Open Call for Rural Youth Camp in Spain!

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Are you a young person from a rural background?

Join us in Andalucia, Spain for an inspiring 6-day camp in the town of Cazorla, near Jaén! 

The EYCA Rural Youth Camp will bring together 50 young people from rural areas across Europe. You’ll gain knowledge on rural initiatives taking place in other regions, understand how to energise your community and create connections between the many young rural people in Europe. 

The main purpose of the Rural Youth Camp is to identify new ideas on how to build on rural opportunities and engage with young people. The challenges and opportunities identified by the participants will be included in a roadmap to be presented to local authorities and organisations to improve the lives of young rural people. This is your moment to influence the decisions taken by policymakers on our continent.

Do you want to activate your community? Want to see better mobility and access to public infrastructure in your region? Have a cool idea on how to make use of local activities and opportunities? Join us in Cazorla!

When and where is it taking place?

11-17 April 2024 (including travel days) at the Albergue Inturjoven Cazorla youth hostel.

Cazorla is located in the south of Spain and is known for its breathtaking natural reserves and the Moorish castle Castillo de la Yedra.

What’s the profile of the participants?

  • Are 18-26 years old.
  • Can speak basic English.
  • Resident in the EU or a country in which EYCA has a member organisation.
  • Have a rural background (see below)
  • People who are interested in participating, sharing experiences and improving their knowledge and action on rural youth issues.
  • Be available from 11-17 April 2024.
  • No experience required — just motivation!
  • People who don’t have a European Youth Card can join
  • All travel and participation costs will be covered by EYCA.

What is Rural Youth for us?

Young people living (or previously living) in less populated areas with fewer opportunities for employment, affordable housing, education, cultural and volunteering activities, youth work and services such as public transport, health care, and accessible and fast internet connection. If you live or grew up in a rural area, we’d like you to join us!

What can I expect from the Rural Youth Camp?

  • You’ll meet like-minded people from rural areas and create memories in a beautiful rural part of Spain. 
  • The programme will focus on moments of sharing and brainstorming, where the participants will voice their personal experiences in a rural area. 
  • This will be matched with workshops to develop your skills and knowledge, to become a changemaker in your local community.
  • The purpose is to create a roadmap of rural challenges and opportunities, for which every participant will provide key information.
  • Finally, there will be lots of opportunities to explore the town and region.

How can I apply?

Do you fit the description or know somebody who does? Fill in this application form by Thursday 15 February 2024 at 23:59 CET