Seminar “Quo Vadis Europea?”
Seminar "Quo Vadis Europea?” which took place in Berlin, Germany from 08.02.19- 15.02.19
The project gathered young people from different countries like Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Macedonia, Poland and Portugal
In February four people from our organisation presented Estonia during several-leveled project in Berlin called “Quo Vadis Europea?”. The project aimed to strengthen solidarity among young Europeans and encourage them to take the responsibility for shaping the future of Europe. The target group of the project were youth workers and educators who run activities with youth groups. . The project consisted of three seminars for youth leaders during which participants discussed the topic of meaning of solidarity for the future of Europe and created scenarios for activities that can be implemented with groups of young people with different backgrounds. The second seminar focused on the topic of solidarity. We discussed the reasons of lack of solidarity among young people and their interest in radical behaviors. Participants shared their expertise in work with this topic. This time we used adventure-based learning methodology connected with gamification to develop interactive learning scenarios that helped us to understand that only together we are able to match the challenges of today’s world and that solidarity both on the state level and among all citizens is a necessity for the further development of the EU. Project's organizators Piotrek Warzyszynski and Barbara Mos did a great job. It was an everyday's pleasure to wake up and do some energizers before sessions with them. It was not only very and very educative project but also a very interesting one. As usual the project is a great opportunity to meet new people from different backgrounds to get to know a lot of new things about the topic and to use them in every day life. And we are lucky that we had a chance to participate in “Quo Vadis Europea?”.
Text was written by participant from Youth Club Active
TC “Empowering Youth workers For Supporting Diversity “
TC "Empowering Youth workers For Supporting Diversity " which took place in Larnaca, Cyprus from 18.01-28.01.2019.
The project gathered young people from different countries like Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Italy and Turkey
Reflection diary from Estnian group about the project
Ksenija, Estonian group
It was my second Training of Trainers and second project, which was leading by Renos.
I am studying youth work in Tallinn University and one of the main aims why I went to this project was to develop myself as a youth worker especially international level.
In addition, one of the aims were to try myself as a trainer. I already were leading some of the local projects but to try sth new, especially in international, but safety, learning zone always good. Also, it really helping to me to understand do I really want to deal with trainings as a trainer or not.
Renos and Nora were supplementing one another. Theory from one part and practice from another, but with jokes and examples from life from both side.
During the project I understood, that I already knew a lot in youth work (because of my work practise, projects background and study in university), but still a lot to learn. Also, projects gave me a chance better to understand theory part from university and to relate it with implementing in real life.
For me was surprising, that from 8 countries, which were participating in project (Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Italy and Turkey) only Estonia has official study for youth workers.
During the project, we had many moments, where we needed to work in groups. It always hard, especially when all of you have different backgrounds, knowledge and understanding of the topic and you knew each other only few days. This is very challenging, but also very useful.
Trip to refugee camp was very interesting and a big point of learning. In Estonia we do not have so many refuges and I even don’t know if anyone has a chance to visit their camp
What I will use after project? From theory part, it will be Rapport, Roles during the training, Template for sessions and Selling point of report. From practice part, it will be many tools, which I can use in my daily worklife. The biggest thing, which I will take and use – new people, new partners, new friends.
My name is Vera and I am youthworker beginner. I’ve started to work in July 2018 and I really like what I’m doing.
I took a part in the training “Empowering youthworkers for supporting diversity” 18-28th January in Larnaca, Cyprus. First of all, the main reason of participation was the topic of the training. This topic for me was like a challenge - to see how to empower not just others but myself. The second reason was our trainer Renos, with whom I have already had an excellent training in Estonia and I knew that it will be useful and valuable experience for me.
Training was well organized and has a hard-driving program. In the beginning, we spent first 2 days on getting know each other and that was very important reason to create a team for future tasks. During next few days we learned how to break borders between you & target group, how to clear up target group’s needs and how to set their goals. Moreover, we explored methods like Learning Cycle and LAB.
The brightest moment of the week was the visit of the refugee camp, to get know our target group closer and recognize their needs. It was my first experience and it had very strong impact on me. I could talk with those people about their life and current situation in camp. I was glad that they have better conditions than I thought.
Based on this visit we needed to make 45 minutes training course with the topic “Networking”. This process of writing training course taught us a lot: how to choose a topic for a training, how to create a real team, how to choose team members, how to organize and prepare it. I’m very thankful for such a great experience to do, practice it on a real people and get feedbacks. I’ve realized that I have all competences to be a trainer and I will develop it.
The second part of the week was more relaxed because most of topics which we touched I had already known: report, evaluation, how to make a cv and personal branding.
In conclusion I would like to say thank you to our trainers that they made such a great training course, brought all these people in this beautiful flamingo place and they were honest with us and gave valuable feedbacks. I’m very happy to meet all these people with whom I felt like at home. I hope to see you all soon.
Your always positive Veera
Hello, my name is Anton. I participated in training of trainers organized by European organization NECI. Title of project - “Empowering youth workers for supporting diversity”.
To be honest it is my first reflection diary as it is for somebody to read. Since I`m person who likes to check theory before practice - I did some googling, but was very lazy to find out what is it. My personal thoughts guided me to write what is listed below.
It was my first time visiting such a south country as Cyprus and my second time on training from E+ programm. Through preparation at home before training I was expecting much higher level of intensivity from programm. But it turned out quite smooth and not that stressful. First two days were really simple and joyful. We found out why we are here, what are targets for us as youth workers. During day three, four and five was most active and “killing” part. We learned how to build activity, how to connect different methods and we tried ourselves as trainers! Next days were mostly about how to evaluate, understand, overview and improve. Even now I`m going a little bit in “report” style. It was my first writing a big report about event, never done it before.
For my personality this training was a little bit kick in the ass. It happening quite often after every project, and with the same speed this “motivation” disappears. But truth not in the motivation, truth in stability. In stability of repeatings, tryings, everyday learnings, having your writing about what you learn and a constant checking your SMART goal. To be a youth worker - it is very responsible and sometimes very joyful task. It requires empathy, soft skill and hard skill, and moreover - knowledge about local youth, what they do, what they like, what youth needs.
I was very glad to see so many new and interesting persons around me. Turned out that we were locked in not that big room for almost 10 days, and this room limits made us connect quite close. Sometimes very sad to understand that probably you will never meet with specific person again. BUT! We live in this crazy tech world where everything is possible and make just one call and you already see each other!
Text was written by participant from Youth Club Active
Y.E “Migration is our Right”
Y.E "Migration is our Right" which took place in Berlin, Germany from 26 november till 6 december. The project gathered young people from different countries like Germany, Greece, Romania, Estonia, Italy and Spain.
