In 2016 we went further south than IYC has ever gone before! We spent two wonderful weeks on the organic farm Dominio Vale de Mondego in the North East of Portugal.

During these two weeks we spent our time creating land art in the surrounding area, building river rafts and swings (to do backa flappa’s from) and listening in the twilight to friends reveal secret talents and wonderful entertainment on our own Story Stage.

The two weeks were full of warmth from the sun where we hiked in the water along our river to cool down and in the surrounding hills. Lots of our food came from the farm where we stayed and in the evenings we stayed up drinking hot chocolate looking at the stars.

Main info at a glance

Location:
Dominio Vale de Mondego, an organic olive farm in the North East of Portugal

Theme:
‘Based on a true story’

Nationalities:
10 different countries

Experiences:
Read here the story of a participant

The theme of IYC 2016 was: Based on True Story! Once upon a time, in the olive orchids of Portugal, a group of young people from all over the world got together in the scorching august sun and listened to the stories around them. What story has brought you here? What is challenging about the chapter you are trying to write now? And how would you like your story to continue and when are you going to start writing this brave new chapter?

And so these people sat and talked, hiked, sang, and danced! Needless to say they left this campsite and this story, to go and carry on their own path, happily ever after.

The staff team of IYC 2016: Irene van Diermen, Tara Muecke, Hestia Zinsmeister, Matthew Mirkin, Aisha Roffel, Iris Schröder, Johannes van der Meijden, Stijn Timmer, Anne van Barneveld, Steffi Blake, Tijmen Pels Rijken, Tijmen van Barneveld and Paul Newton.

Photos

Have a peek into the beautiful moments of IYC 2016! Feel the hot Portuguese sun, the refreshing water and the warming friendship created during hikes, sports and other wonderful moments together!