Programme: Erasmus+, Key Action 1: youth exchange
Venue: Busteni, Romania
Dates: 7—16 September 2021
National group size: 5+1GL
Účastnící se země: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Czechia and Romania
Hosting organisatoion: FUNDATIA PENTRU TINERET BUZAU
Participants: Zuzana Matonohová (group leader), Josef Borkovec, Lucie Lněníčková, Alexander Kacer, Alexej Petečel, Tereza Kahounová
Participating countries: Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Greek, Italy, Poland
Videos of projects:
https://youtu.be/Sd2x-2W52W4 “Jack Forest – Untamed”
https://youtu.be/QkN04dMVy-M – “Looking for Concettina”
Oh, here it is! My trip to Romania. I have to say that I was nervous when departing from Brno because this was my first experience as a group leader in this type of project. I reassured myself a hundred times if I had everything packed. Also, I wasn’t sleeping well, because I was frightened that I would be late. But everything was OK, and around four o’clock I got on the bus.
Our collective journey started at 5:30 in the Vienna Airport, where I met five cool people from the Czech group. Our destination was clear — Bușteni in Romania.
The first view from Bușteni train station was amazing. Blue sky, beautiful houses and really huge mountains. As proper Czechs who love walking, we went on foot with luggage to the accommodation, which was a half-hour walk uphill. However, the accommodation was worth the trip. For me, it was a cosy room with Spanish and Bulgarian girls. There were also many other amazing people from Poland, Italy, Greece and Romania. In summary, I met many interesting people who I want to meet again.
Our program was very well structured. The topic was fake news, and I think everybody from our group found a lot of information and activities in this project, which will help them in the future. We were talking about fake news and its impact on our lives. We discussed their cause and how to fight them. We tried out what it’s like to create them and played a theatre forum about fake news.
But it wasn’t only about fake news. It was also about landscape art, theatre, movies and visiting some interesting places. We visited Urlatoarea waterfall where we helped with collecting trash, Brașov, the most beautiful city in Romania and Dracula’s castle. I was really interested in Romania history because I didn’t know that Romania was a monarchy between the first and second world wars.
The intercultural night was amazing too. I tried a lot of national specialities, meaning food and drinks. We had typical Romania sausages, and one guy from Poland was so happy that I brought our Kofola. Essentially, we talked a lot, which improved my spoken English significantly.
Last but not least, I want to thank the main organizer, Tolea, for many great experiences. It was ten fantastic days. It’s marvellous that you organize such big and unique projects for young people. Thanks also go to EYCB, making this project possible. Support from this organization was crucial for me, and I am truly pleased that I was chosen for participating in this project.