For our team the project began even before we arrived in Germany. We had several tasks that we had to complete at home to prepare ouselves for the project and warm ourselves up for the topic of human rights. Before the youth exchange our team had difficulties with understanding concept of human rights and puting this topic in some sort of boundaries, although, when we came to the project our misunderstandings were erased. At the beginning of the project all the participants were divided to sleep in yurts, keep the fire in the yurts and ,moreover, divide ourselves into cooking teams and provide meals for other participants. At first it seemed strange and hard, although, it became usual afterwards and helped everybody to break the ice. All the lectures and activities were based on non formal education, which made the sessions more interesting and easier to digest. Also the main approach to the topic was through theatre and british drama and were held by organizers of the project. In our free time we had opportunities to relax, play table tennis, go for a walk, do our own activities or even go to Berlin (which was not far from the project place). Towards the end of the project we formed a strong bond between everybody on the youth exchange and left with many good memories
Text was written by participant from Youth Club Active Anne-Liis Alev
November, a sunny island and seven such different countries: Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Estonia. From 02.11.18-11.11.18 in Paralimni, Cyprus was taking place YE "RECIPES".
The amazing magic of national cuisine
National food, creativity and emotion turned into Recipes. It was a gastronomic journey through the universe of national cuisines. We taught other countries to cook our classic and legendary recipes: sprat sandwiches, apple and cinnamon pies, glogg and pumpkin soup. We mixed some recipes with recipes from other countries. Even Jamie Oliver never dreamed about this food-remix. We also lead very interesting workshops on gadget-photography and on food photography. The project organizer was NECI Cyprus.
We had a free day. On this day we visited the incredibly beautiful city of Protaras. Palm trees, sun, clear water. Estonian team fell in love with Cyprus. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. We learn so much new things from national dishes of different countries and share our recipes.
Feel the atmosphere of the project and cook a national dishes!
Text was written by participant from Youth Club Active Viktor Panasenko
Y.E “Finding yourself”
From 15.10 to 23.10 we were staying in a beautiful Rāmavas manor, participating in a great project, named “Finding yourself”.
The main aim of the project was to find ourselves and get some knowledge about jobs, education and employment for youth. Every day after waking up and having a delicious breakfast, the sessions started. We had around four sessions every day, covering interesting and useful topics like “Writing a CV”, “How to create a start up”, “Body language” and a lot more. The program was really interesting as every day we got to interact with the people from different countries that participated in the project, which were Portugal, Macedonia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. We opened a lot of new skills in myself and also made a lot of connections with people from around the world. We are really happy and grateful for participating in the project “Finding yourself” because we got a lot of new knowledge and also great friendships that we hope are going to last long.
Text was written by participant from Youth Club Active Anton Voronov
Y.E “Ready steady activate”
Y.E “ Ready, steady activate” which took place in Cartagena, Spain from 23 till 29 of November. The project gathered young people from different countries like Romania, Poland, Estonia, Slovakia and Spain.
The project was about active lifestyle. There were people who one way or another connected with sport. We discussed a lot about what opportunities do we have in our countries, what is the popular sport in our countries and prevalence in schools.We are very inspired by our visit to the local school!
We shared traditional games from our countries with other participants and after we presented them and played. We were divided by 4 groups and discussed what we plan to do in the local schools and which game to provide. We had different classes of children and all of them were so cute, so positive and we have got so much energy from them. It was unforgettable experience and we are really pleased to have met all of these unique people.
The programme of the project and food were also amazing. Organizers were open and kind and everytime helped if you have a question.
The most important thing for us in this project was a great practice of English. After the end of the project, we noticed that English has improved markedly. Every day we talked more with all people and there was less fear.On the first day some of us were afraid to talk to everyone, but on the last day we were like a big family.
Most of all, remember how we climbed the mountain. For some of us it was the first time in our life we went hiking in the mountains. It was not easy but useful. It was difficult, but everyone helped each other and supported. When we climbed the mountain and sat there all together and listened to music, it was incredible! Also, we liked it when we went to the maze. Because as a child I watched movies where there were the same mazes and I really wanted to go there. and now the childhood dream has come true!
Text was written by participant from Youth Club Active Kristina Romanova
TC “Invisible Power: Unlock the Emotional Connection”
The project “Invisible Power: Unlock the Emotional Connection” was taking place in Poland from 10 till 18 of November 2018. In project were participaiting such countries as Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Estonia, Romania, Turkey
How was our journey to «Invisible Power»?!
Every Erasmus+ project is unique and once again we made sure about that. It’s some kind of magic than project lasts just a few days but you will miss it forever. And training course «Invisible Power: Unlock the Emotional Connection» is not exception in this rule!
Our journey starts one day earlier because we decided stay one day in largest city of Poland what had been rich of mystery fog — Warsaw. It was nice experience and part of our learning process in beautiful old town, Kopernik museum and suddenly, we visited Praga by bicycle. Not that Prague which is located in Czech Republic but Warsaw`s wild and unsafe part of the city. In our opinion it's not true and, in some case, Kopli area in Tallinn is more dangerous by the way. This amazing capital of Poland is full of contrasts, question marks and surprises. It excited and inspire us! And the next day, we arrived to a city in western Poland — Wroclaw.
Okay, dwarves, that's your cue!
Wrocław is most charming and, for many, It’s least pronounceable (like ‘vrohtz-wahv’). The hallmark of the city is comedian dwarves (gnomes) everywhere! Most visitors have no idea why they are in Wroclaw? But cute as they may be, each statue is a nod to the Orange Alternative, an anti-Soviet resistance movement that helped bring down Poland’s oppressive communist regime in the 1980s.
Half of the day we spare in Wroclaw. Walking down on the streets, used to play board games in Polish and found a shop to buy them. But one should not forget that we are in Poland for a project. And our next station is Zloty Stok!
«I hear these places are a gold mine...»
The project took place in remote town called Zloty Stok. It has an old gold mine and in medieval times it was a town with relatively big population.
Nowadays the mine is closed and there are living only 3,000 people. But for 8 days to city arrived 22 others from Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Estonia, Romania and Turkey. They were provided with training sessions from 10 to 18 November 2018.
Let’s unlock emotional connection!
From the first day the group just jumped into action. Organizers' idea was to create a space for discovering the world of emotions. A lot of work with body and then to different exercises of contact improvisation. Participants discovered many ways to communicate without using words.
Learning was not finished with end of official day program. Participants proposed their evening and morning activities which went well with the topic.
Early in the morning people played sports and yoga. And at evening time had been organized sauna, board games, Tampura or drums concert, more dance workshop by our trainer Paulina and massage session.
