Agro-Tourism Itinerary to Sustainable Change (ATISC)
“Agro-Tourism Itinerary to Sustainable Change” (ATISC) is an Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Youth project at enhancing Agro-Tourism as a driver of youth employability, social solidarity and environmental sustainability in disadvantaged rural communities in Europe and the Western Balkans by means of strengthening the base of competences and networking of youth NGOs and operators, youngsters and local stakeholders in the field of sustainable Agro-Tourism solutions.
The project is coordinated by the Kosovan organization “Let’s Do It Peja!”, with MVNGO as a partner organization and member of an international Consortium of 6 organizations from Kosovo, Italy, FYROM, Albania, Spain and Serbia.
Rural areas in both European and West Balkans are generally characterized by fewer opportunities for young people in socioeconomic terms. Deprivation suffered by rural youngsters is multifaceted and linked to a varied array of structural issues, among which geographical isolation, poor infrastructure and communication, lower levels of economic activity both caused by and connected to a lower level of public/private investment, insufficient infrastructure of counselling and support to business/employability, in particular for young people.
The compelling necessity and profitability of an adjustment can nowhere be better observed than in the fast-growing Agro-Tourism industry, wherein the local endowment of local resources and typical products/businesses comes to be declined as the centerpiece of specific tourism products/itineraries embedded in local realities. Recent Agro-Tourism trends show that Agro-Tourism offer and practice need to deeply embed factors of environmental, cultural and economic sustainability in a balanced approach to ensure a benefit to the community, the territory as well as a guarantee of the quality of the offer itself towards customer audiences.
The project involves the following activities:
1-Kick-off Meeting at Peja (Kosovo)
Participants: 12 youth workers, 2 per organizzazion
2- Training Course “The Agro-Tourist Challenge” at Peja (Kosovo)
Participants: 24 youth workers and youth leaders (4 per organization)
3- Training Course “A Green Stake” at Sassari (Italy)
Participants: 24 youth workers e youth leaders (4 per organization)
4- Local Activity phase in all partner countries
Participants: 25 disadvantaged youngsters in each partner country
5) Local Stakeholder Conferences in al partner countries
Participants: 25 disadvantaged rural youngsters aged 18-25 and 50 stakeholders in each partner country
6) Creation of a project Web Platform
7) Final Evaluation Meeting at Sassari
Partecipanti: 12 youth worker (2 per organization)