in general, and Human Rights issues. Professionals helped with the creative workshops theatre, circus, music and land art. Media projects like a video film, a camp newspaper and a radio feature were planned and produced. Visits to institutions in Bonn and Cologne and to the fun park Phantasialand rounded off the programme.

It is worthwhile mentioning: The young people from the Western Balkan countries which are still outside the political structure of the European Union, show great interest in European Union matters and display detailed knowledge on it already.

In their final reflection the young people indicated that they feel as one community of people. In their view it is important not to wait until matters will be set up from the top, but to develop own inputs and ideas into society. They were surprised about the group dynamics which developed and the understanding for each other. They take home that it is possible to create an open and trustful society in a short time, no matter what religion or nationality.

A survey towards the end of the camp shows that the young people would like to meet again next year for a reunion. The group plans to deal with environment, media and communication and to take a look into practical aspects of anti-discrimination. Chances to accomplish all this are very good: Our Montenegrian partner, the NGO Svetionik from Bar, has already started with the preparations for such a meeting and applied for European funds from the Youth in Action Programme. The basic idea for the reunion also includes a social project for a rural community in Montenegro.