About this project
"The youth exchange made me realise that this world is different in the way we see it. That's why we say people are also different, yes they are different but we must remember the three things we have in common; our heart, our brain and our blood.”
(Omphile, 16, about the youth exchange 2018/19)
Our youth exchange:
We are incredibly excited to organise our third youth exchange with 20 young participants from Germany and South Africa. We are more than grateful for your contribution, which already helped us to organized two very successful projects in the past years.
In many workshops, the participants learn more about complex issues, such as racism, social injustice and peace. With the exchange, they travel around the world, make unforgettable experiences and form very special friendships. They receive training to become multipliers to share their knowledge and experiences with their peers and make a positive difference in their own communities.
The project runs from October 2019 to June 2020 and includes a two-week stay in South Africa after Christmas 2019 and in Germany at Easter 2020. The "African-German Youth Initiative" is a project of Engagement Global
, which promotes the global exchange between young people. Bridging Gaps e.V
is a registered non-profit organisation in Germany and in South Africa. We are a young team committed to raising awareness about racism and reducing social inequalities. Through critical questioning of existing structures and targeted actions, we contribute to the reduction of different forms of discrimination and more equality in our society. We have multiple regional groups, which work on various projects, such as youth camps, anti-racism trainings, movie screenings, photo exhibitions.
A participant of our project Bridges Camp in South Africa proposed the idea of having global camps with teenagers from Germany: In mid-2013, the team started in South Africa in cooperation with the University Psychology Clinic in Pretoria Youth Camps. Since then, we reached more than 450 youth and students from different backgrounds with more than 17 camps.
We are currently looking for donations to cover the outstanding 25% of the budget and to make this project a success. Your donation will help young people to open up to new perspectives and take a strong stand against global injustice. You can find more information about us and our project on social media:
The youth exchange is supported by Engagement Global
gGmbH in the name of the German Ministry for Economic Collaboration and Development