DISCOVERY OF ENVIRONMENT: Preliminary discovery of Local Environment

Type of tool: 
120+ min
Topics addressed: 
Intercultural learning

A tool for taking a new look at people and things, our surroundings and the rules we
live by. There is always a need to find the truth and a desire (inevitably disappointed )
not to forget anything.


To get young people who are taking part in exchanges organised under the Youth for Europe Programme to really get to know what the places they visit have to offer them and thus facilitate intercultural learning that is truly European.


All the work should be organised around a mnemonic device : T.A.P.E. = Record, memorise.
• T = Taste and/or Test
• A = Analysis
• P = Production
• E = Exchange and /or Evaluation
Those involved actors have to be open to this approach which requires an open mind or at least a willingness to think differently and above all to reject narrow or dogmatic thinking ; when you want to think European, you stop looking at things from a national viewpoint.
To achieve this, we use intercultural learning as a method rather than an objective. Establishing co-operation that can lead to better communication demonstrates the advantage of cultural enrichment based on diversity and exchange.

Step by step process: 

The group is divided in several investigating team : Nature, Sociology, History, Folk Arts and Traditions. Participants choose which group they want to be in but there is one restriction :
- There must be a balanced distribution of nationalities
- Each group must have one member from the host country.
The handout document (Local Environment Investigation Team) is given to each investigating team.
The instruction for this phase and the presentation of results is : K.I.S.S.
Keep It Specific and Simple
· Tell the best moment for experimentation (ex.: the tide)
· Take care about the timing : duration of the presentation.
· Make sure you take time for 1 hour evaluation.
· Evaluate
- Goals explained by team,
- Target Group,
- Method and Tools,
- The players feedback.
· Write your way to the presentation (Why, How etc..) : Goals, Target group etc…
Present the Technics you used (why, how and what material etc..).

Materials and resources: 

* Handout "Local Environment Investigation Team"
* Notebooks and writers.
* Digital devices for recording
* Audiovisual equipment: Laptop/PC + Projector + Speakers + Screen or big wall
* Flip chart + paper
* Markers

Notes for further use: 

The report of the training seminar could be very useful to understand the frame where the tool was essayed for first time.

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