ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Venue: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Dates: 24 October—1 November 2022
National team: Michal Šťastný, Tereza Kokšalová, Markéta Überhuberová
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Hosting organisation: SYnergia Madeira
Starting on October 24th, our Czech team participated in a training course taking place on a beautiful Portuguese island, Madeira. The project was organized by Synergia Madeira organization, and the main topic was Inclusion through Art.
The purpose of the training course was to share and compare different realities of the situation with disabled in each country and create new methodologies to carry out inclusive youth activities.
Every day the program started by an energizer to get into the mood for the whole day. A big part of the project were the bonding activities that helped the participants share their stories about their backgrounds, emotions, strengths, and weaknesses. This process of sharing had a greatly positive influence on the relationships that were closer and closer as the days passed.
As the topic of the project was inclusion, at the beginning of the project it was needed to share the views on inclusion of all the national teams from the point of their cultural and national perspective to compare, importantly set a base for further discussion.
As a result of the project, we created a dance choreography with the help of a professional contemporary dancer. The dance and the physical activities connected to it helped us to get to know our bodies better, move purposefully and work cooperatively.
Two evenings were dedicated for sharing our cultures. Each team presented their country, then we tested our knowledge playing kahoots and last, but definitely not least we got to taste some of the typical dishes, snacks and sweets of each country.
During the free time of the project, Madeira offers a variety of entertaining activities and many beautiful places to explore, for example the picturesque old center of Funchal. If you want to go exploring outside of Funchal though, it is advisable to rent a car. Options for that are plentiful on the island.
We arrived one day earlier, had a car waiting for us at the airport and were able to explore a lot before the start of the project, which was great.
In the middle of the project, one day was free to enjoy the island, too. Many people chose to form groups and rent cars, too. The following day we woke up early and went to see the sunrise from Pico do Arieiro (one of the highest peaks of the island), which was definitely one of the highlights of our Madeiran sightseeing ventures.
Thank you, Erasmus+, for giving us the opportunity to make such lovely memories!