The aim of Let’s Sail Together 2018 is to raise an intercultural understanding among the participants and to make them realise how important it is to work as a team.Team conflicts will probably come up when the team has to deal with difficult situations on the boat or on land, but they will learn how to solve them in order to achieve a shared goal.
Another important part of the project is to raise awareness of the problem of waste and maritime pollution, participants will learn about the concept of Cradle to Cradle as a way of avoiding waste and they will try to identify solutions for possible waste problems on board of the sailing boat.
It is important to underline that the Let’s sail together project is not only about travelling, it is mostly about group work, ecology, understanding other cultures, sharing ideas, accepting different point of views, intercultural learning, etc.
The project is divided into three phases:
The first phase (21 – 29 July 2017) of the project is a seminarand it takes place in a village in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. This phase has a study part on ecological and environmental topics, they learn about the fishing for litter campaign as a useful and established approach towards cleaner seas.
The second phase of the project (30 – 7 August 2018) is the sailing itself, the participants are on board and each one of them has certain tasks and responsibilities to keep the boat on track – even at night. Besides the necessary operational work on board of the boat, participants are asked to manage waste on the boat and to think about possibilities to avoid waste and maritime pollution, such as using things for other purposes that would otherwise be thrown away (Cradle to Cradle).
The third phase (7 – 11 August 2018) takes place in the same village of the first phase. Here the participants reflect not only on their experience on board but also about the entire project and they create and write conclusions and feedback paperwork on the result of the project.