From August 26th to 29th the RAISE Youth Study Visit took place in Romania. The Romanian Vrancea County hosted RAISE partners – Center for Sustainable Communities Developement from Bulgaria. This was yet another opportunity for the RAISE Youth project team, volunteers and NEETs to exchange experiences and meet good practices from different regions.
The most active youth and volunteers from the Pernik region in Bulgaria used this opportunity to visit and meet their Romanian peers, who are implementing various initiatives in entrepreneurship, agriculture, tourism, IT, and participate in a number of their workshops and activities.
Romanian NEETs shared with pride the support and openness they had throughout the project.
“The RAISE regional coordinator was writing to me and motivating me on WhatsApp even at 12 at night”.
This statement belongs to Alina Lazăr, beneficiary, along with seven other Romanian NEETs, of 25.000 euros grant for starting a new business, offered as part of the RAISE Youth project in Romania.
During the visit, young people from both countries were able to exchange experiences and ideas regarding the development of their villages, towns and communities. Everyone presented what they have done so far in their DEMO centers.
Both in Bulgaria and in Romania, so far a series of innovative informal trainings, workshops as well as activities related to mentoring of inactive young people, development of sustainable agriculture, rural tourism, IT and digital technologies have been held.
The RAISE Youth project has helped create a productive professional environment for rural youth by supporting their entrepreneurial initiative. A significant number of young people who have passed through the youth centers have taken the important step towards starting their own business.