Subjects for the villages

Subjects for the villages

As said before, we want every village to have a specific topic, which is typical/most important for this village. In this way we want to cover all the themes brought forward in the Preparation weekend and also involve all the participating villages. We also want to interview only the people that are going to the youth camp this year. We think that the link between the villages and the youth camp is important to make a clear documentary. If it’s really necessary to introduce people with an interesting story that won’t go to the youth camp it might be possible to have an interview with somebody that goes and somebody that doesn’t go to a youth camp.

We think the best way to keep an interesting story is to give every village a special function. Not all the themes that we talked about in January will be in every village, but we tried to choose for every village the most interesting subjects. If you have any comment on this or think we forgot something or have not quite the good perspective on the issues: please let us know. You’re very welcome to give comments.


Paxos is an island; it is difficult to get to the mainland. The young people on high school stay on the island for most of the year, while if you want to study further you have to leave the island and only come back a couple of times a year. Does this influence your choices for the future?

 Do the youth camps influence your decisions and do you see differences between the people that went and that didn’t went to a youth camp? Does it make the community more connected with each other? Does the fact that you have seen other places and cultures change your decision if you want to stay or not?

 If people already feel more separated from the main land, what do they feel of Europe as a whole? For foreigners Paxos is paradise on earth, how is this for the people on the island?

 We have noticed that the Greek people on the youth camps have a lot of contact with their family and friends back home. Does this have something to do with the island-feeling or is it common to all Greek people?


In Porrúa we would like to focus on why the young people in Porrúa don’t want to travel and to stay in their village. Are problems with languages and education a cause for this? How do the young people look at people that do go to the youth camp?

 It would be very good to find somebody to go to the youth camp from Porrúa itself (we know it’s hard). We want to know the prejudices from the Porrúa youth and contrast it with the enthusiasm of participants of the last years. What happened to the enthusiasm from the youth camp in 2008?

 Kilingi Nomme:

 In Kilingi Nomme we want to focus on the aspect of Europe and the removal of stereotypes. What is the common opinion in Estonia about Europe and European cultures? How do you think the Estonian culture compares with for instance the Greek or Italian? Do you feel more European or Estonian? What other languages can you learn on Estonian high school?

 So in general we want to focus on the connectedness and meaning of Europe for the people in Estonia. How important it is for them to be part of Europe?

 Pergine Valdarno:

 The youth of Pergine is very active. Is this just for cultural village or also for other projects? How is the quality of life in Pergine? Does it help to be active in a group?

 The Italians have a great time on the youth camp, but sometimes stick together. Would this be different if they speak better English or is it just their way of doing? Is it important for people from Italy to speak foreign languages? Do you have contact with the English language in Italy?


 Because there is no high school in the area of Mellionnec lots of the young people from the age of 12 go to a boarding school. They are independent people. For some of the young people from other villages is the youth camp their first travel without their parents. The people from Mellionnec already have a lot of experience. Does this influence their choice on going to a youth camp? The people from Mellionnec often leave their village but don’t always move to the city, they often find another village to study or work. Why is that? Is it important for French people to learn other languages? Do you think it is important to prepare for the youth camp to get better experiences?


Palkonya is a very small village. We would like to focus on the differences in culture and mentality between people from Hungary and other Europeans and how they feel at home in Europe. Do you think speaking English is important for getting in touch with other people? How important is it for the Hungarian people to get to know Europe? Do they prefer their own foods and drinks above others?


 In Kirchheim we want to focus on the young people from Kirchheim who organise the youth camp. Where do they think about when they write the program? What do you think is important for the young people to remember from the youth camp and from Austria? What do you want them to learn? How do your own experiences on the youth camps influence the way you organize it yourself?

 Wijk aan Zee:

 The young people from Wijk aan Zee aren’t really proud of their culture. The Dutch traditions and dances are for the old people and are boring. Going to a youth camp makes them understand that other countries are proud of their culture. We are very international, but by this internationality we sometimes forget what local culture is about. In the villages we see the importance of local products for communities. You can buy tzaziki in every supermarket in Holland, but to make your own is still a lot different.


 Bystré lies in the heart of Europe. There is a great difference in people from Bystré. Some people travel all around Europe by hitchhiking and some is the youth camp the only time to go abroad. Is language the only factor that creates this division? The people from Bystré were not on the APV; maybe they can add some themes themselves.


Ströbeck is very famous for its chess culture and lies in the middle of Germany. Is this chess culture still alive for the young people? We would like people to tell about the living chess and how they experience this. Is it a great way to travel? What is the status of the living chess? Etc.