Four to Turkey for Youth Exchange | THE DAILY HERALD

The young persons on Youth Exchange to Turkey.

AIRPORT–Four young St. Maarteners departed for Turkey on Thursday, August 15, to participate in an Erasmus+ Youth Exchange. The exchange, entitled “Entrepreneurship v. Orphans 2.0: Youth Drama” is underway in Tokat, Turkey, from August 17 to 25.

The programme brings together youth from Turkey, North Macedonia, Romania and St. Maarten to discuss and raise awareness about difficulties that orphans face in their daily lives, such as hate speech and orphan phobia. Youth will also share information about orphanage systems in partner countries, talk about types of entrepreneurship, and discuss a particular youth group that grew up in orphanages and its path towards entrepreneurship.

Representing St. Maarten are St. Maarten Youth Parliament alumni Rochana Richardson, Astra White, and Jemila Holaman, along with 1st St. Maarten Boys’ Brigade Corporal Elias Jones.

The St Maarten delegation is accompanied by Caribbean Education and Culture Foundation President Mesut Bayezit.

While in Turkey, the participants will also have the opportunity to share St. Maarten’s rich culture and history with fellow participants.

In preparation for the trip, participants were required to do some research on local foster care and support systems.

The four youngsters are grateful to the Court of Guardianship and to Family Guardian Meredith Concincion for invaluable information and assistance.

The delegation will return to St. Maarten on Monday, August 26.

The Caribbean Education and Culture Foundation continues to collaborate with the St. Maarten Youth Council Association to provide Erasmus+ Youth programmes for youth, youth leaders and youth workers in St. Maarten.

The organisations are currently seeking participants for programmes to be held in Slovenia, Bulgaria and St. Maarten in October and November.

For further information, persons can visit the Caribbean Education and Culture Foundation Facebook page, the SXM Youth Council Facebook page, send an e-mail to, or call tel. 1-721-550-8971.

Source: The Daily Herald