The S-FEST project is aiming to promote the cooperation between Europe, Africa and Latin America in the field of youth and explore the potential of youth work in order to increase social entrepreneurship and employability of the young people in the field of community based tourism which represents a great potential.
The project activities will be based on the identification and valorization of local community assets (music, dance, modern art, street art, food, traditional products etc) that could be used in order to achieve sustainable tourism that will benefit local communities. In order to promote this objective, S-FEST project will organize four main activity clusters: First, research on the principles and best practices related with community based tourism with local youth.
This research will also include the identification of important local assets that could be valorised for a tourism related product in each of the local communities that the partners are going to focus their activities on. The results of this part will be combined in a brochure on good practice community based products. Second, the enhancement of skills and competencies of youth workers in the field of community based tourism and youth entrepreneurship within the framework of three international exchanges in Greece, Cabo Verde and Brazil. Third, the development of innovative community based tourism offers at local level with active involvement of youth, many with few opportunities and/or hit or threatened by unemployment. Fourth, the creation of networks and information for entrepreneurial training, business plan development and community based social entrepreneurship.
It will include the development of material for an eLearning course offered for youth and a new platform with contacts of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship tutors. The youth will be supported to develop social enterprises through which they can organise community based touristic events. At the end of the project, local street festivals will be organized from the young people and the youth workers involved in each partner country. It is expected that 100 youth workers from all the partner countries are going to be involved in the activities of the project both through the participation in the transnational training events and through their participation in the e-learning course that the project is going to develop. In each country, youth groups comprised of 15 young people will be comprised in order to implement the local activities of the project.
The project is going to be implemented by a consortium that includes 5 partners from 2 European countries (Italy, Greece), 1 African country (Cabo Verde) and one Latin American country (Brazil). The project consortium includes NGOs, SMEs, universities and foundations which have diverse and complementary skills.