Croatian Red Cross is the organizer of the international camp.
More than 80 young people from 20 countries from around the world are in Croatia these days taking part in the Atlantis international youth camp, which is held in Croatia for the first time, organized by the Croatian Red Cross.
The participants take part in numerous workshops, training sessions and lectures which are held at an educational centre in Orahovica. The main topic is the youth involvement in social processes, especially in times of crises.
“The goal of the camp is to encourage young people to become involved in current issues, especially in responding to crisis situations. The emphasis is on the refugee and migrant crisis, which touches on many countries, and this camp is an opportunity for exchange of ideas and experiences. The camp is attended by young people from different countries such as France, Turkey and Spain, and everyone brings their perspective and their experiences, and ultimately contributes to a better understanding of the situation and therefore the greater knowledge that can be used in a crisis”, said Katarina Zorić, a spokeswoman for the Croatian Red Cross.
The participants of the international youth camp visited Osijek, Kopački Rit and Baranja on Sunday to see some of the natural and cultural beauties of Croatia. “I am delighted with Croatia. This is my first visit and I liked it so much that I have decided to extend my stay”, said Adrien Roussel from the French Red Cross.
His enthusiasm is shared by Elena Agathokleous from Cyprus. “We have seen so many thing and everything is wonderful. I am proud that in a way I represent young people who are active participants in social events. We attend extremely useful lectures and I think that camps like this are useful in terms of encouraging young people to get involved in what is happening around them.”
Lectures and workshops are led by local and foreign experts. The Atlantis international youth camp will conclude on 28 July.