Also in the project schedule has been reported «intercultural evening» but every evening some country is sharing food, drinks and traditions.
As Michel de Montaigne said: «The senses are the beginning and the world of human knowledge»
Then group went through labyrinth of senses where the participants rediscover other senses than sight (SLT). For mostly participants it was first experience with SLT and they didn’t expect than I will be too emotionally.
After that group started preparing for major part of this project — the sensory labyrinth theater. Intensive group work, hot discussions, flow of ideas — all these were there. Group tested their creations and on the next day local people were invited to take part in it.
Only darkness and sound…
All audience during performance was with eye-patch. Performance was partitioned into 2 groups. First called «guest welcome and family dinner», which has been on the first floor. Where is audience can feel with close eyes all situations what can happens in family party. And second part has been in down states where others create a fairytale forest.
They were well-organized statements which show clearly how people can improvise and work in stressful situation together and without conflicts.
«Experience is not what happens to you; It's what you do with what happens to you.»
So how we said in the begging: non-formal atmosphere is the best opportunity to learn about itself, meets with new friends from different part of the world and have a lot fun together. Every Erasmus+ project is different because only there you really understand than everyone smiles in the same language and no matter your English level!
Text was written by participant from Youth Club Active Jekaterina Kovshova
Y.E “Champions of Growing up III”
The project "Champions of Growing up" was already 3rd time taking place in Slovenia from 19th till 26th of August 2018. In project were participaiting such countries as Italy, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Polland, Hungary, Romania and Latvia
The project as part of the erasmus + allowed our team of five people to learn more about different aspects of our thinking, the problems that occur during the assessment and self-analysis. Through different games, sessions, lectures, and discussions, we learned to know ourselves, and recognized other people who were an integral part of the project. New acquaintances, friends and memories complemented the bright days and made the project full-fledged, and, of course, taught something new. Also during the project week, excursions to various places in Slovenia were included, which helped a lot in learning about the culture of a beautiful country. The trip to the beautiful lake Bled was remembered by our team the most.
Despite some difficulties, our team had a great week in Slovenia
Text was written by participant from Youth Club Active Anne-Liis Alev
TC “Youth work deconstructing violent extremism”
14.10- 21.10 Coma Ruga, Spain
During these days very diverse international group reached Catalonia to take part in training course organised by the Association of Human Rights Educators (AHEAD) cooperating with Trajectory@.
During these days very diverse international group reached Catalonia to take part in training course organised by the Association of Human Rights Educators (AHEAD) cooperating with Trajectory@. First of all, group defined what is Violent Extremism and what are causes. Why its happening, what people get from the involvement in Violent Extremism. Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) describes Violent Extremism as:•The adoption of an ideology that becomes a way of life and a framework for meaningful action for the individual;•Belief in the use of violent means to promote a cause;•The merging of ideology and violent action.As course moved forward, initiative moved towards the participants. Everybody shared their local situations. The picture was very varicolored as we had representatives from very faraway regions: Spain, Estonia, Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Latvia, Italy, Turkey. It could be seen that in different areas manifestation of Violent Extremism could be very different.Participants shared their experience, approaches they use, projects they run and made several workshops.At the last part, with further diving into the topic, participants joined together and started developing their own cooperating projects which hopefully see the light very soon.
Text was written by participant from Youth Club Active Artemi Sint
TC “A Deep Sense of Inclusion”.
From 13th of July till 21st of July in Ireland was taking place YE "Stand your ground".
This is our story. A story that has become a part of our life and which changed a lot. For some of us it was the first experience, for someone not. But we know for sure that this was the best project, we had the best team, we learned a lot, we found new friends, we discovered ourselves on the new side, we became bolder and now we will not miss the opportunity to experience it again.
What do we think about this project?
That was my first exchange project and I can honestly say that it was amazing. I think as for my first project I’ll say that it was even ideal.
I’m still thinking about everything happened there and I’m still chatting with some friends I get from this exchange.
The experience I got is unique and I’m blessed that my first project was just so perfect. Now I’m full of inspiration and I already want to go to another Erasmus+ project.
The name of the project was “stand your ground”. Main topics that we discussed were about democracy, our country’s values and non violent ways how to solve the problems. That was the topics of our sessions, where we were divided into small groups and discussing the given question. After this we presented what we made to everyone.
Therefor we had some workshops where everyone has a right to decide to which workshop go. Themes of workshops were very interesting and if there was such a possibility I’d like to participate in to or even three workshops. I’ve chosen “social media” workshop and didn’t regret about it. It was 100% mine. Our tasks was to make short video, take pictures and make a podcast. Of course I’ve done some of this thing before but our workshop leaders told us a lot about some tricks and details of making podcast or making interview that I didn’t know. It was sometimes not so easy and took a lot of our free time to edit video or make podcast however the result we get was impressive.
It was very interesting for me to see what people from other workshops have done. And it was also very spectacular to see some people acting or making music. So this workshops were amazing and the information we got there could be very useful for everyone of us in the future.
Of course can’t forget to say that accommodation, territory and food on this project was amazing. This place we stayed was far away from city. We used to walk around territory full of fields and beautiful German houses. The food was just speechless... I’m really blessed and thankful that they didn’t forget about vegetarians or people with some allergies. For me it was surprisingly delicious and I always had something to eat.
The schedule we had was very well-thought-out. We had right amount of free time and right amount of some workshops or sessions. We had also some excursion days. In the first day we were visiting small town called Kleve. And despite the fact that we had there only 3 hours, we’ve found what to do there and spent there amazing time. And the other day we had excursion to Oberhausen or in the small Netherlands city called Nijmegen. I’ve chosen Oberhausen and really liked it. We were visiting big museum Gasometer and then we had for about 4 hours to spend in a shopping mall.
I really liked this project. The experience I’ve got is just unique. With help of well organized program and amazing people this project became so perfect as it is.
Project was really great for me and I got a lot of new experiences. Our topic was not very my side but I worked and thought a lot about it and our sessions were very interesting. People were also very cool and different. They were open-minded and I communicated with all of them. At the end we were all best friends and I didn't want to come back to Estonia. I liked a lot my workshop - media. There I learned a lot of new staff. Place where we lived was also very-very cool. It was like small village and near our buildings lived some crows and horses. I liked our Estonian team also. We were all very nice persons with our story. We were different but all together. I miss all of you very much!!!😍🤗😘
I really liked the camp I met new interesting people and got to learn interesting things. This was my first project. This project stayed in my because I got to know new interesting people. I got to learn talking with people in non violent way. My workshop was non violent communication and I got to learn new things from this workshop. If you will come to those projects you will find new friends around the world and you will learn new interesting things that will help you in your life. I think that people should participate in such projects because it will take them away from their everyday life and they will meet and see other people from around the world.
