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HRH Prince of Wales goes on a Commonwealth journey at CYEC’s annual forum

19 July 2007

The Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council held their annual forum on the the 27th June 2007 at the Abbey Community Centre in Westminster

This year’s forum had a rather special format and VIP guest.

A youth planning team, consisting of eight young people from five different youth exchange groups, met twice in advance to plan the event. The planning team were responsible for deciding on a theme, the invitation design and format for the event, which was attended by HRH Prince of Wales. They decided on an interactive and creative event involving 10 different exchange groups from all over the UK, showcasing their exchanges and representing all the Commonwealth regions.

Guests were issued with a boarding pass inviting them on a journey with CYEC airlines. On arrival at the venue, guests then received a passport to be stamped by the groups they visited on their global journey. Each of the groups had display space to exhibit photographs, stories and souvenirs from their exchanges, enabling guests to gain an insight into some of the unique and diverse international experiences CYEC has supported.

The groups involved all had different exchange themes and activities to showcase, including building a training centre in Malawi, exploring youth culture with Tanzanians, creating urban art in the Bahamas, and raising awareness of renewable energy in India. One of the groups – Gloucestershire Youth Service - is involved in the first ever youth exchange between Tuvalu and any other country. This is significant as with the effects of climate change, Tuvalu may disappear under the sea!

CYEC are thrilled with how successful the event was for all those involved in showcasing but also for raising awareness about Commonwealth youth exchange. Judging by the photographs, HRH Prince of Wales also enjoyed himself and it was a great honour for CYEC to have him attend.

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