Learning tolerance

This is the diary of a personal experience, as a participant to a European youth exchange which took place in the lower mountains of Tbilisi, Georgia.  With a group of 40 youngsters from Armenia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Italy, we explored what tolerance can mean and how it can be practiced.  As main tool of European projects, everything is conducted through informal education, and in this case in particular hiking became a way to strongly experience first hand the meaning of tolerance and cooperation. We lived together and almost isolated from the surroundings for eleven days, sharing rooms, meals, thoughts, silences, stories from our countries, enthusiasm and frustrations, tiredness and misunderstandings, songs and affection. 

The project was organized by youth Ngos Aktiv Ungdom (Norway) in partnership with Youth for the World (Georgia).