Trade Cherry

Trade Cherry 

Youth Exchange

Pedoulas, Cyprus

5-13/06/2023

About the project: 

“Trade Cherry” is a youth exchange that happened in Cyprus, at Pedoulas village from 05/06/2023 until 13/06/2023. The project involved 43 young participants from Cyprus, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia and Portugal and was primarily oriented to youth at risk of unemployment or with certain geographical or economic obstacles. It was particularly promoted to young people in rural areas as well as young people willing to explore the entrepreneurial path through tradition and agriculture. Some of the activities that were included are hands-on workshops on cherries harvesting, planting cherry trees, active participation in workshops, presentations, and study visits. Energizers, games, art activities (music, dance) and intercultural dialogue cannot be missed. This project was addressing the unemployment issue and traditional agricultural professions related to cherry that is not held by young people that much. Professions relating to cherries are amongst the infamous professions that today tend to be extinct. However, we believe that these professions can be creatively turned into the basis of entrepreneurship that can stand out in the competitive labour market, while at the same time preserving one’s culture, heritage and tradition. It could provide alternatives to employment, while such professions could further contribute to healthier lifestyles and a sustainable environment via spending time in nature and creating homemade products.

 

Objectives of the project: 

  • Acquire knowledge about Cherry-related traditions and professions of the participating countries
  • Acquire information from discussions with people/professionals still practising these traditions
  • Expand knowledge of agriculture and homemade products
  • Foster entrepreneurship and creativity in turning cherry traditions into modern ways of employment
  • Improve skills and employability of participants
  • Personal development of participants especially with regard to self-confidence and realization of their strengths and weaknesses
  • To promote social inclusion and include in our group asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants – promote active citizenship by helping the local communities as a way to fight unemployment
  • Establish life-long connections between participants and create collaborations with respect to employment and/or Erasmus+ projects
  • Involve the local community and especially the eldest by sharing their experience with the young people
  • Encourage social inclusion via the practices of agriculture
  • Increase cross-cultural understanding and communication between EU citizens