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First things first
Welcome to the first lesson of our journey to becoming a superleader of youth exchanges. In this lesson, we will explore the foundational concept of youth exchanges. You'll gain a clear understanding of what youth exchanges are, their goals and benefits, and how they stand out from other types of educational travel. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a solid grasp of why youth exchanges are such powerful experiences for young people and communities alike.
Being a group leader 101
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Depending on the type of project, leaders may be asked to facilitate one or more activities. The basic idea of youth exchanges is peer to peer exchange, so it is a good practice to involve leaders in activities. This depends very much on the type of project and the coordinating organization, and of course in case the leader does not feel ready to facilitate an activity he or she will not be forced.

Commonly the leader is asked to facilitate at least energisers (small warm-up activities at the beginning of the day, usually lasting 10 minutes), to supervise on the organization of their group’s intercultural evening and any activities that needed to be prepared before the project.

A good leader is also one who observes the skills of the participants in his or her group and tries to enhance them. For example, if a participant knows an energiser and would like to share it, a good leader encourages the participant to do so. Similarly, a good leader does not take the stage, but lets the participants in his or her group express themselves and share, supporting them when necessary.