ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Venue: Murzasichle-Zakopane, Tatra mountains, Poland
Dates: 5—13 October 2023
Czech team: 3 participants
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Participating countries: Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Italy, Turkey, Latvia, North Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria
Hosting organisation: Youth for Sustainable Development Association
In October, a team of 3 people representing the Czech Republic (1 Czech, 1 Slovak, and 1 Turkish, all living in Prague) attended a training course in the beautiful Polish mountains near the town of Zakopane. Together, there were 36 participants from 10 different countries of Europe. The project’s name was Mythbusters, like the famous TV show, and for 1 week we became Mythbusters as well!
The organizer, Dragos, and trainer, Cosmin, from Romania, created an amazing environment and gathered a very productive team of motivated young people. In the first days, with the help of icebreaking and teambuilding games, we had the chance to get to know each other and find out who was good at what. The good mood and energy were supported by plenty of energizers from the participants. Most of the workshops during the training were done in small teams of 3 to 6 people, either in national or international teams. We learned about the myths and fake news from different countries, and it was interesting that we shared many of them, too! Also, we debated discussable topics, and together, we created a board game and a guidebook for young people about how to deal with fake news and make the difference between fact and opinion.
I have to mention also the environment and venue of the project, which was situated in a beautiful village with views in all directions, and we could see the Tatra mountains and the valleys. It was like a fairytale, with animals like goats, cows, or sheep that were just walking freely, or horse carriages that made us feel like in the past. Every day, we tried a different meal from Polish cuisine, and in our free time, we could enjoy the spa and facilities like billiards or table tennis. On our free day, we visited the town of Zakopane and had a spectacular hike in Dolina Koscieliska, which I can recommend to everyone.
With the combination of a perfect team and environment, we felt amazing and enjoyed every bit of the project, making the friendships that will last and learning the things we will use in our everyday lives. We want to say thanks to the organizing NGO and to EYCB for the opportunity for us to attend the training course!