I liked this project very much. It was new experience for me and learnt a lot. I had workshop “None violence communication “ with Pompey. I learnt how to communicate without violence with aggressive persons and how to solve conflicts. Everything was new for me, and some thing changed in my life. I became more tolerant, and violence became less in my conflicts. It was very usefull project for me. I have learnt lot of new things I have found lots of new friends and I am very happy about this! I think that everyone should participate in some project. It’s easy to find new friends and learn something new. The place was very beautiful and everyone was kind to me.
So it was my second project. To my mind the most amazing thing were people, because I met a lot of interesting and good people from different countries and I hope that we will be in touch with someone. I was in live actions role play workshop. From this workshop I learn some new skills. For me it's important because this skills could help me in future life to solve some problems. To my mind such project it's a good way learn something new also you can find your self during the project and meet amazing people❤
The project left unforgettable impressions. The important role was played by communication with other people, who has other mentality, culture, views and interests. At the same time it was incredibly easy to find a common language (even without knowing English.) We shared the thoughts, knowledge and experience, at the same time to get new knowledge. On the project, among all the people who were there, there was some unusual atmosphere. And it was shown in everything, everywhere you feel free and confident. I was on theatrical workshop, never would think that this mine. On arrival to home will desire to be engaged in theater. On workshop, together with positive emotions, I have gained also important knowledge. For example, what are the games for trust, emancipation and emotional charge. And also I have got experience of a performance before public. I think that similar experience will be useful to any person. Everything I recommend to go for projects, they broaden horizons.
(Text was written by participants from Youth Club Active)
Y.E “Let Your Dream Come True”
The project “Let Your Dream Come True” gathered young people in Turkey from 5 countries: Turkey, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia and Spain. Project was from 3th of August to 15th of August
For all of us it was very good experience and we would like to share about that. The aim of the project was to create a festive atmosphere for children in the hospital. Together with other countries we made toys with our own hands, sewed pillows and all this in order to carry it all to the children in the hospital. We collected toys from local people for children in the nearest city, which even more acquainted us with the culture and life of other people. We were surprised about that people, because they are so kind and open. For them was not a problem just to give toys for another people. They said that we are doing a good job and were really interested from which countries we are and what our project about. We did not have so intensive program every day, but we developed a bit how to distribute your time, because we had a lot of free time. Each of participants created own page with some motivation, drawing, with story and after we made from that a memory book for hospital. We talked about the opportunities and what is provided for kids in hospitals in another countries, child abuse and showed that problems through theatre method. Each country prepared their national games to play with kids in hospitals. We discuss why it’s important to wear medical masks and we made videos about that. For some kids it is a problem and they do not recognise for what and why the should wear it and some of them worry what other people will say. Consequently why we did it to show that it is normal situation and wearing masks could be even funny. This project was an excellent opportunity to do good deeds, but it was not just for children... This project helped to open our eyes from the other side, as well as opportunity for self-development and improvement of English language skills. We had very well prepared intercultural evenings through we learnt about other countries, tried national food, danced and even played quizzed to learnt new and to understand what we already know. In additional, we visited a lot of beautiful and new places for us and have learnt a lot of interesting and fun methods to work with a group of people. The place and food were also amazing. For us project was awesome not only because we studied something new, but also because we met a lot of crazy people, who made it that cool for us.
Text was written by participant from Youth Club Active Kristina Romanova
TC “A Deep Sense of Inclusion”.
From 15th of June till 22nd of June in Ireland was taking place TC "A Deep Sense of Inclusion".
For me this participation was my first experience it Erasmus+ training course. Speaking honestly, I heard some stereotypes before that “there is no fun activities”, “you are obliged to study hard”, “no free time” and so on during the training course. Well, finally after the intensive year in the university I found this training and without any hesitations went for it. As a bonus it also turned out to be held in Ireland. That how the story started. I met my course mate in the airport and already being there excited we made our trip till the wonderful place in the South of Ireland – “Woodstown”, as organizers did mention before – “a place in Ireland in the middle of nowhere”. We were lucky to arrive there when it was still light outside, so we had a chance to explore the surroundings. The very first thing which was first a matter of confuse was a tiny house meant for hosting 23 of us. For sure, there was nothing about personal space as there were simply two dormitories and 4 showers in total – so it was obvious we “were forced” to be polite and respectful. After realizing the future prospects of the coming week and having a dinner all together we had our first team-building activities which turned out to be up to my expectations (in a good way), as we were breaking the ice between each other by drawing others and playing a hugging game. The second day (or the first day after arrival) was fully dedicated to team creation which in terms of this training course was essential. One vivid memory from that day was when we literally put on fire our expectation written on the piece of paper. There actually was a very deep though behind, as if we don’t have anything to except we become pleased and/or satisfied with everything which is coming. So that was the key – just to let everything on the flow and be present. At the end of the second day we became a team. Sometimes I am wondering how little you need to actually start fully interacting with people without any fear or judgement. During that day we also did a very important exercise – “a river of life”. The task was clear and for some of us easy – to map out your life on a paper in a way you want it – whether it is random lines symbolizing some important events or calculated mathematical function. And afterwards we were sharing it with just 1 person. Trust me how difficult it was...My listener turned out to be very precise and asked me very deep questions and that also was the key to breaking the ice. It is however true that it is easier to reveal your soul and things that do bother you with the stranger or the person you know for just a little time so it worked it my case very well. I also admit the fact that it was not easy for everyone to map their life as some of us simply cannot even answer the question “who am I?”. From the first time “simple and light” exercise had a double-meaning. The third day was “body” or active day with the tools of how to understand and listen to your body. This day also brought us a “power of silence”. Imagine a task when you have just one spot to sit (spot by your choice), a pen and a notebook and some time (unknown duration) to sit in silence and think. I could say this was the fastest hour in my life. When you are completely cut off the net, music and people around - different things start coming and you start noticing things you haven’t seen before. So at least once – give this thing a try! The following day covered the topic of confidence and vulnerability. There was one (actually not one) very debatable thought from our trainer that – “vulnerability is your strength if you know how to turn it into power”. During that training we got so many ways to feel ourselves vulnerable that it seems now as I am very powerful (joking). Afterwards we had a free afternoon and the opportunity to go into mountains. This activity was not like a basic “free time”, but more like a part of the training – we had a chance to be we there, some of us event took their time to stay alone in the mountains and enjoy those moments of silence. The next trainings day were meant for some “performance” to be born. For that we used “labyrinth theater” as a tool and made audience interact with actors. Labyrinth theater is something what we actually using every day, every hour, every second when we are making contact with someone. After we say or do something we want person to feel or also do something. This is an art. The last day was I guess the most typical day on any Erasmus+ projects but still fun.
