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Bi-Regional Youth Exchange

As part of the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS international research coordinated by MGCI in the School of Art History. MGCI will facilitate an exciting and empowering bi-regional youth exchange between Latin America and Europe involving 24 young people: 12 from Costa Rica, 6 from Portugal and 6 from Scotland.

Each month, these 24 young people will take part in workshops discussing their rural community, identity, heritage, culture whilst building their self-confidence. In between workshops, the young people will be encouraged to visit their local community museums as well as document their journey through an online blog. The main language of the exchange will be English, but each young person will be encouraged to share their own language: Spanish, Portuguese, Scottish Gaelic or Borucan to interact with the local community.

In summer 2017, the Scottish and Portuguese young people will travel to Costa Rica taking part in an international exchange. Offering the young people an opportunity to compare their own community, identity, heritage and culture with indigenous communities of Boruca, Rey Curré and San Vicente. In Summer 2018, the Costa Rican young people visit Europe; visiting the rural island of the Isle of Skye in the north west of Scotland and visiting the rural communities of Barcelos, Penafiel and São João da Madeira.

Coordinating Staff & Community Support

MGCI Institute Director, Dr Karen Brown, Coordinator of EU-LAC-MUSEUMS works closely with the European and Latin American and Caribbean Regional Alliances of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) (http://www.icom.museum).

Youth Programme Worker, Jamie Allan Brown works closely with the community organisations, researchers and volunteers in both Latin America and Europe.

Isle of Skye

In Scotland, the bi-regional youth exchange works with The Staffin Community Trust (https://www.staffin-trust.co.uk). Established by the local community in Staffin, Isle of Skye. It’s aim is to improve Staffin’s economic prospects, stimulate social and cultural activities and improve services, with the Gaelic language an integral part of that. The Staffin Community Trust supports this youth exchange programme by offering guidance, local knowledge and the support of the Ceumannan – Staffin Ecomuseum (http://www.skyecomuseum.co.uk).

You can read more about the Scottish bi-regional youth exchange by visiting: https://eulacmuseumsyouthscotland.wordpress.com

Portugal

In Portugal, supported by Universidade do Porto, the bi-regional youth exchange works within the rural communities of Barcelos, Penafiel and São João da Madeira near Portugal's second major city Porto. The Barcelos Pottery Museum, Penafiel Municipal Museum and S. João da Madeira Hat Museum are supporting this project.

You can read more about the Portugese bi-regional youth exchange by visiting: https://eulacmuseumspt.tumblr.com/

Costa Rica Youth

In Costa Rica, the bi-regional youth exchange works within the indigenous village communities of Boruca, Rey Curré and San Vicente. Supported by the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (http://www.museocostarica.go.cr) and Red de Museos Comunitarios de América (http://www.museoscomunitarios.org).

You can read more about the Costa Rica bi-regional youth exchange by visiting: https://eulacmuseumsyouthcostarica.wordpress.com

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693669.

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