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International youth exchange gives young people the chance to participate, in planning and organising their own activities, to experience decision making and responsibility and to sample new cultures and values.

A youth exchange is…

  • a developmental instrument through which to work with young people
  • a challenge for young people which can promote personal development, self awareness and self confidence
  • a way of broadening horizons, facilitating the learning of new skills and raising awareness of new possibilities
  • a means of enhancing teamwork that results in a sense of achievement
  • a tool that can promote tolerance and understanding and which challenges prejudices
  • a mechanism that develops relationships within the group, the local community and beyond
  • an instrument to help young people to learn about themselves, their history, culture and country.

Fishbowl is very active in the field of Youth Exchanges. We have participated the following Exchanges:

Barcelona, July 2004.
This was an exchange between Ireland and Spain and the exchange focussed on racism, xenophobia and the influx of refugees.

Romania, August 2004
Participants from Romania, Croatia, Portugal and Ireland. It was a performance-based exchange, focussing on Medieval performing arts.

Uruguay, October 2005
Participants from: Holland, Ireland, Colombia and Uruguay. This was an exchange for girls only; each country brought 10 girls and 2 leaders. Workshops on woman’s rights were organised by the participants themselves.

Estonia 2005
This Exchange Explored Local Realities

Slovenia July 2006
Participants from: Romania, Slovenia, Hungary and Ireland. We explored cultural diversity and stereotypes through art. 10 Irish participants, 40 in total. we brought one main leader and a 19-year old member of Fishbowl Youth, who took the role as peer-educator.

Portugal August 2006
During this exchange we explored the different music styles, both traditional and contemporary

Poland August 2006
this exchange explored Racism and Discrimination through Arts and Media

Poland September 2006
Participants from Poland, Ireland, Spain and . Exchange was based around People with disabilities.

Portugal March 2008
Participants from Portugal, Egypt, Hungary, Slovenia and Ireland. Each group brought six participant. Our group had one participants with special needs supported by his own leader. The Exchange explored discrimination through theatre.

Italy July 2008
Movie in Action
Participants from Italy and Ireland. This Exchange focussed on Movie making and the group created two movies during the exchange.

Hosting of Exchange July 2005
Participants from Romania, Slovenia, Portugal, Poland and Ireland. There were 55 participants and the theme was expressing racism/discrimination through art. With a performance and an intercultural market in the village of Mountshannon on the last day

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