Venue: Mavrovo, Macedonia
Date: 10-18 September 2012
Action: Youth exchange, 1.1., Youth in Action
Pax: Eva Janečková, Jakub Bakule, Markéta Vondráková, Tomáš Adámek, Michal Janečko, Kateřina Musilová.
Our project “Sports back to tradition” took place in a wonderful scenery of Mavrovo, Macedonia from 9th to 18th September 2012. Four countries participated in this project: the
Czech Republic, Macedonia, Lithuania and Turkey.
During the time in Macedonia, we have visited lot of nice places, for example, Ohrid. There is a beautiful lake, wonderful churches, a castle, museum and mosque. Then, the centre
of Mavrovo, a village called Rostushe and last but not least the monastery placed in high mountains.
This project gave us the opportunity to get to know other young people from different countries, their culture, cuisine, religion, habits, thinking and lifestyle. It was interesting to listen to various opinions on the same aspects. We got a lot of new friends and now we can keep in touch with them and practice English language.
From my point of view, the most touching part of this project was the final event in Rostushe. Our main aim was to use sports as a tool for inclusion of children from this local village.
Every nation prepared and practised their national sport there. We were really happy when we saw the shining and cheerful faces of children who had never met any foreigners before. They enjoyed our company very much. Moreover, besides practicing sports for our final event, we have done many ice breaking games, energizers and team building activities. The organization of all of these was perfect and many of our thanks belong to the organizators: Nola and Shemo. At the end of our project, we have learnt something more about “Youth in action” programme and tried to put together our ideas and design future projects as well.
It was my pleasure to be a member of this project. I have destroyed some of my prejudices, experienced lots of new things, got to know amazing place of Macedonia and learnt that what is really important is non-judging behaviour when meeting people of any nationality. I will not forget these wonderful days till the end of my life.