No for Radicalism! – Portugal


Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: Training course

Venue: Arrouquelas, Rio Major, Portugal

Dates: 28 June – 7 July 2018

Participants: Lenka Dillingerová, Václav Malina

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Hosting organisationH2O

Project report: 

What could be better than spending nearly 2 weeks in a calm and warm environment of a small Portuguese town? Spend the time there with a group of likeminded people! That’s why the 2 members of the Czech team went to Rio Maior and Arrouquelas (Portugal) from 28th June to 7th July – to meet people from 11 other countries and discuss topics regarding radicalisation of youth, as the title of the project, No for Radicalism!, puts it.

Thanks to organizers from H2O organization, Alex and Ksenia, we were able to enjoy our project without any worries. We had a chance to conduct our workshops in various venues like local school or library. We also went to a village where the organization resides to see their progress towards development and support of active participation of youth in the life of the village.

Our trainers, Mara and Endre, showed incredible passion and interest in the topic, so we get to learn a lot of new stuff. One of the most important thing I will always remember thanks to this project is that the victim of xenophobia or cultural discrimination could once become the perpetrator, so it is very important to prevent any form of radicalisation. I think that the emphatic and sensitive approach that our trainers applied was quite important regarding our learning process.

I cannot omit mentioning the cultural element of this training course. Food we were provided was quite delicious, especially the fish that we enjoyed a lot, as well as Portuguese special pastry pastel de nata that we were served every morning. The coffee tradition didn’t get me that much, but I am sure that many of the participants just loved it.

Last but not least, it is a must saying thank you to our sending organization EYCB that made our participation in this training course possible. For both members of the Czech team, it was our first Erasmus+ project though we are convinced that it was one of the best we would ever take part in.

Václav Malina

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