Termín konání: 12-20 October 2019
Místo konání: Uzana, Gabrovo region, Bulgaria
Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: Youth exchange
Venue: Uzana, Gabrovo region, Bulgaria
Dates: 12-20 October 2019
Participants: Viktoria Antalová, Jaroslav Štofan, Eliška Gartnerová, Filip Kocián
Group leader: Denisa Flanderková
Host organisation: Evropa na dlan
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Participating countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Greece
“The Road to the Success of Future Leaders” project was held on October 12th through 20th in the Bulgarian mountain region of Uzana near Gabrovo. A total of 25 people from Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, France, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic took part in this event. The organizing team was formed by Bulgarian ESN representatives from Sofia.
The focus of activities was aimed at the development of leadership skills. Team meetings and discussions took place alternately outdoors and indoors depending on the weather which was very favorable during the project. Outdoor activities included mainly morning energizers, warm-ups and also challenges in larger groups that took place in the forest behind the hotel. Indoor activities were focused on cultivating creativity and communication among participants, which were set as a discussion of problems in smaller groups and the eventual presentation of proposals and ideas.
Halfway through the project, we went for a hike to the summit of Ispolin, which was a pleasant way to clear our minds. At the top of the mountain, there was a wonderful view of the surroundings where we were fortunate to spend this prolonged week. Some of us appreciated the view very much and decided to wake up early the next morning and climb the peak again to see the beautiful sunrise.
We started the mornings by recapitulating the previous day, where we were asked by Alex, our coach to evaluate what we were grateful for, what we learned, and what was a significant moment from the previous day. Every evening we ended up with reflexion of the particular day. These reflexions contained mainly what we liked each day, what were the activities and what we learned throughout them. This was to help up recapitulate the day and remind us of what we learnt. We were also asked to write down suggestions for activities for the next days.
Throughout the week there was an informal and friendly atmosphere. After dinner, we ended the days with presentations of so-called Intercultural Nights, followed by entertainment and dance that strengthened friendships and broke stereotypes among participants.
Finally, I would like to thank Svetlana, Ilko and Horhe (Georgi) for the excellent organization of the project, and also Alex for her expert tips and friendly approach.