National & International youth exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet, live together and work on shared projects for short periods.Youth exchanges take place outside the school environment. On a youth exchange, you can expect to participate in activities such as workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more.
Young people from different countries meet and live together to jointly carry out a work programme designed and prepared by them before the exchange. This could be a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations and outdoor activities. They allow young people to develop competences; discover new cultures, habits and life-styles through peer-learning; and strengthen values like solidarity, democracy and friendship.
International Polish Residential 2017
We had a group of Polish orphans stay with us over the summer holidays. This was their first experience of an international residential. The young people were aged between 12-21 years old. They camped inside the church and used the onsite facilities. There was a planned programme of events as well as some ‘rest days’ where they enjoyed various experiences such as a live football match, a trip to the beach and took part in a fun day. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for us all and hopefully this is a starting point for us to develop and engage in future programmes such as this one.