The development of tourism and mountain sports is becoming more and more popular. The name “You And the Mount /YATM/” was chosen because we want to show what the relationship between the people and the mountain is. With the project, we encourage young people to continue to look for sustainable tourism and sport, yet we want to show them that unwise behaviour in the mountain sometimes leads to serious consequences. By gathering young people, we aim to teach them basic skills that are essential for practicing tourism and sports in the mountains. They will advance skills that will be useful not only in the mountains, but also in their everyday lives. Through all the activities we have planned, they will be taken out of a comfort zone, they will have to solve cases they would encounter in the mountains, but these skills would also be useful in their everyday lives.
The main goals we are pursuing with the implementation of this project are:
– Acquiring skills in extreme and unpredictable situations in the mountains;
– Prevention of the risks of practicing sports and tourism in the mountains;
– First aid skills in situations already created; – Selection of proper equipment and route in foreseeable mountain situations;
– Selection of appropriate equipment and route in predictable mountain situations;
– Creating website/blog/web platform by the participated youngsters in the project, where they can share good practices, advices with each other, can add their friends and can stay in contact after the project. Based on the accumulated knowledge of the previous days, the youngsters will begin to create the website/blog/platform for future communication between the participants and their friends on local and international level.
– Understanding EU priorities in policies for young people, their personal and professional development;
– Understanding EU policies on physical activity and the way in which sport contributes to their health and wellbeing;
– Understanding EU policies on sustainable development and policies in EU countries;
By implementing the project activities, young people will have to think rationally, to deal with different situations and develop their rational thinking. All participants are united around the need to improve the mountain culture and the purely human qualities of young people.
Partner organizations will select young people who are publicly involved and want to share their experiences with their societies.
During the YE project, young people will have the opportunity to understand:
– The need to have no emotional but rational thinking, decision making when choosing activities in the mountain;
– How important is the purely human attitude and how they should respond when they see a person who is in an unfavorable situation and trouble;
The profile of the participants will be as follows:
– Young people who practice the activities listed above with experience and interest in the topic;
– Young people who really want to improve the quality of performance of mountain and extreme sports and activities and help their peers to avoid fatal incidents. The selected participants to participate in the project will work for follow-up and dissemination among young people at local and international level;
– The age of the participants should be 18+ with a good working level in English;
8 full working days;
In 2021 (exact dates will be announced at a later stage);
The place will be a mountain base near Sofia. The countries that will participate in the project are: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina – a total of 45 participants: 6 participants from each partner country (5 youngsters (18-30 years old) and one team leader (18+: no age limit) from each country + 2 trainers BUL and 1 facilitator – BIH).
The project will follow the nonformal learning approach and will be combined with teamwork, exercises, discussions and teamwork.
“You And the Mount /YATM/” is co-funded by ErasmusPlus Programme of the European Union.
On May 26, 2020, a financial seminar was held, organized by the “Erasmus +” National Agency in Bulgaria, which was attended by Joanna Dochevska and Kalinka Gudarovska – Board members of the Bulgarian Sports Development Association (BSDA)- project coordinator.