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W_UP Tour Final Evaluation in Cambodia: Transformative Experiences in Upcycling and Cultural Discovery


In a journey spanning from the 19th to the 28th of October, Siem Reap, Cambodia became the vibrant backdrop for the final evaluation of the W_UP project, an initiative bringing together partners from Spain, India, Cambodia, Croatia, and Italy. United by a shared commitment to waste upcycling, the project aimed to create a mobility scheme that not only raised awareness but also generated positive impacts within local communities.

The W_UP Tour, a 14-day mobility scheme, unfolded as an intricate dance of cultural exchange and environmental enlightenment. Beginning with a comprehensive Training Course on Waste Upcycling in Spain, participants delved into the technical aspects of waste management and social entrepreneurship. Each participating country was paired with a counterpart from another continent, fostering global collaboration and understanding.

As the W_UP Tour traversed the landscapes of each partner country, participants immersed themselves in the local context of waste management. Engaging with communities and stakeholders dedicated to tackling waste-related issues, the journey became a dynamic exploration of shared challenges and diverse solutions. The pinnacle of each tour was marked by a dissemination event in the last days, where outcomes were presented to local authorities and stakeholders, sparking awareness and discussion.

Post-tour, a series of local workshops on waste upcycling were conducted by each partner organization, guided by local experts. The objective was not just to disseminate knowledge but to empower local communities and non-profit organizations through social entrepreneurship. The project aimed to be a catalyst for positive change, offering financial support and fostering sustainable waste management practices.

The final evaluation in Cambodia served as a pivotal moment for partners to reflect on challenges faced and contemplate strategies for future work camps. The exchange of experiences allowed for a collective learning journey, with each partner contributing valuable insights and lessons learned. The project, in essence, became a living testament to the power of collaboration and the potential for transformative change.

For all involved, the experience was nothing short of inspirational. Beyond the boardroom discussions, the W_UP Tour provided a lens through which to appreciate the beauty of Cambodia, with Angkor Wat standing as a symbol of cultural richness. It was more than a project; it was a shared exploration that broadened perspectives, fostered growth, and left an indelible mark on the hearts of those involved.

In the end, the W_UP Tour was not just about waste upcycling; it was about uplifting communities, fostering cross-cultural understanding, and leaving a positive imprint on the global landscape. As the project celebrates its final evaluation in Cambodia, the echoes of inspiration and collaboration continue to resonate, promising a future where waste becomes an opportunity, not a burden.