A world view since the 80s
Ógras has always understood the importance of the international aspect of youth work.
Ógras have been working in international activities since the start of the eighties. This work started with summer camps for teenagers in Wales and went
from there to to a trip to Moscow for the
international Youth Festival in 1985 as part of
international youth year. Over the years Ógras
have taken part in World youth festivals in countries such as Greece, North Korea 1990 and Spain 1994. As well as this, members and leaders of Ógras have regularly visited the Celtic Countries, Wales, Scotland, Brittany and the Isle of Man.
At various times, Ógras have taken part in youth projects with groups from different countries, for example, An Urrd in Wales. As well as this, youth exchanges have taken place with several countries, such as Poland, Bulgaria and the Basque Country. Of course, Youth exchanges often take place at club level with Cumann na Gaighlig in Scotland.
Currently, Ógras aims to organise at least one youth exchange every year. This aspect of our work has a special importance as it gives our members an opportunity to meet other young people from Europe and to learn about their culture, style and language.
Usually the members spend 8-10 days together and work on various projects together. It offers a great opportunity our members to experience, cooperate with and communicate with another culture. It is a fantastic opportunity for the young person to grow and develop. During the youth exchange, it is the young people that take charge of many of the activities and they work with the leaders to prepare the program of activities and to prepare the activities and workshops for the visitors.