The Exchange Programme in Bulgaria

Between 13 and 20 July 2012 seven people participated in the exchange programme in Bulgaria from Hungary. Fanni Czene and Emília Tóth, class 11.F, Adrienn Dubrán and Anett Hajdú, class 10.F, students of Kálmán Mikszáth Secondary Grammar School in Pásztó and Liliána Hajas, student of Pásztorvölgyi Secondary Grammar School in Eger. As an adult leader Dalma Bogdán, class 13.F helped me. Representatives of five countries participated in this multilateral exchange programme; besides Bulgaria and Hungary, young people from Rumania, Spain and Portugal also took part in it.

We could take part in the exchange programme within the Youth in Action Programme. The title of the project is: Back to the tradition with a smile to the future. The main aim was to provide an opportunity for oung people coming from different cultural, ethnic and social background to recognize the value of cultural and historical diversity and to get more information about it.
We travelled by plane via Vienna to Sofia, and then by bus that was provided by the organizers from the airport to Veliko Tarnovo.
Main activities: By the project we wanted to defend the thesis that the wealth of Europe is in its diversityand its protectors and promoters are young people because they are our future. The target group are young people between the ages of 13 and 16.
Each group showed its folk music, folk costumes and taught folk dance to the representatives of the other countries, and during the intercultural evening, gave a presentation of typical products of its country (e.g.: Pick sausage) that the others could taste.
Among the official programmes there were meetings with the mayor Veliko Tarnovo and the director of the employment office, during which we talked about problems concerning young people in connection with choice of career and finding a good job. We visited Arbanassi which place had found a great solution for unemployment, and that is tourism. The language that we used for work was English. The programmes were extremely well organized. The members of the Hungarian group really enjoyed the visit. We managed to form a good relationship with the other groups, especially with the Portuguese.
This exchange programme was fruitful and successful because it provided an opportunity for the youth to get to know each other’s culture, to make friends, and practise English.

Pásztó, 05.09.2012.
Emese Hajnal, leader of the Hungarian group