To sum up all gained experience I am grateful that I had a chance to participate in that training course. Though that was my 8th Erasmus+ project – that training was by now very special. Things that first very scary (as sharing one sleeping area with 12 persons and preparing food by yourself) turned out to be exactly those activities which helped to achieve the goal all the training. Honestly speaking, there was nothing about youth workers or work with youth but I understand how covered topics could be used it this area (probably in any area). What was also outstanding – the participants. I personally felt a huge difference between those who are involved into youth exchange and training. I don’t want to say something bad about both, but the thing I’ve noticed was that training course participant (maybe only on this training) are more into topic and more ready to actively participate in the activities. Maybe this could be a clue for those who are considering going on a training but are not sure. My stereotypes about training were completely broken as it turned out to be even more fun – both that you have fun with others and fun while gaining something in an unformal way. So that was a piece of my experience on this training course in sunny and something rainy Ireland J
Text was written by participants from Youth Club Active Anna Grund
TC “PLAN B”
I was just lucky to take part in the learning mobility project “Plan B.Surprise factor”. From 5.06.2018 to 10.06.2018 18 people from different countries shared their experiences in working with youngsters.
Youth workers and youth leaders came together to an amazing village Iscar (look at photo) for several days to develop their knowledge,skills,and attitudes on our certain theme. It was really unforgettable experience for me! Even though I was the youngest one in project, It was NOT boring or difficult to participate. I was surrounded by qualified youth workers, who shared their experience with pleasure. My favorite part of this project that we were told real stories of cases that have happened and what measures were adopted, so that we can create a guide of good practices. During “Plan B.Surprise factor” I recognized that youth work are strongly connected with psychology and that it is quite difficult to take the right decisions in the case of having emergency situations. Thanks to training course I learned how to cooperate with other people I don’t know in different activities. Also I feel more comfortable now in discussions about the risks with my organization. I would like to say thanks for this opportunity to participate in training course «Plan B.Surprise factor” and learn have to organize quality project and provide intercultural and non-formal learning experience for other young people.
Text was written by participants from Youth Club Active Julia Pronjagina
TRASHoholics – Youth Exchange in Spain
In the beginning of June Youth Club Active team took part in an international eco project “TRASHoholics”. The participating countries included Spain, Greece, Romania, Estonia and Croatia. The participants from Estonia were Darja Korjukina, Darja Katariina Jarušina, Ilja Korjukin, Jekaterina Agarkova and Diana Rapoport.
The project was not only devoted to ecology, but also to arts. During the project week we were able to design our own cloth bags and organise an exhibition dedicated to the negative impact of humanity on the environment. Each country had an opportunity to hold an artistic workshop. Our team prepared a workshop, related to second-hand shops. The teams were involved in debates (for or against second-hand shops), and right after that were offered to try bathmat making. We spent a lot of time discussing recycling, trash sorting and how all of the participating countries deal with the problems, mentioned above. We had to think of the ways we can produce less waste ourselves, especially plastic waste. On the very first day we went to clean the nearby beach, where we managed to collect 85,1 kg of trash per hour, without even cleaning the entire place. Thanks to this project we learned a lot about ecology, changed our opinion about dealing with environmental problems, were taught to sort trash and treat nature carefully, saving its resources. We also spent a good time together, communicating with the participants from other countries and completing various creative tasks
Text was written by participants from Youth Club Active Darja Korjukina
HIKE YE “Live it, Share it”
From 2nd of May till 10th of May in Cyprus was taking place ECO Youth Exchange "Live It, Share it!"
Our participants want to share ther opinion about the project
Informative component was interesting and I learned a lot of things
about resacle and how to save nature. About team building there was little attention paid. The living place was with good view and confortable sleeping place. Hikking was best part of this project there was interesting preparation and view on the mountains.
This project was my first youth exchange. Before going there, I was very worried that it would be difficult for me to talk to people there, because of my poor knowledge of English. But on the first day, when I arrived there, I realized that my expectations were not justified. All the participants of the project were friendly and open to each other. We talked about so many different things and everyone was really understanding.
The weather was very sunny every day, except for a few cold and rainy ones, and Cyprus itself, namely the place where we were staying, was very cosy and beautiful. For me every day was amazing because I learned something new each day, and most importantly everything was interesting for me. I really liked it and I hope to return there again and see again all those kind faces.
This project was the first experience for me, therefore everything was quite interesting and full of information.
The project helped to learn more about problems in our world and made me to think about it, which led a coup in thinking about this topic. Particularly interesting were trips to the mountains. A more lively atmosphere made it clear how important nature is and how much our world pollutes it.
Finally I would like to thanks every organizer and participant for the atmosphere, experience and new knowledge.
Thinking about that project I start smiling. It was great time with great people. I got some new experiance and of course practised my english skills.
Organization of this project was quite good.
Now I know some facts about Cypriotic, Portugal, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian culture.
During this project we had a lot of funny energizers and games.
We spent our evenings in good mood and enjoyed communicating to each other.
I really liked our amazing hikes. I didn't have huge experiance in mountain hiking, but I enjoyed making pictures and looking on a picturasque views.
I want to thank our leaders and organizators for such interesting week in lovely village "Agroz"
From 2 to 10 May I was lucky to become part of the youth exchange, during which we spent an unforgettable week in Cyprus, Agros. Together every day we participated in exciting workshops which focused on human lifestyle and its influence on our nature. One of the main topics of the project was the balance at the human-nature level and using human daily stuff without excessively infringing our nature. During the sessions we had various activities as discussions, teamworks, where it was necessary to show creativity and some knowledge about the issue. Workshops were really exciting cause some participants were taking it really seriously and you could see that people really cared about the subject. Separately worth noting organized hikes, views of which were unimaginably fascinating, at such moments you begin to appreciate this beauty, then there is much more desire to go out of town. One thing that described the whole youth exchange was the fact that perception of time disappeared completely. It was because there was so much to do all the time and spending time with great people makes you forget the time passing. So that’s why it was so sad to say goodbye. Even though I have been to project before, I can surely say that every youth exchange or training course is different, but the experiences you get are all worth it.
