The project in a few words

“Back and Forth” is a youth exchange organized by Associazione Kora in Passignano sul Trasimeno (Italy) in June 2023, focused on the topic of food traditions and their impact on the planet.

What is the relationship between traditional food (and culture at large) and environmental sustainability? As traditional meals often have ingredients that have a high impact on the environment (like meat and dairy products), should we give up our traditions or there is a possibility to keep together culture and sustainability? Is traditional cuisine discriminatory, as a number of vegetarian and vegan people are rising?

Main Objectives

  • To provide participants with knowledge about food choices and their impact on environment,
  • To share and increase awareness about national/regional traditions of participating countries,
  • To investigate the concept of cultural identity and its connection to food traditions,
  • To promote the introduction of environmental sustainability in traditional recipes and meals,
  • To provide practical cooking skills to participants,
  • To raise awareness on differences and similarities of participating countries’ cultures and traditions,
  • To provide young Europeans tools to reduce their impact on the environment through food choices.

Who can apply?

Youngsters (18-31 years old) that…

  • … have a strong motivation to learn about food traditions and their consequences on the environment
  • … are fluent in English as a working language (being able to understand and communicate in English for the entire project)
  • … can commit to attending to the project for its full duration
  • … are proactive and willing to learn more about the topic
  • … are residing in Germany
  • … We encourage the participation of participants with fewer opportunities. (Participants with fewer opportunities will be prioritised.)

Youth Exchange

Passignano sul Trasimeno, Italy

16.06-29.06 2023

Deadline for applying: 01.05.2023
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Hosting Organisation

 Dreaming OPEnly e.V. (Germany)
Dreaming OPEnly e.V. (Germany)

Dreaming OPEnly e.V. is a youth-organization based in Leipzig, Germany, focused on offering developmental experiences based on non-formal learning approaches and mobility opportunities to young people in Germany and abroad. Our mission is to facilitate transformative change through non-formal education, critical thinking and artistic expression.