When? 23rd – 30th August 2018
Where? Messines, amidst Flanders Fields (Belgium).
To do what? work together on a contemporary peace message (starting from the shared history of first world war), through creative methods. At the end of the week there is a final moment where the youth share their message towards policy makers. 
Why: we choose for a project that stresses the voice and agency of youth, and the international dimension of WW1 + changing the way in which first world war is often remembered (nationalistic,…)

Deadline for applying: 30th June 2018



About the project

From 2014 to 2018, across the world, people came together to commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died during the First World War. More than 50 nations were involved in this horrible conflict. This year, 100 years after the Great War ended, we want to mark the end of the centenary by putting up a project in which we focus on peacebuilding and on the young people of our countries; the voices of our future.

This Summer, Peace Village – an international youth hostel with its own educational wing- organizes a “week of peace” with participants coming from as many countries as possible. The aim of this project is to unite 112 youngsters out of the 56 countries that were involved in the conflict in Belgium. The participants, a girl and a boy who are or turn 18 in 2018 of each country, will live together during a week at the Peace Village and will work towards their own contemporary peace message. This message will be officially presented to the political policy-makers at the end of the week. Our project is funded with the support from Federal Government of Belgium, the Flemish Government and the Province of West-Flanders.



Profile of participants:
  • Age: Participants should be born in 2000. Or maximum one year older or younger
  • gender balance; a boy and a girl.
  • able to speak English, as this will be the working language. We are aware that this is not easy for all countries. So basic knowledge is sufficient.
  • we would like to have a mixed and diverse group of youth, so also from vulnerable background
  • No need to have previous experience or knowledge on topic, motivation and interest is enough




All costs related to accommodation and food will be covered by the hosting organization.

Plane tickets will be covered. The rest of the local travel costs have to be self-funded by the participants (train to the city where the activity takes place, airport transfer, etc.). 



Participation fee: NONE

Sending fee: 500 MKD