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Empowering Senior Citizens for Environmental Volunteering Action: in January the first Multinational Exchange in Lousada

In January 2024, the Municipality of Lousada, Portugal, will host a groundbreaking initiative: the Senior Exchange program, part of the Grey4Green project. The event will last 4 days and will represent a testament to the active involvement of seniors in environmental and societal contributions.

Eighteen senior citizens from Denmark, Portugal, and Iceland will participate on this enriching journey. The program is meticulously designed to cater to their interests and abilities, focusing on environmental conservation, civic participation, and active ageing. The seniors will engage in a range of activities – from litter gathering and tree planting to wildlife habitat restoration, while the program foresees both theoretical and practical approaches on environmental volunteering action. These hands-on experiences aim not only to instill a sense of environmental stewardship but also to reinforce their connection with nature.

An integral part of this exchange will be cultural immersion. The participants will explore Lousada’s rich cultural heritage, indulge in local cuisine, and participate in the town’s community. These activities are not just leisure pursuits; they serve as a platform for seniors to learn about different cultures, forge new friendships, and break the barriers of language and geography.

Accompanying each group will be dedicated staff members, ensuring that the needs of all participants are met, and their experience is smooth and fulfilling. This aspect of the program highlights the commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, ensuring that seniors, regardless of their mobility or language proficiency, can fully engage in the activities.

The Senior Exchange offers a platform where seniors can showcase their capabilities, learn new skills, and contribute meaningfully to the community. As they return to their home countries, they will carry with them not just memories, but new perspectives and a rejuvenated spirit to remain active and involved citizens.

The first Senior Exchange in Lousada will represent a shining example of Grey4Green’s commitment to empowering senior citizens, fostering a sense of belonging, and promoting environmental consciousness. This event aims to leave an indelible mark on the participants and the community, proving that age is just a number when it comes to making a positive impact on the world.

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