Dane Brabon, Phil Davies (Leader), Joshua Lloyd, Joshua Lewis, Lauren Parry, Marco Griffiths, Sarah Hector, Lauren Crump, Lauren Crawford, Emily White, Kathryn Cope (Leader).
Young people from throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf have strengthened the international bonds of friendship with a visit to Poland as part of the annual International Youth Exchange.
Nine young people aged between 16 and 20 joined two youth leaders from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Youth Engagement and Participation Service on the two-week visit to Wrzesnia in central Poland.
The group represented not only Rhondda Cynon Taf as a County Borough, but Wales as whole on their visit which saw them join fellow students from France, Germany and of course Poland.
All of the young people who took part in the Youth Exchange are active volunteers within their own communities. Together they discussed the many cultural issues affecting young people today and helped gain valuable experience which will influence their volunteering activities on their return home.
The group of local young people, led by Youth Leader Kathryn Cope and Phil Davies undertook a whole host of intercultural activities, working on a project based around ecology and the environment. Together they compared how each partner country deals with the issues facing sustainable living.
The young people worked hard on research prior to leaving Wales, including a visit to Bryn Pica Waste Management site where they made a short film to take with them to Poland.
They fully participated at the many meetings, workshops and activities, including promoting intercultural understanding and making sure their European friends enjoyed a taste of Welsh food, music, sport and traditions.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education & Lifelong Learning Cllr Eudine Hanagan said: “The annual International Youth Exchange gives young people taking part the opportunity to learn about other countries’ cultures, customs and languages, both past and present.
“It also allows them to take part in a unique opportunity to learn more about each other, have fun and make new friends and is a fantastic event which enriches the life experiences of all the young people who attend.”
For further information on international Exchanges, volunteering, or Conferences, please contact Kerry Rees, RCT Youth Engagement & Participation Service on 01443 744139, or 07786523915, or email email@example.com