Youth exchange "Beautiful techniques of art for smiles of children" in Koukli, Greece

“Beautiful techniques of art for smiles of children” – this youth exchange project was hosted by Youth Center of Epirus in Koukli – Greece from 7th until 16th of September 2012 the project was created under Youth in Action Programme. These 10 days is unforgettable time for 25 people from Greece, Turkey, Spain, Latvia and Poland.

During the exchange project, all participants learned about each other's cultures, exchanged experiences and had some fun.

All 25 people joined to one of three offered art techniques (painting on wood, collage, paper-mache) in order to create pieces of art that now already are in Child care center of Ioannina and children hospital of Ioannina town. Between doing some art, participants also joined different king of games and visited some places in Epirus –Greece, for example Ioannina center, Dodoni archeological place and so on.


Here, some participants of the exchange project say:


  • The project was good, because I liked the project aims and activities, also place where we stayed. I enjoyed the people there.  (Agnese, Latvia)
  • My biggest personal achievement during the youth exchange was meeting people from all round, making contacts and generally enjoying time with new people (Reinis, Latvia)
  • After this youth exchangeI will go back to Spain with a lot of new friends. Also even if there were some things I would like to change in this project, I really liked these 10 days and this project made me interested to participate in more youth exchanges. (Laura, Spain)
  • This was my first time in Greece and I had really good time. We could do art in the technique we chose and also to have free time to create friendship with people from other European countries. (Alejandro, Spain)
  • It’s great to learn about various cultures and people. I got different experiences and friendships. I can say that I passed10 awesome days in Greece. (Rabia, Turkey)
  • Everything was really amazing – food in Greece was delicious, we visited many places and did a lot of stuff. Normally I hate painting but after this project I really like it. ;) (Onur, Turkey)
  • The biggest success of the exchange project was true integration between participants – this is the way to know some different cultures. (Szymon, Poland)
  • This exchange was a new experience for me. I have never been in international exchange before so everything I saw was something new for me. It was a new lesson for me – a lesson that I will keep in my memory for a long time. (Agniezska, Poland)
  • During the exchange, we managed to communicate with each other and we learnt that it doesn’t matter the country where we born or grow up, matters only the fact that we all are people and we see the same moon before we go to sleep. (Eva, Greece)

Here you can see many pictures taken during the activities of the project.

Youth Center of Epirus wants to say a big thank you to our supporters: Municipality of Pogoni in Epirus of Greece for hosting the exchange and giving the support, to KTEL Ioannina and Pamvotis Travel for transporting the participants of the exchange safely from place to place 


«Το σχέδιο αυτό χρηματοδοτήθηκε με την υποστήριξη της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής. Η παρούσα δημοσίευση [ανακοίνωση] δεσμεύει μόνο τον συντάκτη της και η Επιτροπή δεν ευθύνεται για τυχόν χρήση των πληροφοριών που περιέχονται σε αυτήν.»


"The project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author and the Commission is not responsible for any use of the information contained therein."