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Urdd Gobaith Cymru: Welsh International Project

Urdd Gobaith Cymru's Welsh International Project uses language as a bridge to connect young people globally, empowering new Welsh speakers to confidently use their language on immersive trips to New Zealand, Kenya, Qatar, and France. Funded by Taith and the Welsh Government, these journeys promote cultural exchange and understanding while highlighting the importance of protecting minority languages.

Take the rugby women's team's visit to New Zealand. Not only did they compete in the World School 7's tournament, but they also led community sessions, sharing Welsh culture and learning about Maori traditions. It was a powerful demonstration of how young people can bridge linguistic divides and promote their heritage on a global stage.

The project's impact resonates deeply with participants. One Welsh player, expressed her excitement at "holding sessions in the community... teaching them about our Welsh culture and language." Testimonials reveal newfound confidence in using Welsh, a deeper appreciation for their own culture, and a wider understanding of the world's linguistic tapestry. They learned that "everyone has a right to share speaking the language they want" and to "believe in myself and embrace the Welsh culture."

The panel hailed the project as a transformative experience for young women, with lasting benefits for participants.