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The Change Makers
Project was organized in frames of “Erasmus+”, program called “The Changemakers” nad was in Romania. The scope of the project is to equip youth workers with the necessary competences to run educational programs in order to raise the level of active participation among young people in their communities. There were participants from 6 countries of Europe: Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania and Estonia. We spent there all together 7 days
During this course we were talking about active citizenship, youngsters and volunteering. Also we understood and explored NFE learning principles, tools, methods and instruments. We got a clear understanding about what it means to be an active citizen. It is hard to explain what it means in words, but the most importantly an active citizen is a person who cares for the well-being of people around him, if he sees a problem, he takes action right away. This training course also gave the opportunity to be with amazing people, who changed our way of seeing life. Without knowing, they helped to get a better understanding of what we want to do in the future. Each country presented himself. We tried national food and learnt a lot of new information about each country. It was excellent experience for us. In one day we had excursion, where we had opportunity to look around the city.
Moreover, the best thing is that on the project were different but interesting methods and games, which we can use in work with youngsters. Especially when we answered the questions and created our own alliance. After that another people read and commented this. Therefore we got some motivation and inspiration from them. Also, there were simulation game, which shows perfectly our society like which kind of people we have, their communication, participation. Some of them are active citizens and some of them not. We talked about frames and reframing. like why it is important what we can get from this. Everytime we were surrounded by very beauty green nature and sunny weather. We had an opportunity to visit Romanian jazz concert and to hear some Romanian music.
It was a very interesting project, during which we visited a border town between Romania and Serbia. It was really interesting to learn about the place and people. People came from other countries and there were a few locals, all of whom had something to say about the place they lived in. What also was a good thing, is that along with sightseeing we had a chance to general
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Intercultural Learning through Sports and Outdoor Activities
Our NGO took part in youth exchange on 9-18 October 2017, in Paralimni, Cyprus. The countries were represented on this project besides Estonia were Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine, Slovenia, Serbia, Greece and of course Cyprus. The topic was about how sports and outdoors activities could help with social inclusion.
In modern world, seems like a lot of people expect difficulties with socializing and also cultural differences make it even worse. The structure of this project was challenging from it's base, as from the first day, participants had to create collectively some products as a result, so it was vital to make a successful communication with another participants. Most of activities were, where we had to modify games or sports from social inclusion perspective. Mostly group works, learning by doing and after that, mandatorily we had reflection groups, which are important part of lessons, where we discussed plusses and minuses, opinions, and what we learned during sessions. Due to big variety of activities we had, topic was illuminated in details and from different angles. A lot of participant said, that this experience was very valuable for them as, for example, they could use these games and activities in their work.
Also, were presentations and discussions about E+ programs, youthpass, evs. Participants shared their experience and gave recommendations. Special part of the project was about activities organized by participants themselves. Everybody should have pick a group and make something together to present to others. There was theater, art, music, dance and martial arts groups.
Moreover, we was introduced to another cultures. At intercultural nights participants were telling something special about countries and languages, prepared some food, sang songs and involved everybody in dances.
By feedback from participants, it could be said, that it was very unique youth exchange. As all of us was learning a lot of new different things, getting new skills and practices and at the same time, it was very entertaining. Also, hosting organization did very good job. We was living and studying in comfort and was provided with everything we required to bring to life our ideas that we had during sessions.
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“I will find you”
From the 22nd till 26 th of October in Lublin, Poland was taking place seminar with elements of a study visit "I will find you". There were 27 participants from countries like Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Romania, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Greece, Latvia, Hungary, Croatia
On the seminar were people from different countries and organisations who has and who has not experience in the projects, but despite of this everyone has learned something new. We had session about Erasmus+, where we discussed the topic through sharing our own good and bad examples,knowledges. We used Open space method for creating new partnerships and projects. Almost each participant had own idea of the project and people who are interested in can join this project to listen deeply the idea and ask questions. In this way, for the project we got partners. Also, we visited one of the school in Zamosc where through the method of Human Library we presented our organisations for school teachers and some organisations too. It gave opportunity to find partners, to share experience and to think about possible future cooperation. It was very short time, but very useful and productive with good people and nice atmosphere. We got new information, motivation and we hope that our written ideas of the project is not just words and they will be implemented.
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TC „I am part of it“
From 9th till 13th of Osctober our organisation was taking part in TC „I am part of it“ in Naron, Spain.
In traning course was taking part 10 countries : Portugal, Spain, Romania, Slovakia, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece and Estonia.
Project was about how to be active citizenship, be active participant, explore participation methods.
Whole project was based on challenges. First our challenge was to rich venue by ourself, but 9 of us were blind. Next our challenge was to learn all our group member names during 25 minutes. After that we had challenge – to make square being blind, in each group were 5 members.
After each challenge we had reflection. Also every evening we had self-reflection and after that we shared our emotions with our Learning Support Group members.
We explored what is a good participation and what we need for it and what will be if participation will not exist.
Also we explored different participation forms: assembly, pyramid and network. We shared our organization experience and which forms of participation we have.
Also we created our own open event for doing social input into Naron.
We started create our own project where we can involve youngsters to participate
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Social Media: A Road To Development!
On July 26 - August 3 we took part in project dedicated to social networks and media located in Kayseri, Turkey. The objective was to develop effective communication skills to support our selves and our professional development.
We learned how to reach different social groups and what tools are the most effective in achieving specific goals. We became aware about dangers and risks of online networking and learned how to avoid it. We had a lot of practice in international groups making presentations and videos. We learned how modern social media could help to solve issues which had been unavoidable in pre- social networking era. Trainers introduced different online tools and made practical examples. Also we highlighted topic about how to present yourself in social networks and what sides which benefits could provide. Every participant got the variable set of different tools to increase performance in his or her activities. Two trainers complimented each other greatly. From the beginning they provided activities to achieve warm and friendly climate among all participants, so already at the first day we started to work very productively in groups with people we hadn’t know the day before. Also participants shared their skills and knowledge that are related to training course topic. We was hosted in 4 star hotel, so whole time we was in great comfort. On our free day we had excursion to Kapadokya which is very exotic area and we learned how ancient people lived there. Also organizers and local participants provide great help for everybody and explained a lot of local culture and traditions.
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YE “How to get a job 101
From 13th of June till 21st of June in Zagorje ob Savi, Slovenia was taking place YE “How to get a job 101” . In this YE were participating Cyprus, Slovenia and Estonia
The aim of this project was to gain several competencies, work on our personal development and thus become more competitive on the European labour market.
We were also exploring the topic of job seeking, entrepreneurship and networking.
We had CV workshop, during which we learned, that CV can be not only minimalistic (just black letters on white paper), but could be colourful with some graphics about skills, but depends on job that you want.
During these 8 days we became more aware of ourselfs, our skills and capabilities that we have. We had some creative tasks, for example each participant needed to draw and decorate a coat of arms by answering some questions or we needed in divided groups make a promo-presentation of a thing.
