Project lab: „Play it forward”

Project lab: „Play it forward”

Gaming in international youth exchanges: Project lab for teachers, youth educators and youth leaders, 27th to 30th of June 2024 in Cologne, organized by the Foundation for German-Russian Youth Exchange.

Games have always been an integral part of youth exchange programs. The „Play it forward” project, initiated in 2023, aims to enhance the role of gaming in digital international youth exchanges. We provide organizations and institutions with preliminary guidelines, encourage them to develop their own projects, and offer qualification support.

This event will allow participants to explore platforms, creative tools, and games under expert guidance. It will address pedagogical challenges, including the legal aspects of digital projects, and help participants craft their digital exchange concepts using gaming. An overview of future possibilities in Virtual Reality (VR) will also be included in the event.

The program is designed for volunteers and professionals engaged in international youth work, or for those aspiring to do so. Whether you lead bi-, tri-, or multilateral youth exchanges on a professional or volunteer basis, if you are interested in innovating digital international exchange formats, you are welcome to apply. A focus on the German-Russian context is not required. We would also love to encourage those who are gaming-in-youth-work enthusiasts and wish to enter the world of international exchange.

The project lab will be conducted in English.

Date and venue

27th to 30th of June 2024
Cologne, Germany

Important to know

We are offering 14 places to participants from Germany and six to those from partner countries. The project lab will be conducted in English. The project is organized by the Foundation for German-Russian Youth Exchange and sponsored by the Globus Foundation.

A participation fee of 200 euros covers meals, accommodation in a single room, the program, and insurance. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs. Travel subsidies may be available upon application and consultation. For international attendees, specific travel grants may also be considered. Please reach out to us for more details. Are you a volunteer group leader in an international youth exchange program? We might be able to offer a fee reduction; please contact us to discuss.

The registration deadline is 31st of May 2024. Early registration is recommended as places are filled on a rolling basis.

Further information can be found on the organizer’s website.