The photography exchange between Dutch and Polish students for the past school year has finished with an exchange trip to Poland. This year, additional attention was paid to involving societal and ‘hot’ items in the exchange, for example through attention for landscape and Natura 2000. At the Dutch island of Texel students were educated on landscaping: from young dunes to cultural grounds and their value for nature. These values were also the focus during the recent exchange to the Polish Odra Delta. Students noticed the differences between their countries and cultures, also with help from their cameras.
The exchange project was initially founded to involve youth in nature, landscape, and culture through photography and was started by the Society for the Coast (EUCC Poland) and Holag (The Netherlands). During the last exchange, an exposition was visited in Wolinski National Park, where pictures of previous exchange visits are currently being showcased. The pictures show the many visitors (more than 12.000 already) that Dutch and Polish youngsters care about nature and the environment. What makes the project of indispensable value is that it also introduces international youth to living in a different culture than your own for a week. Participants are from the Tinbergen College in Roosendaal (NL) and the high school from Stepnica (PL).
Search for sponsors
The next exchange will take place from 2-7 September 2019. However, the organisers have unfortunately lost a sponsor and are urgently looking for financial means to give the students of the new academic year the same valuable experience as many others before them. In case you would be interested to sponsor the exchange programme (financially or through donating goods such as cameras), please contact one of the organisers Hans Hofland or Kazimierz Rabski. For more information regarding the project, please visit their website.