Programme & action: Erasmus+ Youth, Key Action 1: youth exchange
Venue: Iasi, Leasure centre Omenia, Romania
Dates: 21—30 June 2021
Please read the info-pack.
Participants’ age limit: 16—25
National team size: 5+1GL
Participating countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Croatia, the Republic of North Macedonia and Romania
Hostitelská organizace: PRO ROMA Association
Czech participants: Marie Pokorná (GL), Lucie Indrová, Eva Heřmanová, Markéta Überhuberová, Daniel Vozňák, Adéla Pexová, Petra Melicharová
Before the exchange started we realized that this project was not only postponed because of corona restrictions, but also the venue had to be changed and some participants could not come to join the program (it was groups from Poland, Lithuania, and Croatia). Not good news from the beginning. But finally, we found out, that every cloud has a silver lining. Because of the small group of all participants, we made a strong connection between us and felt like real friends, maybe like a family. The accommodation was not what we expected, but if we come to organizators with any problem, they always wanted to find a way how to solve it or make it smaller.
The program was based on non-formal education such as: debates, simulation games, play activities, field roles, team building, intercultural nights, cultural activities, and reflections. But most of that we liked the visit of the Roma community (which was a base for a photo exhibition in a local park), intercultural nights, and guided city tour.
I am sure that we learned more about how we can attract attention, express our opinions, make observations, intervene in public decisions, represent our community, using photovoice, get to know the culture (and compared ” the Roma situation” ) of the participating countries.
Thanks for that experience!