Programme: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Dates: 19—28 April 2022
Venue: Varaignes, Dordogne region, France
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Participating countries: France, Czech Republic, Romania, Italy, North Macedonia, Spain
Hosting organisation: Concordia Délégation Rhône-Alpes
Czech team: Alena Aichlmanová, Polina Bondaruk, Zdeňka Jarošová, Robert Wesley
During the second half of April 2022, 25 young people from 4 countries – France, Spain, North Macedonia and the Czech Republic gathered in a traditional and very picturesque village of Varaignes in south-west of France, to learn and develop skills of leadership. The project we participated in was programmed as half theoretical and half practical, so we had a chance to get a full experience. During the theoretical activities we focused on topics like group dynamics, team work, ideal leader, stereotypes and labels but also how to deal with cultural differences and how to respect other habits. Among other things, it was interesting to observe the difference of generations and acceptance of those with more experience and skills.
Our great organisers and trainers Marie and Sam also involved local people who helped us with the practical part, since we were reconstructing an old wall with new plastering. With help of Mr Jean-Claude we learnt how to work on buildings and take care of them. Also, part of the practical side was happening in the kitchen, where we changed in small teams to cook for the others. This gave us a good feeling of togetherness. Apart from the work, we had a chance to get to know the French culture through a very unique show, when there was a mapping explaining a story of a lost gate of the local castle – in which the project also took part. Also visiting the local smithery and markets in nearby towns enriched our stay.
Overall, this project completed its mission to teach about leadership and all participants left with a „backpack“ of new knowledge.