European Year for Innovation and Creativity

Grenzenlos - Interkultureller Austausch

Austria Austria

GRENZENLOS:Grenzenlos (former ICYE Austria) is part of the international youth exchange network (the ICYE Federation). It was founded in 1949 as a pacifist programme standing for tolerance and re-conciliation between different cultures. Grenzenlos is a non-profit and non-govermental Organisation, which main aim is to promote world - peace and tolerance through international non-formal education programmes, that combine cultural integration with engagement in non-profit initiatives worldwide. Since 1996, Grenzenlos participates in the EVS. 1998 it became the implementor of the EVS MELANGE special event project, which resulted in a partnership between EVS organisations and municipal departments. In 1999 the focus was set on the increase of mobility for handicapped, the opening of volunteer actions in Eastern Europe, and maximizing inclusion of disadvantaged youth; e.g. youngsters from migrant background or long term unemployed. Since 2001 Grenzenlos offers additionally, short term programmes such as workcamps, youth encounters and practical training. MELANGE:In the European context, we have a special programme called MELANGE, which is strongly supported and funded by the City of Vienna. Within MELANGE, we organise YOUTH activities on behalf of the City of Vienna, mainly EVS. Each year we send and receive an average of 30 young people each, plus short term exchanges. Our main priorities are working with disadvantaged youth (e.g. handicapped people, young migrants, long term unemployed,...) and exchanges with countries in Eastern Europe, Southern Eastern Europe and the MEDA region. 

 Daniela Fellinger   

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