About the Citybound Europe Network
“City Bound Europe” is a Network of eight NGO’s gathered by the common aim: to consolidate integrated European Society. Even though it
consists of members divided by the geographical location, they are connected with one feature, common for everyone – feeling of European Citizenship.
Due to this fact we decided to establish strong, long-term Network of NGOs from: Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Great Britain and Greece, which promotes European Values by organizing several dozens of “City Bound” exchanges all over the Europe and preparing local actions at the same time.
The aims of “City Bound Europe” Network are:
- to raise awareness on European Citizenship, which means strengthen feeling of belonging to society of Europe as a whole,
- to raise awareness on common European Culture, by breaking up national divisions and searching for universal values,
- to promote active citizenship, voluntary work and involvement of young people, by showing them tools to act,
- to consolidate solidarity, understanding, tolerance and cohesion among European Society,
- consolidating the non-formal education as a method of work with young people in general, what in particular will manifest in reaching above mentioned aims with adventure-based learning methodology.
In order to achieve all of those aims the Network trains a Team of Leaders educated and practically prepared to lead the activities with adventure based learning methodology. This Team carries out the “City Bound” youth exchanges for the whole duration of the project. Promotion of the non-formal education is provided on the local level as well – each partner will organize few high-adventure activities with European input, the most motivated youth have a chance to participate in international projects. The Network celebrates “The European Day of Adventure Based Learning” – event which aim is to promote the non-formal learning not only among youth, we want to attract a wide variety of people in different age - pedagogues, local authorities, politicians and media. The Network is coordinated by its permanent office in Berlin and regular capacity building activities are carried out. Also permanent, evidence-based evaluation of activities is implemented.
“City Bound Europe” activities took place as a first step in 2012 - 2014 in all of the participating countries. In 2014 we realize our common project "CityBound Europe 2.0" followed by ''City Bound Europe 3.0'' in 2015. All of them included partnership puilding activities, trainings, evaluation meetings and City Bound youth exchanges. In 2016 we have started new set of activities called ''City Bound Europe 4.0'', which will be run in 2016 and 2017.
About Youth Exchange
Youth Exchanges allow couple of groups of young people to be hosted by a group from another country in order to participate together in a joint programme of activities. These projects involve the active participation of young people and are designed to allow them to discover and become aware of different social and cultural realities, to learn from each other, to develop the entrepreneurial spirit and reinforce their feeling of being European citizens.
Youth Exchanges enable young people to go abroad, to meet peers from different countries with different social and cultural backgrounds and to learn from each other through an active participation in joint activities of common interest. Youth exchanges allow young people to experience Europe and so to feel more European citizens.
About Adventure Based Learning
Adventure-based learning is one of the kind of non-formal education, which consist of actions with perceived risk as a part of educational pursuit. This methodology focuses on cooperation games, trust building activities and problem solving. The City Bound Europe Network uses the adventure based learning in European contest – to strengthen pro-European attitudes among young people and provide them the most essential information about European Union, it origins, culture, and institutions.
Adventure based Learning uses experiential learning (learning by experience) and the excitement of trying something new, to further support the concept that people learn most effectively when they:
- are interested in what they are learning
- are actively participating in their learning
- feel a sense of control over what they are learning
- reflect on the experience afterwards make connections to other learning and life situations
- are having fun
In adventure-based learning programmes the trainer challenges a group to achieve a goal, but does not explain how to successfully complete the challenge. Participants must work to find a solution individually and together as a team, and must communicate and learn from each other in order to be successful.
Participants begin to recognize the inner resources, strengths, and positive qualities within themselves and within their team. Reflecting and debriefing on the experience or "adventure" afterwards allows them to learn more about both their personal behaviour and contributions as well as the group's, and relate it back to their everyday lives and routines to create positive change.
Positive change often occurs when participants, individually and in groups, face problem- solving or risk-taking situations. Adventure-based learning programmes have proven to be successful in meeting both educational and personal goals and conduct them in a safe, managed environment.