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A youth exchange in three countries: Intercultural encounter, cultural heritage and nature experience

“Building Walls – Breaking Walls” is a youth exchange between young people from Switzerland, Israel, Palestine and Ireland/Northern Ireland. During one week they work together to build a traditional dry stone wall. At the same time they experience each others culture through discussions, outdoor activities and cooking together. The project is all about walls between cultures – and how we can overcome them.

Visit the three places

Switzerland – in the mountains

“Building Walls – Breaking Walls Jura”: The Grenchenberg Jura mountains in the north west of Switzerland are the border between the French and the German part of the country. There, along a huge cliff that overlooks the whole of Switzerland, lies a huge ancient crumbled stonewall.

“Building Walls – Breaking Walls Ticino”: In the Italian part of Switzerland – the Ticino – are numerous old dry stonewalls. High up in the Alps lies the village of Mergoscia. In the nearby Campo Cortoi are numerous old stonewalls.”Building Walls – Breaking Walls Grischun”: In the Val Müstair, in the Rhaeto-Romanic part of Switzerland, many old dry stone walls are located along the sides of the forests. Together with the Natural Park Biosfera Val Müstair we will renovate parts of them year after year, starting in 2019.

Next editions:
29 March – 6 April 2020 (Ticino)

7 – 15 June 2020 (Grischun)

6 – 14 September 2020 (Jura)

Irland – in the ocean

Cape Clear Island is a small island in the far west of Ireland – a 90 minutes ferry trip away from the mainland. A place full of Irish tradition and culture – and with many ancient agricultural stonewalls.

Next edition:
5 – 13 July 2020


Israel – in the desert

Kibbutz Lotan is situated deep in the south of Israel, in the Arava desert. In this dry and hot climate, a sustainable community is creating natural and ecological domes and houses out of mud and sand bricks.

Next edition: 1 May – 10 May 2020