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'Peacing it Together' Youth Seminar

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To mark the 29th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and 20 years since the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement, this event will bring together young people from Northern Ireland and Germany to discuss themes surrounding peace beyond borders.

Building bridges

Funded by UK-German Connection and run in cooperation with NICILT , this regional youth seminar will take place in Northern Ireland from 9-11 November 2018.

Around 50 young people from Northern Ireland and Germany will have the chance to get together to discuss, explore and share their ideas and thoughts for the future on themes such as:

  • growing up in a post-conflict society
  • the role of intercultural youth relations in peace-building
  • creating a shared future

Discovering Belfast: past and present

Alongside thematic discussion sessions, the young people will have the chance to delve into the Northern Irish capital's history through different expert-led excursions, exploring Belfast's past, present and future, including:

  • a workshop on shared education
  • an historical tour of the city
  • discovering the Peace Walls
  • a visit to a local museum

Accommodation and travel

All participants will stay at a youth hostel near Belfast, together with experienced, qualified and vetted group leaders from UK-German Connection and NICILT.

Participants from Northern Ireland will make their own way to the venue for 4pm on 9 November and the German group will fly out together to join the UK group in Belfast.

The seminar will finish at midday on 11 November. Participants should make their own way home from the venue - any travel costs incurred will be reimbursed by UK-German Connection after the seminar (see 'costs' below).


UK-German Connection will cover all costs, including travel and full board and lodging.

Participants will organise their own travel to Lorne House. Any costs involved will be reimbursed after the conference.

A small fee of £25 will be requested from selected participants to confirm their participation.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you:

  • are aged 16-19 and in full-time school education (younger pupils aged 14 or 15 can also apply if accompanied by an older pupil from the same school)

  • are a resident of Northern Ireland

  • can demonstrate a strong interest in the themes detailed above, as well as a strong interest in discussing the topic with UK and German peers, and, ideally, some prior involvement in similar activities or other projects related to the themes

  • are willing and able to actively take part in the seminar and contribute to the discussions and activities.

German language skills are not required for the seminar. Some German language elements will be included in the seminar but you don't need any prior knowledge and/or translations will be provided.

A max. number of 3 pupils from one school can apply to take part. If 2 or more are attending, the pupils should be from different year groups and/or subject areas.
Active support from both your school and parent(s)/guardian(s) is essential.

How to apply?

  • fill in our online application form outlining your motivation and experience

  • ask your teacher to write a reference for you and email this to alison.dolamore@ukgermanconnection.org

We need to receive both your online application and teacher's reference (submitted by your teacher) by Monday, 8 October 2018. We will notify you of the outcome by mid October.

Health and safety

For the duration of the seminar, participants will undertake activities as a group under the supervision of vetted group leaders. Further information about our health and safety policy can be found under programme safety and seminars.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the youth seminar, please contact Alison Dolamore at:

Email: alison.dolamore@ukgermanconnection.org
Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 1570

Interested in taking part?

You can apply by filling out this Google Form by Monday, 8 October 2018.

Belfast Zoom

Beacon of Hope, Belfast

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