ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Dates: 21—30 June 2022
Venue: Busteni, Romania
Hosting organisation: ODEN NEHOIU
Participating countries: SP, PT, IT, EE, CZ, GR, PL, TR, CY, LT, HR, LV, BG, RO
Czech team: Petr Velc, Dominik Hájek, Zuzana Forch, Beata Zemanová
Training course “What are you sinking about” took place in Romanian town Busteni, which is less than two hours by train from the capital Bucharest. Busteni is a small mountain town, located about 10 km from well-known city Sinaia, under the steep peaks of mountains Caraiman and Costila.
This project took place between 21.-30. June 2022 and welcomed 28 participants from more than 11 countries under the leadership of 4 experts. The aim of our project was to increase competences to understand and apply critical thinking in daily life, expand European cooperation and enhance intercultural understanding. In every task that was given to us, we worked in a different group of participants, so we were able to get to know each other better and it enabled us to pool our ideas and see problems from different perspectives. The whole program was based on non-formal education methods therefore, we have tried many interesting ways of learning, such as world café, theatre, world school debate, outdoors activities, and numerous others. Together we were trying to find a solution for every task, and the required presentation of our outcome allowed us to practice English and express our ideas.
Furthermore, we had the chance to get to know the Romanian culture and local landscape and see some beautiful architecture pieces. We hiked to the nearest waterfalls, visited the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni, Peles Castle in Sinaia, where several movies were shot. We even had a day trip to Brasov and Bran Castle which is famous from the stories of Count Dracula. Everybody was mesmerised by the local nature and the spectacular views at the mountains, so the possibility to do activities outdoors was very appreciated.
During our evenings we spent time together playing games and talking. One of the best things in this project were intercultural evenings, where every nationality presented their country – serving their traditional food, drinks or teaching others their traditional dances. One whole evening was dedicated to Romania, where our leaders and Romanian participants prepared for us famous Romanian food and introduced us to their national sport – barbeque.
To sum it up, it was an amazing experience that I will look back on with love. I am very grateful to everyone that helped to organise this project. I want to thank our amazing leaders, everyone from my sending organisation EYCB, and to every participant that made my stay full of laughter, interesting conversations and happy memories.