Ceredigion Youth Service will take part in an International Youth Exchange Project hosted in Italy, alongside Youth Groups from Poland, Spain and Malta.

The week long project is titled ‘Out of the Box’ and will focus on immigration and integration. The project will focus on themes including identity, cultural differences, stereotypes and prejudice, migration and constructive dialogue through a range of workshops, brainstorming, role play and team games.

The project will be hosted by Italian Youth Organisation, Associazione Giovaninsieme and is funded by Erasmus+. The project will take place in the mountain town of Torgnon in the Aosta Valley region of North-Western Italy.

Eight young people from across Ceredigion have been selected to take part in this year’s international project. Molly Isherwood (Ceredigion Youth Council), Caredig Ap Tomos (Ceredigion Youth Council), Seren Williams (Ceredigion Youth Council), Dyfan Hunt (Penparcau Youth Club), Matthew Howe (Cardigan Youth Club), Thomas Evans (Young Volunteer), Chloe Toose (Aberaeron Youth Club) and Neide Willis (Aberaeron Youth Club) will be going to Italy.

Lowri Evans, Deputy Principal Youth Officer said, “We’re really looking forward to visiting Italy, and meeting others from across Europe. This project will be a fantastic opportunity for Ceredigion’s young people to learn new skills and to develop their knowledge of immigration and integration, whilst also exploring other perspectives. We’re very fortunate to be able to represent the UK in this year’s international exchange to Italy, alongside our partners from Malta, Poland and Spain.”

Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning and Leisure, said: “As a Council, we are very proud of the hard work of our Youth Service to the young people of the county. This will be a very important and worthwhile opportunity for a group of Ceredigion’s young people to develop new skills and learn about important current affairs and international relations. We wish them all the best on the project.”

The group will join 32 other young people aged between 14-17 and eight other Youth Workers from Italy, Spain, Malta and Poland at the end of August.