“Active Zone Outdoor” is a Cyprus based non for profit, non-Governmental organisation established in Larnaca, in 2019. Despite its recent establishment, Active Zone Outdoor comprises a group of young people and youth workers who have been active in the field of Outdoor the last three years as part of initiatives undertaken by different NGOs and informal groups in Cyprus.
Active Zone Outdoor envisions a world where all young people have good mental health and wellbeing and are active citizens. Good levels of mental health and wellbeing enables young people to live their life in a positive and meaningful way and cope better with changes and challenges.
Active Zone Outdoor’s mission is to connect young people with opportunities to develop better mental health through sports and outdoor activities and be actively engaged in society achieving personal fulfilment.
Specifically, the organisation aims to:
- Promote a healthy lifestyle among young people through non-formal learning, nature and outdoor activities and sports
- Actively engage young people in local and European level contributing to social change, protection of the environment and personal development
- Reinforce Active Citizenship and volunteerism
- Promote European Values through Intercultural Education
- Support the European Ecological Network “Natura 2000” through the protection of natural areas for species of flora, fauna, birds and habitats in the area of Larnaca and generally in Cyprus.
During the last year, Active Zone Outdoor has planned and organised: 1) a number of sports and outdoor activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddle, rock climbing, beach tennis, hiking, mountaineering, diving, camping in an organic farm, geocaching etc , 2) environmental activities such as tree planting, beach clean up, snorkeling and sea clean-up and 3) under the Erasmus+ Programme, a Youth Policy project with the title “Youth 4 the sea and vice versa”. Active Zone Outdoor, has already 3 Erasmus+ and a Youth Initiatives Project projects to implement the year 2021, and recently has entered the ESC family by receiving the Quality Label.