Last weekend, 4th till 6th of February we held the APV for the project “Rural life of young people in Europe – A cultural perspective”, which GRÜNE JUGEND Bayern is running in a little town called Agatharied, about 50km south from Munich. Even if the people from Romania and Ireland could not take part (for good reasons), we could work productively on our program and wrote a reader. We visited some of the places we will visit with our participants and spoke to some lectuers.
We also had fun. We, that’s Beatrix Hilpert and Karl Bär from Bavaria, Eelke Bakker from the Netherlands, Andi Birnstingl from Styria (Austria) and Marcus Petz from England. We stayed at the Berghof, an old farm on a hill right before the town, which will defi nitely play some part in the competition about the title of the most beautiful places for one of our events, especially when covered with snow. The whole project will be run at this farm, which at the same time is an alternative youth hostel and hosts project like cooking with solar panels and an organic sewage system.
The rural exchange will take place from the 12th to the 19th of March in Bavaria and will gather around 40 people from Bavaria, Styria, Romania, Ireland, England & Wales and the Netherlands. As we still search for participants, if you come from a rural area in one of these countries, are between 15 and 25 and are interested in the topic of rural development and youth implementation, write a mail to me, karlbaer[at]swissinfo.org. BUT: If you do or soon will study at a university, you will have no chance! But I don’t want to tell more about the project, as Ecosprinter of course will cover the exchange itself and we all want some new things with every new version.