Also we had simulation game in which leaders were employers and participants were employees, so they needed to get a job, get money and get education, after they could get more money, but employers needed to save as much money as they could.
Meetings with local employers and freelancers, that we had, were also interesting, advisable and useful.
During day in Ljubljana we went to place called Poligon, where are working and coworking freelancers.
At the end of project we were enough informed about job seeking, how to write a CV, how to react and behave on job interview, self-advertisement, coworking, freelance work. Also we made a “Zine”, where are written some tips, motivation quotes and facts.
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From 18th of June till 25th of June in Eupen, Belgium was taking place TC “InsideOut” . In this TC were participating Latvia, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium and Estonia
It seems a bit not enough, maybe even a bit superficial, to name this extraordinary, special, perhaps even life-changing experience just a training course. The description of the course that we received earlier stated that it will be focused on the talent development using self-exploration as a tool, hence having a great effect for personal growth. The expectations were set, and while it indeed promised to be something very interesting, little did I know…
From the very first evening, when we drew portraits of each other in a collective effort and introduced ourselves to the group, the comfort zone limits were pushed just a bit when we sat in a silence holding hands with people we have just met. Then the dive was deep and rapid: a bit of theory combined with loads of experiencing things on our own skin, we first of all threw out our list of expectations to the trash bin, then went on to discuss the concept of talent, to challenge our creativity, to do first steps in opening up to each other in a ‘Speed-Date’ chat format about our own talents. The next day we learned about inner leadership – a powerful concept about taking full responsibility for own life, which includes taking care of oneself, being authentic and committing to the group. We drew our Rivers of Life, which we then shared in close groups – it was a rather efficient way to get to know each other on a deeper level. Our next step was to experience awareness of our own body, first on its own, then in relation to other people in the group, starting from eye contact to contact improvisation in pairs. A very thought-provoking exercise was on resilience: when pushed by a partner, we were asked to react in two different ways, to bend and come back up standing, and then to resist being pushed by saying ‘no’. The latter caused a lot of tension and discomfort.
Dealing with unpleasant feelings was our next step: we discussed the concept of vulnerability and things that can undermine it. We moved on to explore compassion and empathy, and its elements. A very powerful practical exercise took place thereafter, when we went out into the woods and there, in pairs, led each other, blindfolded, to a tree we thought would fit persona of our partner. This, in my opinion, was a very powerful and moving exercise of trust, of understanding each other, of connection. I was impressed by the choice of my partner and every following morning I was going into the woods to hug that tree (officially a tree hugger now hahaha!). The next exercise was about sharing our vulnerability: around our study space there were 10 ‘stations’ – tasks that we were invited to do. They included writing compliments for each other, sharing what we are ashamed of, pondering on what we have difficulties in accepting, telling someone about the last time we cried, sharing hugs, talking about what we dislike in own character, giving ourselves permission to make a change in life, and several more.
The description of the following day kept us intrigued: simply a ‘Talent Day’. In the morning, we took a journey into Paradise of Senses, being blindfolded and relying on other four. Then we had a day of improvisation, with a task of creating a performance that would represent the talents of our small groups. And by the end of the day we had four very different interesting pieces: a wonderful song that became our anthem, a presentation of interviews with Eupen residents about what talent is for them, a video about self-perception vs how others perceive you, and a vulnerability ‘confessions’. All were very unique and moving in their own way. And the next day we went even deeper, exploring the power of silence in a 45-minute time alone. This was something unforgettable, and many insights were shared thereafter. We went on to understand resilience in a three-step session: meditation, compassion and gratitude. Becoming aware of our feelings within the group, we then sat in a silent circle, and those who wanted/felt like doing so, shared their vulnerable moments, baggage or skeletons. Later we had time to express gratitude to those we wanted to. Another session full of emotions and tears…
We further moved onto some ‘lighter’ topics, like learning about three levels of listening and putting them into practice. We discussed positive psychology and gratitude as an important component of it, and overall of happiness. Our final day was devoted to the concepts of learning and creativity, then brainstorming how to grow further, to apply our talents in future life. We created little tokens (or big posters) that would represent our determination to commit to these ideas or plans. Our final task before the closure was to make a promise to say ‘yes’ more to some things. Then we had another gratitude session, this time silently looking into each others’ eyes. Then there was a ‘ceremony’ of receiving YouthPasses, and a lovely social evening. An important thing that lasted throughout the whole week was a reflection in close groups that stayed unchanged, when we had chance to steam out, to express what was bothering us, and then one of us took it to our facilitators.
Тhis course gave us new insights and needed support, empowerment and hope to start making steps in realising our own dreams, to listen to ourself more often
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TC „Renew mode on“
From 15th of June till 21st of June on frames of Erasmus+ program in Zamore, Spain was taking place TC „Renew mode on“. In project were participating: Estonia, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Malta, Spain and France.
In this TC we established the skills/understanding and gained the tools on how to create our own youth space in our town or city. We were surprised that not everywhere you can find a youth center or organization with the same goals. For example, we had a person from Italy that didn’t have a youth space in his hometown and after TC he wrote in our FB group this: "I have sent our works to the political association with which I collaborate in my little town. They really liked it and asap we will start to work on a project for a youth center based on our works. Thanks, guys, great job."
Also, this project provided us with the necessary tools on how to be entrepreneurs at some point. We had good practices how to talk with people about the youth organizations. One of the practices was to go outside and talk with people about if they knew what Erasmus+ is. As older generation mostly didn’t hear about Erasmus+, the number of youngsters who heard about it was surprisingly high. We firmly believe that the number of people who are aware of the Erasmus+ is increasing even as we write this review.
The best part of the TC was the connection between people and cultural exchange. This presented new knowledge and also invaluable personal experience for each and every one of the participants including the trainers.
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TC “Dare to Act”
From 5th of May until 12th of May in Berchum, Germany was taking place TC „Dare to Act“. In project were participated Germany, Georgia, Romania, Greece, Belarus, Moldova, Spain, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia.
It was a two-stage training course, the first part having happened in Georgia in October 2016. That one was more informative, as we learned about the types and dynamics of conflict, strategies of behavior and the ways to analyze the conflict. We were then to divide into groups and work out some actions to implement before the second stage (the Human Library event was organized as a dissemination activity by Estonian team).
And now two of Human Library team went to take part in the second stage of the project, to present event and to get to know what others have implemented. 15 different activities and all of them are very inspirational and motivational. Educational activities on a variety of topics, fundraisers, online campaigns, projects connected to art, door-to-door population surveys, and many more. Participants have gained a wide outlook on the activities, having analyzed the types, step-by-step methodology, the ways to promote the action and help it gain momentum, as well as the ways to assess the impact.
