Eimear O’Keeffe
I was astounded by what we accomplished and am so proud to have been a part of it. I couldn't believe that we had done as much as we did in less than a week. I was very impressed by how much effort everyone had put in.

Eimear O’Keeffe
I know that I now know a bit more about poverty than I did and I know how different countries try to deal with the issue

Sarah Fox
This week in Berlin was amazing. I had such a good time and am so glad I got to experience it

Sarah Fox
We could put names and faces and personalities to those who were really struggling to make ends meet, and I think this made it a much more personal experience for everyone

Amanda Kelly
I really enjoyed going out into the city and interviewing people, and in particular my interview with the homeless man. Before I went on the trip, it never really occurred to me that some people are homeless by choice, and proud of their ability to survive independent of the system and society

Laura Herlihy
Mixing with the 5 other youth’s from 5 different nations was probably the greatest part of the trip and probably one of the most wonderful things I have ever done!

Laura Herlihy
It’s when we went to the park and met the people that were really suffering that I learned the most, and that’s what has stayed with me.

Laura Herlihy
... there’s a Robert Frost line that says, “autumn’s first leaf is gold her hardest hue to hold to hold”. The park in Berlin was so beautiful because the trees where shedding their leaves and when we spoke to these men I remembered that line. I was thinking that there must have been a time when they were gold.

Young Poverty – Vicious Circles

"Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another."

Nelson Mandela



LĂ©argas, the National Agency in Ireland for the management of national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, youth and community work, and vocational education and training.



DG Education and Culture supports projects under Creative Europe and Erasmus for All programmes


ProActivate Ireland

ProActivate Ireland is a non-profit NGO established as an Irish company limited by guarantee and formed in order to participate in projects in the areas of cultural understanding and cooperation, unemployment & entrepreneurship, integration of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, community development, active ageing and intergenerational learning, youth development, environmental protection and promotion of marginalised groups.



Other activities include the operation of classes, teaching, the production of literature and audio-visual materials, the organisation of trips, and other related activities.



ProActivate seeks to build a network of other NGO’s engaged in similar activities in Ireland and abroad. It will use its premises to hold community based cultural events, and provide class room and meeting space to other non-profit organisations. It will actively pursue participation in EU sponsored projects of an educational, cultural, social, and entrepreneurial nature.