Nordic Plastic Navigation: Erasmus+ youth voyage with sustainability theme. For young people aged 15-25 (26-28 at request) from the following countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. Meet your mentors and fellow trainees in Elverum folkehøgskole where you will spend two days getting to know each other and learning what to expect on board. Afterwards you will board Gulden Leeuw as a group in Kristiansand, ready to sail the ship and learn about sustainability! Visit beautiful places, organise climate actions, conduct research of microplastic in the sea and, of course, participate in sailing activites! Make friends from other countries, find what connects you, and what interesting differences you can find. Participate in Windseeker Dinghy beforehand to prolong the experience, raise funds for your journey and learn new things! Open to Windseekers aged 15-25, ages 26-28 at request for youngster price via email@example.com)
About the Journey
Nordic Plastic Navigation is a youth sailing journey with a sustainability theme. Start your adventure in Elverum, where you will spend the first two days meeting the group. The experienced mentors will organise games and other activities designed to help you get to know each other better. Soon you will be making your way to the Gulden Leeuw. Step on board and meet the captain and crew who will spend the next 12 days teaching you about sailing a Tall Ship.
Leave the harbour and set the course to explore the famously beautiful Norwegian coastline. Take the helm of an impressive Tall Ship, climb the masts and admire the views, learn to navigate, trim the sails and enjoy life following a new rhythm. By living, learning and working together you will get to know your peers from different countries. Discover cultural and individual differences, find the best ways to work together and learn from each other.
Learn from an experienced marine biologist on board. Fish for microplastics in the sea and analyse the samples before entering them in a global database. Learn about different ways in which you can easily live more sustainable life and teach others about it. Organise cleanup actions on shore and try to involve the public by spreading the word about your project. Discover nature in a new way, experience life on the sea and enjoy the short periods of digital detox.
No budget? No worries! The Windseeker Dinghy will help you get on board. The program, much more than just a fundraising training, is part of your preparation and included in the Exchanges. Raise money for your journey, supported by an experienced coach. Learn new things about yourself and gain life skills. It is also a great way to connect with other trainees. Let us know at booking if you’d like to take part. It's a good idea, really. Regardless of financial reasons. Join Dinghy and get going!
Elverum is a town in south-east Norway in the region of Østerdalen. Although quite small, Elverum lies on important crossroads, making it a significant market town in the past. Visit the Glomdal open-air museum to see the picturesque houses and glimpse handwritten medieval manuscripts. Admire the 1736 wooden church. Plan a trip to the Norwegian Forest Museum to learn about the history of hunting, trapping, fishing, forestry and forest industry in Norway.
Kristiansand is the business and cultural capital of southern Norway. The sea and surrounding fjords are perfect for recreational activities like fishing and sailing, and the nearby inland and mountains are ideal for skiing and hiking. In the more urban areas you will find a rich variety of cafes, restaurants, art galleries and museums.
Sponsorship and costs
Participants of this journey are enrolled into the Windseeker Dinghy Program for free in order to raise money for their own journey.
The subsidized price for this journey is EUR 995,- per trainee, instead of the regular price of EUR 1,780.
Windseekers from the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden need to become members of their countries' Sail Training Associations for a small fee (usually up to EUR 30).
Possible reimbursement of your travel costs to- and from the ports, up to a certain amount (according to the rules of the Erasmus+ Program). The maximum amount is: for Norway EUR 180, Sweden EUR 180, the Netherlands EUR 275, Denmark EUR 275, UK EUR 275. The exact amounts will be confirmed at a later date, depending on the EU funding.
The reimbursement will take place several months after the journey.
Dates: 2 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
Participating countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK
No sailing experience required!
Official language on board: English
Price includes: accommodation and meals, excludes drinks at the bar
Price excludes: transportation costs to and from ports. Our travel counsellor can advise you and book your transfers. Windseeker can help to arrange traveling together with other trainees from your country
Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
Need to take with you on board: sleeping bags and towels
Windseekers from the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden need to become members of their countries’ Sail Training Associations
In order to meet its statutory obligation to provide a guarantee, Windseeker makes use of the guarantee scheme provided by VZR Garant. You can check that this is the case by visiting VZR Garant’s website and verifying that the organization is listed as a participant. VZR Garant’s guarantee applies within the limits of its Guarantee Scheme (which can be found on VZR Garant’s website. The Guarantee Scheme specifies the exact journey offering to which VZR Garant’s guarantee applies and what the guarantee entails. If services are not provided due to the financial insolvency of Windseeker you can contact VZR Garant, which has its offices at Torenallee 20, 5617 BC Eindhoven, Netherlands, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +31 (0)85 13 07 630.
Wietze (16) Netherlands
"Teamwork is the key"
Thea (20) Denmark
"I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT BOTH SAILING AND SUSTAINABILITY, AND THE SOCIAL LIFE WAS AMAZING"
"PUSHED ME OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE, GOT TO MEET PEOPLE I'D NEVER GET TO MEET AND MADE LIFELONG FRIENDS."
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