“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.” (Robert McKee)
Our main goal in this project is to support the creativity and self-empowerment process of young people.
This exchange project consists of two parts: the first part, which is called “Find your story”, has already been implemented in Berlin in September 2021. The second part, which is called “Meet your characters”, is going to happen in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2022.
During the first part, 20 participants – 16 young people and 4 group leaders – from Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain and Georgia had an opportunity to come together in Berlin and enter a creative group process with the goal of creating short films.
The group process was primarily focused on creating perspectives different from the ones people are used to. The participants had a chance to take all creative decisions themselves and also go through the filmmaking process independently. At the same time, the 4 group leaders had the supporting role, so when the participants faced any difficulties with filmmaking, the group leaders could come to them and help.
Young people used various creative methods to find out the stories which would be personally important for them. They also learned how to use a camera, an audio recorder and video editing software.
We also aimed to provide young people from different countries with a platform to meet and exchange. So hopefully it would lead to the creation of visions and project ideas for the future. Something that our world is desperately in need of!
“Videotopia was all about storytelling and self-expression. Workshops were triggering creativity that motivated participants to film 4 amazing projects. From collecting ideas to screening final product, main thing was learnt – there is no right or wrong way for telling your story, but there are different moments for making your important storytelling decisions. One of the workshops included a simple task – to select four words from already told stories and create a short film. This exercise played a huge role in creating final project. Videotopia developed skills from filming to editing, and from acting to directing. Participants had amazing possibility to work with professional equipment. Involving activities provided amazing team work atmosphere and friendly, divers and multicultural environment.” – Mariam Katsitadze.
“Videotopia was the youth exchange that gave us the opportunity to develop important skills such as creativity, mindfulness, editing and more. The most interesting activity was the process of staging theatre directly, which demanded the involvement and activity of all of us.” – Keso Bigvava.
– age: 18 – 28 y/o;
– willingness to work together with all participants;
– full-time involvement in the program;
– the interest in the topic and ideas/methods to contribute to the program;
– permanent residency in Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain or Georgia;
– no previous knowledge of filmmaking or foreign languages are required.
for Berlin (both ways)
Germany 180 Euro;
Bosnia and Herzegovina 275 Euro;
Spain 360 Euro;
Georgia 360 Euro.
Accommodation will be organised in a youth hostel in shared rooms.
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Here is the list with answers to the most popular questions about us and what we do
Most of the international youth exchanges are targeted at young people between the ages of 12 and 30. However, more and more opportunities for children are developed with each year. International youth exchanges are basically aimed at all adolescents and young adults. The youth exchanges organised by CHANCE International are usually targeting young people from 18 to 26 (in some cases up to 30) and funded within the Erasmus + programme.
We distinguish between participant contribution and total costs. The participant contribution is 50 Euro at max, depending on the project. During 2021 there is no participation fee. If the contribution is too high, we will always find a way for you to participate in an encounter. Please contact us!
A youth exchange is financed by the organiser’s own funds, third-party funds and the participant’s contribution. Third-party funds are provided by the Federal Government from the Child and Youth Plan and European funds from the Erasmus+ youth programme. Third-party funds are applied for by the organiser or sponsor.
To participate in our projects, you should be interested in the project topic, cultural exchange and cooperation with other participants. We do not require any foreign language or other specific skills and qualifications.
We expect our participants:
– to be involved in all project phases;
– to co-design the project, it’s activities and results.
We welcome sharing of knowledge and skills of participants with each other.
– all participants are obliged to take PCR tests: upon departure from Germany, upon arrival in a partner country and upon departure from it;
– participants are obliged to wear FPP2 masks in public places;
– organisers will provide masks and sanitizers for everybody during the full course of the project;
– the host party will ensure the sufficient degree of safety regarding the living conditions and program activities – for example – execution of project activities in well-ventilated areas or on fresh air, keeping a safe distance from other visitors or avoiding any outside contact when executing such activities;
– in case of infection – isolation of the participant, splitting the costs of medical treatment between three parties – receiving and sending organization and the participant.