Project Islanders is a youth project funded by the Erasmus+ programme aimed to help young people gain added confidence in themselves by learning numerous skills in communication, leadership, teamwork, social entrepreneurship, marketing, IT and presentation skills so as to be able to either get back into education or the workforce. Prisms Malta, Ajiter from the Azores, TDM 2000 from Sardinia, the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Crete and the ‘Institute of Tourism Studies’ [ITS] have all been collaborating together for these past months to make it happen. All partners have contributed their skills and knowledge to help these 40 young people across the four islands. As we truly believe that,
“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other”
~ Desiderius Erasmus
Who will manage the touristic activities?
The young people themselves! In particular, young people who are not in education, employment nor training, some also coming from difficult backgrounds. The young people, 40 of them, met for the first time in Malta for Erasmus+ training course, after which in within their own countries these youngsters have been meeting regularly with their youth workers in order to come up with unique and authentic activities for tourists. Together as a team, they have created this website for the benefit of its users.
Where did this idea originate from?
Prisms, the coordinating and lead partner of this project, are a group of experienced youth workers/leaders that came together with the aim to cater for the requirements of young people. As an NGO, Prisms is always striving to provide informal and non-formal learning opportunities. The idea of the project started during the network meeting which took place during a training course in 2014. All the partners in this project have extensive experience in implementing youth related project on a local, regional and European level. Since we will be focusing on tourism, ITS were then approached to give their technical input in the project design and implementation.
Together, as trainers, youth workers/leaders and experts have shared their expertise and passion to help these 40 young people to create something of their own, that provided something valuable to all its users who wish to visit and experience the real authentic taste of one of these beautiful islands