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Peripheral Countries Volunteering for the Environment

"Peripheral Countries Volunteering for the Environment" is a bilateral Youth Exchange project which was carried out in Iceland in February of 2012. The 50 participants which came from Fuerteventura, Spain, and Garšabęr, Iceland, spent a week together studying global environmental challenges and climate change, comparing how their countries are being affected and learning from each other, as well as various institutions and organizations in Iceland, about which measures can be taken to deal with these issues. Furthermore, they looked at the role of voluntary workers in combating both environmental problems and social problems. Last but not least, they widened their horizons and enhanced their education by working in a foreign language with young people from a different country and culture. Through varied methods such as field trips, visits, interviews, web quests, lectures and discussions, in addition to receiving some first-hand experience of voluntary work, the overall aim was to foster tolerance between two culturally different groups and increase the participants' understanding of and respect for each other's cultures and countries. We sincerely believe that this aim was achieved.

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