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Młodzież podczas spotkania młodych - Akureyri 2023

Polish-Icelandic Youth Meetings - Akureyri 2023

From June 26th to July 1st, 2023, students from Jelenia Góra had the opportunity to engage in discussions with colleagues from Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. They explored topics such as the functioning of youth city councils, youth participation in social life, cooperation with local governments, and the importance of tolerance. The young participants also took part in art and community workshops, collaborating with politicians from Nordic countries. As part of this exchange, they visited their Icelandic friends' homes. They explored nearby tourist attractions, including Lake Mývatn and Godafoss Waterfall. The Icelandic youth's revisit to Jelenia Gora is planned for the third quarter of 2023.

Experiences of the Exchange Participants

"The theatre workshop was intense, filled with learning and experimenting with different acting techniques. I was impressed by their dedication and passion for the art of theatre. It was inspiring to share my own ideas and creative improvisations with them. Meeting Danes, Swedes, Norwegians, Finns, and Icelanders provided a great opportunity to exchange experiences and learn about different cultures. We found common themes and formed lasting friendships despite language and customs differences. Each of them had fascinating stories to tell and offered a unique perspective on the world. The boat ride on Lake Mývatn was another unforgettable experience, surrounded by its unique nature, geothermal fields, volcanic rock formations, and hot springs. Iceland was an extraordinary experience for me, with its beautiful nature and friendly, open people. One significant aspect from the meeting with youth city councils from Nordic countries, which is relevant and worth implementing in Jelenia Góra, is the value they place on listening to young people."

Kacper Baranowski

"During the trip to Iceland, I was most impressed not only by the breathtaking views but also by the amazing people and their care for nature. Learning about a different culture was an unforgettable experience, and the hospitality of Icelanders made me feel at home. The views of the mountains, geysers, and waterfalls were absolutely stunning, and it was hard to believe that something so extraordinary existed on our planet. However, the biggest surprise was witnessing how thoughtfully Icelanders take care of their unique natural environment. Meeting and interacting with people from different countries was extremely inspiring, as I got to learn about diverse cultures, traditions, and languages. Thanks to this exchange, I made valuable friendships with people from all over the world. Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world, and one can feel this while being there. The people are friendly and hospitable, and the atmosphere on the island is calm and safe. It was an amazing experience that left a lasting impression on me. Ecology and environmental protection: Iceland is known for its care for the environment. The country is a leader in the use of renewable energy, and its policies focus on protecting nature, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable development, Active society: Iceland has a strong tradition of active civil society. Icelanders are often involved in social and political activities, raising tolerance towards the LGBTQ+ community."

Paulina Klimowicz

"Probably everyone has a few places in mind that they must visit in their lifetime. Imagine fulfilling your dream much sooner than expected. No one can take away from me the excitement I experienced when this opportunity to go was put in front of me. If someone had told me four months ago that I would be flying to a country where people believe in elves and trolls, where the landscape is otherworldly, and nature captivates you endlessly, I would have never believed it. Thank you for a week where I allowed myself to fulfil dream after dream. I met people full of love, experienced 7 days of Nordic energy, had fun, and witnessed extraordinary sights. Today, I return to Poland with new and unforgettable experiences. During the workshop, the speeches on LGBT people were the most significant. There was talk about tolerance; we were introduced to the reality of Nordic towns and the functioning of these communities. I believe this topic is worth addressing in our city."

Julia Wdowczyk

"The atmosphere during my stay was great. I met many new people with whom I keep in touch. The activities were interesting and helped with personal development."

Wojciech Bulcewicz

"The trip of a lifetime; it allowed me to break the language barrier. I visited simply amazing places and met people from all over the world with whom I will keep in touch."

Igor Prosół