10-21 August 2019: Youth exchange ´Waves of Change´ in Portugal.

Faisca Voadora is organizing in cooperation with Schoolclash the “Waves of Change” project. Waves of Change is an intercultural youth exchange aiming to bring together, for 10 days in Costa da Caparica, persons from Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Georgia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. Together, we will explore intercultural learning and ecology, with a specific focus on plastic pollution in the oceans.

We will use a combination of non-formal methodologies in order to promote exchanges inside the group and mutual learning: intercultural and linguistic animation, theatre of the oppressed adapted to an intercultural context, outdoor activities (hiking and surf), and artistic creation using waste and recycled materials.

The climax of the project will be the creation of an enormous mural, on a long wall close to Costa da Caparica’s beach. The mural will represent waves inspired by Hokusai and will gain extra volume thanks to recycled plastics that we will have previously collected on the beach and treated on location. 

We don’t believe that this project makes sense inside a bubble: we want to channel the group’s energy to multiply the impact, by involving passers-by in the painting and constructing of the mural.

For whom?

Are you ready to address ocean pollution? To meet amazing people from different horizons? To be a part of a group dynamic where we learn from each other and build together? Then YE Waves of Change is for you!

In order to participate, you must be

  • Living in Germany or the Netherlands;
  • Aged between 18 and 30;
  • Comfortable with English as a common language;
  • Reasonably fit, as the programme includes some physical activity such as hiking and surfing;
  • Interested in exploring the topics of climate justice and ocean pollution;


The participation fee is 50,- Euro per person.
The participation fee covers all expenses related to travel (maximum amount according to country), accommodation, food, and activities.

We do ask participants to purchase their travel tickets and they will be reimbursed within 3 months after the exchange. If this factor makes your participation difficult or if you have any questions about this, please contact us. Additional travel insurance is mandatory (and is not reimbursed).

The travel costs are reimbursed up to a maximum of 200 Euro (for Dutch participants) and 280 Euro (for German participants).


The youth exchange will take place in Costa da Caparica, just across the river from Lisbon. We will sleep in tents of 4 and 6 people, near the beach. It’s a camping place, not a luxury resort, so adjust your expectations accordingly.


You can register using the registration form below before 1 June 2019.

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May 16, 2019