Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Dates: 26 March—2 April 2022
Venue: Woodstown, County Waterford, Ireland
Czech team: Adéla Kotorová, Marie Tomková
Please read the info pack.
Participantion fee: €50/participant (deducted by the hosting organisation).
Hosting organisation: Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service Ltd
Participating countries: Romania, Spain, Germany, Armenia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Estonia, Jordan, Belgium
I had the opportunity to attend a project called Caring Through Sharing. It was a training course for Youth Workers to improve skills through the power of Labyrinth Theatre (Based on creativity and Inner leadership as tools for social inclusion).
The project took place in a seaside community centre in Woodstown, Ireland for one week from March 26th –2nd April 2022.
The goal for us was focused on increasing self-awareness, self-discovery, and improving yourself as a youth worker and person in all aspects. We gathered in Ireland from our countries to share one space and learned deep listening and equality.
The training itself was designed to offer us a new insight into theatre and related topics through different activities. The training was led by two experienced trainers from two different countries –Spain and the Netherlands.
Elena (Spain) showed us different practical tips regarding using the activities focused on personal development, trust and stretching our comfort zone. Dominique acquainted us with different theories, and methods, asking questions, facilitating discussions and leading the group dynamics.
We worked together to use more imagination, see new possibilities and use a different approach in our work with youth.
We addressed the barriers to inclusion as well as how we can address them and what our personal experiences are. The barriers are related to differences in culture and origin, but also barriers related to health – both mental health problems and a certain handicap. With the help of workshops, we tried to empathise with the roles of given groups of people and at the same time realise that not everyone has the same opportunities.
It was a stunning preparation and organisation by our dear organiser and host Declan, who showed us true Irish hospitality. He took us to activities such as hiking in the local mountains and trips to the coast seaside.
It was like a journey of self-discovery for me, experiencing new methods and learning more about myself as a person, and not forgetting of having fun. It was a life-changing experience that I will never forget. We all bonded together as a team, created timeless connections and I left Ireland with friends for life.