CentreRED II

22.07.2019

During 24.6.-1.7.2019 five slovak youngsters participated on youth exchange CentreRED II in Lorca, Spain. Beginnig of project had been focused on creating rules of the project and of course to get to know each other through games, teambuilding activities in order to connect the multicultural group and try to remember all names of participants.

First open discussion was about meaning of Erasmus+ and possibilities about future volunteering activities and process how to take and search for longer exchanges/volunteering. This was the first step but at the other hand it was really useful, because all participants were young and they really appreciated this.

Next part of exchange was made of workshops - members of each national team has been chosen by voluntary registry at one topic. After dividing into groups, participants had to made scheme for the workshop and after termination they presented and discussed it with one independent helper from hosting centre, who gave them some ideas and advices to improve it until final presentation.

But what was the main topic of this project? It was about "helping society" and all possible ways how to do it. Participants were discussed about their own possibilities in their own regions and also they shown how they are used to help others. There was said many things and used many games to learn qualities needed for work with people and how to understand or try to understand them. In a fact, they had one game which pretty nice shown how they thinks - there were two groups and two different tasks, which needed to make compromise, but firstly you needed to think, if they don't started argue... And the meaning was try to figure how both of us can succeed, not only one.

For improving actual project and also projects in future each day was held feedback participants-leader and after that only leaders who had discussed problems and things participants likes/didn´t like. Day after day could be seen, how the problems were solved and how atmosphere was more familiar and connected.

The best thing for team-building were cultural nights, where each country has presented their different culture and of course music connected with traditional dances which were dancing together.

Slovak group had definetely nice time at this exchange and developed themselves in many ways. It was challenging for all of them, including the group leader. Each of them has aquired new skills, gained new knowledge and catched many experiences connected with nice memories during this wonderful time.

Everyone is greatful for this possibility to be part of this project which we are thankful to our sending organization Youth of Equality and their support and supervisor during the whole process of project. 

Pavol Gumančík