THE PLACE AND ROLE OF MOBILITY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTH TRAVEL
Moisa C.O. *
The main objective of the paper is to point out the place held by mobility, as a defining feature of youth's life and activity, in the development of youth travel both internationally and in Romania. In this sense are presented and analyzed aspects like: mobility as a fundamental human right, the features and expectations of different generations of young people, the two main forms taken by mobility among youth, learning mobility and mobility for volunteer purposes, as well as the role played within the development of activities specific for youth travel.
Key words: youth, mobility, youth mobility, youth travel.
Building civil society requires cooperation between all the involved actors, including youth, who, by participating in social processes, have the opportunity to achieve their own vision of the society in which they live. Young people must feel like they are really playing a role within society, otherwise it's difficult to involve them in various activities specific for their age. They could be actively integrated within modern society and could influence social events through their actions and through the materialization of their ideas, first as pupils or students in various forms of education through school programmes or extracurricular activities, and afterwards as beneficiaries of youth organization programmes or as their members or as members of political parties. The most common activities run by youth organizations, actively contributing to community development, are: cultural programmes, environmental protection actions, activities related to protecting and promoting human rights, managing leisure time, sports events, street actions on various themes, etc. A major problem facing youth is the lack or poor channels of communication between youth organizations and local administration.
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In conclusion, it may be said that mobility represents a key instrument for the personal and professional development of young people, for the development of a sense of European citizenship and conscience, through a better understanding of cultural and language diversity. To facilitate and develop youth mobility, various cultural and educational exchanges and study tours and visits should be organized, by informing young people about study, work or travel opportunities in different countries than their own. Mechanisms and systems should be put up in place for a longer period of time to ensure the integration of young people in community development, and each new generation should represent creative driving impulses for the modern society.
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MOBILNOSC A INTENSYFIKACJA PODROZOWANIA MLODZIEZY
Celem tego artykulu jest wskazanie roli jaka odgrywa mobilnosc, ktora cechuje zycie i dzialalnosc mlodziezy, w rozwoju podrozy krajowych (Rumunia) jak i zagranicznych. W tym kontekscie zostaly zaprezentowane i przeanalizowane nastepujace aspekty: mobilnosc jako podstawowe prawo czlowieka, cechy charakterystyczne i oczekiwania roznych pokolen mlodych ludzi, dwie najczesciej wybierane przez mlodych ludzi formy mobilnosci: podrozowanie w celach edukacyjnych oraz wolontariat.