Roma Youth, European Youth — Romania

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ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course

Venue: Iasi, Romania

Training course: 24 November—2 December 2022

Czech team: Ema Rajčanová, Markéta Hodková

Please read the info-pack.

Hosting organisation: Association for the Social Integration of Roma „Help Gipsy”

Project report:

Getting off the plane, leaving the airport and seeing … nothing. That was the first scenario in Iași. It was dark and foggy. If only we knew what a cool city Iași is and how nice people await us at that moment. Together with another Czech participant, I took part in an Erasmus+ training course in Iași, Romania, starting on 24th November and ending on 2nd of December 2022.

The first day of our project was focused on getting to know each other and turning strangers into a “bonded group” which is able to cooperate during the whole training. In the evening we took part in a cultural night where we represented our country as well as we knew – by many beers, sweets, and hermelín. The topic of the project was Roma Youth, European Youth which is explanatory itself. We tried to learn how to work with Roma youth and other minorities using different theatrical techniques. Firstly, we have debated challenges in our countries. Then we created short sketches and then our own longer performance which was to reflect on the specific issues connected to minorities in our countries.  We were able to understand the challenges which Iași is dealing with through the eyes of local officers who are focused on helping and making policies for Roma people, and through a member of NGO Gypsy Eye, who organised a short workshop for us. On the 1st of December there was The Great Union Day (Romanian national day) and a huge military parade – which was a huge demonstration of power, indeed.

But Erasmus+ projects are not only about programmes. It is about sharing your experiences, seeing the experiences of others, being in a new place, practising your language skills and most importantly making friends. That’s what happened in my Erasmus+ experience. 305 is for me a label of this experience and the most amazing thing is that there are only a few people, let’s call them friends, who are able to understand that. Thanks to these little things, you give a completely new meaning to the experience.

Now, back home, thinking about the experience, it is definitely something I will benefit from. Sometimes it happens that the training does not go according to what you thought. However, the moment you are back home, talking about things you learnt and people you met to your friends and family, you realise it was completely worth it! Thanks for that.

Ema Rajčanová

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