Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: youth exchange
Venue: Diyarbakır, Turkey
Dates: 20 – 28 April 2016
Participants: Ondřej Skoupil, Anna Tomenendalová, Jan Chlápek, Kristina Ostrčilová, Vojtěch Štursa, Simona Švajlenková
Group leader: Eva Palkovičová
Participating countries: Turkey, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Lithuania
Hosting organisation: Environment Development Association
Hello or Merhaba as we say in Turkey.
Turkey is an amazing country where we had pleasure to travel with this super project. It started at 20th of April with my small czech team. It should be in Diyarbakir at the east of the country, but because it could be too “noisy” there they rather moved it to Istanbul. I am not sad cause Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We made so many great memories that I will never forget. Seeing old mosques, enjoying exotic meal, exploring new places and way more. That’s what is Istanbul like.
Turkey is also country which is really important for most of immigrants. It’s important for their journey to Europe. We could look on their journey from seven different views of our countries. From Turkey over Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czechlands to Lithuania. Six people from each country were there to discuss about migration. We put each other many questions like How migrants feel? How avoid migration? And were discussing about that trying find the answers. It was never easy, but we made in total we agreed on many main points. From our conclusions we get new views and opinions on this topic.
At the end of the day we stopped discussion about migration and tried learn something new about our countries. Every evening each country had a presentation of themselves. We heard many thing and also could taste famous food and drink from each country. That’s how we got deeper into culture of each other.
For that few days we made a long unforgettable story, met new people and of course learnt something new. Special thanks to organizations that this fairy tale became reality. Thank you.