Open Your Minds, Leave Stereotypes!




”Open Your Minds, Leave Stereotypes!” project is aiming the creation of opportunity for rebuilding historical-cultural ties that both nations have, but which are a little bit forgotten right now, taking into account especially economical and political relations of Poland and Ukraine. This problem is extremely visible among young people, who didn’t have any chance to experience real Polish-Ukrainian cooperation in their lifes and the closeness of both societies. The main motivation of project partners and participants are existing needs, identified all together, based on really existing problem given above.

Project is then developed to show participants how close are cultures of Poland and Ukraine, even though both countries are in different political circles. Both states are members of Slavic cultures family, but their closeness was crushed by several political and economical circumstances. Young generation should have a chance to work together and find own points of view and in this way to contribute to building effective dialogue between their countries and societies. This is why the main objective of the project is to strengthen intercultural dialogue between Youth from Poland and Ukraine through elaboration of open and tolerant attitudes, opportunities to know both cultures better, breaking barriers and stereotypes, as well as cooperation within international group, giving possibility to utilize potential of mutual relations.

Project is going to be prepared and implemented in the idea of non formal education, using its approaches, showing Yout existing possibilities and encouraging them in the learning process, at the same time giving chance to reach decisions together. Participants from the very beginning are going to be active parties of the project, being involved in its real implementation, as well as contributing to its promotion and results dissemination. Showing Youth role in the whole process is one of the most important elements for both partners.

Specific objectives of the project:

  • Bringing together young people from both countries through showing common elements (language, dances, traditional cuisine, history), values and interests of both nations.
  • Intensification of international cooperation through cultural integration and mutual understanding of young people and creation of open and active attitudes between each other;
  • Showing to Youth the range of possibilities and benefits coming from cooperation, also from initiatives undertaken by Poland within European Union;
  • Showing the importance of Youth role in their societies as people able to contribute to promotion and dissemination of common ideas and values, influencing on utilization of bilateral potential;
  • Utilization of instruments and approaches of non-formal education for going through development process of each participant in an effective way;
  • Using possibilities given by informative and communication technologies in moving within nowadays countries and societies;
  • Promotion of language learning through utilization of 3 of them during Youth Exchange, and explaining their role as a way to find carrier path on foreign labour markets;
  • Showing to Ukrainian Youth cultural closeness of Poland, marking the membership in European Union and support in their road to gradual integration based on strong common cultural values and similarities.

The whole project will be based on non-formal learning:

Approaches: Learning through challenges; Holistic approach (Knowledge-Experience-Competence); Experiental Learning (Action-Experience-Reflection-Conclusion-Action); Diversified Education; Personal contribution and resposibility for education.


  • workshops,
  • simulation exercises,
  • team building exercises and name games,
  • speeches and presentations,
  • active discovery of the venue and sightseeing activities,
  • interviewing local population,
  • cultural presentations organized by the participants,
  • cognitive visits,
  • daily reflections and final evaluation.


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Projekt finansowany ze środków przyznanych przez Polsko-Ukaińską Radę Wymiany Młodzież.

Project financed with the funds received from Polish-Ukrainian Council for Youth Exchange.