Study Visit – W_UP Tour: youth work, upcycling and discovering Tibetan culture

9-23 September 2023 | Bandh & Dharamshala, INDIA

The Study Visit is a test of a new format of international mobility for youth workers – the W_UP Tour – to raise environmental awareness, make them aware of waste management and upcycling alternatives and create a positive impact in local communities.

This Study Visit is part of the W_UP project, an Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the Field of Youth. The general aim of the project is to create a mobility scheme, labelled W_UP Tour, to support young people and non-profit organisations to develop entrepreneurial activities on waste upcycling both in Europe and in Asia.
W_UP Tour is defined as a mixture of raising awareness tours and change-making actions organised by 3 European and 3 Asian non-profit organisations working on the field of youth, with the purpose of: offering quality-learning experiences to international participants and youth workers; raising awareness at international and local level on waste issues; financially supporting non-profit organisations and local communities through social entrepreneurship; helping the local community better manage the waste.

Since this Study Visit will coincide with the dates of an international workcamp, the Study Visit is addressed to youth workers and managers of NGOs interested in implementing similar activities and replicate the NFL methodologies in other communities, thus multiplying results and outcomes. Participants will have the chance to take part in the pilot activity, to see how international mobility is organised in the field of youth and to share good practices with youth workers and managers of the Asian and European organisations involved in the project.
During the Study Visit participants will discover the local context on waste management together with local community and stakeholders dealing with it, like experts, local NGOs, public institutions and local people, to perform educational activities with young people, campaigns and workshops on waste upcycling. In the last days of the W_UP Tour a dissemination event with local authorities and relevant stakeholders will be organised to present the outcomes of the mobility and raise awareness in the local communities.

The W_UP Tour in India is divided into two parts: during the 1st week participants will join RUCHI  headquarter, while on the 2nd week the group will move to Mcloedganj in Dharamshala, which is the Secretariat of the Tibetan Government in exile.

RUCHI is a non-political, non-profit organisation committed to the development of rural India, based in Bandh village and active in the youth field . RUCHI’s major activities range from awareness creation & empowerment of people to micro credit, preventive health care, sanitation, environmental improvement, agriculture & horticulture extension, soil & water conservation and management, utilization of non-conventional sources of energy, promotion of rural technologies and other economic activities.

The Study Visit for youth workers and NGO managers will last 13 days (arrival and departure included) and will include the implementation of the upcycling methodologies developed during the project, educational activities with young people, as well as the visit of other good practices and local stakeholders and the implementation of a dissemination event to promote the project.
The Study Visit is hosted by RUCHI in collaboration with Associazione No Borders, the Italian association that coordinates the project.

More information at: SALTO