The centre involves young people in various forms of activities including intercultural learning, digital creativity and artistic expression. Drone construction workshops organised recently raised a lot of enthusiasm among young people eager to go out together and shoot aerial photos of the countryside. The idea of this project crystalised when we realised that not only drones but also other digital technologies (hiking apps, smartphone cameras, etc) can motivate young people to engage in outdoor explorations. Our new partners from Slovakia and Romania are helping us implement the idea across the Carpathian Arc.
ADEL creates opportunities for young people who would like to be active, try and learn something new and gain new experience and knowledge for personal as well as professional development. This is done through workshops, discussions with influential figures, sport competitions, cultural events and art contests. ADEL’s experience in facilitation of transnational youth exchanges is an invaluable asset for our project which involves hiking together in international groups of young people from the three countries of our partnership.
The Society has 16 branches all over Transylvania which makes it the biggest touristic organisation in Romania. The regular activities include mountain trips, ski camps, contests, tourist guiding, touristic sign marking, performance tours and orientation races. The biggest event organised each year is a summer camp gathering tourists mainly from Transylvania and Hungary beneath a huge “tent”. Society brings a wealth of experience in leading touristic events, in particular mountain hiking which is the focus of our project.
The project idea is best grasped if you imagine a typical scene of a group of young hikers resting in a mountain shelter – smiling faces, lively interactions around the room with mobile phones mobilised to share pics, follow trails and connect with others.
The project began with an appreciation of this image.
Hiking, especially in the environments of natural beauty and cultural significance, is a valuable form of free time activity, raising the curiosity of the world, offering new encounters and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Such experience is shared by relatively small numbers of young people. We believe it makes sense to foster more interest in such activities. As the image suggests, engagement in the digital world can possibly provide a pathway to attract more young people to outdoor explorations.
Youth Hiking in the Digital Age is an Erasmus+ project with the above objective in view. In the framework of this project:
– We identify trails leading through sites of cultural and natural interest in the Carpathian ranges where we are based
– Organise workshops on aerial photography, filmmaking and digital mapping that take the participants from their screens to explorations of the countryside
– Involve young people in hiking together on selected trails and sharing the coverage of their expeditions through photos, films and illustrated maps
– Facilitate intercultural encounters of young participants across the partnership through online and onsite exchange
The most tangible results of our project are visible in the three categories below.
We use various apps to map and recommend some best trails in our regions
See some pics from our first flights around the areas that we’ve been exploring
The best way to get insights into the beauty and fun of hiking together