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The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
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The Åland Islands Peace Institute has a long and rich experience in implementing youth activities within the framework of the European Union’s youth programme, including youth exchanges and training activities for youth leaders.  

Do you want to organize or participate in a youth exchange or a training event touching upon peace issues, gender or other areas relevant to the Peace Institute? Contact us at peace(a) peace.ax. 

Volunteering in Europe: Impressions of former volunteers from the Caucasus

2013-11-04 14:20:04

Former EVS volunteers from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia were brought together in Rustavi, Georgia between 18 and 20 October, for an event organized within the EU-programme European Voluntary Service (EVS) with support from SALTO EECA. The aim of the event was to evaluate and reflect upon EVS-experiences of former EVS-volunteers, and was dedicated to promote the EVS-programme among Georgian youth.
One of the participants was Gulnar Mammadova, who recently returned to Azerbaijan after having worked as an EVS-volunteer at the Åland Islands Peace Institute for one year. Below she has shared some experiences from the meeting.
“Although the experience of the participants differed regarding the duration of EVS-projects (which varied from one month till one year), and the working fields (such as working with kids, orphans, disabilities, immigrants, youth and etc.) ex-volunteers shared similar impressions, hardships and lessons learned.

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Åland Example among topics in youth meeting in South Caucasus

2012-07-04 12:42:17


On June 14-20th, volunteer at the Åland Islands Peace Institute Gunel Isakova participated at Simulation Game Seminar on “The future of South Caucasus” organized by CRISP and Infternational center on conflict and negotiation (ICCN) in Tbilisi, Georgia with participants from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. The goal of SimVISION was to encourage a dialogue about the future of the South Caucasus inside the region and to develop a common vision for peaceful co-existence the South Caucasus among young people, to discuss the future of Nagorno-Karabakh and conflict resolution between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Gunel Isakova was playing the role of Foreign minister of Georgia, mediating between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. 

During the discussions the components of the Åland Example was mentioned several times in discussions concerning Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

Read more on the home page of CRISP, here.

Scholarships for participiants in the Youth Forum Globsol 2011

2011-06-14 09:47:26

Between 14-16th of October 2011 the Youth Forum Globsol will be held at Hanaholmen in Esbo, Finland. Globsol is a forum for increased international solidiarity and brings together young, active people and enables the possibility to work with current issues in engaging workshops, lectures and discussions. The participiants are from Finnish and Swedish youth associations and universities.

For further information visit www.globsol.info or contact Information Officer Susann Simolin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Youth exchange on Åland 2010

2010-05-23 22:00:00

Boundaries_II_The_groupFrom 6th to 13th of August, 30 young people from Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, and Åland gathered on Prästö/Vårdö, Åland, to discuss issues of boundaries and identity. During the six-day exchange, participants took part in workshops, excursions, cultural evenings and other social activities. The purpose was for young people from different countries and cultures to get a chance to meet and discuss important issues.

The exchange, directed at young people aged 16-19, was financed by the EU's Youth in Action programme.

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Pictures and stories from peace camp in Holland

2009-10-05 11:50:04
PeaceCampSix young people from Åland traveled in July 2009 to a week long peace camp in Ysselsteyn, the Netherlands. At the camp they discussed personal, cultural and national borders and boundaries with participants from the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Turkey and Hungary.
The Ålandic participants where sent to the camp by the Åland Islands Peace Institute, and the trip and the camp were financed by the EU Youth in Action programme.

A pdf with pictures and stories from the camp can be downloaded here.

Peace camp in the Netherlands

2009-05-20 10:24:36
CemeteryThe Åland Islands Peace Institute will this summer send 6 alandic youngsters, 15 to 18 years of age to a peace camp in Ysstelsteyn, the Netherlands. The theme of the camp is borders and boundaries, and the participants from Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Finland (Åland) and the Netherlands will discuss personal, cultural and geopolitical boundaries and borders, both as meeting places and potential causes to conflicts. Among other things the participants will visit a german cemetary from World War II and Anne Frank's house.
The camp is financed by the EU Youth in Action Programme. Interested participants can contact the Peace Institute, susann(at)peace.ax, 018-15570.

Youth exchange, Åland-Lithuania

2008-10-15 15:31:10
YouthexcahngeFrom 12th to 17th October 10 Lithuanians, 15-18 years old from Centre for Women and Children Nendre in Vilnius visited Åland in a youth exchange with Katapult, Emmaus project for unemployed youth. Among other things the group visited the Parliament of Åland, had work shops on minorities, peace and conflict resolution, played floorball, did volontary work and did sight seeing.

