Erasmus + Youth Exchange: Craftastic Results

Craftastic was an 8-day youth exchange, held in Târgu Frumos, Iași county, Romania, between 23 July - 1 August 2021, involving 46 participants, aged between 16 and 30 years old, from 8 countries: Romania, France, Estonia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and the Czech Republic. The topics addressed by the project were: environmental protection, recycling, and entrepreneurship.
Craftastic was funded by Erasmus+ Programme with the support of the European Union.

The main learning achievements of the participants, based on the evaluation form responses applied at the end of the mobility, are:
  • new knowledge about the other countries involved
  • improved skills of working in an international team
  • increased motivation to participate in other Erasmus+ projects
  • improved English language skills
  • feeling better persons after the exchange
  • knowledge about history and culture of Romania
  • increased capacity to accept and be tolerant with different people and culture
  • developed creativity.
9 participants declared they became environmental activists, 7 are planning to develop a business, and 19 of the participants are committed to take action to be more environmentally friendly in their life.

During the activities, the participants were challenged to develop entrepreneurial skills considering the effects of plastic pollution on communities, families and on them. The outcome of the youth exchange are:
  • simulation of 5 examples of companies, created by young participants - Greentastic, Jeweplast Botique, Re-Plastic, Wind Crafters and Boom Plastic, who approached sustainable strategies, and created prototypes of products that using plastic and other packaging,
  • 5 short-films about participants' ideas on recycling,
  • 1 flash-mob to promote environmental protection among local citizens,
  • 1 exhibition in ASIRYS youth center of products made of recycled materials,
  • 1 final event sharing the project results with local community.

In the dissemination stage, each group was invited to promote environmental protection among young people, by organizing workshops, online campaigns, events, flash-mob and different types of activities. The results were posted here:

The collages below show the 8 days of youth exchange.



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