MEMBERS of the Limerick Youth Service joined more than 700 youngsters from 62 countries at a youth summit in the Ukraine.
They were invited to attend the International Youth Summit at the Artek International Children’s Centre in the Crimea region of the Eastern European state.
Limerick youth worker Claire Donaldson, Askeaton girl Chloe Gallagher, and South Circular Road lad Jacob Woulfe were part of Ireland’s first delegation at the summit, now in its 12th year.
The aim of the event was to tackle the issue of racism and discrimination by getting young people to experience and understand different nations and cultures at an early age.
Claire said despite the various language barriers, they struck up friendships with people from across the world.
“It was an amazing experience both for the young people and myself. We spent time a lot with young people and leaders from Andorra, India, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan; where else would you get that?” she asked.
Away from the workshops each country had a ‘national days’ where they displayed aspects of their own culture through cuisine, music, dance and dress.
Claire, Chloe and Jacob performed a live Irish gig - which aired live on Ukranian television.
The young people also explored internet safety and the relationships between youngsters and the police in different countries.