Communication across borders
Communication across borders
The age we live in demands one essential skill: Communication. We need it for everything in life and it’s getting more and more important to be able to communicate across borders, with people from other cultures, speaking different languages.
With science and technology the possibilities to communicate multiply. Knowing how to handle them, how to behave and to protect yourself and others is fundamental.
That’s were Danube-Camps come into action: We want to prepare future generations for those challenges. To be not afraid, but to embrace and enjoy what lies ahead. To be a world citizen.
The Danube-Camp 2021 took place in the beautiful, well equipped and camp-experienced archaeological park of Viminacium in Serbia about 90 km East of Belgrade near the Danube.
Participants: 12 youngsters from each of the 5 participating countries in the Danube-region (AT, BG, RO, RS, UA) participated: 6 girls and 6 boys, older than 13 and younger than 14.5 years in end of July 2021.
The 12 teens of each country were supported and guided by 3 experienced coaches of their country, reaching a quota of 1 coach for 4 teens.
As an Information, here two shorts films (4:50 und 7:30 min) in time laps mode showing the teens, coaches and venue of the Danube-Camp 2021:
Viminacium, Serbia 2021: Days 1 to 3
Viminacium, Serbia 2021: Days 4 to 6
The Danube-Camp 2019 took place in the Austrian city “Tulln an der Donau”. 49 youngsters and their 12 coaches came from Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience and great success for all. Many of them are still in contact with their new friends in other countries – and some of them are ready to act as mentors to support the new participants of the Danube-Camp 2021 virtually via the internet. Every day, the coaches and the youngsters issued a special newsletter showing the experiences and “Missions”.
Communication matters. It's easy. It's fun.
In the International Danube-Camp the kids will group into teams of three. Two teams of two different countries will form a group for a day and work on projects. In the course of the camp they will form new groups every day. Together they will explore, find solutions or get to know more about their countries and share their experience with the public by creating photos and videos.
The kids will experience new languages, especially English as the main language in the Danube-Camp, but also new cultures and the careful and the secure use of their smartphones. The main objective is cultural encounters between young people in the Danube region – a culture and peace project.
That's what kids can expect at Danube-Camps - two weeks packed with exploration and fun!
Originating in the Black Forest, the Danube flows through or touches the borders of ten European countries – that’s more than any river in the world – before emptying into the Black Sea after 2.857 kilometers.
The Danube unites twenty countries, considering all the tributaries. Therefore the Danube region is not only a melting pot of different cultures, its river basin is also the most biodiverse region of Europe.
The diversity of cultures, languages and nature of the Danube region is a perfect foundation for the intentions of Danube-Camps. What do we really know about our neighbours? There are many differences but we also have a lot in common.
Let’s find out together! May future generations get a better understanding of each other, being curious about different cultures and open to surmount expected obstacles.
It not only takes a village to raise a child, it’s also fundamental to have partners on great endeavours. Danube-Camps are grateful to be inspired by and work together with the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, represented by former Austrian vice-chancellor Dr. Erhard Busek.
The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) addresses current questions regarding the Danube region, Central, and Southeast Europe to enhance knowledge about this region and promote and develop good neighbourly relations.
Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.
Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn’t just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
We are very happy that in 2019 and 2021 #DanubeCamps is part of #Erasmus+ with support from #JugendInAktion!
“It is very important to me to intensify the economical contacts as well as getting the youth excited about Central Europe and the European idea itself. Therefore I congratulate you to this project with its objectives and very much hope that it will succeed.” – Christoph Leitl, president of the Austrian Economic Chambers (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKO)
Danube-Camps very much appreciates the gesture as it is an important step for the project and we are delighted to share the enthusiasm for the European idea, planning to contribute as much as possible.
This is us and we love this project.
Generally speaking – my dad is a universal enthusiast. Do you know those people who are able to communicate their passion in a way that you just can’t resist? That’s him.
Besides that he worked for international companies, was one of the first to introduce personal computers to the wider public in Austria, has been director of the “Vienna Technical Museum”, founded amazing organizations like “Eusea” and conducted five ScienceWeeks@Austria.
But who cares? First and foremost he made “Life is one of the best” our family motto – and as there is only one, that’s like “42” for the human mind.
That’s why. Danube-Camps are bound to be.
Still, there is something missing, right? The Adam of all Eves, the glue for everything – my Mom Christa, of course. There would be nothing without her, and we know it.
Let’s face it: Stephan is my son – and it might seem no wonder that I feel great about him.
He worked in many IT-companies, small as well as large with an international staff, developing websites, with commercial mediation. But his main and widely regarded talent is photography, creating pictures with refreshing points of few, from different angles and telling their stories which in combination with his passion for writing also led to some engagements as a journalist.
And, he has taught me many things: How to discuss controversial issues in depth with respect regarding any opponent, how to find completely new and refreshing arguments and for his joy to sit down and have a good time.
I admire him for his always new, motivating and amazing ideas.
Something missing? Yes, his brother Chris. Different in business, but the same in kindness and full of life. Well, I like to be their father very much.
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