Programme: Erasmus+, Key Action 1: training course
Venue: Narva, Estonia
Dates: 28 January—3 February 2022
Please read the info-pack.
Participating countries: Czech Republic, Austria, Estonia, France, Hungary and Italy
Hosting organisation: Youth and Environment Europe
Czech participants: Jakub Zamouřil, Petra Stračiaková, Zuzana Drahotová
The main goal of this workshop was to learn how to create environmental online campaigns and equip us with tools to do so, but during the course of the week, we have learned much more than that.
The project took place in Narva, Estonia, one of the most remote and coldest places most of us have ever visited. Covered under more than a meter of snow, the town didn’t offer much entertainment, but it made up for it with its winter beauty and new experiences for us such as walking on the frozen sea.
During the official program, we had lectures from the facilitators as well as invited experts, both in person and over Zoom. The lectures themselves were however only a small part of the program, we also had plenty of practical group work and debates. In both theory and practice, we have learned how to design effective environmental campaigns, how to use digital tools to our advantage, and which tactics work well on people (and which don’t).
Although officially there were only six participating countries in the project, the people we met on the project were much more diverse, counting 16 different native countries between the participants and the organizers. Having this many cultures meet in one place and being able to exchange our cultural insights between each other has been truly enlightening, and even with this much diversity between us, we were able to find unity, respect and friendship for each other.
To sum up, even through the coldness of Estonia, participating in this workshop has been a very warm experience, and a one I am thankful for. I gained useful knowledge which I will be able to put to use in my organization, and I will be looking forward to the follow-up program.