Programme: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Dates: 14—22 March 2022
Venue: Puck, Poland
National team: Martin Zeman, Barbora Hošťálková
Participating countries: Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Norway, Czechia, Latvia, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Greece, Italy
Hosting organisation: Foundation Autokreacja
Welcome to Poland! Welcome to the world full of happy people, fun, friendship and honesty. It was my pleasure to travel to Poland (Puck) with one other Czech people on the 14th March. We were really excited about the project “Visual Youth Work: Graphic facilitation in non-formal education” that ended on the 22st March. There were sixteen people from countryes: the Czech Republic, Sweden, Latvia, Portugal, Germany, Hungary, Holland, Spain and Italy.
Thanks to the perfect preparation and organization of our leaders – Aleksandra, Kasia and Kas we were able to create a wonderful team without any single mistake! During a lot of activities we got to know each other better and better and thanks to many group works, we were able to cooperate quite easily. We were dealing, for example with storytelling and participatory photography, writing in different styles, drawing simple figures of people and their feelings or learning basic theory of how people learn adjusting content to the needs of young learners from vulnerable groups. We were creating own special visual language. Presentation of our results allowed us to practice English and move our level a little bit higher!
Moreover, we experienced quite a lot from Polish vital culture right at the Baltic sea coast– great Polish food, drinks and we had a lot of opportunities to explore the city of Gdansk including the amazing historical centre.
Considering it all in all, this project had something special in itself. Everything was so calm, pretty and amazing, like somewhere in the dream. What is glorious is the cooperation between nations, realizing that the practical information about visual tools can be used in youth work in our homes and the most important thing is the fact that every individual can do something to make the situation better. During the project, the technical team have created the functional windmill and the art team beautiful movie. For all of us this was only the beginning. Now, when we are back home we can try to realize our ideas and be happy if any of them will come true. We can start with creating a lot of beautiful things or we can use education as the most powerful weapon to change the world. Everything is up to us!
To sum it up, if there is no EYCB as the great group allowing a lot of people to do amazing things EYCB would have to be invented! Thank a lot every single person allowing these projects to happen!