Participants have been on study visits, meeting with people who had something to share, be it what they do currently or what they have been through. Having practiced such methods as debates and forum theater, we gained a better insight on these ways as approaches to the conflict situations.
The very culmination of this part of the course was brainstorming and planning an international campaign in collaboration with the peers. Four interesting projects were planted and will hopefully be implemented in not-so-distant future. It was so very great to see many motivated and inspirational people, to exchange ideas and thoughts on life, universe and everything.
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«Brexit – What a Fu*k – Uprising Nationalism in Europe. Does the EU finally become sexy?»
From 6th to 14th April the Estonian team was participating in a Youth Exchange project (in frames of Erasmus+) which was organized by the German organization East West East Network. Project took place in Berchum, Hagen, Germany. Project topic was «Brexit - What the Fuck - Uprising Nationalism in Europe. Does the EU finally become sexy?»
The following countries participated in the project: Germany, Estonia, Moldova, Ukraine, UK, Spain, Georgia, Russia (Ekaterinburg and Sankt-Petersburg), Poland, Austria and Belarus.
During the project, we were discussing different aspects of Brexit, nationalism and patriotism, talking about what “sexy” means for us, had a session about EU history and etc.
Workshops were the main action of the project. We had 6 different workshop groups on the following topics: Street-art, Music, Video, Media, Theater and Conscious Lifestyle in Europe.
In the end of the project each workshop group was presenting their result and all these results were fantastic!
After lunch we had sport activities – time to chill or time to splash out energy. Everyone decided by themselves what they wanted to do. Activities were organized by a participant from Ekaterinburg. Also, one day we had Treasure Hunt organized by the team from Ukraine.
In the evenings (after dinner) we also had an interesting program: team-building activities, intercultural evenings, where we were presenting a country different from our own (for example, Estonia was presenting Germany, Germany was presenting Russia, etc). Also, we had a simulation game about parliament – in the end of this game three of us wrote a letter for the EU president. One day we had a tour to Hagen.
Also, every evening we had a Cafeteria – good opportunity to chill and to talk with people from different countries.
One of the days was «Free from workshops and sessions». In this day we had an opportunity to visit cities in our area, as well as some museums in these cities (Dortmund, Altena, Borchum, Essen, Oberchausen).
Some comments from participants about project:
Dariya : The project was awesome. I really liked the atmosphere where we spend this week. At the sessions I liked the way we worked: separated from our national groups and working together with people from different countries and because of this atmosphere was cool, we all were chatting, making new friends, playing games. Also, I liked that each of us had an opportunity to speak, to discuss topics, to be for or against, knowing that nobody will judge you for your opinion. Workshops were also really cool, I liked that we were learning some very serious things in a very cozy and friendly atmosphere, thanks to our leaders. I wish we could spend much more time outside, while the weather was good.
Thank you for this gorgeous week we spent together, wish we'll meet someday.
Anastassia: I liked workshop. We were deeply discussing nationalism and patriotism, defined these terms for ourselves, generated ideas, worked together for achieving the result. Also I liked wake ups and sessions where we had a lot of creative tasks. I think this project gave space to creativity and opportunity for realization of your potential, showing your talents, expressing your point of view and etc
I have warm memories about every day of the project. I can’t say what I didn’t like, because these things were very small and unimportant.
Diana: Project was very intresting and usfull. Topics of workshops were really cool. Peopel were very different, but all of them are freanfly and kind. Atmosphier on the projec was great, everythink was made in friendly way, especially workshops and resualt of them. Each of us put something of his own.
Song from Music workshop:
KA3 project “Different angle”
Project was taking place in Narva (city near to Russia board), Estonia. 25th of February to 2nd of March. In project were participate youngsters from Tallinn and Narva. There were people with special needs and without. From Tallinn were participated „Youth Club Active” and “Erilinemaailm”
Project was organized in frames of “Erasmus+” program and was devoted to the relationship between society and people with special needs, problems of employment and increasing the competitiveness of young people in the light of the new reform of assessment of ability to work.
Youngsters - with special needs and without – gather from all north part of Estonia. From Tallinn till Narva. During 5 days they were one team. All of them had different background, needs, life experience and, as they thought, different perspectives.
All 5 days was working mechanism wich was breaking steriotypes about people with disabilietes, geted rid of comlexes, opend hearts, gave hope and new ideas. This mechanism started paricepants, leader of the project Aleksei Serov and treaners Svetlana Smirnova, Olga Volkova, Vladimir Suhorukov and Siluan Babirikin.
The form of the project was very important – youngsters were living all together during 5 days. This living conditionals gave them not only important and Skillfully presented new knowledge, but also Invaluable personal experience. As it turned out, everyone has a perspective.
Project is ended. Participants and leaders went home. Aims and objectives are done. But this is only the start. Project has the continues. We have group of youngster who marked themes for future work and projects. In different cities of Estonia young people united for change smth around them.
Text written by Erilinemaailm and translated by Youth Club Active
Youth exchange project “Entrepreneurship LAB”
Youth exchange project "Entrepreneurship LAB" gathered 37 young people (aged between 18-26) from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Portugal, February 11-18th , 2017.
In the project participated a lot of people from different countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Cyprus. The project took place in training centre Daugirdiškes, Lithuania on February 11-18th.
The topic of the project is entrepreneurship. For most of us it was a familiar topic, but some people have never been familiar with that. Despite of this everyone has learned something new. Each day wasn't similar with the previous day, because the topic is very huge.
We were here 8 days, but they were so differences. The first two days were for to know better with each other.
And after that we started working on our entrepreneurship ideas. We discussed a lot of what it is and learnt to distinguish between entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. We shared and discussed out the ideas with others. Also we learnt marketing and marketing strategies.
The main of our tasks was in groups to make up our business ideas; we worked on them several days: we discussed activities we would like to do, which will be our partners and etc. For us were presented one business model canvas, which consist of different tables. It helps to understand what you did in your business or what you need to do.
Why we did that? We tried to create our business to understand how it works. Shared the ideas we discussed advantages and disadvantages. Also we talked about what kind of leadership we have, like democratic, liberal and dictature. The most important thing is that all material was presented through different games and group works, because it's the best way to understanding. But it's not all what we did in the project. We also had opportunity to develop culturally through intercultural evenings.
Each country presented itself. We tried national food, danced and a bit learned the other language. After each evening we had disco time, when guys from Portugal taught to dance some kind of dance. The project was really interesting and useful, because we learnt a lot about how to start a business, some basic steps of it and strategies. Now we can share with the other people. We should believe in yourself and remember that time is money.
Text written by participant from Youth Club Active Kristina Romanova.