Thu. Oct 28th, 2021

Spread the word, Sing with us – Luxembourg: 18-26 August 2021

Summary of the project:
Encouraged by the successful realization of ‘Spread the word, sing with us (part 1,2 and 3)’ youth exchange projects and motivated by the eagerness of the participants and our local volunteers to carry on with the idea of music as a tool for self-expression, we decided to bring to life a 4th sequel of this project.
The objective of this project is to encourage young people to use music as a tool to express themselves and their ideas and it will also encourage the intercultural exchange. We will reach these objectives through series of non-formal based activities. The activities will take participants back in time and allow them to grasp how music developed through the years and peek into the influence of music within their daily lives. They will craft their own instruments from scratch and take part in an international jamming session where they will use the very same instruments. Those instruments will allow all participants to take part in the jamming and perform with the others for the rest of the project regardless if they have any prior musical skills, which we find very important to foster inclusion and cohesion within the group.


Divided in international groups, the participants will explore the concept of a cover song and they will prepare, rehearse and perform some of the timeless classics in their own style. International bands will be formed according to interest (musical genre, topics willing to address) and the participants will write down their own lyrics and melody and put them together into a song. The author songs of participants will address current European issues viewed through their eyes. The bands will do a public performance followed by a jamming session of an open character.
The needs and issues that we want to tackle?
Young people feel the urge to share their thoughts and feelings. Therefore, music is a universal tool for their voice to be heard and help them bring the changes that they want to see within their lives, their neighborhood, local community or European Union as a whole. Music does not know any limits and it is a great tool to develop many personal competences such as: public speaking, sense of entrepreneurship, being a team player and value different opinions. It is what makes it such an amazing tool for youth work and the reason why we at ReAct work on building a path to further explore the potential of music as s tool in youth work.
Here are some impressions of the two public performances we did during the 3rd edition of this project:

  • Kinnekswiss park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_QVTbf_-mk
  • LuxTram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= i m4o6mfH EFk

Accommodation:
Chalet Nie. Rollinger is a scouts center located in the vicinity of Luxembourg city.
Surroundings:
The accommodation is located in a small village called Neihaischen. The house is surrounded by trees and greenery, ideal for practicing sports and outdoor activities.
How to get to the accommodation?
Take the bus number 144 in front of Luxembourg city central train station and get off at Neu haeusgen, lewescht Neihaischen bus stop. There is a bus departing every 30 min. The chalet is 5 min walk from the place where you get off the bus.
Facilities:

  • Activity/dining room
  • Professional kitchen
  • Bathrooms/showers on every floor (separated by gender)
  • Shared rooms (separated by gender)

Participants profile:
We are seeking motivated young people willing to share the volunteering spirit. We are searching for 5 you ng participants (18-25) from each country plus 1 group leader (of any age). It is important to maintain gender balance in the group.
Please inform us in advance if you have participant(s) with handicap or disabilities within your group in order to prioritize them during the selection process. Erasmus+ is a program that supports young people with disadvantages which is the reason why we strongly encourage their inclusion.
English will be the working language of this project, which is why we find it important that each participant has at least basic knowledge of the language.
Good mood, happy faces and positive energy are more than welcomed.
You will need:

  • Mask (preferably more than 1)
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Towels and hygiene essentials
  • Warm clothes
  • Camera, laptop and anything that will make your life and work easier
  • Ideas, ice-breakers and traditional dances for your national evening
  • Posters, leaflets, cards, videos and typical music of your country
  • Materials, stickers and brochures of your organization (if any)
  • Good mood and energy to be active!

Reimbursement:
We will reimburse 100% of your actual travel costs for the way to Luxembourg and back.
The reimbursement will be made in cash on the last day of the project. However, there is a limit that we cannot exceed. For more information, please consult your sending NGO.
In order to make the reimbursement, we will need all the tickets (originals) including the ones for the way back. It is very important that you keep ALL your travel documents (itineraries, boarding passes, bus/train tickets).
Travel costs will be reimbursed only if you take part in ALL the activities foreseen for the project.
We will help you find the best option for your journey to the project.

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