An International Youth Exchange Program
National Treasures is a collaborative youth exchange, creative development, and a platform for future international opportunities. It was developed as a research project by partners from the UK, Sweden, Brazil and Australia, who work in formal, non-formal and informal education. The partners have identified two groups of young people struggling to function in mainstream education:
- At risk youth – those experiencing social and/or economic obstacles
- Early specialists – those considered gifted and talented
International Youth ExchangeNational Treasures brings together six young people from each country in two one-week-long youth exchanges, one in Melbourne (November 12-19, 2017) and one in the UK (March 24-31, 2018).
The exchanges will use play, led predominantly by the young people, to explore and combine different interests and ideas, and begin development of a theatre work that combines sport, theatre and circus. This collaboration has the potential to engage new audiences through uniting art forms fuelled by the passion of 24 young people, 2 directors, 1 circus artist, 1 African percussionist and dancer and a sports coach. A creative development showing will be offered in Melbourne in Nov 2017.
8 months volunteering in SwedenTwo volunteer positions are available to work in Orkelljunga, Sweden, for eight months. The positions, made available through the European Volunteer Service (EVS), are significantly subsidised, with flights covered to a value of €1,100, a monthly contribution to food and accommodation and a weekly stipend for volunteers. IFALL have an embryonic circus program and they are interested in expanding. The Volunteers will gain experience in working with young refugees, in exchange they will work with the Swedish volunteers at IFALL to increase their capacity to continue to teach circus activities They have access to a great space, suitable for circus, and a certain amount of