From 14 to 24 May 2021, a first youth meeting with young people from Hamburg and Athens took place. In the Hellenic capital, historical references and current political problems of both countries were discussed, a lot of beach volleyball was played and new friendships were made. With the great partner AS Peristeri Volley , despite pandemic-related planning uncertainty, an impressive and diverse encounter was organized in an extremely short time.
From 9 to 19 July, the groups met again – this time in Hamburg. With many sporting activities and the thematic discussion was garnished. Although part of the Hellenic group was unable to participate at short notice due to positive CoViD19 tests, friendships were strengthened and mutual interest in individuals and the other nations in the common Europe deepened.
During the meeting in Athens, young people and leaders spoke about the expectations, surprises and difficulties. The documentary "In the new Europe Hamburg meets Athens" shows inspiring images and challenging situations and justifies the fascination of international youth work.
Decisive for the success of these and future encounters is the trusting cooperation of both partner organizations. With the dedicated team of AS Peristeri Volley , it has been possible to clarify all organizational, financial and content-related issues on an equal footing, so that further meetings are planned for 2022.
During the stay in Hellas, a rousing video diary with nine colorful episodes was created. Each contribution shows the balance between thematic activity and sporting activity.