Inspiring environmental camp in Karelia

2008-09-16 13:24:23
NurmesThe eight young alanders participating in an environment camp in Karelia, Finland, in August were mostly satisfied with their experiences.
- It was more of a sports camp than I had expected, but it was rewarding to have the opprtunity to hold our presentations of Åland and the Baltic sea, since the awareness of those topics was very low among the other participants, says Isac Bonam, head of the delegation.
The alandic presentation dealt with the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea and a vision on Åland becoming a green society and a role model to the rest of the world it comes to environmental awareness.
During the week the camp participants visited a young woman who had decided to live in harmony with the nature by cultivating her own food and try in general to make as few ecological footprints as possible.
- For the camp participants from the eastern countries this was not very remarcable, it just becomes remarcable to us in Finland because it is an active choice, says Boman.

Youth camp in North Karelia

2008-06-05 13:57:07
20 young people from the Aland Islands have the opportunity to participate in a summer camp in North Karelia between 10th and 17th of August this year. The theme of the camp is Environmental and climatic changes and the participants are 15-20-year old's from Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Finland. The participants have only to pay for their trips, though the arranging orginazations are trying to find sponsors for at least part of those costs. The camp is financed by NORDBOK, The youth organization of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
More information can be gained from Marja Leena Magnusson at the Aland Islands Peace Institute, marja-leena(at)peace.ax. You must sign on at the latest the 27 of june.

Application form (in  Swedish) can be downloaded here.

Ship for World Youth

2008-02-12 15:03:42

Ship for World Youth is an international youth exchange programme arranged by the Government of Japan. During the programme, 120 young people from Japan and 140 from other countries share daily life on board a cruise ship in around 45 days. The participants study and discuss topics of common interest and global importance, through lectures, cultural exchanges, sport, seminars, club activites and other activities. Petra Granholm from the Åland Islands takes part in the programme. Petra worked as a trainee at the Paeace Institute in the summer of 2007. She has written two personal reports (in Swedish) about the life on board: Report 1 [pdf 382K] and report 2 [pdf 760K].

Games and workshops

2007-02-15 14:58:47
The following is a collection of a wide variety of games, workshops and other ideas suitable for youth groups, school classes, festivals, adult groups and other situations. I have come across them mainly through working with peace organisations and some do refer to particular local situations (particularly Northern Ireland) - however they should all be easily adaptable to other contexts.

The collection is found here.


Ungdomsutbyte/Youth exchange "Peace, democracy and human rights"

2006-07-14 23:00:00

Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

The international youth camp at Lemböte is now in full flow... 40 participants plus leaders from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Makedonia, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom), Romania and Åland (Finland) (and one from Turkey :)) are busy preparing a show and an exhibition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the demilitarisation of Åland. The themes of the week-long camp is democracy, human rights, tolerance and demilitarisation, and we've spent time talking about these issues in work-shops and in walk-and-talk groups. Most of the time though we've been socialising (quite a bit of that socialising has taken place in the sauna) fulfilling what seems to be the participants main expectation before coming to Lemböte - to make lots of new friends!

This page is brought to you by the fabuluos media group and you can here find a diary of each day, short interviews with each of the participants and of course, lots and lots of photos!

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2003-07-19 23:00:00

Nordirlandutbyte 2003

De två första veckorna i juli ordnade freds- institutet, tillsammans med Public Achievement Northern Ireland ett Nordiskt / Nordirländskt ungdomsprojekt. 20 ungdomar och 4 ledare spenderade två veckor tillsammans i Nordirland och på Åland. Projektet var inriktat på aktivt medborgarskap och demokratiskt delaktig -het och deltagarna fick bl. a. lära sig att hålla workshops, tillitsspel, icebreakers och att jobba med konflikthantering i grupper. Mer att läsa om utbytet kommer snart att finnas på den här sidan.

Northern Ireland Exchange 2003

The Peace Institute and Public Achieve-ment Northern Ireland organised a Nordic / Northern Irish youth project during the first two weeks of July. 20 participants and 4 leaders spent two weeks together in Northern Ireland and on Åland. The themes for the project were Active Citizenship and Democratic Participation. The participants learnt how to facilitate workshops and practical exercises as well as conflict management and resolution. More information about the project will be available on this page soon.