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International Youth Exchange 2017

Be the change and heal the world


During the sixth international youth exchange "Be the change and heal the world" from 23rd - 30th January 2017 in the youth academy Walberberg near Bonn the participants have come together for an intercultural experience that they will never forget.


Moreover, the 40 partcipants from eight countries have created different digital and creative products to counter extremism, discrimination, social exclusion and hate speech. 


The results of the week were presented online and offline - in social media channels and at the annual Don Bosco Forum with 400 guests.



The video clips shown in this film have been created by the participants. It was directed and cut by Jan Kapounek (19) from the Czech Republic. 

Why is Don Bosco still important today?

The audio statements of these young people show that Don Bosco is the opposite of old and rusty. His preventive approach and his loving kindness towards marginalized and excluded children and youths is as valid today as yesterday. This soundcloud was created in cooperation with Medienwerkstatt Bonn.



The international youth exchange takes place every year. Here are the photo presentations from the last two years: 


What is the world we want to live in?! (2015)


Be the change you want to see in the world! (2016)

Social Media Campaign against Hatespeech

The particpants created their own little social media campaign in support of the No Hate Speech Movement of the Council of Europe. If you want to participate please like their facebookpage United Colors of Don Bosco and share the posts. Please do not forget to use the following hashtags: #DonBosco #NoHate #BetheChange

Be the change – Don Bosco youth against hate, extremism, radicalism and discrimination

In cooperation with the German Grimme-Institut seven participants have produced this film in a “Digital Storytelling” workshop. They learned how to tell a good story and wrote their personal stories in small exercises, collected license free pictures and music. Finally they decided about the concept of this film and learned how to speak in front of a video camera and strengthened their digital competences.


#BetheChange #NoHate #DonBosco

Impressions from the international youth Exchange 2017:




Animazione Missionaria ICC (Italy), Salesíanska asociace Dona Boska (Czech Republic), Salezjanski Wolontariat Misyjny MLODZI SWIATU (Poland), Centar za obrazovanje i odgoj Don Bosko (Montenegro), Salesian Technical School (Palestine), Istituto Salesiano "Don Bosco" (Egypt), Fundación Jóvenes y Desarrollo (Spain)